University of Portsmouth

BA Hons Business and Human Resource Management

If you get a buzz out of helping people reach their potential and want to start a career in HR, this BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (HRM) degree course will satisfy your ambition.

You'll learn the skills you'll need to take on roles that attract and retain the right people, in the right place, at the right time.

In your first year, you'll build business and commercial understanding, underpinning your HR practice. You'll focus on HRM topics in years 2 and 3, with the option to explore specialist areas such as inclusion and diversity, employment law, performance management, and HRM in the global workplace.

Between years 2 and 3, you can enhance your career prospects further by completing a year-long industry placement or studying abroad.

Studying this degree could lead you onto a varied career, where you’ll be a highly valued team member in HR, recruitment or training. You can apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) when you complete the course.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses, which, gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

Entry Requirements

A levels – ABB – BBC
UCAS points – 112–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
International Baccalaureate – 29–30

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Many organisations have a human resources team responsible for attracting and recruiting the right people and managing and developing them throughout their time in the workplace.

Armed with a Business and HRM degree and CIPD Associate Member status, you'll be sought after by organisations that want skilled and knowledgable staff on their human resources team, or working in similar areas like Human Resource Development (HRD).

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for organisations such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Close Brothers Asset Management and the Civil Service in a variety of HRM roles, including:

  • HR assistant recruitment coordinator
  • HR officer
  • HR trainee manager
  • Training officer
  • Recruitment consultant

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.


In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Business Accounting
Business Innovation Development Project
Business Operations and Systems Management
Economics for Business
Managing People in Organisations
Marketing Principles and Practice
Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis

Year 2

Human Resources for the Professional
Human Resource Development
Employability, Research and Professional Development
Leadership, ethics, governance and sustainability
People resourcing and talent management
Optional modules
-Business Analysis and Decision Making
-Developing Individual and Team Creativity
-Organisation Design, Theory and Analysis
-A foreign language
-Business and Employment Law
Placement year (optional)
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term
work experience in the industry.

Year 3

Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
Optional modules
-Cross Cultural Awareness for Business
-Discrimination and Conflict in Employment Law
-Business Ethics
-Business Improvement and Creativity
-Managing Equality and Diversity at work
-A foreign language

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