Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Career-focused, our degree incorporates general business management as well as the tools, techniques and specialist knowledge to manage human resources (HR) effectively. You will put theory into practice coaching other students, designing assessments, conducting interviews and more. This provides valuable experience and a genuine appreciation of how HR fits within the broader business landscape, preparing you to make a positive impact for your employer from the get-go.

How an organisation manages its people has a direct impact on both their mindset and productivity, making HR Management (HRM) a core function in every business. This course will equip you with the breadth of knowledge, skills and capabilities to develop positive working cultures and respond proactively and creatively to contemporary business issues and challenges, such as change management.

Our emphasis is very much on experiential learning. You will be taught by staff who are or have been HR professionals, bringing their real-life case work into the classroom, showing you how the HR theories, tools and techniques you are learning can be put into practice. You will also hear direct from industry practitioners, such as experienced HR Directors, Heads of HR and HR Consultants. Where possible, we also take you on field trips to see HR strategy in action at a range of different organisations.

Your learning is fully informed by current professional practice and you will be encouraged to act as an HR professional from day one. We will introduce contemporary tools and techniques and give you the chance to gain the practical experience you would in work – sometimes several years into a career – while you study. For example, you will experiment with psychometric tests such as Myers Briggs Type Indicator, participate in mock disciplinary hearings, interview panels, act as a mentor and receive mentoring yourself. In doing so, you also develop valuable transferable skills, such as communicating effectively, team-working and problem-solving skills, thereby enhancing your employability.

Past graduates have found successful employment as an HR advisor, HR operations assistant, career consultant, professional development and training advisor and employee service advisor. They work for major employers including Accenture, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Trainline, The Body Shop, Waitrose, the Metropolitan Police and the NHS.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Study at one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene
  • Our partnership with Lumina Spark gives you access and use of its next generation psychometric tools
  • Guest speakers have previously come from a range of sectors and industries, including coaching, HR management and infrastructure
  • Optional modules – covering everything from organisational psychology to coaching and mentoring in the workplace – allow you to tailor your studies
  • Exposure to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development practice and have access to their events such as conferences
  • Optional placement year to gain valuable work experience – previous students on this degree have worked for the NHS, JP Morgan and SThree
  • Programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who come from professional practice and/or regularly publish in top international journals

 

Course structure

This degree aims to provide an excellent platform for career success as a capable, confident and business-savvy HR professional. It will help you develop skills across a number of business disciplines so that you understand what makes a business tick and how to drive a business to succeed through its workforce. In each year of study, you will take a combination of core and optional modules. 

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

You are introduced to the functions of business organisations, the broader business environment, and key management skills and competences, including information gathering and analysis, accounting, economics, marketing and organisational behaviour. We consider business organisations – their purposes, structures and governance in a global context, together with cultural differences and ethical constraints.

Subjects of study include:

  • Accounting and Finance Fundamentals
  • Analysing and Managing Information
  • Global Business Environment
  • Marketing Principles
  • People and Organisations

You will also have the opportunity to take an option module that broadens your skills or helps you gain more in-depth knowledge of your specialist area. Your option module may be a foreign language.

Credit Level 4

You will investigate and learn how businesses operate, looking at how people are managed, how you manage business operations and how managers make key decisions. We analyse business operations from both traditional and digital perspectives: the business process; systems integration; and the management of information, quality, demand, capacity and resources. You will begin to evaluate the different approaches to managing people; the skills of performance management and the link between people handling and performance. This year has much more of a specialist HRM focus.

Subjects of study include:

  • Operations and Digital Business
  • Managing People
  • Business Decision Making
  • HRM Essentials

You can also choose two options from: Work and Organisational Psychology within the HR context, Sociology of Work and Industry, or other areas of business. You will also have the opportunity to study a module from other parts of the University, including a foreign language.

Credit Level 5

Optional work placement/study abroad year

Between Years 2 and 3, you can take an optional work placement or study year abroad. The work placement year is a one-year full-time business work placement.

Past students have completed placements in a variety of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and prestigious organisations, including Barclays Bank, British Airways, Disney UK, IBM and the NHS.

The study abroad year allows you to follow a programme of study at one of our partner institutions, giving you an opportunity to experiment life in another country and learn Business from a different cultural viewpoint.

You can also choose to split your year abroad into a first semester exchange and a second semester work placement, both conducted overseas.

You will learn to apply critical and reflective approaches to help explore the challenges facing organisations at a strategic level and from an organisational perspective. We consider contemporary HR issues and how to handle conflict or change at work, often referring to real-life examples, case studies and news, such as the impact for employers of Brexit or COVID-19. 

Developing your specialist knowledge further, as an example, you have a unique opportunity to design and develop your own recruitment and retention strategies. You will learn about the social science behind  interviews and development and assessment centres, something that would not usually happen in the early stages of an HR career, but which better prepares you for graduate roles. You will undertake research into a strategic management issue of your choice, for example, examining the role of HRM in strategic success or investigating talent management and the future of work.

Subjects of study include:

  • Global Strategic Management
  • Sustainable Business
  • Employment Law
  • Current themes in Human Resource Management

You can also choose two options from Assessing and Development, Cultural differences and People Management, Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace, or other areas of business. You have the opportunity to study one module from across the University, including a foreign language.

