Birmingham City University - HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - BA (HONS)

Birmingham City University


Our Human Resource Management (HRM) degree equips you with the tools you need to develop the high-performing workforce and innovative teams demanded by business.

This course teaches you about the importance of motivating and managing people within a business, showing you the link between successful performance and the people you employ.

Drawing upon all aspects of people management enables you not only to gain the building blocks of knowledge and understanding, but also a high degree of professional competence in the field of people management and development. The course is accredited by the relevant professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), demonstrating the high quality provision of our course. It has been designed to meet the core knowledge and core behaviours of the CIPD Profession Map and incorporates the core curriculum requirements of that organisation such that when you successfully graduate from the course will have full exemption from the academic component of associate membership of the CIPD.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements:

BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 subjects.


  • GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above
  • Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment


6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.

Career Prospects

Graduates will have the courage, confidence and enterprising spirit to make a valued contribution within their workplace.

They are encouraged to take part in the University’s comprehensive Graduate + programme, engage with the regular guest lectures by leading industry figures and attend CIPD events.

Course Details

You will gain good understanding of how organisations work and how they change, what the strategic position of Human Resource Management is in organisations and become confident in managing functions of Human Resource Management like Recruitment and Selection, Training & Development, Employment Law and Employee Relations, Performance and Reward Management among others.

You will develop your skills through contemporary methods of teaching and interactive workshops, involvement in real projects, and field trips. You will develop your skills through involvement in real projects, field trips, contemporary methods of teaching and interactive workshops. This work-integrated approach to learning means that graduates of this course leave with real, practical experience, working for companies such as CapGemini UK, VirginMedia, CrossCountry Trains and the NHS.

This course draws upon all aspects of people management, enabling you to build knowledge and understanding, as well as develop the right professional behaviors which are required in the field of human resource management.

Professional Placement Year

This course offers a professional placement year. This allows you to spend a whole year with an employer, between the second and third years of your degree, and is a great way to find out more about your chosen career. Some students even return to the same employers after completing their studies.

The University will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study. If you do not find a suitable placement, you will be automatically transferred back to the standard, non-placement version of the course.

Please note that fees are payable during your placement year, equivalent to 20% of the total full-time course fee for that year (£1,850 for UK students).

Year One

Developing Your Personal Brand20 credits
Principles of Marketing20 credits
The Digital Business Environment20 credits
Introduction to Human Resource Management20 credits
Behaviour in Organisations20 credits
Finance for Managers

Year Two

Employment Law in Context20 credits
Management Development20 credits
Recruitment and Selection Strategies20 credits
Adding Value through HR20 credits
Introduction to Consultancy20 credits
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules.
Entrepreneurship in Action20 credits
The Global Manager20 credits
Cross-Cultural Management20 credits
Study Abroad

Final Year

Employee Retention and Engagement20 credits
Leading and Managing Change20 credits
Coaching and Development20 credits
Performance and Reward Management20 credits
In order to complete this course a student must choose ONE of the following optional project routes (totalling 40 credits):
Business Advice Project (Major)40 credits
Business Research Project (Major)

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