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BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Course Duration

36 months

Delivery Method

On Campus

Course Fee

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Delivered & Awarded by

Anglia Ruskin University 2019

About this Course

Your interest in business and people makes you stand out. You’re an ambitious problem solver, an intuitive communicator, and a born leader. Hone your natural talent and develop a business mindset, with our full-time Business and Human Resource Management degree in Cambridge. Get the edge with CIPD accreditation – a must for all HR professionals – and an optional placement year. Show employers that you’ll go far, and take your colleagues with you.

You’re socially intelligent and want to increase your potential with a business degree. These distinctive qualities make you stand out from the crowd. You want to further your abilities and thrive in a career that incorporates both social skills and strategic business approach. We’ll help you get there.

Human Resources impact company culture, direction and profit; people are an essential pillar of every business, and you want to be the driving force behind the success of a team, whilst knowing all the tricks of the trade. Business is a constantly changing and innovative sector and you understand the importance of possessing relevant industry skills and want to be ready to step into success.

Studying Business and Human Resource Management with us will give you a unique edge in your field. You will grasp fundamental business knowledge, including project and strategic management, creating sustainable business solutions in response to contemporary global issues, business law, and intercultural business insights. You’ll develop your understanding of the workplace in relation to characteristics of modern societies, learn how to improve performance and drive your company’s growth using its people.

Units

Year One - Core Units

On this module, you’ll learn a range of skills required to function effectively as an independent self-learner. You’ll develop both practical and academic skills that are essential for you to be successful in your chosen business undergraduate degree. The module will equip you with skills that can be used in modules throughout your chosen degree. The focus of the module includes: the use of information technology and associated software packages, presentation skills, problem-solving, both individually and in teams, critical analysis, critical writing and referencing.

This module will present you with a foundation in the core theories and models of marketing, from a bottom-up perspective. The module will instil in you an understanding of how marketing operates as a key functional area within business and how it critically interacts with other areas such as accountancy, human resource management and business management throughout all business sectors.

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of economics and focuses on applying key economic insights to business and management. First, the module focuses on microeconomics – the decisions and behaviour of individuals and firms. The economic principles underlying the determination of price and output, firm costs, industrial structure and market failures are outlined. Next, the module focuses on macroeconomics – the economy at national and international levels – and its impacts on business behaviour. You’ll learn how the key macroeconomic variables (inflation, unemployment, and so on) influence business activity and government macroeconomic policy.

Undertaking a Major Project allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, and/or product development work, on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, relating to your particular interests and background, although closely linked to our wide range of staff interests and research. You will have many group sessions to support your project, plus the supervision by an academic member of staff. The project also encourages students to share ideas and approaches. The chosen topic will be in your course subject area and require you to identify/formulate problems and issues based on a range of topics provided by conducting a literature review and evaluating information. You will investigate and adopt a suitable desk based methodology and determine solutions, perhaps developing hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate. You will critically appraise and present your findings, reflecting upon the limitations of your research and the research process.

Management in practice is about supporting people to work effectively in different organisational contexts. Regardless of your technical area, type of organisation or job position, you will need to manage your relationships with colleagues, managers, subordinates and customers. This module will equip you with knowledge and skills to help you understand how people and organisations function at individual, group and organisational levels based on the latest academic evidence.

Contemporary workplaces are increasingly complex: workers’ roles are multifaceted and often difficult to define. As a result, supporting, developing and managing people at work is becoming more demanding. This module addresses this challenging context by considering work as consisting of the dynamics between people, work and society, and will encourage you to be critical by exploring theories and workplace practices through the lens of sociology and psychology. This module will explore the nature of work and society and will draw on theories associated with the nature of work, organisation and management. There will be a historical and critical review of schools of thought and key writers, which will introduce you to the tradition of social science theory and practice. You will be encouraged to think about issues associated with class, gender, race and identity and how these are linked to the notion of ‘work’. You’ll be able to explore what ‘work’ means; why do people work; and what are the different types of work that occur. The module will focus on issues of industrialisation, deindustrialisation, notions of career and identity and places and spaces of work. A major part of this module is the discussion of innovative and new ways of looking at work through the lens of sociology and psychology. You’ll explore sociological ways of seeing work and organisations and understanding the relationship between work, organisations and society more generally. As the module will focus on the wider context of work, and take into account the societal challenges associated with changing patterns of work, you’ll be prepared for the new realities of work. This includes working practices such as distributed, networked organizations; management consultancy, as well as more conventional organisational work practices.

The contemporary global business environment is full of risks and opportunities. This module explores the importance of those risks and opportunities for the decisions that companies make. You will explore the legal, ecological, political, economic, and technological factors that shape business decisions. Attention will also be paid to the competitive environment and how this interacts with globalisation, and technological and social change to create complex strategic options. The importance of country attractiveness and contemporary trends in the global economy will also be considered. Assessment is by group discussion, individual research blog, and an essay.

