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Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

N600

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

All forms of business require a HRM professional. This human resources degree can teach you about managing and treating employees fairly.

Relying on Human Resource Management (HRM) and Development (HRD) professionals, successful organisations recognise the importance of being able to recruit, select, develop, motivate, performance manage and reward their employees efficiently and effectively in order to realise their business goals.

Coventry University has delivered HRM courses for over 30 years. This course is designed to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HRM professionals today and support individuals looking to develop a career in managing and leading people.

In addition to your degree, you can achieve the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Intermediate Certificate or Diploma in either HRM or HRD. You will have to pass certain CIPD Modules to gain credits to obtain the certificate or diploma.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)

The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), meeting the requirements of Student Membership and enabling you to achieve either a CIPD Intermediate Certificate or Intermediate Diploma in HRM or HRD. On graduation, you can work towards Chartered Membership. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

Coventry Business School Memberships

As a mark of our quality and international perspective, Coventry Business School is an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), as well as being signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) initiative. Our experiences and involvement with these organisations will enhance the quality of your educational experience.

What our alumni say...

I now have practical knowledge and an understanding of HR and how it works within a working environment.

Stevie Leake, BA (Hons) Business and HRM, graduated 2011, now HR Manager at Kerry Foods

Course information

This course aims to provide a solid foundation in the management of people, drawing upon the contemporary human resource, business theory and practice required for effective performance at a strategic level as either an HR specialist.

The new CIPD qualifications are specifically designed to incorporate the needs of both management specialists and generalists, increasing the business content and broadening the appeal and relevance of these highly respected qualifications.

Throughout your studies, our focus will be on practice-led learning, encompassing informed research, using real-world case studies and role play (skills practice) to enhance your essential practical and academic leadership and management skills. We will teach you how to apply your learning to real-life scenarios, using ‘live’ collaborative briefs, which have previously included Coca Cola, Primark, Sports Direct; Apple, Amazon and Qatar Olympics, so you can see for yourself the impact and influence of good human resource management on successful business performance.

We will encourage you to use your student membership of CIPD to engage with field trips to conferences, as well as attending local and national branch events, so that you engage with employers, building your professional networks and accessing the latest research and thinking. Previously talks have included the Director of Perspicuous Limited, who discussed the issue of ‘unconscious bias’ by managers and senior leaders.

On graduation, you will be able to enter the workforce and/or pursue further professional HRM/HRD qualifications, such as the Advanced CIPD Level 7 or an MA Human Resource Management.

100%

of our students were satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Developing HR Professionals 1

  • Exploring Work Psychology

  • Understanding HRM and HRD

  • Business Issues in Context

  • Financial Aspects of HRM and HRD

  • Challenging Responsibilities in HRM

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

During your second year, you have the option to follow either a human resource management pathway or a human resource development pathway.

Modules

  • HRM pathway

    • Employment Law and Corporate Sustainability
    • Using information in business
    • Organisation Design and Development
    • Improving Organisational Performance
    • Developing HR Professionals 2
    • Contemporary Issues in HR Service Delivery

    Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Principles of Marketing
    • Resourcing and Talent Planning (HRM)
  • HRD pathway

    • Employment Law and Corporate Sustainability
    • Using information in business
    • Organisation Design and Development
    • Improving Organisational Performance
    • Developing HR Professionals 2
    • Contemporary Issues in HR Service Delivery

    Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Principles of Marketing
    • Coaching and Mentoring (HRD)

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

You have the option of taking a sandwich year, applying for a paid work placement and spending a year in industry after your second year. This enables you to put into practice the skills you have acquired so far on the course, gaining direct experience of HRM and enhancing your appeal to future employers. Alternatively, some students choose to study abroad, enhancing their global perspective by taking advantage of our links with the likes of the University of North America in USA.

Modules

  • Work Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The pathways continue into your final year for you to be able to start to specialise in particular areas.

