Economics for Business
Human Resource Management with Foundation Year
Salford Business School
In a nutshell
Regardless of the sector a company works in, the Human Resources professional who can motivate employees, whilst protecting the organisation from non-compliance, is highly sought after. As well as being accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), our Human Resource Management (HRM) undergraduate degree is designed around its national framework. This means that the modules you undertake have been developed to reflect industry best practice and the current needs of employers. The course is taught at our University of Salford campus close to Manchester city centre
The lecturers who deliver this programme have a wealth of academic and professional expertise. Throughout the course, you’ll benefit from their support, experience and industry connections to help you prepare for your future career. In 2020, 90% of students asked agreed that staff are good at explaining things; 90% agreed they have been able to contact staff when needed; and 90% agreed that the course has provided opportunities to explore ideas and concepts in depth (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).
At Salford Business School, we make industry relevance a priority. So, as well as gaining the knowledge required for a successful career in business, you’ll develop the professional skills to help you make an impact in those all-important interviews.
Wondering if Human Resource Management is for you? Read Hatty's blog post to find out more about the course and the extra opportunities she has had to help students.
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The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in business to meet the prerequisites for entry to Human Resource Management.
- Develop the core HR skills you need to manage people effectively
- Learn how to choose, support and develop people in business
- Gain a wide understanding of business and the important role people play in success
- Develop practical skills working on live briefs from our industry partners, including Salford City Council
- Study on a programme accredited by CIPD, the leading association for human resource management professionals
- Work with staff who are approachable and friendly
This is for you if...
You appreciate the importance of managing people resources to a business
You are looking to develop key business skills
You want to learn both academic and practical aspects of HRM
All about the course
Following the foundation year which introduces key business concepts and the fundamentals of human resources, the Human Resource Management programme will begin by improving your knowledge and understanding of essential business theory. You’ll build upon this foundation by specialising with modules that suit your interests or the direction in which you hope to steer your career.
A real-world focus is present in all modules and at all stages of the programme. With a project-based assessment which involves solving a real organisational issue, recurrent use of international case studies and the opportunity to take part in a paid work placement, you will graduate prepared to enter a high-level career.
In your final year of study, you will have the opportunity to work on a real-life organisational HR issue. Through the initiative, you will work on a brief provided by Salford City Council and present your proposal to a joint University and council panel. Students with the most compelling proposals can even go on to secure a year-long work placement with Salford City Council.
Read student Hatty Ruddick's Made in Salford blog about studying BSc Human Resource Management, her journey to Salford and her experiences as a Salford Business School rep.
Find out more, book now for our online Open Day on 20 June
Economics for Business is designed to give you an understanding of the economic basis of business. You will learn about how businesses operate in the UK and internationally, explore the economic principles behind government industrial policies and analyse macroeconomic policy and its effect on businesses.
Foundations of Business
This module will introduce you to key concepts of business and management. You will develop an understanding of the key functions used within contemporary businesses and learn about the tools and techniques used in business to conduct analysis and plan.
Foundations of Human Resource Management
Foundations of HRM provides you with a basic introduction to Human Resource Management. You will learn about the five key areas of the HRM discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, performance management, employee relations and employee training and development.
Academic and Personal Skills
Academic and Personal Skills is delivered with your future in mind. This module takes you through how to get to grips with the technology you need to succeed, as well as using the library, how to reference and how to produce the different styles of academic writing.
It also helps you to develop yourself; you will create a CV, learn how to write a cover letter and find out what your learning style is. The module has guest speakers who share their expert knowledge and experience with you. All the skills covered in this module will help you to succeed in your chosen degree.
Digital Business introduces the different systems that are commonly used in business and develops your knowledge of the digital tools used for business.
Principles of Human Resource Management
You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.
Principles of Marketing
This module provides an introduction to key foundational aspects of the theory and practice of marketing, which are essential to the long term prosperity of organisations and applicable to all specialisations within business. It will enable students to apply marketing principles to real life marketing situations.
Digital and Business Skills
The Digital and Business Skills module introduces a range of digital tools for academia and the workplace. Important business skills such as management, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to the module. Regular engagement with online platforms provides tasks to improve digital competency. Also, cocreation work presents self-reflection and confidence building opportunities. Gaining the inspiring digital enterprise award (iDEA), completing LinkedIn learning assessments for Microsoft software applications, and completing collaborative video creation tasks will increase your digital and business skills as you progress towards the completion of this module. Digital Business is here to stay, so it is vital to improve these 21st century skills.
