The BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (BA BHRM) course is designed to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by both Human Resource Management (HRM) professionals and those looking to develop a business career in
managing and leading people in accordance with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) Bachelor’s Degree Subject Benchmark Statement for Business and Management (2019) in the United Kingdom. The general ethos of the course is to engage with both the theories
and practice of HRM and business. The course places the practical and responsible planning and ethical decision making of these core disciplines within the broader functions of organisations. This approach enables graduates to embark confidently on graduate employment and/or
postgraduate study, demonstrating a professional level of transferable, practical and cognitive skills and the ability to respond effectively to future challenges. While focusing on HRM, the course equips students with a broad range of business knowledge and expertise enabling them to be
effective HR managers and leaders in public, private or voluntary organisations and to pursue an international management career in an HRM or business role.
Main Study Themes
Managing People in an International Environment
This provides a critical evaluation of the globalisation of human resource management strategies from various perspectives. You will be introduced to the key concepts for understanding international human resource management, and explore the practice of managing human resources in an international context.
Attracting and Retaining Key Talent
A fundamental part of the HR management role is concerned with the mobilisation of a workforce, taking responsibility for ensuring that the organisation is able to access the skills it needs at the time and in the places that it needs them to drive sustained organisation performance. This involves attracting, retaining and, from time to time, managing the departure of staff from the organisation. Achieving this requires insight-driven strategic and operational activity. Organisations are obliged to compete with one another to secure the services of a workforce in labour markets that are continually evolving.
Improving Organisational Performance
Human resources (HR) professionals need to understand how organisations can drive sustained organisation performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO) and involve line managers in the performance management process. You will learn ways to involve and secure the commitment of line managers to create a high-performance culture that promotes diversity, trust, enthusiasm and commitment
Leading through change
It is both widely recognised, and a self-fulfilling prophesy, that change is the only constant in the environment faced by organisations in the modern world. Factors such as technological advances, increasing competitive pressures, changes in regulatory reforms and globalisation are creating opportunities and threats that organisations need to address if they are to survive and prosper. Managers at all levels need to be competent at identifying the need for change and managing change effectively and harnessing creativity and innovation for organisational survival and success.
The BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management can be studied on a full-time basis over a three (four years including the foundation year) to four-year (five years including the foundation year) period. Students have the option to undertake a year-long work placement
between Level 5 and Level 6 of study, in order to gain the experience that these opportunities offer. The course at Level 4 provides broad business contextualisation, an introduction to the profession and discipline of HRM, an introduction to both research skills, and academic and
professional employability skills. Level 5 provides increased specialisation and application, providing students with the opportunity to synthesise substantive HR knowledge with HR practice for example in Strategic Reward Management, Resourcing, Talent Planning and Employer
Branding, Digital Business and Employment Relations. At Level 6 the strategic and global focus is increased for example in Innovation and Change, Business Governance, Leadership and Sustainable Ethics, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and HR Analytics for Strategic Decision-Making.