BA (Hons)

Business Management and Human Resources

Male and female students
  • UCAS code(s): NN26 / NN2P
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

It is frequently said that an organisation’s most important assets are its people, so an awareness of how people react to each other, and to the organisation, is fundamental to how an organisation operates.

Our Business Management and Human Resources course enables you to focus on management processes, with a strong emphasis on issues relating to the people dimensions of organisations, individuals and employment.

The course is designed to enhance your understanding of the processes of managing by studying concepts such as researching people and organisations, human resource development, international business communication and new perspectives in management and human resources, and strategic human resource management.

Our course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). As part of our commitment to your professional development we will register you as a student member of the CIPD and pay your membership fees from the start of year two through to graduation. Upon successful completion of the course you will gain Associate Membership of the CIPD (AssocCIPD).

Additionally, this degree is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) providing our students with a dual-award status.

This course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement, and offers all students the opportunity to gain some industry experience or travel overseas to study abroad in one of our partner universities with our unique opportunities scheme.

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What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

The course begins in September. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates. The academic calendar will apply throughout your course, aside your placement year (if you have chosen to undertake one).

  • Year One

    Accounting and Finance for Managers

    Through this module you will develop the skills and competencies needed to make effective use of accounting information, especially for control and decision making purposes. You will explore how business organisations are financed and the constraints and limitations that financing imposes on them. You will also learn about the calculation of accounting profit and its importance to an organisation. You will develop skills that will allow you to identify relevant cash inflows and outflows of a proposed business project, and learn about utilising the techniques of break-even analysis in project decision making.

    The importance and use of budgeting for forward-planning, communication, coordination and control within an organisation will be covered, as well as the importance of cash and liquidity within an organisation and the construction of cash and working capital budgets. You will learn how to use cash and working capital management models and techniques and how to construct financial statements. Other areas covered in this vast module include financial appraisal of long term capital investment proposals and valuation of company shares.

    Economics for Business and Management

    This module will introduce you to a range of skills, methods and knowledge, that are applied by professional economists. It will enable you to offer a distinctive contribution to business and management decisions involving the deployment of globally scarce resources. The module will enable you to demonstrate a range of applications of economic ideas, principles and techniques, and to identify resource consequences of business and managerial decisions in a national and international context.

    Foundations of Managing and Organising

    Both work and management are carried out by people, the human resources of an organisation. The focus of this module is on the management of work within an organisation, providing you with a holistic understanding from the viewpoint of both the workers and the management. You will be introduced to key applications, policies and practices that are involved in the management of human resources. You will examine and analyse their underlying theoretical basis and the effects on the organisation and society in general.

    Principles of Marketing

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and operations. You will be introduced to core marketing and operations functions, and develop your understanding of the key concepts, frameworks and models within the area of marketing and operations.

    You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to identify differing marketing orientations, in particular how organisations identify, understand and satisfy their customers. It will also provide you with the skills required to develop marketing objectives and to translate these into operational processes that satisfy the needs of the customer. Alongside all this, you will learn about the dynamic relationship between operations, organisational performance and competitive position, and will develop effective team building and communication skills.

    Enterprise and Business Development

    This module will introduce you to the subject of business in higher education, and provide you with  an overview of the business environment. Over the course of the module you will be encouraged to consider different elements of business, how they link together and how they are different. You will also take part in a ‘business simulation’ which will imitate the experience of running a business with a group of fellow students, allowing you to put your business skills to the test.

    The module is also designed to prepare for study on your course and provide a smooth transition between your earlier experiences of learning, teaching and assessment prior to university. You will study intellectual skills and different approaches to learning, independent learning, transferable skills such as communication, time management, team building and effective group working, and study skills such as note taking, research skills, referencing, writing for university, and critical thinking

    Quantitative Methods for Business

    This module will introduce you to a variety of quantitative techniques that are essential to business. You will cover a range of techniques and your learning will be substantially based on the use of both specialist statistical and standard office software. In addition to developing your awareness of, and proficiency with quantitative techniques, this module is also designed to enhance your confidence and attitude towards numerical aspects of your future studies and career.

