Business Management and Human Resources - BSc (Hons)

People are central to business success. Develop your people management expertise and understanding of how modern businesses function in a fast-changing world on our Business Management and Human Resources BSc.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

Location

Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • NN69

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international, placement or entrepreneurship year

Why study Business Management and Human Resources at Keele University?

Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
No. 1 in the UK for Business Studies (National Student Survey, 2020)
Spend a year working in industry, or undertake an entrepreneurship year
Study alongside innovative companies based in Keele Business School
Study abroad opportunities
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Professional Accreditation/Approval

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

This Business and Human Resource Management course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) having met the CIPD quality assurance standards at intermediate level.

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for CIPD Associate membership and may, in the future, upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow. This will be dependent on providing evidence to the CIPDthat you have built up through your work experience the relevant skills in accordance with CIPD criteria.

We have established close relationships with the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire CIPD Branch, providing our CIPD student members with access to its 1,600-strong membership, professional networking events and workshops. In addition, CIPD Midlands Area Partnership activities bring ten local CIPD branches in the area together, providing additional opportunities to access events, including student centred activities, such as induction and networking events. A member of our teaching staff is currently a Committee Member of the local North Staffordshire and South Cheshire CIPD branch, further cementing the important links between Keele Business School and the professional body for HR professionals.

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"The flexibility in my timetable allowed me to take extra modules in psychology, English Language and other areas that took my interest. I took the opportunity to complete an Industrial Placement Year in between my second and third year of study, which I completed in the HR Department of a pharma company in Liverpool. I felt that my first two years at Keele had ideally prepared me for this. Staff were so enthusiastic and approachable, which added to the fun of learning. Lecturers helped me practice for interviews and assessment centres. I could not have chosen a better university to prepare me for my career and give me a better foundation to build onto. "

Erin, Human Resource Management and International Business

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Co-located with businesses

As a Keele Business School student, you will study alongside innovative companies that are based in the Business School building, a hub for fostering networks and linking with industry.

Internships, enterprise and knowledge exchange opportunities

Keele Business School is located at the heart of the Keele University Science & Innovation Park, one of the leading developments of its kind in the UK. The Park offers companies a business environment that provides an innovative research culture, combined with academic expertise and the University’s specialist resources, with a variety of opportunities for students to get involved, from internships, knowledge exchange partnerships, and student enterprise initiatives.

Keele Business School

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Adil, Business and Human Resource Management graduate

"My curiosity to gain more knowledge and experience using my degree led me to a work placement as an Undergraduate Outreach Assistant at Keele. The work placement helped me broaden my knowledge, guide me in knowing what I want from this degree and developed my weaknesses."

Adil, Business and Human Resource Management

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Academic expertise

Our staff in Keele Business School are active researchers in core areas such as accounting, finance, economics, human resource management, marketing and management. Their academic work will inform your learning, incorporating recent theories and current themes to open discussion in your subject area. There are professional support staff on hand to answer any queries you may have during your undergraduate studies at Keele.

Our academics in Keele Business School are multicultural and multinational, bringing an international aspect to the School’s teaching, research and business activities.

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Salman, Human Resource Management and Marketing

"Keele was an experience I will never forget. Starting from the gold teaching standard to the lifelong friends created, every bit of the journey extraordinary. I played Basketball for Keele on a scholarship and was the Lead Voice Representative for the Business School in 2021. Coming from Sri Lanka, most of my first year was spent in the SU networking and creating unforgettable experiences. I learned to balance work and entertainment to get the best possible grades I could. Keele gave me responsibilities that taught me valuable life skills such as independence, decision making, organisation and the importance of dedication and passion; all of which have helped me become the successful person I am today."

Salman, Human Resource Management and Marketing

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details. 

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management degree. For example, the Foundations of Business 1 module will help you to develop appropriate investigative skills in order to analyse financial information and make informed business decisions. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. Throughout the programme, you will develop subject-specific and broad-based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, including information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage.

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One Modules

FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00249 Foundations in Business 1 15 credits
FYO-00251 Foundations in Business 2 15 credits
FYO-00253 Foundations in Buisness 3 15 credits


Semester Two Modules

FYO-00255 Advancing Business 30 credits
FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 30 credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students

  • Between 40-48 UCAS tariff points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification, or relevant work experience

AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at Grade 4 (C) or
  • A Level 2 numeracy qualification such as Key Skills Application of Number Level 2 or Functional Skills Numeracy Level 2

How to Apply 

Students will need to apply for BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management with Foundation Year (UCAS code NN96through UCAS at www.ucas.com

Direct Entry Students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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Boost your employability by applying for a four-year degree with a work placement at companies such as Nintendo and IBM

 

If you have an idea for a new business venture, this module provides you with the time, space and expertise to develop it

Access economic, financial and business real-time data, world news, analysis and reports in our Bloomberg Financial Lab 

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Discover the Keele difference

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, and you’ll soon feel at home and make friends wherever you go.

We help students manage their money and ensure that they receive any funding for which they may be eligible.

Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.