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    People are at the heart of any business or organisation. 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 & selection, employee learning & development, reward 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 (which includes our Human Resource management degree), while giving you a strong cross-disciplinary grounding in business and law.

    After the foundation year, you’ll continue with your human resource management study, where you’ll have opportunities to undertake professional work placements, thereby gaining hands on experience and developing new skills that will help your CV stand out from the crowd.

    You'll also have opportunities to examine real-life organisational problems by making the most out of the strong links between Christ Church Business School and a wide range of local, regional and national organisations.

      All about the course

      During the foundation year, you'll study six core modules: Contemporary Issues in Accounting; 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 and people management issues and can help you decide which career path to follow when you graduate.

      You’ll explore areas including:

      • managing people in organisations
      • employee development and employee relations
      • employee resourcing and reward
      • strategic human resource management

      You'll be able to take an "employability skills" 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.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

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      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

      We are committed to your development as a skilled and inquiring student, ethically engaged with the world and its future, and aim to use a variety of methods and approaches tailored to your individual needs in order to achieve this. The modules in the first semester employ a mix of lectures, tutorials, and online material provided via our virtual learning environment (VLE), as well as student-centred workshops and learning exercises. This provides you with a wide range of differentiated activities, and plenty of regular 1:1 feedback and support throughout the first Semester. Building on this, teaching in the second semester uses also includes individual supervision specifically to support your ‘Individual Project’. Study on all these modules is supported by the Communication and Academic Skills for HE module. In this way, basic skills learned and developed in semester 1 are integrated and further developed in semester 2, with appropriate individualised support and scaffolding provided throughout. At the end of this process, you should be a more independent, self-confident learner ready to embark on degree level study at Level 4.

      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.

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

      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 in human resources, such as: HR generalist, HR Manager, HR Advisor, learning and development specialist, 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.


      Tuition Fees for 2023/24 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

      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.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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