  • Year Two

    First half of Year Two – Core modules

    Applied Human Resource Management

    This module will develop your knowledge of the key issues relating to the processes and practices of human resource management (HRM). You will study the role of HRM and the HR function in organisations, and also have the opportunity to critically understand research in the field of HRM.

    The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key issues of relations between an employer and its workforce. You will also have the opportunity to understand critically the reasons and explanations behind trends such as employee voice and employee engagement and what the role of HRM is in shaping those trends. You will evaluate current and developing practice in selected areas of managing the employment relationship, with a particular emphasis on the role of employee voice.

    Researching People and Organisations

    This module aims to develop your critical understanding and challenge accepted views of organisational issues affecting people in their everyday work. You will develop core research skills, learn to evaluate and present research evidence and arguments, and also develop a greater awareness of the limitations of theory.

    Examples of the topics that are covered include power, surveillance and technology at work, service and leisure work, organisational misbehaviour, gender and sexuality in the workplace, and changing time and place of work.

    Human Resources Development

    This module will increase your understanding of the key underpinning theories, principles, and practical implications relevant to Human Resource Development through the use of data analytic techniques. You will consider key ideas informing an HRD strategy, and to outline the meaning and importance of Strategic HRD in contemporary organisations. You will be asked to assess organisational data in creating learning and training activities for organisations, groups and individuals.

    Throughout the module you will be encouraged to consider a range of theoretical and practical applications of HRD, and its implications for the effective management and development of individuals and the organisation. There will also be the expectation to demonstrate team-working skills and ability to structure and communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in writing.

    Second half of Year Two

    You can either select one of our Unique Opportunities Initiatives or continue with your taught modules listed below:

    Core modules

    Marketing Management

    This module explores the role of marketing management and its interaction with other business functions. You will study marketing management concepts that are used during the development of sound marketing strategies, and will develop effective group and personal skills that are valued highly by organisational employers. You will learn about the application of marketing tools to different contexts, as well as segmentation, targeting and positioning. Other subjects covered include integrated marketing communications, social and ethical implications of marketing, and marketing in context (including services, business, and international).

    International Business and Communication

    This module will provide you with a deeper understanding on how international business is conducted, with a particular emphasis on what makes international business different from domestic business.

    You will study and explore:

    • the major theories that explain international business transactions
    • the financial exchange systems and institutions that measure and facilitate international transactions
    • the techniques of environmental analysis and auditing in an international context
    • the dynamic processes of change in the international business environment, including globalisation, the rapid liberalisation of trade and capital movements, and the consolidation of regional trading blocs.

    In addition to all this, you will also be introduced you to key theories of ethics, international trade, foreign direct investment, regional economic integration, and international finance, focusing on regional business environments such as the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Digital Entrepreneurship

    The aim of this module is to develop your critical awareness of digital entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship within a global marketplace. Using both a critical and practical perspective, you will examine the process of developing a digital business that is enabled and / or enhanced by Internet technologies, smart and mobile phones and their applications, and other emerging technologies.

    Using theory, analytical frameworks and practical examples, the module will provide you with practical skills and capabilities to explore a market opportunity, develop a digitally enhanced business idea and the requisite considerations of implementing such an idea in either a start-up, or a new market for an existing firm.

    You will study E-concepts, exploring the opportunities and threats of digital commerce and doing business in a networked economy. You will also examine business models and the use of frameworks in identifying new business opportunities and challenges. In addition to this you will learn about the internet and associated technologies, understanding the widespread changes enabled by the internet and the international opportunities for new forms of competition it affords willing entrepreneurs.

    Management Accounting for Decision Making

    The manager and entrepreneur of the future must have sound financial skills to enable them to take advantage of their environment. Critical to this process is understanding the environment in which you operate and the financial structure of your organisation. You need to understand the information that is required to successfully manage your organisation and how to interpret it.

