2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management with Foundation Year

Start date:
September 2022
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
4 years, 5 years with placement
UCAS code:
N601
Points required:
72
Campus:
Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
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 with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

About your course

The BA (Hons) Human Resource Management at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by academics with direct professional experience of working in HRM roles.

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 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.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Human Resource Management honours degree programme yet.

On successful completion of the Foundation year (NQF3) students are enrolled onto the CIPD approved BA (Hons) Human Resource Management programme (NQF4-6). Students complete the BA (Hons) Human Resource Management programme as student members and on graduation are eligible for Associate Membership of CIPD.

If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

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.

"This course is excellent for individuals seeking to pursue a career in Human Resources or in Business Management. The modules cover many different areas of Human Resources and equip you in applying the knowledge and course content to real life situations. Most importantly, the support and guidance provided by the Lecturers was invaluable. The Teaching Team were very encouraging and helped me to achieve the best grade I could."

Elizabeth Olson, graduate

Professional accreditation/links

On successful completion of the Foundation year (NQF3) students are enrolled onto the CIPD approved BA (Hons) Human Resource Management programme (NQF4-6). Students complete the BA (Hons) Human Resource Management programme as student members and on graduation are eligible for Associate Membership of CIPD.

You will be enrolled as a student member of CIPD at the end of Level 5, with your fees being paid by LJMU for both your placement year and Level 6 (final year).

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

Career prospects in Human Resource Management related roles remain strong and our students do well even in a tough economic environment

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. In the last Destination of Leavers in HE survey (2015/16 data), 96.7% of our graduates had secured employment or were in further study within 6 months of graduating.

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 Strategic People Management and Practice at LJMU develops the professional knowledge and skills to support Chartered Membership of CIPD.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

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

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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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 3

Core modules

Developing Skills for Business
20 credits

This module aims to facilitate your development of personal, academic and professional skills as a foundation for your current and future studies in Business related subjects. It will equip you with the tools to become confident and independent learners at university.

Understanding Business Organisations and Operations
20 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to the world of business, the types of business and structures, the functional areas, and management theories and challenges faced by business in today's commercial world.

Essentials of Management
20 credits

This module introduces you to management theory. This foundation module will develop your appreciation, understanding and application of management and professionalism in different career pathways and specialist areas.

Introduction to Marketing and PR Communications
20 credits

This module gives you an understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing and public relations. It also gives you a knowledge and understanding of your role within organisations and explores the factors that can influence consumer behaviour.

Data Analysis Techniques for Business
20 credits

This module equips you with the technical skills to be able to design and produce Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for business use, and to facilitate the development of basic analytical skills.

Programme Case Study
20 credits

This module develops your independent learning and expertise in an area of business relating to your target programme. Through a co-creation process your subject interests will be harnessed to enable you to develop your knowledge in a self-selected topic area. The module aims to be flexible to enable you to explore an area of interest to you and you will be assessed in a manner that supports this.

Level 4

Core modules

Academic and Digital Literacy
20 credits

This module prepares students for academic life at university by teaching them how to apply academic and digital skills.  Students will develop an awareness of the internal and external business environments.  Economic factors influencing business and HR decisions will be explored.  Students will also learn how to conduct HR financial planning. 

Professional People Management
20 credits

Students will develop the core knowledge of a range of people practices across the entire employee lifecycle.  This module aligns with the CIPD’s professional map, which underpins the core knowledge that all professional people managers require.  This module also helps students develop skills related to team working and stakeholder management.

Management Functions and Practice
20 credits

This module provides insights into the broader business environment and offers awareness of the interconnected and cross-functional perspectives that exist in organisational settings.  Students will develop an insight into the value that each function of a business brings to the organisation as a whole.  

HR in the Business Context
20 credits

This module will used ‘lived history’ case studies to demonstrate how history and sociology have impacted on HR practice and employee legislation.  The contemporary employment relationship will also be explored from a range of viewpoints, including the EU, different UK government parties, and different industries and sectors. 

