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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: Human Resource Management BA (Hons)
Please note: this information relates to courses starting from September onwards in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Mode of Study: Three years full time or four years with one spent on industrial placement. Can also be studied flexibly part time
Fast fact: Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as providing the knowledge requirements for Associate Membership, this degree is taught by academics who have all worked in HRM roles and have an excellent track record of developing successful HR professionals
- Course in depth
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- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
Louise Beggan, final year student 2012.”
Course at a glance
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with emphasis on real-world case studies and role play (skills practice) to enhance essential practical and academic skills
- Opportunities to undertake a year’s professional placement or voluntary work and internships supporting the development of requisite skills for CIPD Associate membership
- Human Resource Management can also be studied on a part-time basis for those wishing to juggle busy family or professional lives with a vocationally-oriented degree programme
- High levels of personal support to help you achieve your full potential - 95% of students were satisfied with the personal support they received (2012 National Student Survey)
- Diverse range of career opportunities including HR business partner, recruitment consultant, training and development, employment relations adviser, coaching and mentoring, HR pay and benefit support, online HR practitioner services and equality advisor
Degree preparation courses for international applicants
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These programmes offer progression routes onto a range of degrees at the University. For more details, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
Your tutors have all worked in the field of human resource management and have an excellent record of developing HR professionals. We have been providing postgraduate education for HR professionals for over 40 years and have an excellent reputation with CIPD both at local group, branch and national level.
- Peter Cureton works nationally with CIPD in the field of quality enhancement and assessment
- Maureen Royce is CIPD's Education and Development Officer for Merseyside, North Cheshire, North Wales and Isle of Man
- Dr Aileen Lawless heads the Centre for Public Sector Management within Liverpool Business School and is a senior contributor to the University Forum for Human Resource Development
- Tricia Harrison manages the highly successful, award winning MA Change Management commercial programme with Anglesey County Council
- Charlotte Tommins is the education and research advisor to the Merseyside Employment Relations Forum.
The team are active researchers who regularly present their findings at national and international conferences, so you can be confident that the curriculum is directly informed by the latest research and trends in HR.
All the tutors have experience and expertise both in academic attainment and the world of commerce and this is reflected in the teaching we do on the programme.
Human Resource managers need to be strategic thinkers as well as leaders and able to translate theoretical concepts into practical reality. Their ultimate goal is to boost the morale of an organisation thereby reducing staff turnover and increasing productivity. For this they need high levels of interpersonal skills, self-motivation, adaptability and persuasiveness.
If this sounds like you, the degree in Human Resource Management at LJMU is an ideal starting point from which to launch your career.
This course explores the legal aspects of business and employment, business management and employment relations. There is emphasis on case study and role play to enhance your practical as well as academic skills and ‘working life’ events give you a first-hand view of HRM in action, with regular input from professionals. We also include visits to employers to develop understanding of business operations and the vital role that HR plays in organisational success, and ‘a day in the life of’ sessions with current HR managers so that students have a broad understanding of the profession.
By the time you graduate, you will have developed the high-level leadership and management skills that enable you to make a significant contribution to organisations and the individuals who work for them.
Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and individual support meetings, plus e-learning support and email surgeries with tutors. We also encourage you to use our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, and networking opportunities provided through programme community meetings and Facebook.
We support a HR Community of programmes offering shared events and Master Classes to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as HR professionals to encourage networking and development of professional practice. We have a Facebook site, 'LJMU HR students' and graduating students have continued to engage with the site offering advice and alerting current students to prospective job opportunities.
As with any degree-level programme, private study is a significant and important part of your learning, as it will give you a wider perspective on your subject area as well developing the commitment to a life-long skill that will prove invaluable to your future career.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Organisational Behaviour
- HR Practitioner Skills
- Learning Skills and IT for professionals
- Business Structure, Function and Operations
- Business and Finance for HR practitioners
- Transition event – Moving into the next level and professional practice
- HR Professional Practice
- Preparation for Work and Impact Evaluation
- Resourcing and Talent Management
- International HRM and HRD
- Leadership and Performance
- Transition event – Placement Skype Conference and Practical Research Skills for placement and Level 6
Sandwich degree year
- Year-long placement
Level 6 (Year 4 for sandwich degree students)
- Contemporary Aspects of Strategic HRM
- Employment Relations and Legal Context
- Equality, Diversity and Ethics
- Organisational Development
- Research Impact Investigation
- Transition event – Making your mark in the labour market – employability
Assessment and feedback
We understand that each student performs differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include reports, essays, exams, case studies, summaries of e-discussions, group and individual presentations, poster presentations of research practical assessments such as mock interviews, and records of learning. Many of our modules use formative assessment providing informal opportunities for feedback before the assessment is submitted.
