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University Centre Peterborough BSc (Hons) Business Management (Human Resources Management)

BSc (Hons) Business Management (Human Resources Management)

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course overview

We have consulted with prospective employers on the content and design of this course to ensure students learn industry-standard skills so they graduate as Human Resources Management professionals.

The first year of the course provides you with a grounding in a variety of business disciplines, which underpin later learning. In year two you begin to specialise in Human Resource Management with the module Managing People.

In the final year the HR speciality is completed by studying Responsible Recruitment and Employment Law, Employee Relations and a 30 credit Major Project on a HR topic of the student’s choice.

Teaching staff have strong professional profiles, and our close partnerships with local businesses allow us to draw on their expertise and resources for both input and assessment.

Case studies will be used for you to apply your skills in analysis and problem solving. In some cases you will justify and reflect upon your business decisions and strategies to a panel of academic and industry experts in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style scenario, or a group presentation made in the form of a pitch to your peers and lecturers.

Students will be encouraged to be active learners whose knowledge and understanding is gained through a positive relationship with academic staff, who will act as mentors, rather than ‘lecturers’.

The involvement of industry specialists will also be crucial, and again they will not be seen purely as ‘guest lecturers’, but as part of the university community.

You will automatically become a member of CMI (Chartered Management Institute) for no extra cost and receive access to a CMI online management resource portal.

Students studying Business Management at University Centre Peterborough get CMI (Chartered Management Institute) accreditation which means they will graduate with a degree and may be eligible for a professional qualification. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2022, you must meet the following entry requirements:

72 UCAS points in any subjects:

  • A-levels (CDE or BC)
  • BTEC (MMP)
  • Cambridge Technicals (MMP)
  • Access to HE (45 credits)

If you have completed the FdSc Business Management at UCP you can start Level 6 of the BSc (Hons) Business Management with Human Resources to obtain a full honours degree.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications (such as the ILM Leadership and Management) or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

UCAS TARIFF

To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Academic and Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Insight into Economics (15 credits)
  • Global Business Context (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Financial and Management Accounting (15 credits)
  • Insight into Marketing (15 credits)
  • People, Planet and Profits (15 credits)
  • Human Resources in Context (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Research & Employability Skills (15 credits)
  • Management and Leadership Today (30 credits)
  • Project Management Fundamentals (15 credits)
  • International Trade & Labour Dynamics (15 credits)
  • Research Project Preparation (15 credits)
  • Managing People (15 credits)
  • Data Interpretation for Managers (15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Modern Leadership Concepts (15 credits)
  • Responsible Recruitment and Employment Law (15 credits)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Marketing in the Digital Age (15 credits)
  • Employee Engagement (15 credits)
  • Applied Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Research Skills (Professional Placement) (15 credits) or Research Skills (Preparation for Postgraduate Study) (15 credits)


A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

  • For details of classification of awards please refer to page 140 of Academic Regulations.
  • For details of progression and module scenarios please refer to page 129 of Academic Regulations.
  • For details of compensation scenarios please refer to page 106 of Academic Regulations.
  • For details of assessment offences please refer to page 85 of Academic Regulations.
  • For details of how we will inform you of changes to modules please refer to page 2 of the terms and conditions.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • 40%     Lectures
  • 60%     Seminars

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • 55%     Lectures
  • 45%     Seminars

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • 40%     Lectures
  • 40%     Seminars
  • 20%     Workshops

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open until 9pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

Business Management students also receive access to a 24/7 online management resource portal from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) to increase their skills and knowledge. Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • 75%     Coursework
  • 10%     Written Exams
  • 15%     Practical Exams

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • 80%     Coursework
  • 20%     Practical Exams

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • 85%     Coursework
  • 15%     Practical Exams

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

  • 70%+         First
  • 60-69%     2:1
  • 50-59%     2:2
  • 40-49%     Third

BA (Hons) Business Management students may receive the Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) on completion of their degree.

Visit our published documents and policies page for The Open University regulations.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience to aid their career development.

Parminder Summon is the Course Leader for the FdSc and BSc (Hons) Business Management degrees at University Centre Peterborough. He started teaching at University Centre Peterborough in October 2014 on both the BSc (Hons) Business Management and the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management courses.

Over the last 30 years he has worked in central government as a Policy Advisor for the Department of Trade and Industry, in local government as an Economic Development Manager for Peterborough City Council, as a Fundraising Manager for leading charities such as Cancer Research UK, Save The Children and Alzheimer’s Research UK and as a Business Planning Manager for University of Cambridge International Examinations.

He is currently a postgraduate researcher in the field of education for sustainability with Anglia Ruskin University. He is researching student perceptions of education for sustainability. The findings will help to inform adaptive approaches to teaching sustainability in higher education and this research will lead to a Doctorate in Education award. He loves to see students grow in their learning, understanding and application of complex topics including economics, international trade and organisational behaviour.

He is an award winning poet and was Poet Laureate for Peterborough in 2006 and as an active Christian he has published four books.

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons) Environmental Studies, Sheffield City Polytechnic
  • Diploma in Education and Training, Peterborough Regional College
  • Certificate in Enterprise Skills, University of Stirling

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Human Resources Advisor
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Policy Advisor
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Employee Relations Officer
  • Graduate Human Resources Trainee
  • Candidate Engagement Officer
  • Employee Relations Officer

You can also continue your development by studying professional qualifications from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Membership to the CMI will help students stand out to employers as 62% of the managers surveyed by the CMI expect new graduate recruits to have professional management skills.

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Full-time 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)
Part-time 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

In this prospectus we will give you clear and accurate information so you can make the best choice for a successful future

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