Business and Human Resource Management - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (Part-time)

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: £6,935 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: Not applicable


Institute code: L51

Study mode

Part time, flexible delivery, evening only or combination of evening and block day study

About your course

Studying the professionally-accredited BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to develop the high-level leadership and management skills required to succeed in this fascinating field.

  • Flexible modes of study - evening-only with three part-day blocks between April to June
  • Develops contemporary business skills with the essentials of working with and getting the best from people
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as providing the knowledge requirements for Associate Membership
  • Opportunities to undertake professional voluntary work and internships supporting the development of requisite skills for CIPD Associate membership
  • Emphasis on real-world case studies and role play (skills practice) to enhance your essential practical and academic skills in both Business and HR

We were very impressed with the knowledge and skills the students gained through the programme at LJMU. The level of confidence and initiative brought to the workplace far exceeded what we had expected from an intern.

liet Hayward, Human Resource Manager, GE Oil and Gas

I have always wanted to be involved in business and this programme gives me the opportunity to study flexibly and to focus on both the business and the people skills required.

Deborah Hughes, graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

To give you a real taste of the world of HR, you will have the chance to undertake work experience, allowing you to put into practice skills acquired on the course. A series of ‘working life’ events give you a first-hand view of HRM in action, with regular input from HRM professionals. We are currently working with a range of providers to put together voluntary and intern opportunities to develop the skills you will need to complete CIPD Associate membership. This practical experience, together with CIPD membership, will prove invaluable when you first enter the highly competitive graduate job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

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.

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.

Course details

Case studies and role plays are used to enhance your practical and academic skills in business and HR management on this BA degree course.

Business leaders and advisers need to be strategic thinkers able to translate theoretical concepts into practical reality. Their ultimate goal is to boost the morale of an organisation through strong managerial and people processes focused on high quality performance. For this they need high levels of interpersonal skills, self-motivation, adaptability and persuasiveness. If this sounds like you, and you want to combine business management skills with people management attributes, then the part-time degree in Business and Human Resource Management at LJMU is an ideal starting point from which to launch your career.

Throughout the programme, there is emphasis on case studies and role plays to enhance your practical and academic skills.'Working life’ events give you a first-hand view of both Business and Human Resource Management in action, with regular input from professionals. We also include ‘day in the life of’ sessions with current operational and HR managers so that you will 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.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Year 1
  • Learning and IT Skills for Business
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • HR Practitioner Skills
  • Business Environment Structure
Year 2
  • HR Professional Practice
  • Business and Finance
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Business Environment Impact

Year 3
  • Leadership and Performance
  • Organisational Development
  • Employment Relations
  • Research Methods
Year 4
  • Change Management for Organisational Effectiveness
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Dissertation in Business or HR-related area

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Plenty of opportunities for first-hand experience

Teaching is primarily delivered via a combination of workshops and online tutorials and support sessions via email and Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Additional lectures, seminars, personal and group tutorials will be scheduled across the year.

We strongly encourage use of Blackboard, and networking opportunities provided through programme community meetings and Facebook.

Our suite of HR programmes share events and master classes to encourage students' networking with HR professionals and the development of professional practice. We have a Facebook site, 'LJMU HR students' and graduates have continued to engage with the page, 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.

Below is an example study pattern for BA Business and Human Resource Management part-time students:

  • Induction session – w/c 15 September 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Thursday Workshops – September – June/early July 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Online Workshops – September – June/early July 5.30 – 6.30pm (please note that this session is virtual and you do not need to be in LJMU to take part – all that is required is internet access. Dates, times and format of online participation will vary depending on the needs of the module)

Half day block sessions for 2015:

  • Thursday April 9 (2.30–7.30pm) 2015
  • Thursday May 21 (2.30 – 7.30 pm) 2015
  • Thursday June 25 2015

As part-time students, the time you spend studying outside scheduled classes is of paramount importance to your success on the programme. Typically, the programme starts with Learning and IT skills for Business and Organisational Behaviour. Other modules may rotate to maximise your choice of options in later years of the programme.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

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 the CIPD at local group, branch and national levels.

  • Peter Cureton works nationally with CIPD in the field of quality enhancement and assessment
  • Maureen Royce is the Education and Development Officer for CIPD 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.

Assessment and feedback

A combination of different assessment methods are used on this degree

We understand that each student performs differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include: presentations, coursework, portfolios, role play and exam. In the early years of the programme you may be assessed for group-based team building and communication skills, whereas at Level 6 and in the final year assessments are mostly on an individual basis, including a work-based impact investigation.

Your tutors will aim to provide assessment feedback within three weeks, 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications


Application and selection

​Entry requirements for part time students emphasise the ability to benefit from the programme of study and paid work experience as well as voluntary positions will be given consideration as well as academic evidence.
What skills do you need to secure a place?We are looking for students with the potential to:
Understand and critically evaluate the theory, concepts and principles that underpin the practical techniques of the business world.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.
Entry requirements will be linked to personal circumstances. CPP or CTP (Certificate in Personnel Practice or Certificate in Training Practice) at NVQ level 3, A level, HNC, HND or other level three qualifications will be considered. Level of work experience will also be given consideration when making offers. Appropriate exemptions will be recognised for students transferring from other part time programmes or courses – these will be linked to our own standards and CIPD requirements and will be considered on an individual basis.

GCSE and equivalents

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

Will I be interviewed?

Interview not always necessary


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

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.

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 be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

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 bursary

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.

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.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

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 over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to:

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

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students 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 over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

The skills you will acquire in communication, self-motivation, adaptability and persuasiveness during this BA (Hons) course will open up a diverse range of careers in both business and human resources.

Graduate careers can range from consultancy and general human resource or personnel management, to business start up and enterprise, training, learning and development and recruitment. Recent graduates have enjoyed considerable success, gaining HR roles with companies like the London Underground, Siemens and Morrisons.

There is also the opportunity to progress to postgraduate study, either on our MA Human Resource Management, which offers full membership of the CIPD, the new MSc Entrepreneurship, the MBA Business Management or into research. Within two years of graduation, 35% of students are taking Masters-level qualifications usually sponsored by their employers and are aiming for more senior roles in HR and full CIPD membership.You will work with the CIPD Behavioural mapping from first year onwards to show your personal development in key behaviours and skills valued in the marketplace.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

This degree is accredited to Intermediate Standard level by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). When you successfully complete this programme, 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 the CIPD Liverpool Group and local employers to students who excel in both the academic and the practitioner elements of the programme.

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International Scholarships

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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