Year Two - Core Units

Project management is a key skill for any future professional to acquire, at some stage in your career you will be involved in delivering or working on a project. This module focuses on providing a sound basis for managing or working on projects. In essence, the concept of managing a project hinging on one quite basic principle, managing the triangle of: quality of the project outcomes, cost and time. In practice, this is a complex juggling act. The module covers: the major process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge; the importance of stakeholder and risk management; scheduling and costing; monitoring and controlling techniques, including cost control, time management and resource optimisation; improving the success of projects; and the principles of agile project management. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework: a project schedule and discussion of stakeholders and risks, and a limited time case study problem.

The people in an organisation are its greatest assets – managing this important resource is increasingly recognised as a complex and vital task which is central to the success of any business. This module introduces you to the context, theory and practice of human resource management (HRM) with particular focus on how HRM can contribute to improving organisational performance. In order to explore the impact of HRM on performance and enable you to critically engage with this question, the module is designed as a step-by-step process focusing on the following three elements: understanding HRM, understanding organisational performance by exploring theoretical perspectives on how organisations can improve and sustain performance and research and theory linking HRM with organisational outcomes and improved performance. The module is assessed by means of an essay and extended case study report.

This fascinating module will give you an insight and appreciation of the various ways in which the law impacts on the domestic and international business environment. The module will provide a foundation across a broad range of legal issues which you’ll then have the opportunity to develop further by taking specialised law modules in your subsequent studies. The module focuses on the nature and sources of business law, on contract law with regard to both goods and services and on the law of tort, in particular, negligence and vicarious liability. There’ll also be a brief focus on the type of corporate structures and employment relationships that exist in the UK.

This core module introduces you to the various methods of undertaking business research – vital tools for anyone hoping to pursue a career in business. The module covers a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It’s a practical module informed by theory and real-life examples, which’ll help you to explore the philosophical debates underlying business and management research and consider how they relate to our understanding of knowledge and business practice. You’ll be encouraged to develop your ability to critically assess both the theory and practice of business and management research and to reflect on your own learning and development. This module will help you think about a final project and give you confidence in using research methods.


A sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of individuals in the workplace is needed by Human Resource professionals, whether in generalist or specialist roles in an organisation. This insightful and interesting module will provide you with the basic tools with which to obtain information relating to the working people who form the heart of organisations. It also enables you to learn about your own strengths as well as identifying a continuing professional development plan based on the capabilities required for ethical, business-focused and interpersonal professional conduct.

Human Resource professionals need to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This module enables you to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impact of these factors on the HR function. The module will allow you to consider tools identified in business models and evaluate their use when applied to the operation of HR policies. It’ll consider the ideas surrounding the foundations of personnel development as compared with human resource management and review the impact upon organisations of a globalised marketplace. It’ll consider the impact on and the contribution of HRM to the global credit crunch and the challenges to HRM within organisations in terms of the need to address environmental concerns in the long and short term. The module also examines HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation and encourages learners to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts to provide workable organisational and HR solutions to address them.

Year Two - Optional Units

Strategic Management is a fascinating discipline that studies the long-term purpose and direction of organisations, by looking at how to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. The first part of the module focuses on core frameworks and analytical techniques that will enable you to assess the resources and capabilities of organisations in relation to the conditions of the industry and the macro environment, and stakeholder pressures. The module concludes with the evaluation of business-level and corporate-level strategies, providing a springboard to the Advanced Strategic Management module in the final year, focused on strategic implementation.

This innovative and exciting career-focused module will help you develop the employability skills and capabilities that are needed to compete successfully in the graduate labour market whilst seeking to provide you with knowledge, support and insight into the contemporary world of work and the business market. The module will also develop your skills and is therefore practical and engages you in case study exercise, real-life scenarios, audit and skills testing techniques and invites external guest speakers and employers to provide insight and input. The lectures and seminars will provide key inputs to help introduce you to fundamental employability concepts, insights and techniques, drawn from the world of business and management, but also from other disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and the humanities.

Climate change and sustainability offer both challenges and opportunities for economies and business across the world. This module is a “step” into addressing the requirements of private and public sector organisations looking for graduates with knowledge, skills and attributes related to environmental and sustainability issues. It develops a hands-on approach to sustainability by focusing on the development of an environmental management system (EMS) for the students’ households. It is expected that this module can contribute to the students’ wellbeing, while reducing their carbon footprint and creating sustainable transformations and pro-environmental behaviour. This module aims at developing creativity, responsibility and future-thinking amongst the participants: its ultimate goal is to enhance the students’ participation in a highly competitive job market and the opportunities for green and responsible entrepreneurship. The main pillars of this module are as follows. A. Action Learning & Reflective Practice: This module encourages students to start working on their assessment from day 1, offering a wide variety of tools to record their progress in the implementation and monitoring of their environmental management system. B. Creativity and Use of Technology: This module relies on the students’ creative skills in the use of social media and use of digital learning platforms such as Canvas. C. Employability: At the end of this module students will be able to identify and provide evidence of a wide range of skills and attributes for future jobs and enterprises. Overall aims at encouraging the ability for self-reflection and a commitment to life-long learning becoming and acting as responsible citizens. This module is approved by Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), which means that upon completing it, you are entitled to a free student membership (of £25 value). The perks include access to extra resources, such as webinars, publications, networks and more. It can not only enhance your academic performance, but also differentiate you from other graduates and help you launch your career in environmental sustainability.