Modules

  • HRM pathway

    • Developing HR Professionals
    • Strategic HRM
    • Creating Global and Ethical Human Resources

    Optional modules

    3 from the following:

    • Contemporary Developments in Employee Relations and Engagement
    • Innovation and Change
    • Strategic Reward Management
    • International HRM
    • Branding Management and Corporate Communications*

    *You will need prerequisite at Level 2 to choose the Branding Management and Corporate Communications module

  • HRD pathway

    • Developing HR Professionals
    • Strategic HRD
    • Creating Global and Ethical Human Resources

    Optional modules

    3 from the following:

    • Contemporary Issues in Employee Development
    • Innovation and Change
    • Strategic Reward Management
    • International HRD
    • Branding Management and Corporate Communications*

    * You will need prerequisite at Level 2 to choose the Branding Management and Corporate Communications module

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • £350m investment in facilities, a single site campus with excellent learning facilities all in easy walking distance.
  • Opportunity to attend a CIPD Mock Tribunal, local CIPD Branch events and a CIPD Student Conference.
  • Provides a progression path to study for an MBA in subsequent years following appropriate experience of work.
  • Industry-led seminars, which in the past has included Employment Law updates by leading employment lawyers Eversheds, Brethertons and Wright Hassall.
  • Industry field trips to organisations within a range of sectors and industries and diversified HR functions. In 2015 and 2016, students visited Jaguar Land Rover, Ironbridge and Coventry City Council.
  • Regular guest lectures, which recently included one of the leading authors in the area of International HRM, who shared his expertise and inspired our students to become future global leaders.
  • Supported by both a Personal Academic Tutor and a designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) to work with you throughout your course. Our EPTs have experience of recruiting; they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates.

We're an approved CIPD Centre and there is opportunity for a dual award – a University degree and CIPD professional qualification.

*Students have to pass certain CIPD modules to obtain credits for the dual award which students have to pass to also obtain the degree.

Our main study themes are:

  • Managing People in an International Environment: This provides a critical evaluation of the globalisation of human resource management strategies from various perspectives. You will be introduced to the key concepts for understanding international human resource management, and explore the practice of managing human resources in an international context.

  • Improving Organisational Performance: Human resources (HR) professionals need to understand how organisations can drive sustained organisation performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO) and involve line managers in the performance management process. You will learn ways to involve and secure the commitment of line managers to create a high-performance culture that promotes diversity, trust, enthusiasm and commitment.  

  • Attracting and Retaining Key Talent: A fundamental part of the HR management role is concerned with the mobilisation of a workforce, taking responsibility for ensuring that the organisation is able to access the skills it needs at the time and in the places that it needs them to drive sustained organisation performance. This involves attracting, retaining and, from time to time, managing the departure of staff from the organisation. Achieving this requires insight-driven strategic and operational activity. Organisations are obliged to compete with one another to secure the services of a workforce in labour markets that are continually evolving.

  • Leading through change: It is both widely recognised, and a self-fulfilling prophesy, that change is the only constant in the environment faced by organisations in the modern world. Factors such as technological advances, increasing competitive pressures, changes in regulatory reforms and globalisation are creating opportunities and threats that organisations need to address if they are to survive and prosper. Managers at all levels need to be competent at identifying the need for change and managing change effectively and harnessing creativity and innovation for organisational survival and success.

This course is available on a three-year full-time basis or a four-year sandwich basis, where between Years Two and Three there is one year of work experience or study abroad at a partner Institution.

We offer one of the best student experiences – 100% overall satisfaction and 100% of students said staff were good at explaining things and making the subject interesting in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.  

You may find yourself completing role play activities in recruitment and selection, negotiations, problem solving, managing change issues, working on the implications for HR with regards to changes in the Default Retirement Age and the impact of age diversity in businesses.  

Workshops, designed with the CIPD Profession Map of behaviours and skills in mind, will provide guided exposure to academic works, specialist inputs from industry and team-based projects. in and outside class sessions. Past topics have included what employers are looking for in graduate recruits.

We strongly encourage you to apply for a  work experience opportunity to maximise your employment prospectus on completion. As well as the year’s placement, which has seen students working for IBM, The Prince’s Trust, Nampak Plastics, UTC Aerospace and Enterprise Rent a Car, we can also try to find you shorter internship opportunities by speaking to your EPT, subject to availability.

We also organise a number of industry visits, with past first year students visiting Ironbridge Museum and Village to view a real-life business context, second years learning how Coventry City Council to understand assertiveness and third year students visiting Jaguar Land Rover to undertake a reflective assessment linked to the CIPD accreditation.

Teaching methods include:
seminars, ‘live’ project work, practical demonstrations, skills demonstrations and role play activities.

Meet our staff

Sharon McGuire

Sharon McGuire is a Senior Lecturer in HRM.

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While all assignments require students to critically review relevant academic literature, you will also be encouraged to apply a practitioner focus to all assessed pieces of work. The CIPD Profession Map will be used to support the development of assessments.

