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Become a human resource management professional

Understanding how to manage, motivate and reward the people of an organisation can make a decisive contribution in the success of a business or organisation.   

The BA Business & Human Resource Management has been developed in partnership with industry, employers and professional associations to equip you with the knowledge and skills that business leaders look for.   

Not only will you learn how to successfully manage and organise a business, you’ll also gain core skills in HRM, including workforce management and development.

The BA Business & Human Resource Management is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).  

Upon successful completion of the course you will become eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD. 

Placement Opportunities

Work placement opportunities available through the School of Business & Enterprise allow students to put theory into practice in real-world business environments.

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THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE

The School of Business & Enterprise at UWS offers professionally focused courses, providing students with sought-after skillsets to succeed in commerce and industry. 

We place a high value on promoting entrepreneurship, partnering with the Princes Trust to support our business students to become self-employed or to set up their own business.

Our recent graduates are now working with some of the biggest names in business including RBS, Shell, Ford and IBM.

94%

of all UWS graduates in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Accelerated Entry

Direct entry into year 2 is possible.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including English plus Maths at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 102 UCAS Tariff points 
  • A levels: CCC plus English Language and Maths at GCSE level or 102 UCAS Tariff points 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including English plus Maths at Ordinary Level
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBB including English plus Maths at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 144 UCAS Tariff points 
  • A levels: BBB including English an Maths or 120 UCAS Tariff points 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Degree: 28 points
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Human Resource Management

English Language Requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

IELTS Score Exceptions

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

A well-developed understanding of how to manage and develop people is an internationally-tradable commodity. Business leaders rely on their human resources colleagues to help them to make informed decisions that contribute to the future success of the organisation. 

With the BA Business & Human Resource Management, you will gain a mix of specialist and generic transferable skills essential for a career in business or HRM. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and are focused on the practical aspects of business and human resources 

Our highly qualified and experienced teaching staff, supported by industry guest speakers, will deepen your understanding of business and HRM. They will help you to understand the range of career options and professional accreditations that will be available to you upon completion. 

Year 1

In year 1 you will develop a broad understanding of human resource management (HRM) and its importance in successful organisations. You will also gain an overview of other key business disciplines and the business environment and begin to develop key employability skills you’ll need when you begin your career. 

Year 2

In year 2 you will develop your knowledge and understanding of HRM by studying recruitment, retaining people and learning and development. Additional modules such as accounting and finance and business law will help you to develop your general management knowledge and skills and underpin your HRM learning.

Year 3

In year 3 you will learn about performance and reward management, employment relations and the role of HRM in organisation development.  You will also develop the entrepreneurial and research skills you will use in year 4.

Year 4

In year 4 you will study HR strategy, international HRM and equality and diversity. You will also complete a research dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. 

You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. 

Our Business degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Career Prospects

Jobs

Graduates are equipped to pursue careers within human resources while the business modules will provide you with the knowledge and skills to begin your career in general organisation management. Recent Business & Human Resource Management graduates are now employed in organisations including Ford, Motorola, IBM, Scottish Enterprise, local authorities and the National Health Service.

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. 

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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Course Leader

Kirstine Collins

Business & Enterprise

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