In an increasingly global business environment, those involved in international business and management must develop the insights and skills to interact with customers and stakeholders in a culturally sensitive way. The module introduces and examines the work of important researchers in the field such as Hofstede, Hall, Watson, Tayeb, Holden, Hampden-Turner and Trompenaars. It explores the application of these theories to decision making at an organisation level. Presenting cultural diversity as a central element in the phenomena of business change and organisational development through the use of case studies and interactive scenarios. It draws on the diversity of the student group as a resource and attempts to generate dynamic learning experiences.

Placement Year


In a competitive job market, understanding how the professional work place functions, along with well developed employability skills, are key to a graduate securing employment. The work placement gives you the opportunity to put into practice what would have been learned in the first two years and to enter their final year with the insights of their practical experience in the field. During this module you will undertake a work based learning internship with a company or organisation where they will be supported in developing effective professional practices through guidance in generic and specific employability skills and through developing independent reflective learning practices to enhance your continuing professional development in the context of your own working environment. The module aims to provide you with experience of work in a business environment including familiarisation with a professional work environment. The module will be underpinned by employability skills training, reflective assessment and support from academic tutors. You will expected to be able to reflect on your experience in writing and orally, and demonstrate how you have applied theory, and learnings to date within a work-based environment. The assessment aims to support and develop your ability to demonstrate your professionalism, leadership and managerial skills to a prospective employer whilst also learning key communication and personal skills. – You must secure a placement, or placements (maximum 3) amounting to 9 months duration with minimum term of 3 months per placement. – Placement can start at any point from 1 June and must have started by 1 October.

Year Three - Core Units

Human resource professionals need to understand key developments in the theory and practice of employment relations, both within and beyond the immediate organisational context. This module allows you to build on your knowledge and experience to develop the skills required to make informed and effective judgements about existing and emerging models, processes and practices of employment relations in local and international jurisdictions. This is designed to encourage you to assess and understand broader developments that influence the effective management of the employment relationship in indigenous and multinational organisations.

Recent decades have seen a substantial increase in the extent to which the employment relationship in the UK, Eire and the EU is regulated through employment legislation. As a result, human resources professionals are now obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out many central aspects of their role. They’re also obliged to take responsibility for the defence and settlement of claims lodged with employment tribunals by aggrieved employees or former employees. This module introduces the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation. This is intended to provide an overview, rather than to focus in detail on the operation of specific employment laws, for those who need to understand and be able to evaluate emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship in local and international jurisdictions.

How can you be an effective leader during the current turbulent times? Organisations are facing constant organisational, environmental and economic change. In addition, smart technology and increasingly flat hierarchies in organisations emphasise the importance of effective team management and networking across different cultures. This module explores the role of leadership to facilitate effective management of uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity and to create a vision and strategy for future success and sustainable performance of organisations. This module enables you to make links between the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership by solving case studies and also by reflecting on own leadership challenges – from previous jobs, work placements or volunteering.

The Reward Management module provides the learner with a wide understanding of how the business context drives reward strategies and policies, including labour market, industrial and sector trends, regional differences and trends in pay and international comparisons; the financial drivers of the organisation, the balance sheet and the impact of reward costs. These are vital tools for the business leaders of tomorrow.

Does Human Resource Management operate in a global environment? Although people are at the heart of all organisations, there are significant differences in how citizens around the world participate in the workplace. This module sets out to investigate how, and if, HRM operates in the international arena. This is done by considering differences in national HRM policies and practices and by examining how businesses overcome the numerous ‘people problems’ associated with operating in more than one country.

Undertaking a Major Project allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, and/or product development work, on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, relating to your particular interests and background, although closely linked to our wide range of staff interests and research. You will have many group sessions to support your project, plus the supervision by an academic member of staff. The project also encourages students to share ideas and approaches. The chosen topic will be in your course subject area and require you to identify/formulate problems and issues based on a range of topics provided by conducting a literature review and evaluating information. You will investigate and adopt a suitable desk based methodology and determine solutions, perhaps developing hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate. You will critically appraise and present your findings, reflecting upon the limitations of your research and the research process.

About Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University began as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. The university has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, university centres in Kings Lynn and Peterborough and partnerships with universities from the around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Entry Requirements​

  • Our entry requirements change in clearing, to find out if you could join this course in September either make an application using the Clearing Places Apply online option or call our clearing line on 01245 686868.

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

  • 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

This degree will help you graduate with practical skills, a sound knowledge of the tourism industry, the ability to adapt to trends, and industry contacts

Delivered & Awarded by

Anglia Ruskin University 2019

Duration

36 months

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