Management of Business Operations
In this module you will learn about the management of business operations with a focus on the key operational processes within an organisation whether it is within the service sector or manufacturing industry and the impact of the external environment they operate in.
We will consider operational topics such as: performance measurement, process design, strategy, layout and flow, capacity, inventory, quality management and operations improvement.
You will gain a practical understanding of the principles of managing business operations and the skills relevant to the development and sustainability of regional, national and international business.
Organisations in a Global Environment
This module introduces you to how organisations function in a global context.
Principles of Accounting
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.
In semester one, you will form teams with other students to come together and answer a live client brief with regular review points. In semester two, you will enhance your portfolio by creating more team-based and individual work.
This module focuses on developing an understanding of the interrelationships and behavioural manifestations at three levels of analysis in organisations, namely: individual, group and organisational. You will also explore the dynamic nature of personal, social and professional relationships across a broad range of business, public and voluntary organisations and the broader international external environment.
Managing and Coordinating the HRM Function
This module aims to offer you a holistic view of the Human Resource Management function and an introduction to managing and coordinating its key functions. It also establishes the aims and objectives of HR departments in contemporary organisations.
Legal Aspects of Business
This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.
Employee Engagement and Rewards
Through this module, you will learn how to apply theory relating to employee engagement in organisational settings. You will explore and critically analyse the appropriateness in variations in pay and reward systems in UK organisations.
Enhancing Professional Practice
Enhancing Professional Practice enables you to identify and discuss the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the HR professional. Using a CIPD framework, it addresses contemporary challenges that HR professionals face and equips you with the skills to be able to perform effectively in future roles.
Professional Experience Year
All of our BSc students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.
This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.
We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.
Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and the Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.
During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.
Business Ethics and Sustainability
You will develop a detailed understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in national and international organisations. You will also be encouraged to explore the ethical roles of social and technological innovation in global organisations.
This module provides you with a broad and comprehensive understanding of the way in which the employment relationship is experienced, regulated and contested in a variety of contrasting organisations in both the UK and internationally. Real-life practical case study examples are used and advice is supported by research and engagement with a range of external HRM managers and other employment relations practitioners.
You will acquire an organisation-wide perspective by exploring strategy techniques and processes operating in the global environment. This module prepares you for a career in business and management.
Employment Law for Business
This module gives you a broad outline of the core principles underpinning UK employment law. It uses practical case study examples about the implementation of employment law within the workplace.
Human Resource Data and Analysis
In Human Resource Data and Analysis you will work independently to design and manage a piece of original project work. You will use different methodologies, methods and forms of analysis to produce a suitable research design and present the findings of your project in a written report.
Resourcing and Talent Management
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provides you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of:
Using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your first and second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include:
- Multiple choice tests
- Online tests
- Group reports
- Portfolio work
The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.
SALFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. The Business School student progression team is here to help you progress through your courses as smoothly as possible.
University-wide, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more. If you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, visit askUS on campus.
Find out more about Student Support Services at Salford.
What about after uni?
During your time at Salford Business School, as well as developing academic and industry knowledge, you’ll have chance to refine your professional skills through our Professional Development module.
Graduates of this course have gone on to enjoy careers at organisations of all shapes and sizes, including Thomson Holidays, BT, DTS Logistics, Greater Manchester Police and the NHS.
Our course team maintains excellent relations with local and national human resource organisations, commentators and employers.
Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.
We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.
The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.
What you need to know
This course offers excellent scope for any student wanting to start a career in HR, management, recruitment and a variety of other different business areas. Knowledge and expertise in HR are highly sought after by employers across a wide variety of sectors. This course will appeal to a range of applicants and there is no need to have studied these subjects before to be successful.
This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4 or above (applicants who do not have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English will be considered on a case by case basis).
UCAS tariff points
64 points from a minimum of one A2 pass
BTEC National Diploma
MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)
Access to HE
64 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
64 points from a minimum of one Advanced Higher
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 points from a minimum of one Higher Level subject
Pass Diploma with 60% or above
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID N1N7
Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.
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