Your tutors will aim to provide assessment feedback within 15 working days, and will happily discuss it with you one-to-one. This is particularly important as it gives you a chance to identify your strengths as well as the areas that may need further attention. We adopt the ethos that assessments are an essential part of your learning experience. You demonstrate your progress and development to yourself and us.
We have tutors and sessions in place to offer additional support in key areas should these be needed and this support is individualised to each particular student.
Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU. We will actively support you to complete your World of Work bronze award. Additional awards in Equality and Mentoring are being developed to further support the development of your skills.
To give you a real taste of the world of HR, we strongly encourage you to spend a year on professional placement between your second and third years. This experience allows you to put into practice skills acquired on the course and conduct a piece of assessed research. If you acquire the appropriate employer-verified skills during your placement, you will be able to build your portfolio to upgrade your CIPD student membership to Associate member (Assoc CIPD).
If you choose not to take up the placement option, however, there will be the option of voluntary and intern opportunities and specialist modules to develop the skills and experience needed for CIPD membership.
This practical experience, together with CIPD membership, will prove invaluable when you first enter the highly competitive graduate job market.
Support and guidance
Networking is an effective way to make new contacts and improve your career prospects, and so the HR team at LJMU is currently bringing together a community of undergraduate and postgraduate HR students and practitioners who can learn from and support each other. We run a series of events throughout the year and invite all our students, from first year undergraduates to doctoral students.
During your studies you will also have the continual support of a personal tutor who will meet with you one-to-one to discuss assessments, monitor progress and help you to formulate your career plans. We also provide study support classes should you need extra help with assessments.
Application and selection - what are we looking for?
We are looking for students with the potential to:
- Understand and critically evaluate the theory, concepts and principles that underpin the practical techniques of HRM and business
- Demonstrate their understanding by communicating effectively, both orally and in their written work
- Possess the self-discipline to manage their time and tasks effectively throughout their time here at LJMU.
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £500. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
National Scholarship Programme
LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.
LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
- your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
- full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
- Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.
For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
"On the BA HRM programme at LJMU, you aren't just a number. It's great that the programme has purposely been kept small as it meant, for us, that we became like a little family, where everyone looked out for one another, including the staff. LJMU's approach to teaching and learning is completely different in the sense that it is very personal and interactive, which has been great in making each day something to look forward to."
Louise Beggan final year student 2012.
“Taking the part-time route for my undergraduate and now postgraduate qualifications has been a positive and cost effective way of achieving my academic goals whilst working full-time in a demanding job, the timetable recognised my work commitments and the understanding of the lecturers helped to keep me committed to my studies even when I found it hard to balance all the demands put upon me. The pay as you go fees has made this affordable and the experience possible and the end result is that I am now well qualified and have achieved this at a pace that balanced study, work and family while incurring no debt.”
Sarah McKenna, Human Resource Management part-time graduate, currently studying on the MA Personnel and Development
“The placement really developed me as a person and I am returning with a strong work ethic into the final year. During the placement I had to deal with some difficult organisational issues ... so I know much more about the real life of the HR professional.”
Louisa Marshall, BA HRM graduate – placement year Caterpillar Peterborough, current role in HR with Morrisons, now studying towards her Masters and MCIPD qualification.
“Before leaving on placement, I had the opportunity to work with the HR information system here at Liverpool John Moores. It gave me a head start on my placement year. I had to work really hard to get a placement but was supported throughout by the Business School's Employability Support Unit.”
Jodi Anderson, final year Human Resource Management 2011 student – Placement year House of Lords, now working with Aegis in HR role and studying towards Masters and MCIPD qualification.
