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Business and Human Resource Management (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

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Bristol Business School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
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Dr Hilary Drew

Page last updated 14 August 2017


Why BA(Hons) Business and Human Resource Management?

People are the most important asset in any organisation and it is increasingly important for businesses to understand and effectively manage their employees to succeed in a competitive, global economy.

Combining the study of people management with that of other aspects of business and management, such as finance, marketing and strategy, provides students with a comprehensive understanding of how businesses function, the role of managers and how people contribute to business success. This degree provides the essential knowledge and skills to prepare you for a successful career in HR or any other area of business.

Why study this course?

This degree, delivered by experienced, research-active experts, focuses on the practices and issues associated with people management underpinned by a solid foundation in business theory and practice.

You will explore the real-world challenges facing modern businesses through practical modules including Law and Equality at Work, Human Resource Development and Knowledge Management and Strategic HRM.

Students value the strong research which informs teaching at every level and forms part of an active and enterprising HRM community at UWE Bristol.

Real world experience

An optional work placement year, real-life case studies, guest speakers from industry and staff with extensive industry experience provide you with cutting-edge knowledge and experience of HR in practice.

You will benefit from our strong and growing connections with employers (past students have secured placement roles with Mercedes F1, IBM, HP, Airbus and the NHS) whilst research-led teaching and a focus on skills development ensure you graduate work-ready with the crucial skills for success.

Where it can take you

The broad nature of the degree and specialism in HR brings diverse opportunities in HR and Business Management, with students securing HR specialist roles in companies such as IBM and Caterpillar and on HR Graduate training programmes in both the public and private sectors.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

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In the Foundation year (Year zero) the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play in your future, professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups. Teaching methods will be engaging as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters, another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation year (Year zero)

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other business and law courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) would be required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics) would require an A level in Mathematics.

Year one

In your first year, you will study modules which are common across a number of Business and Management courses. This offers you the flexibility to switch between courses at the end of the first year as your interests develop and change.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (BIM)
  • HRM and Leadership in Context
  • Understanding Organisations and People (BIM)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (BIM)
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Business Decision Making for Management
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Year two

In the second year, you will study modules relating to the main functional areas of business, alongside specialist HRM modules, and you will develop your research and enquiry skills.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Managing People
  • Management Skills (Business and Management)
  • Accounting Information for Business (BIM)
  • Contemporary Employment Relations
  • Research Methods for Business
  • The Experience and Practice of Organisations
  • Equality Law and Diversity Management
  • Research in HRM and Leadership.

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the second year provides support in securing this placement.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Work-based Enquiry Project or Critical Business Enquiry Project or Applied Business Project or Business Project
  • Leadership and Organisational Development
  • Strategy and Human Resource Management
  • Managing Organisational Performance
  • International HRM.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Organisational Leadership
  • Human Resource Development and Knowledge Management
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Coaching in Organisations.

Students who have completed a Placement or Study Year Abroad (and passed the relevant module) are not required to choose an optional module.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities - some tutor-led and face-to-face, some student-led and independent, some online, some in groups and some which require students to support each others' learning.

Lectures, workshops and seminars group project working and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study, for example, in preparing for workshops and seminars, reviewing lectures, online working through the university's 'virtual learning environment', reading, conducting research, preparing assessed work and revising for end of module exams.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Our approach to learning and teaching are student-focused, with the emphasis on helping you to actively find out things for yourself. You will be expected to work with a mix of theory and practice, balancing academic rigour and a practical approach to your work, so that you can appreciate the relevance and application of concepts learnt. To help in doing this, all students are expected to gain high-quality work experience, ideally through the 40-week placement but, if not, then through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador, a Peer-Assisted Learning Leader or through volunteering.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do, but also to develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills, as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). UWE Bristol is currently seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


You are encouraged to undertake a 40-week paid sandwich placement, relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after the second year of study and could be based in the UK or internationally.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

UWE Bristol has established strong links with employers and our students have successfully secured placements (through a competitive process) with employers such as Mercedes F1, IBM, HP, Airbus, the NHS and Hays Recruitment.  

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and departmental staff.

Read Tom's story to see how following his placement he is tipped for a future in leadership.

Study year abroad

As an alternative to a sandwich placement, there are opportunities to undertake a study year abroad at a partner institution where courses are taught in English. Students are selected for a study year abroad through a competitive process. Employers look favourably upon those students that have chosen this option as having developed a global perspective, a graduate attribute that is ever more valuable in an increasingly international labour market.

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high-quality study facilities and an excellent library, open 365 days a year. Dedicated Business Librarians manage vast collections of materials to support your curriculum subjects and independent research, and provide further support through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills pages. You will also benefit from regular workshops including referencing management and zoned spaces from silent to group study and bookable rooms. 

There is excellent access to electronic databases on and off campus, including books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases including FAME, MINTEL, Marketline Advantage and Passport. The Business School also provides flexible learning spaces with wireless internet access and group and quiet study areas.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

Bristol is home to a number of large multinationals, small to medium sized enterprises and charities, who highly value and recognise our course and students and provide diverse and relevant post-graduate employment opportunities.

The combination of a broad understanding of business and management practice, crucial business skills and a focus on HRM brings diverse opportunities in the field of HR, with students securing specialist roles with multinationals such as IBM and Caterpillar and on HR graduate training programmes in both the public and private sectors.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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Prospects - careers in recruitment and HR


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee8094
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1500
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Business and Human Resource Management course.

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