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People are at the heart of any business. Our Foundation Year course offers an alternative entry to higher education and prepares you for a career in human resource management.

Our Human Resource Management with Foundation Year course covers all the areas of people management in organisations, including employee recruitment, development and reward, as well as communications and performance management.

You'll develop a breadth of knowledge in a range of subjects that impact directly on all areas of business performance and competitiveness. You'll also gain an understanding of leadership and how the behaviours of individuals and teams contribute to the success of organisations.

Why Study Human Resource Management with Foundation Year?

For a business to thrive it's vital to have a motivated workforce that feels valued, so the effective management of human resources (HR) is key.

Our foundation year prepares you for studying a business-related degree, while giving you a strong cross-disciplinary grounding in business and law.

You'll gain hands on experience by undertaking professional work placements where you'll develop new skills that will help your CV stand out from the crowd.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, however these students should still apply through UCAS.

Business School students are also required to have GCSE mathematics at Grade C or equivalent.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

During the foundation year, you'll study six core modules: Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing; Contemporary Issues in Law; Individual Project; Communication and Academic Skills for HE; and Personal and Career Development.

As you progress through the course, you'll be able to immerse yourself in many aspects of human resource management (HRM) using a combination of economic, political, psychological and sociological methods. This will give you a deeper understanding of contemporary business issues, management and leadership and can help you decide which career path to follow when you graduate.

You'll explore areas including:

  • contemporary business issues
  • employee development and employee relations
  • management and leadership.

You'll be able to take a work-based learning module in Year 2 and will have the opportunity for a placement year between Years 2 and 3, where you'll gain valuable work experience.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Seminars will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.  In addition, you'll have meetings with your academic personal tutor. 

Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

You'll study modules to the value of 120 credits each year.

Each module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) and the rest self-directed study which includes preparation for and the completion of assessments.

Modules will typically consist of a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar per week for each of the six modules being studied each year. On average, you should expect to study for 35 hours per week during term time.

Combined honours students:

  • Year 1 - 60 credits in HRM and 60 credits from the other part of your degree.
  • Year 2 - between 40 and 80 credits in HRM and 80 and 40 credits from the other part of your degree
  • Year 3 - between 40 and 80 credits in HRM and 80 and 40 credits from the other part of your degree.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you'll be expected to continue learning through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, preparing coursework assignments/examination, and preparing for workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities that you'll be expected to complete before class.

The majority of staff have worked as practitioners and hold membership of the professional body for HR specialists - the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - bringing a wealth of experience to student learning.

The teaching team is actively involved in research, knowledge exchange and cross-cultural teaching at institutions in other parts of Europe.

Our Christ Church Business School is a CIPD Approved Centre, delivering postgraduate courses in human resource management. 


We are committed to working with you, helping and supporting you as you prepare your big move into people management profession. You will be inspired, encouraged and challenged by our HRM programme team throughout your studies to ensure that you are well equipped to fulfil your HR professional role of getting the best out of people.

Dr Okey OkonkwoProgramme Director, BSc Human Resource Management

How you’ll be assessed

You'll be assessed by several methods including reports, essays, presentations, computer-based projects, reflective logs, time constrained assessments and case studies as a group and individually. The emphasis is on coursework although some core modules include examinations.

Your future career

The skills and knowledge you gain on your degree will equip you to enter a range of professional and business roles, such as: learning and development, HR business partner, recruitment consultant, and HR outsourcing consultant.

You can also go on to study professional Human Resource Management qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or pursue a postgraduate Master’s degree, both of which are study options available at Christ Church Business School.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000
Part-time - years 1-3 * £4,625 N/A
Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £4,625 / £1,850 relate to 2020/21 only.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Professional accreditation

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications. This includes modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment. The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and students enrolling on to this programme automatically gain student membership of the CMI.

Industry links

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses by visiting professors chosen for their continuing expertise in business and management. These established links have helped some of our students to secure placements.A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

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