“Teachers are very helpful with students and students have a happy social time together – we play football and go out which really helps International students to settle in a new environment.”
Fan Pan, final year Chinese student 2012 now studying towards a Masters degree.
“As a non-placement student I used my free time to gain experience in a HR Admin role, It took me a while to get a position however I came across a local hotel advertising for a part time HR Admin role and the experience I gained from this role supported both my academic studies and my entry into a graduate job in recruitment.”
Gemma Taylor, graduate 2011, now Employment Law Consultant at Peninsula Business Services
Our students have received very favourable feedback on their placements at a variety of employers including QVC, AstraZeneca, Ballyrasheen Co-operative and GE Oil & Gas.
“The right work placement will provide a student with the skills, experience and knowledge invaluable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in this highly competitive sector. With high numbers of applicants per job, it is vital for anyone seriously pursuing a career in HR to have practical work experience within the area and a year-long work placement is the best way to gain this. Our most recent placement student impressed us from the start of her placement with her professional approach and a good general level of specific HR knowledge and theories.”
Emma Birrell, Ballyrasheen Co-operative.
"We were very impressed with the knowledge and skills Katy Hughes had gained through her programme at LJMU. The level of confidence and initiative she brought to the workplace far exceeded what we had expected from an intern.”
Juliet Hayward, Human Resources Manager, GE Oil & Gas.
“The team really enjoyed sharing our knowledge and experience, and business information with the students. The students were keen to put their academic learning into context and the tour of our Customer Operations Centre, and subsequent discussion allowed students to link studies with organisational reality.”
Sandra Nixon, Training Manager, QVC.
“During Rachel's time at AstraZeneca she was able to use her degree by completing additional responsibilities alongside her core role as a HR administrator. Rachel provided training to new recruits all of our administrative processes and systems and and had the opportunity of working with the Redeployment Manager.”
AstraZeneca Placement report on Rachel Adshead – final year student 2011-2012.
Professional accreditation / links
This degree is accredited with Intermediate Standard level by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
If you complete the programme successfully with the required amount of experience provided by work placements and internships, you will be in a strong position to develop your portfolio to upgrade your CIPD student membership to Associate Member.
We have excellent links with the CIPD, both nationally and locally, which enable us to maintain our high standards of teaching, learning and assessment. Prizes are awarded annually from CIPD Liverpool Group and local employers to students who excel in both the academic and the practitioner elements of the programme.
Your career prospects
Career prospects in HR related roles remain strong and our students do well even in a tough economic environment. Two years after graduation, 75% of our students are in professional HR roles with 83% in job roles including general management, teaching and retailing. One year after graduating 51% are in professional HR roles with 81% in management or teaching related activities. Within two years of graduation, 35% of students are taking Masters level qualifications usually sponsored by their employers and aiming for more senior roles in HR and full CIPD membership.
The skills in communication, self-motivation, adaptability and persuasiveness that you will acquire through this course open up a diverse range of careers in this popular field. They range from consultancy, general human resource or personnel management, training, learning and development, recruitment, talent and resourcing, online and phone-based HR support, equal opportunities and diversity, reward, pay and benefits, employment law advice, coaching and mentoring services, performance management, health, safety and wellbeing, welfare and employment policies, communication systems, information systems for HRM, and work psychology.
Recent graduates have enjoyed considerable success despite the recession, gaining HR roles in companies as diverse as London Underground, Toyota, Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Siemens and Morrisons.
We also have progression routes to postgraduate study so that your knowledge can develop as your career progresses. The MA in Personnel and Development at LJMU develops the professional knowledge and skills to support Chartered Membership of CIPD.
The World of Work and graduate skills agenda forms an integral part of the BA Human Resource Management programme. Students are encouraged through Personal Development Planning and specific feedback in each of the modules to understand how the skills and knowledge they have acquired supports the role of HR practitioners in the real world. Students work with the CIPD Behavioural mapping from first year on to position themselves and show personal development in the key behaviours and skills valued in the marketplace.
International funding advice
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||TOEFL (CBT)||TOEFL (IBT)|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||150||52|
For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: email@example.com
Degree preparation courses
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
How to applyFull time study application
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
Part time study application
Please apply using our online application form
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