Northumbria University Newcastle - Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management is designed to develop your capabilities to work at a strategic level around attracting, developing and engaging the right people. With most contemporary organisations recognising that people are their most important asset, a career in Human Resources enables you to play a key role in organisational success. 
Northumbria University's Business and Human Resource Management course develops the key skills you need to understand and apply management research evidence and theory. Its key focus is on leading and managing organisations’ human resources ethically, responsibly and sustainably.  You’ll study key concepts such as strategic resourcing, human resource development, employee relations, performance and reward, and employment law. At the same time, you’ll develop broader knowledge and understanding of the global business context. 

Our Business and Human Resource Management course prioritises building professional practice capabilities through problem-based and experiential learning. This approach will equip you with the skills and qualities sought by employers across the private, public and not-for-profit (NFP) sectors that underpin successful enterprise. 

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

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Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or equivalents.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

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English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

At Newcastle Business School we’re committed to preparing you for your future career and helping you compete in the graduate labour market, applying your own learning to your own career planning. You’ll graduate with not only your degree, but Associate membership of the CIPD, which demonstrates both your academic and professional capabilities within the human resources field.  Our BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management programme is designed to support you in developing the key competencies, skills and attitude that graduates need. Developing leadership, enterprise and employability capabilities is at the heart of all module learning experiences and assessment. 

We offer a number of additional opportunities to enhance your CV, develop your employability or enterprise skills, and increase commercial awareness. These include work placements, overseas travel and study, guest speakers and networking. We have links with the award-winning Human Resource Management student society, which provide additional guest lectures and networking opportunities, as well as mock interviews to improve your preparation for future roles. There are also volunteering programmes both within and outside the University, and for representing your programme at Programme or School level.  

Course Details

Our BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management programme features research-rich, but practice-led, teaching that develops your cultural, contextual and ethical professional understanding.  

Throughout the programme, we’ll support you to develop your ability to practice as a Human Resources professional. This includes not only gaining knowledge of contemporary HR issues such as HR Analytics, Reward and Performance, and Resourcing and Development for Diversity, but learning how to practically apply this knowledge in an organisational context. You’ll undertake this through student-led, experiential, problem-based learning for which you’re supported to work interactively and collaboratively.  

You’ll learn through real-world case studies of multinational corporations and regional/local SMEs, as well as public and not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises, cultivating your capacity for practical application, leadership and management.  

Year 1

Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)
Business Analysis for Decision Making (20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Preparing for Professional Practice (20 Credits)
Business, Economy and Society (20 Credits)
People, Management and Organisations (20 Credits)
Introduction to Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

Year 2

Progressing Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Resourcing and Development for Diversity (20 Credits)
HR Analytics and the Labour Market (20 Credits)
Reward and Performance (20 Credits)
Management Research and Analysis (20 Credits)
Employment Law (20 Credits)
Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

Year 3

Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)
Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

Year 4

Project Management (Optional,20 Credits)
Management and HRM Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)
Management Enquiry for Management and HRM (Optional,40 Credits)
Strategic Leadership for Responsible Organisational Change (20 Credits)
Transforming Self and Organisations (Core,20 Credits)
Employment Relations (Optional,20 Credits)
Critical Human Resource Development (CHRD) (Optional,20 Credits)
Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

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