    During this module you will examine a range of management accounting techniques that are used in business decision making, and explore how accounting and finance information could evolve to meet the needs of organisations operating in competitive markets.

    You will study the value and limitations of accounting information for managerial decision making, planning and control purposes within organisations, and develop your understanding of problem solving techniques that are frequently used by teams operating in an organisational context, and how these techniques could be used within the accounting and finance framework.

  • Year Three

    Placement year

    A vital component of our degree courses is the placement year. This time spent working in business provides our students with crucial work experience, which is highly prized and much sought after by employers upon graduation. We have links with a wide range of sectors, firms and organisations that offer student placements. If you have decided to undertake a placement year then this will last for a minimum of 48 weeks during your third year.

    Our Employability Team is here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

    Services they provide include:

    • finding placements, internships and part-time work
    • pursuing self-employment
    • taking gap years and time out
    • getting into volunteering
    • providing advice on further study.

    Or

    Taught modules

    If you have decided to continue with your studies please view the 'final year' tab for your list of modules.

  • Final year

    Research Project

    For this module you will undertake a purposeful, individual, in depth study of a relevant topic, developing your independent learning, critical thinking and knowledge of research techniques relevant to your subject area. The project will develop your ability to manage a major piece of work, for which you will be completely responsible, and will be completed over a period of several months. You will learn to utilise and improve your time management and communication skills, as well as test your initiative and resourcefulness. To support your development during this module you will study essential skills such as critical thinking, conducting a literature review, understanding the appropriate research framework, practical research methods and skills, report and academic writing skills.

    Leadership and Employability

    This module will help prepare you for future employment, by further developing your career-related and transferrable skills. During the module you will critically reflect on your time at University, and develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership, as well as your consultancy and project management skills. You will also develop an understanding of how effective strategic leadership can influence organisational behaviour, strategic management and financial decision-making with emphasis on CIPD professional qualities and skills

    Your lectures and workshops will be delivered by specialist tutors, industry experts and guests, focusing on themes such as human resource management careers, business related professional activities in public and private sectors, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability and ethical issues, and career management skills, including effective job search strategies, realising your full potential via ‘personal branding’ and management of your online presence, and requirements and qualifications for the various accounting and finance professional bodies.

    In addition to attending traditional lectures and seminars, you will also select career related and transferable skills workshops and events that match your needs, and guest lectures from business and industry.

    New Perspectives in Management and Human Resources

    This module will introduce you to leading edge academic perspectives on management and human resources. It will build on your knowledge of management and human resources, introducing a more critical and creative approach to the subject. You will be exposed to a range of contemporary issues within Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour.

    You will examine contemporary management theory and practice, focusing on the social, cultural and historical roots of management practice. In addition to this, you will study the emergence of modern human resource management within its historical context by examining how well established concepts have developed over time.

    Comparative and International Management

    Influences of culture on management, and managing within and across diverse cultures, have become increasingly relevant in today’s business world. The module aims to address the issues of cultural differences and their influences on international management, largely from a human resource management perspective. During this module you will examine and explore the problems that arise from these matters and the solutions that are needed, all of which are at the heart of business and organisational life in the 21st Century.

    Strategic Human Resource Management

    The overall aim of the module is to help you improve your critical appreciation of the theories, principles, historical trends and practical issues relevant to human resource (HR) strategy and function. You will be able to consider and evaluate the key activities, practices and functions in managing human resources in a different organisational setting and context. You will develop an understanding of the role of HR function on improving employment relationships and achieving organisational goals.

    There is also the expectation to develop critical knowledge of the skills required by HR managers for successfully managing human and knowledge capital as well as the importance of linking business strategy with strategic human resource. The module is designed to research an enhanced range of relevant information, data, and analytical materials through practical and written work demonstrate a critical awareness around strategic human resource management.