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

This course is designed to prepare you to employ, engage and lead people, working in various positions within business, management and/or human resource management. The highly vocational focus of our course, in terms of input from current practitioners and the significant practical experience you yourself gain, will allow you to start contributing to your employer’s organisation quickly and effectively. 

Past graduates have found successful employment as a career consultant, professional development and training advisor, employee service advisor, HR advisor and HR operations assistant. They are employed by local and central government, the European Parliament, the national emergency, education and health services, as well as a diverse range of companies spanning consultancy, tourism, hospitality and retail. Many of our students also go on to postgraduate study here and at a range of other universities.

The University's Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

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Industry links

Staff who currently teach on this course have extensive professional experience in areas such as performance management, reward, recruitment and employment law, learning and development, with many maintaining links with industry through consultancy and training. We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Approved Centre and recognised by a range of professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). We have excellent links with industry, including a partnership with Lumina Spark, which provides state-of-the-art professional development tools supporting individuals, teams and organisations to work more effectively and improve bottom line. This means our students get to access the Spark psychometric testing resources.

Job roles

The course will prepare you for a wide variety of roles in business. Examples of these from our recent graduates are:

  • Human resources officer
  • Management consultant
  • Office manager
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Training and development officer

 

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • AXA Insurance
  • Bucks (Buckinghamshire) Healthcare
  • EY
  • H&M
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Hitachi Rail Europe
  • Martin McColl’s
  • Metropolitan Police
  •  Next
  • NHS
  • Primark
  • Sports Direct
  • Toys R Us
  • Tui Group
  • University of Law
     

 

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

Westminster Employability Award

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Combine theory and practice

Link theory to global practice through real-life case studies, guest lectures, field trips and insight from one of the world’s largest financial databases. 

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Professional software

Gain hands-on experience of psychometric testing packages Strengthscope and Lumina Spark.

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Build connections

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Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D*
  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

 

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

More information

· Country-specific entry requirements

· English language requirements

· How to apply

· Visas and advice

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes

 

What our students say

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Jaber Hussain

Business Management (Human Resource Management) BA Honours

During my placement, I worked across different teams and I was responsible for the delivery of a recruitment service for the Surgery and Cancer, Medicine, Specialist Hospital and Corporate board. The placement has gone really well - I have been awarded many team player of the week awards, and also employee of the year! The School's Business Experience team have been constantly supporting me before and throughout my placement year.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Student work

You will learn by doing with the chance to gain the practical experience you would in work – sometimes several years into a career – while you study. For example, you will experiment with psychometric tests such as Myers Briggs Type Indicator, participate in mock disciplinary hearings, interview panels, act as a mentor and receive mentoring yourself. Our partnership with Lumina Spark gives you access and use of its next generation psychometric tools.

Postgraduate students

Founded in 1995, Westminster Business Consultants is a student-run consultancy service affiliated to the University of Westminster, which offers management and strategic consultancy, specialising in HR, market research, market analysis, brand strategy, feasibility studies, business development, performance improvement and product development. It works with a diverse clientele of emerging start-ups, SMEs and large corporations at home and overseas, giving students opportunities to gain extensive knowledge and experience in various industries. 

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Teaching and assessment

Your learning experience is designed to provide both a practical and theoretical understanding of the theories, frameworks and ideas related to business, focusing on the study of organisations, management and the changing environment in which they operate. Employability and enterprise are strongly embedded in the modules through the use of practical activities, such as the live simulations and case study analysis. Careers consultants will visit to deliver talks on psychometric assessment, selection, communications and the labour market, while our Engage careers hub features a range of resources including how to prepare for interviews and CV examples.

To assist the learning experience, we provide reading lists, lecture and seminar materials in advance via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Where possible, lectures are recorded using specialist software and similar tools so you can refer back to specific topics at your leisure.

How you’ll be taught

Through a variety of teaching methods – from traditional lectures and seminars to case study analysis, project work and workshops – we aim to bring study to life by incorporating real-world experience.

You will be encouraged to follow the news and read professional journals, so that we can discuss and debate current trends and challenges facing the industry. Members of the teaching team who manage performance for clients will share examples from their HR work diaries and refer to real-life case studies, for example.

Businesses require people who can communicate and interact effectively within a team – recognising and supporting leadership, being proactive in leadership, negotiating, and managing conflict. You will be encouraged to work in groups with other students on the same sort of activities you might be expected to deliver professionally –e.g. preparing recommendations on a redundancy exercise, for example, or for a training session as part of director development. These exercises help to develop your own team-working and problem-solving skills, while providing an opportunity to learn to value the views of others, give and receive constructive feedback. You’ll also research a specific HRM business issue as part of your final project: previous students have considered contemporary trends in employee development, changes in the landscape of employee relations and wellness initiatives in the workplace.

In the following graph you'll find examples of how study time has been distributed in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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Scheduled hours Independent study

How you’ll be assessed

Using a wide range of techniques, you can expect to be assessed on the learning outcomes of your course in core modules through coursework in the form of essays, reports, presentations, case studies as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

We try to make assessments as practical and relevant as possible, incorporating the type of work required by future employers, for example, the need to write strategic reports, assess performance and conduct interviews.

In the following graph you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to assessment weights may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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Written exams Practical Coursework

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Westminster Business School

Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene.

We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence, recognised by professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and APMG International. 

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