BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

People are an organisation’s most important asset. Organisations will only succeed if their people are well managed, motivated, committed and engaged. Your BA (Hons) Human Resource Management degree will give you an all-round understanding of business and specialist knowledge of HRM. This means you will understand how HRM fits into the bigger picture and be a more employable graduate.

HRM graduates are highly attractive to employers throughout the world, especially in many emerging markets. The ability to lead and get the best out of people is challenging yet vital for the modern manager, and this degree will prepare you for such a role. We have an excellent reputation for delivering high-quality teaching in this field and this course is one of only a few undergraduate degrees in the UK to be validated with CIPD membership, the UK’s professional HR body.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N602 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N604 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N602 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N604 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

You’ll explore HRM theory and practice, and consider people and people-related issues in organisations at operational and strategic levels. You’ll take compulsory modules to learn essential business knowledge and skills, so you understand how HRM contributes to an organisation’s success.

You will study the following modules:

Year One

  • Business Skills and Professional Development
  • Work and Organisational Behaviour
  • Economics, Law and Regulations
  • Foundations in Marketing
  • Accounting in Business
  • Supply Chain Management

Year Two

  • Quantitative Techniques in Business
  • Research Methods
  • Project Management
  • Resource and Talent Planning
  • Strategic HRM
  • Developing Talent for Success
  • HRM in the Workplace: Change, Conflict & Resolution

Year Three

  • Business Strategy
  • Leadership and Management Development
  • Employee Engagement
  • International HRM
  • HRM Dissertation/Research Project

You will also study one module from the following options:

  • Professional Practice and Employability
  • Ethics and Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • Local Global Interaction
  • Dissertation


Mae modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg yn cynnwys | Welsh Module options are:

Modiwlau Blwyddyn 1

  • Ymddygiad Gwaith a Sefydliadau
  • Cyflwyniad i Farchnata

Modiwlau Blwyddyn 2

  • Interniaeth
  • Dulliau Ymchwil*

Modiwlau Blwyddyn 3

  • Traethawd Hir/Adroddiad Ymchwil
  • Strategaeth Busnes*
  • Cyflogadwyedd ac Ymarfer Proffesiynol*

* Mae’r modiwl hwn ar gael yn Gymraeg os yw digon o siaradwyr Cymraeg yn dewis ei astudio – This module is available dependent on student demand.

Foundation Year

The BA (Hons) Human Resource Management is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree.

You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme.

Find out more: Foundation Year (Social Sciences)


You will be taught by a team of experts, who bring the latest developments straight to the classroom. This is reinforced by guest lectures, where you will hear directly from professionals working in the field. There are also plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience, where you can apply business theories in the real world. You will learn through lectures, tutorials, directed learning, independent study and workplace engagement. Lectures will be used to introduce key HRM and business concepts and theories.

Your course will be supported through your student handbook and module guides, online supporting educational materials including those from CIPD, networked information services including the University’s Blackboard website and Business Research Report supervisors.


You’ll be assessed through examinations and coursework which may be in the form of essays, portfolios and projects, reports, case studies, presentations and design tasks.


A year out on work placement, undertaking an internship as part of your course, or studying abroad is another great boost to your CV which can help you stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s studying abroad or gaining work experience, our experienced team will help you find a placement, in an area that interests you. You can spend up to a year in one of a range of local, national or international organisations or join a number of partner institutions across the world that provide access to study opportunities. Obtaining specialist HR work or management experience either on a placement or on a part-time basis enhances your employment prospects following graduation.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Professional Membership fees: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) £130 - £306
£130 per Year - Student membership rate,£306 per Year - Associate [and higher] membership rate. There are various membership levels and fees associated with those levels, along with administration fees for Joining and re-joining. For more information about membership fees, please click the following link…
CIPD Professional Activities: Region/Branch Networking £0 - £100
Students have the opportunity to attend various branch and regional CIPD events as well as occasional seminars and conferences. It is recommended that all students fully engage with the CIPD and their events to maximise their advantages of their professional membership.
Placement expenses: Work placement £0 - £300
Students are encouraged to undertake a period of work placement during their second year of study. Students undertaking a placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
Placement expenses: Relevant Work Experience or Equivalent (RWE) £0 - £300
Students are encouraged to engage in any and all work experience opportunities, however, some of these may be unpaid and would require students to fund the subsistence costs associated with these. Additionally, in Year 3 only, students may opt to take the Employment Practice and Employability module whereby 70 hours of RWE is required. Students choosing this option may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
Placement expenses: Internship £0 - £200
Students are offered the opportunity to complete an internship during their second year of study. Students undertaking an internship may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
Placement expenses: Sandwich year £0 - £100
Costs may be incurred while completing sandwich year if chosen . Costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement. Year 3 only.
Placement expenses: Study Abroad £0 - £1000
Variable costs may be incurred while completing a "study abroad option"
Other: Text books £300 - £400
Text books are provided via the USW library but students may wish to purchase their own private copies.
Other : Sitting Examinations Abroad £50 - £300
Should students choose to sit exams abroad (in their home country for example) there will be a £50 admin fee and a cost of £20 per exam. Students are also responsible for any additional charges made by an overseas exam venue.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Human resource management graduates are highly attractive to the specialist HR profession or general business positions. The ability to lead and get the best out of people is vital for the modern manager, and this degree will give you those essential skills. HRM plays a vital part at all levels of every organisation – it is a growth profession across the UK and worldwide, so there are plenty of diverse career opportunities open to graduates.

Our recent graduates have attained positions in a variety of HR roles including recruitment managers and training and development specialists. Students either aim for specialist HRM careers or use this training and CIPD student membership to enhance their general management career aims. Others launch their own HR consultancies and businesses.

CIPD membership recognises professionalism at all levels and includes an Associate grade (Assoc CIPD) which your BA HRM helps you to obtain because it gives you the qualification element to obtain Assoc CIPD status. CIPD membership reflects the impact that HR professionals are making in the workplace based on what they know (Knowledge) what they do (Experience) and how they do it (Behaviours). Your student membership of CIPD will give you access to the vast range of resources and support available to members that will help you study and obtain employment. These include working through your own personal and professional development by going through ‘My HR Map’ to track your own knowledge, experience and skills as you travel toward full Assoc CIPD membership through completing the CIPD Online Membership Assessment process.

During induction we will talk more about the benefits of joining CIPD as a student member. You can also visit the CIPD website for more information.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.