To complete the BA (Hons) Business Management (HRM), you’ll study modules such as:
- Understanding People in Organisations
- Business Economics
- Marketing Fundamentals
- Finance and Business Performance
- Understanding the Global Business Environment
- Developing an Enterprising Mindset
You can choose to take an optional internship between stages one and two.
- Principles of Responsible Management
- Managing People
- People Resourcing and Talent Planning
- Employment Law in the Workplace
- Quantitative Skills for Business
- Applied Operations Management
You can choose to take an optional placement year or an optional internship between stages two and three.
- Developing Leadership and Management
- The Business Consultancy Project (double module)
- Managing Performance
- Contemporary Issues in HR Management
- Global Business and Strategy
We take a ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning, so you’ll have full support in the early stages of your course and can gradually move towards stronger understanding and greater independence.
Through your contact with personal tutors and CMI mentors – as well as your participation in University events – you’ll become more attuned to professional behaviour and will build your skills in critical thinking, creativity and self-reliance before immersing yourself in the wider business community.
The course incorporates formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; one-to-one and small group tutorials; work experience projects; work-related learning; self-directed study; optional placement and internship opportunities; and video discussions with overseas partner institutions. By stage three, you are expected to be more in charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.
How you are assessed
You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials. There are also in-class tests and computer-based assessments.
Who you'll meet
You will be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with outstanding contacts in the wider business community.
They include our Programme Leader Sheena Bevitt who is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has extensive practical experience of HRM gained in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors before pursuing her academic career. Since joining the University of Derby In 2005, she has maintained her professional links and delivered CIPD-approved qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate level to hundreds of students at the University as well as running a number of workshops and masterclasses for CIPD branches.
Sheena keeps her subject knowledge up to date through a developing active research role. She is currently working on a project looking at the experiences of HR professionals as they transition into new and more senior job roles, which has seen her develop strong relationships with HR departments in two large local employers as well as with successful HR directors from a range of organisations.
When working with students in the classroom, Sheena encourages them to build on a firm foundation of theoretical knowledge with practical activities that simulate how academic knowledge turns into management practice in the workplace. Whether you are negotiating for your share of a salary pot, appraising an employee or designing and running a training and development session, expect to take an active role in her sessions.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
How to apply
Apply by 15 January to start this September
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Your qualifications will equip you for a rewarding leadership career in any area of business and management, but particularly in the field of HRM.
They will also mark you out as having the potential for rapid promotion to senior positions, someone who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments.
Our former students now work in a wide range of companies, from major names in the HR field such as Hays Recruitment and talent management specialists EMBS to public sector organisations such as the NHS and local authorities. Some have gone on to use the skills and entrepreneurial spirit they gained during their degree to set up their own businesses after graduating.
If you’d like to take your studies to the next level, you can also progress to business masters programmes and get a 10% alumni discount on your fees.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
4 with optional placement year
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.