The new CIPD programmes are encouraged to develop a range of creative assignments that will identify the skill gaps of individual students and use the CIPD Profession Map to help them achieve their professional goals.

Overall, our course assessment strategy is structured to enable students to demonstrate achievement of the course learning outcomes, which will be clearly published in advance. You will be given effective and prompt feedback using the standardised assessment criteria feedback sheets for coursework, presentations and dissertations.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, with each year of study usually including: skills demonstrations, placement portfolio, assessed practical exercises, presentations, projects, poster display, seminar papers, coursework and your dissertation.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 30%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 30%
  • Practical or project work: 20%
  • Group work etc.: 10%
  • Presentations, posters: 10%

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

30% assessed by exams

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of: the function of and context in which Human Resource Management operates; best practice approaches; contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning the effective management of people within a business environment; and the many sources of HR information and research techniques.
  • Critically examine the strategic role of the Human Resource Function in contributing to an organisations improved performance.
  • Evaluate and present reasoned arguments for adopting different approaches to effectively manage people within various business contexts.
  • Undertake primary research in order to address a ‘live’ human resource or business issue.
  • Design a range of human resource activities. Eg. recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, grievance and disciplinary.
  • Conduct a range of interviews associated with managing people. E.g. selection, appraisal, counselling, grievance, exit interviews.
  • Understand the relevance of effectively managing financial budgets.
  • Appreciate the importance of self-reflection, self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues.
  • Demonstrate a broad range of transferrable professional skills: Individual initiative and enterprise; effective performance within a team environment, including leadership, team building, influencing and project management; interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation.
  • Appreciate the importance of developing a global outlook.

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 2 hours of seminars/lab workshops per module per week, 6 hours in total per week.
  • Large group teaching: 2 hours per module per week, 6 hours in total per week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 30 hours of self-directed studying each week eg. working on course assignments and attending additional events and activities to support your learning and development.

The course has a diverse student and staff body, providing a multinational learning environment. We also have dedicated teams to help promote and support internship, study and work abroad planning; students are encouraged to consider these opportunities from the moment they join our programmes.

Coventry Business School has a number of links with multinational organisations and where possible will include representatives from these organisations in the teaching and learning of this course. You will also be supported in applying to undertake HRM placement opportunities in a number of countries, for example China, Dubai, India, Nigeria and the USA.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say...

I now have practical knowledge and an understanding of HR and how it works within a working environment.

Stevie Leake, BA (Hons) Business and HRM, graduated 2011, now HR Manager at Kerry Foods

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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What our alumni say...

I now have practical knowledge and an understanding of HR and how it works within a working environment.

Stevie Leake, BA (Hons) Business and HRM, graduated 2011, now HR Manager at Kerry Foods

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


January 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


January 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


January 2018

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Student membership of CIPD during your degree programme



The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  •  Optional cost for CIPD membership

What our alumni say...

I now have practical knowledge and an understanding of HR and how it works within a working environment.

Stevie Leake, BA (Hons) Business and HRM, graduated 2011, now HR Manager at Kerry Foods

Career prospects

Your course has been designed to help you develop your expertise, gain valuable experience and access a wider professional network throughout.

As an approved CIPD centre, we have excellent links with a huge range of employers in industries as diverse as Thomas International and Network Rail.

You have the option of applying for a work placement or a study year abroad between the second and final years of study. Alternatively, we will support you in finding shorter work placements or an internship during the summer holidays, within either a UK or international organisation. All offer rewarding work experience during which you can apply your relevant HR skills in a professional environment. This may become the basis of your final year dissertation.

Our Careers and Employability team provides a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your successful future career. If you do not wish to pursue a career in human resource management, this course will prepare you for line management roles in many more general business areas.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Over the past decade many of our students have been successful in obtaining HRM positions in a number of public and private organisations, such as Assistant Recruitment Officer, HR Assistant and a HR Graduate Internship within the NHS, HR Advisor, HRD Officer, HR Manager, Payroll Officer, Recruitment Consultant and Training Manager. Others have become Business Development Analysts, Marketing and Sales Assistants and a Business Centre Manager.

£19k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £19,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say...

I now have practical knowledge and an understanding of HR and how it works within a working environment.

Stevie Leake, BA (Hons) Business and HRM, graduated 2011, now HR Manager at Kerry Foods
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.