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Business Management (Human Resource Management) with a Professional Placement Year (BSc)

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Our practice-focused programme equips you with specialist tools and techniques to make a difference in your HR career.

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Course overview

Effective, enthusiastic and empathetic HR professionals are central to the success of contemporary organisations. So you’ll be in high demand for roles in the public, private and third sectors with competitive salaries and excellent prospects for career progression.

This means you’ll be in high demand for roles in the public, private and third sectors with competitive salaries and excellent prospects for career progression.

Our BSc Business Management (Human Resource Management) focuses on organisations of all kinds from multinational corporations to social enterprises and charities. This holistic approach ensures you develop the skills to respond to the evolving needs of all businesses, irrespective of sector.

You’ll develop people management expertise from our team of international researchers and HR practitioners. They’ll introduce you to roles and relations in employment and the practices of managing people in multicultural organisations, strategy, analysis and effecting change.

Your Professional Placement Year is an opportunity to put your university knowhow into practice as you take up a paid role and complement your academic study with exposure to real-world business challenges.

Distinctive features

  • Develop specialist knowledge of organisations and their workforces.
  • Get career-ready and build a network of contacts on your professional placement year in industry.
  • Follow your interests abroad and study in one of our partner institutions across the globe.
  • Acquire industry know-how from guest speakers, real-world case studies and trips to UK businesses.
  • Combine business theory and practical skills to assess the needs of contemporary business.
  • Pursue your entrepreneurial interests in a culture that promotes student enterprise and start-up ideas.

Accreditations

UCAS codeA321
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration4 years
ModeFull time with sandwich year

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You’ll be ready to tackle contemporary employment challenges with a professional HR skillset and placement year experience at your disposal.

Entry requirements

AAB-ABB. Please note, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DDD-DDM in Business.

IB 34-32 or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE Maths grade B or 6. GCSE English Language Grade C or 4 or an accepted English Language equivalent

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000None

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Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£18,450None

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Costs for sandwich years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a four-year full-time programme, consisting 120 credits a year.  All Students, regardless of route, take a common Year 1, which does not count towards the final degree classification.  At the end of Year 1, you have the option to either stay with the BSc Business Management (Human Resource Management) degree or to move to one of the other Business Management programmes if you have developed an interest in another area.

In Years 2 and 4, compulsory modules are determined by the choice of route but you also choose optional modules from an approved list enabling you to further tailor the degree to your interests.

Year three is spent on Professional Placement where you will put into practice the knowledge and skills you have already developed through your taught modules.

 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

Get to grips with the fundamentals on our universal business management first year.

We’ll introduce you to disciplines including accounting, technology and economics alongside classmates from our marketing, international management and logistics and operations pathways.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Society and EconomyBS100120 credits
Operations ManagementBS100210 credits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
Management: Theory and EvidenceBS151120 credits
MarketingBS152820 credits
People in OrganisationsBS152920 credits
Technology and the Digital AgeBS153210 credits

Year two

Combine theory and practice as your understanding of the basics grow.

You’ll start to appreciate how the study of people management intersects with finance, marketing and strategy while building a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary business landscape.

Complement your human resource toolkit with specialist modules in multiculturalism, purchasing and supply chain management.

Year three: Sandwich year

Apply your university know-how in the real world, as you embark on a salaried placement year in the UK or abroad.

This is your chance to enhance your career prospects by building a network of business contacts.

You’ll gain insights into organisations and industries with no long-term obligations, develop new skills and hone your competitive edge ready to stand-out in the graduate job market.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Professional PlacementBS4020120 credits

Year four

Bring your professional experience back to the lecture theatre in your final year as you encounter current and emerging issues in work and employment.

Modules in strategy, analysis and change will preface opportunities to tailor your degree to career ambitions you got a taste for on placement.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be supported?

 You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; they will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

 

 

How will I be assessed?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Internationally recognised faculty, who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field, bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the internal aspects of the structure, governance, functions and processes of organisations.
  • An appreciation of the dynamic interaction between organisations and the social and economic business environment within which they operate.
  • Knowledge of various processes, procedures and practices for the effective and responsible management of organisations.
  • An appreciation of the importance to organisations of understanding and managing their markets.
  • Understanding of how people interact within organisations and how they can be led, managed and developed.
  • Knowledge of different systems and processes for the effective management of operations within and between organisations.
  • Awareness of appropriate policies and strategies to meet stakeholder interests, manage risk and maximise achievement of strategic objectives.
  • An appreciation of how organisations can create social as well as economic improvement.
  • An appreciation of the factors that influence the management of people at work.
  • Understanding of policy making in Human Resource Management and the factors that need to be considered in designing work and organisational systems.
  • Knowledge of Human Resource processes including methods of resourcing, development, reward, and employee involvement.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical capacity to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Competence in exhibiting balanced and informed critical arguments.
  • Capability to apply relevant theories and approaches to practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Skills in People Management.
  • An ability to use research to take an evidence-based approach to management.
  • Commercial acumen.
  • Innovation, creativity and enterprise.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Effective self-management and a propensity for personal development.
  • An ability to communicate effectively through a variety of media, and to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • A capacity to exercise co-operation skills and work effectively with others

 

Careers and placements

Career prospects

97% of our students are in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Our dedicated career professionals have got you covered on things like industry placements, internships, work experience and insights.

You’ll benefit from career consultations, interview and CV writing workshops, industry-specific events and specialist psychometric assessment and broad skills training.

Placements

This programme includes a professional placement year during year 3 of the 4-year programme. You will be responsible for sourcing your own placement, though support will be given by the School’s employability team. If you are unable to secure a suitable placement you will be permitted to transfer to the equivalent ‘non-placement’ programme, assuming the relevant academic requirements are met. Placements can be conducted in English or in Welsh.

International Study

To give you the opportunity to gain a global perspective, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria (overall average mark of 60% or higher in the first year and a successful interview with the Director of International Exchange), you may transfer to the Semester Abroad programme. On this programme you take six compulsory single modules in the first semester of year 2 before spending the Spring semester of year 2 at one of our partner universities abroad studying relevant modules in English.

We have exchange agreements with high ranking Business Schools and universities worldwide where you will study modules taught and assessed in English at the partner university. A list of partner institutions, all of which offer modules taught in English, can be found on our website.

Our Exchange team and the University Global Opportunity Centre work closely with you in preparation for and during your studies abroad.

 

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