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BA (Honours) Business and Human Resource Management

Learn how to employ, engage and develop people as you prepare for your career in management.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS NN16 Course code

Course description

What you study

Study how organisations can succeed through the effective management of people on this career-focused course. You learn a broad range of core business skills and gain specialist knowledge of human resource management and the HR profession.

The course is designed to • provide you with an insight into the day-to-day life of a HR practitioner • develop your commercial awareness and understanding • ensure that you develop skills and experience that you can take to the workplace • gain the latest research-informed knowledge and insights.

As you progress, you gain skills and knowledge in the key areas of HR, including • understanding people • HR: the profession • resourcing and talent management • managing the HR function • developing people and organisations • employee relations • employment law.

Your HR awareness is underpinned by learning about core related business areas including marketing , finance, strategic planning and law – all within a HR context. The range of topics you study equips you for a successful career in a diverse range of roles and business areas.

We also focus on developing your practical and technical HR skills alongside your knowledge and understanding. For example, in a first year assessment, you work as a team to plan and build a HR intranet site for an organisation.

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Work placements in the UK and overseas

In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible.

Your specialist knowledge of both business and HR can secure career paths in a wide range of managerial roles as well as specialist HR positions.


With many years of experience in designing and delivering HR courses, our teaching team can offer you the latest insights into HR management. Their involvement in cutting-edge research and consultancy, means your learning is informed by modern case studies and examples drawn from contemporary organisational settings.

This course is delivered within Sheffield Business School, which means you have access to experts covering all of the business areas as well as specialists in human resource management and organisational behaviour.

Professional recognition

This course is fully approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and upon successful completion students can gain associate (Assoc.) level of professional membership. This course is mapped to the CIPD level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

We expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of business/human resource management or some level of practical experience.

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies .


• 96 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and at least 15 at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• customers and markets • data analysis for business decisions • understanding enterprise and creativity • understanding people • the HR profession

Year one options

Global business environment or foreign language

Year two core modules

• strategic planning • financial fluency for management decision making • managing the HR function • resourcing and talent management • HR: developing capabilities

Year two options

A business module or foreign language

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year modules

• implementing strategy and change • developing people and organisations • employee relations and employment law • research and HR • the reflective HR practitioner.

Final year options

A business module or foreign language

Top up route (operated at SHAPE VTC, Hong Kong)

• strategic management • employee learning and development • employee relations • leadership and organisations • performance management • financial information for business decisions

  • essays
  • reports
  • individual presentations
  • projects
  • practical assignments
  • group presentations
  • projects
  • reflective practice
  • examinations


This course gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to enter a wide range of human resource-related careers in both the public and private sector. You also gain the business expertise that provides a major advantage for your HR career, as well as opening up more general careers in business.

Many graduates go on to management training schemes in large companies or gain advisory and managerial positions in smaller organisations.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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