Business and Human Resource Management - Liverpool John Moores University

2021/22 entry

BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Course fees

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

All figures are subject to yearly increases.

*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

Points required: N/A

UCAS code: 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.

  • 97% of our students said they were satisfied with their course in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Tutors trained at top firms such as Deloitte and Ernst and Young
  • Excellent business links with companies as diverse as IBM, Intel, Airbus, Morgan Stanley and Vauxhall
  • Option to take a year out in industry or complete the course in three years
  • Opportunities to secure exemptions from UK professional accountancy qualifications once you graduate
  • Study abroad opportunities in Kuala Lumpar during your second year of study
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus

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

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. 

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.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

The Liverpool Business School is a supportive environment in which to study and the 'student-centred approach' of your tutors will ensure that you are given the support and guidance you need.

When you start you studies, you will be assigned a personal tutor. They will set up one-to-one tutorials with you to discuss a piece of coursework or to work with you on your personal development plan.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at:

Course details

Case studies and role plays are used to enhance your practical and academic skills in business and HR management on this part-time 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
  • Academic and Business Skills and Behaviours
  • Social and Legal Framework for Business and HR
  • HR Practitioner Skills and Behaviours
Year 2
  • Business and Finance Skills Development
  • Labour Market and Talent Management​
  • Leadership and Performance Theory and Practice​

Year 3
  • Work Psychology​
  • Strategic Human Resource Management​
  • Academic and Practitioner Research Methods
Year 4
  • Change Management for Organisational Development
  • The Employment and Legal Relations​hip
  • Dissertation and Impact Report​

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 Canvas, our virtual learning environment. Each module is supported with one full day of teaching, amounting to 3-4 full days in university each academic year. Exact dates are confirmed at the start of the academic year but the full day of teaching will fall on a Wednesday. Additional lectures, seminars, personal and group tutorials will be scheduled across the year.

We strongly encourage use of Canvas, 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
  • Monday 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)

As part-time students, the time you spend studying outside scheduled classes is of paramount importance to your success on 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.

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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,716**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to:

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

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.

International study

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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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