Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

The course is accredited by the professional body of HR professionals, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of the course students will gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and provide the foundation for a career and academic development at postgraduate level. UCLan has been delivering professionally accredited programmes in HRM for many years.

Many of our staff are members of the CIPD and have worked as HR professionals. Our academics actively undertake research related to HRM topics and draw upon this to inform their teaching. The Institute for Research into Work, Organisations and Employment (IROWE) is based in UCLan’s School of Management and students have the opportunity to attend research seminars and practitioner workshops which will give them access to current research on a wide range of topics. The workshops are well attended by local HR professionals and provide a good networking opportunity for students.

A variety of teaching and learning approaches are utilised on the programme: lectures, seminars; workshops; practical sessions; case studies; group and team based working. You will also spend time on personal and independent study and online learning by, for example, engaging with peers in online discussion groups.

Assessment includes course work assessment and formal exams but can also take the form of role play, group and project based work, and presentations. Throughout your period of study you will build up a portfolio of your knowledge and skills as a reflective practitioner and in your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent piece of research.

Staff teaching on the programme are drawn from across the Schools of Management and Business and many have relevant professional qualifications and experience, including as HR professionals and members of the CIPD. Tutors may be engaged in a range of scholarly activity such as research and writing and draw upon this in their teaching. A number of staff are involved in the Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (IROWE).

Throughout their programme of study they will also have the opportunity to attend talks and workshops on current HR practice and research run by the Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (IROWE).

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years full time Four years with 48 week work placement

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Foundations in Human Resource Management and Development Practice
  • Introduction to Business Functions
  • The Business Environment
  • Business and Management Project Essentials

Year 2

  • Managing People
  • Organisational Change at Work
  • Work Placement Preparation
  • Research Methods
  • Employment Law

Examples of options - one from:

  • Project and Operations Management
  • The Global Environment of Business
  • Marketing Principles for Business
  • Enterprise in Practice: Planning & Developing a Business Model
  • Enterprise in Practice – Entrepreneurship & the Small Business 

Year 3

  • Workplace Learning
  • HRM in Context
  • Employee Relations
  • Performance and Reward Management

and one of the following:

  • Analysis of Management Issues; or
  • Management Report; or
  • HRM & Leadership Dissertation

Plus one option from :

  • Managing Consultancy Skills
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • HRM in a Global Context

Industry Links

We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there may be an opportunity to attend guest speaker events. The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification. Many of our academics are professionally qualified and have worked as HR professionals.

Professional Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Successful completion of the course will gain Associate Membership level of the CIPD.


We are renowned for developing graduates who are highly employable and have strong entrepreneurial skills. This course offers a 48-week work placement opportunity where you will have the chance to work in a real business and gain vital work experience that will assist you in gaining employment when you graduate. In addition, you will have further opportunities for real-world work experience through short internships, volunteering and much more. 

The course provides a foundation for students who wish to progress a career in the Human Resource Management profession. It will also provide a solid understanding of managing people and the work and business context for students who are progressing to more general management positions.

Progression route onto either Masters in Human Resource Management/ Development (full-time programme) or Post graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/ Development (Part-time). Both of these are CIPD accredited at UCLan and successful completion will enable the students to work towards Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.