2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management Top-Up Degree

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

1 year

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Business and Law:

0151 231 8080

busadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Human Resource Management Top-Up Degree at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Top up your knowledge and achieve an honours degree in just one year
  • 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
  • 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

About your course

This one year, full time, top-up degree is ideal for students who already hold a HND, Foundation degree or Diploma and want to top-up their qualification and boost employment prospects by gaining an honours degree.

The goal of Human Resource Management is to boost the morale of an organisation thereby reducing staff turnover and increasing productivity. For this you 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 has an 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.

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 page, 'LJMU HR students' and graduating students have continued to engage with the page offering advice and alerting current students to prospective job opportunities.

In this top-up degree you will join the existing cohort in their final year (level 6) and graduate with the same course title as those who have completed the three year degree.

In this top-up degree you will join the existing cohort in their final year (level 6) and graduate with the same course title as those who have completed the three year degree.

Hear what some of our level 6 students had to say about their experience on the course:

"This top-up degree has been designed to recognise existing study and enable students to boost their career prospects by gaining an honours degree as well as experience of real business projects"

Adam Shore, Director, School of Business and Management

Professional accreditation/links

​This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). If you successfully complete this programme, you will also achieve the Intermediate Level Professional Standards for CIPD leading to Associate Membership.              

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.  

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors.  These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte.

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 Human Resource Management at LJMU develops the professional knowledge and skills to support Chartered Membership of CIPD.


Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 6

Core modules

Strategic HR
20 credits

This module aims to teach you how to use academic literature to critically appraise an organisational context and make recommendations using a Strategic HRM framework.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
20 credits

This module aims to enable you to think critically about individual and organisational approaches to equality, diversity and inclusion. You will understand the underpinning social concepts such as stereotyping, discrimination etc. and how these operate within the workplace. Also, critically appraise the competing drivers for diversity influencing organisational strategy and policy in this area.

Employment Relations and Legal Framework
20 credits

The aim of the module is to analyse the development of, perspectives on and practice of employment relations and employment law.

Organisational Development & Change Management
20 credits

You will gain knowledge about issues and dimensions of organisational development in order to recognise the importance of people change factors in determining appropriate organisational development intervention to improve an organisation. You will also be able to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations involving an organisation's responses to organisational development.

Dissertation and Impact Report
20 credits

In this module you will produce an impact project that investigates a HR Management issue, by using a body of contemporary knowledge to identify the impact that the research can or has made to the HR Management arena.

Optional modules

International HRM And HRD
20 credits

The aim of this module is to explore different approaches to managing people in an international arena. The purpose of this module is to explore the management of people in international contexts and gain an understanding of the varying worldwide policy and practice.

Consultancy
20 credits

You will analyse consultancy practice and evaluate appropriate consultant responses to client requirements.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Learning is via a varied combination of activities including lectures, seminars, online activities, workshops and small-group tutorials. 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, Canvas, and networking opportunities provided through programme community meetings and Facebook. 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. 

Professional practice and behaviours are part of the learning experience and you will have opportunities to get involved with CIPD events, support the management of events and master classes, and shadow Liverpool Group Committee roles. You will also be able to become a Friend of the Liverpool Group Committee, giving you access to a wide range of events and networking opportunities.  

Work-related Learning

Liverpool Business School's Employability Support Unit can help you find short-term placements or internships during your time with us.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

  

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. 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.

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.

 


Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

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
  • 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 if this is required.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications:


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​Applications  are welcomed from students with the following qualifications

  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of merit standard 
  • Foundation Degree in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of 60% 

International Students

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students must meet the following minimum English Language requirements

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

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.