Develop your practical business and management skills alongside a strong academic understanding, and pursue a rewarding HR career across a wide range of commercial and public sector organisations with this challenging and comprehensive Foundation Degree in Business and Human Resource Management.

Explore subject specific skills and business models, enhance your human resource management abilities and build your knowledge of today’s dynamic and ever changing organisations. With a wide range of transferable skills, practical work experience and independent learning, you’ll be well placed to begin your career or advance your current roles and position.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
All tutors are qualified to:-

• BSc/BA/Masters in subject specific and/or Education
• Industry Experience

• Pass in Access to HE in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at level 3

• 3 GCSEs including English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• 64 UCAS tariff points from A2 or BTEC diploma in a relevant subject
If you’re a mature applicant (aged 21 or over) with no formal academic qualifications, you may be considered for entry to the programme if you can demonstrate that you have experience, motivation and personal qualities appropriate for foundation degree level work. You’ll typically have at least three years’ relevant work experience at an appropriate level and have prepared yourself for academic studies.

All none standard entry applicants will be individually interviewed by the programme leader to assess suitability and clarify any further actions to be taken. You should have a curriculum vitae and supporting evidence of both employment and education; including references.

Year 1: Dynamic Business Environment (30 credits)
Understand the range of dynamic factors in the general business environment over which organisations may have limited, if any control over, exploring the topics of markets and globalisation, technological development, fundamental macroeconomic elements and concepts, social, cultural and ecological factor

Year 1: Finance and Accounting Information for Managers (30 credits)
Learn how to read and interpret financial statements and use costing and budgeting techniques, focusing on their importance and use in information systems.

Year 1: HRM in Practice (30 credits)
Examine the employee lifecycle, including selection, induction, HRM planning of resources, employee relations, employee engagement, performance appraisal, training and development.

Year 1: Understanding and Managing People (30 credits)
Explore the range of concepts and models related to understanding and managing people, work and behaviour in national and international organisations.
Ba Bailey, S. (2015) Academic Writing for International Students of Business
Hewing Hewings, M. (2005) Advanced Grammar in Use: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Advanced Learners of English
Moore, Moore, S. (2010) The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook
Moore, Moore, S., & Dawsonera. (2010) The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook.
The course is assessed through one or two assignments per module and scheduled across a range of submission points in the year (January and May).

Assignment tasks are based around industry scenarios and are practical in many of the modules. Development of self-reflection, awareness and evaluation of your own skills are built into tasks so you can reflect and develop your skills further. Some assessments also include elements of self and peer group assessments. All are marked out of 100%.

• Formative assessment (developmental) takes a wide variety of forms e.g. seminars; regular weekly tutorials; interaction in class; peer feedback on in-class presentations; workshop activity with feedback; on-line quizzes; tutor feedback on group and project work; and regular final assessment monitoring with guidance to improve. Examples of final assessments include:
• Role plays e.g. interviewing, appraisals,team work
• Work based research on a chosen topic e.g. Managing and implementing change within the HR department of M&S
• Examinations e.g. multiple choice & essay style
• Academic business reports e.g. Investigation of the HR plans of an organisation
• Business presentations e.g. Business proposals, Global HR analysis and culture
• Business meetings e.g. Discussions of environmental sustainability
• Essay’s e.g. Comparing & contrasting management philosophies
• Portfolios e.g. compilation of practical skills developed in management functions
• Personal Development Plan e.g. file identifying personal skills development and areas to improve
Use this degree in Human Resources to follow a rewarding career in a wide variety of areas, including management in industry and commerce. HR graduates from this course pursue careers in multinational or domestic business organisations, and in the public or charitable sectors.

You could work as:

• HR advisor
• HR manager
• HR analyst
• Learning and Development specialist
• Recruitment Consultant
• Resourcing Manager
• HR Operations Manager
• Talent Acquisition specialist
• HR Business Partner
• Reward specialist
• Benefits Manager
• Employee Relations specialist
• Management Consultant
• Performance Management specialist
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

You can also find details of part time and international fees.
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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print your assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.


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