Learning and Development: Theory and Practice
20 credits

This module will enable students to build knowledge of learning, including how others facilitate and support their own learning.  Different learning styles will be explored, particularly in relation to training and development interventions in organisations.  Students will come to know how learning takes place at individual and organisational levels. 

Work Psychology and Interpersonal Skills
20 credits

This module provides a comprehensive foundation for theoretical and practical applications relevant to the psychology of behaviour in the workplace as well as interpersonal skills development.  The module is designed for students to actively learn and apply these concepts with others.  Communication, learning, and reflective skills will also be developed.

Level 5

Core modules

Ethical Practice and Behaviour
20 credits

This module focuses on the nature of ethical practice in relation to contemporary management.  Students will explore and examine the various ethical challenges organisations face, as well as the responses available, from a practitioner perspective.  Students’ awareness of ethical issues in society as well as the workplace will develop, along with the skills of ethical and moral decision- making.

Professional Behaviours and Valuing People
20 credits

In this module, students will explore and develop the application of core HR professional behaviours to build positive working relationships and support employee voice and well-being.  Students will also consider how to develop and master new professional behaviours, and how these impact employee performance in the workplace.

Employability
20 credits

This module aims to provide students with the practical skills necessary to secure employment.  There is a focus on securing a paid undergraduate placement or summer internship, but extends to graduate employment and further career advancement.

Reward for Performance and Contribution
20 credits

Students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of reward practices and performance management in the workplace.  Internal and external business factors and their influence on reward strategies and policies will also be explored.  Students will be prepared to support line managers in the application of all elements of performance management.

Evidence-based Practice: Research and Data Analysis
20 credits

This module addresses the significance of capturing robust quantitative and qualitative evidence to inform meaningful insight and critical thinking and decision making.  There is a focus on analysing evidence through an ethical lens to improve decision-making.  Students will be better able to measure the impact of people practices and creating value.

Advanced Assessment Techniques
20 credits

In this module, students will design, develop, and deliver assessment centre activities.  Students will learn to measure candidates’ performance in relation to core competencies, provide effective feedback, and be able to implement assessment centres in existing organisational settings.

Level 6

Core modules

Developing Organisational Change
20 credits

This module will enable students to build a comprehensive and critical evaluation of the theory and practice of change management and organisational development.  Students will also develop the knowledge and skills necessary to influence and seek to align theory with organisational development and improvement.

Contemporary Employment Relations
20 credits

Students will be able to analyse the development of approaches, practices, and tools to manage and enhance the employee relationship.  The tensions between creating better working lives and improving organisational performance will also be explored.

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
20 credits

Students will critically evaluate how adapting leadership styles to manage, monitor and report on equality and diversity is essential for inclusive practice and legislation.  Students will explore how promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce and culture can improve organisational performance, as well as meet the needs of employees and customers more effectively.

Conflict Management – Legal Framework
20 credits

Students will develop practical knowledge of contemporary HR policies and practices on dealing with workplace conflict.  Students will explore various challenges when handling conflict through dispute resolution, conducting investigations, grievances, disciplinaries, and employment tribunals. 

Developing HR Strategy and Culture
20 credits

Students will explore the connections between organisational structure and the wider world of work, which impact on business strategy and effective workforce planning.  Students will also explore how to develop diverse talent pools, recognise the influence of culture, employee well-being, and behaviour in delivering business and HR strategy.

HR Impact Project
20 credits

Students will produce an impact project that investigates a Human Resource Management of their choice.  Students will engage with a range of contemporary knowledge and sources in considering the impact their research can have in an organisational setting.

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.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online activities, 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

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

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. 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.

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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

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 72


GCSE and equivalents

•Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C 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

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

T Levels

  • T Level requirements: 72 UCAS points in a related subject

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Alternative qualifications considered

​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.
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Reduced Offer Scheme

As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

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.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​The following criteria are desirable but not essential. We will use them to rank applications. Please demonstrate your development of these attributes in the personal statement included in your application:A critical interest in how societies are constructed and the issues and challenges presentedA questioning mindGood analytical skillsGood reading and information retrieval skills - obtaining information from a range of sources and using it to support analysisThe ability to construct and critically assess arguments

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.