    Plus one optional module from:

    International Marketing and Communications

    This module explores activity and developments from across the area of international and global marketing, including developments in world trade; ethical, environmental and sustainability issues; buyer behaviour and segmentation; developing an international strategy; and issues surrounding international marketing communications.

    The module will also provide you with an advanced level of knowledge on the concepts of marketing at the various levels of export, international and global marketing; and a detailed understanding of the sources of international marketing information and the factors governing marketing research decisions at an international level. You will focus on how international marketing communication strategies are developed across a wide range of industries, sectors and organisations, whilst improving your research, analytical, communication, time management and team working skills.

    Managing Information and Knowledge Strategically

    This module will help prepare you for future employment, by further developing your career-related and transferable skills. During the module you will critically reflect on your time at University, and develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership, as well as your consultancy and project management skills. You will also develop an understanding of how effective strategic leadership can influence organisational behaviour, strategic management and financial decision-making.

    Your lectures and seminars will be delivered by specialist tutors and guests, focusing on themes such as international accounting and finance, professional practice, public service finance, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability and ethical issues, and career management skills, including effective job search strategies, realising your full potential via ‘personal branding’ and management of your online presence, and requirements and qualifications for the various accounting and finance professional bodies.

    In addition to attending traditional lectures and seminars, you will also select career related and transferable skills workshops and events that match your needs, and guest lectures from business and industry.

    Corporate Governance and Risk Management

    During this module you will study current recommendations and developments in the field of corporate governance both in the UK and in a selection of overseas countries. The module aims to highlight the importance of control and risk management when implementing strong governance measures, and will evaluate the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by those entrusted with these responsibilities.

    Economics of International Trade

    The principal theoretical and empirical models of trade are used to explain why countries engage in the international exchange of goods and services. The macroeconomic context of trade is also examined as the conduct of trade can be affected by exchange rates, macroeconomic policy and other policy factors.

    You will be able to:

    • develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the microeconomic principles underpinning trade theory and trade policy
    • identify and analyse the potential determining factors of trade, distinguishing between the trade patterns of the advanced countries and the developing countries
    • develop a critical understanding of the macroeconomic context of international trade.

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How you’re taught

On average you will receive minimum 12 – 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.

We use a mixture of teaching methods including traditional lectures and seminars, IT workshops, guest lectures, problem-based learning and group discussions. In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work.

These are included to help you develop a range of practical skills such as time management, effective presentation, communication, customer focus, analytical, entrepreneurial and team working. All students will attend lectures and seminars at NTU’s City Campus, in the impressive Newton building, home to Nottingham Business School.

You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Assessment methods

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (28%), written (65%) and practical (7%).
  • Year 2 coursework (53%), written (35%) and practical (12%).
  • Year 3 coursework (65%) and written (35%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 coursework (28%), written (65%) and practical (7%).
  • Year 2 coursework (53%), written (35%) and practical (12%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 coursework (65%) and written (35%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%) and independent study (73%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%) and independent study (73%) .
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

96% of students studying BA (Hons) Business Management and Human Resources, were satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2017)

Careers and employability

100% of our undergraduates were in employment or further study six months after graduating from NTU (DLHE 2015/16)

Graduates from this course have gone onto working in both public and private sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • HR administrator
  • HR adviser
  • HR assistant
  • HR intern

In the last few years, graduates from this course have gone onto securing roles with well know employers such as:

  • Jurys Inn
  • Vauxhall
  • British Airways
  • Jaeger

Accreditation

Our BA (Hons) Business Management Joint Honours courses and BA (Hons) Business course have a Dual Award status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). In addition to your degree you will also gain a CMI qualification.

It  is also approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). As part of our commitment to your professional development we will register you as a student member of the CIPD and pay your membership fees from the start of year two through to graduation. Upon successful completion of the course you will gain Associate Membership of the CIPD (AssocCIPD)

100% of students felt that the course challenged them to achieve their best work (National Student Survey 2017)

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBC, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see our website or UCAS course search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-Masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation courses at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about the university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an Undergraduate Course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK University you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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