- Foundation Degree
- Subject Area
- Business, Professional & Trade Union Education
- Age Group
- Degree Courses
(Full Time - 2 years)
- Awarding Body
- Manchester Metropolitan University
If you are determined to pursue a career in business & human resources then the Foundation Degree in Business and Human Resource Management is designed to produce graduates who will follow a wide range of human resource management careers in commercial and public sector organisations. The course balances both practical business and management skills with academic analytical rigour. The programme provides challenging, comprehensive learning experiences and develops students’ intellectual, communication and practical abilities for example in formal investigative and analytical reports, scenario based HR management role plays and employment related presentations.
This makes it ideal for those students’ who wish to either begin their careers from the start of the course or those that are presently employed and wish to progress further in their present role. The teaching emphasis is based on delivering the programme within the context of lifelong learning, so as to encourage independence and the development of key graduate human resource management and employability skills necessary for today’s dynamic and ever changing organisations.
The human resource management subject specific skills and business models learnt are directly transferable to future academic study and employment. The transferable practical academic and vocational skills are taught, practised and tracked through a highly effective structured approach to a Personal Development Plan that includes skills development
Over the two years students will study eight 30 credit modules:
HRM in Practice
This unit will examine the employee lifecycle and will cover recruitment, selection, induction, HRM planning of resources, employee relations, employee engagement, performance appraisal, training and development.
Dynamic Business Environment
The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of a range of dynamic factors in the general business environment over which organisations may have limited, if any control over. The unit introduces the topics of markets and globalisation, technological development, fundamental macroeconomic elements and concepts, social, cultural and ecological factors.
Finance and Accounting Information for Managers
Students will understand and interpret financial statements and use costing and budgeting techniques. This module provides an understanding on the importance of financial statements and the use of information systems to analyse critical data for managing organization financial resources.
Understanding and Managing People
This module provides students with a broad understanding of a range of concepts and models related to understanding and managing people, work and behaviour in national and international organisationsYear Two
Learning, Coaching & Development
The purpose of the unit is to provide students with the key generalist skills and competencies required to manage and develop the potential of employees in support of an organisations overall business objectives and strategies. This unit develops students understanding of the nature of learning and how different strategies and techniques can be employed to develop employee performance.
Employment Law and Employment Relations
This unit introduces students to the study of human resource management within a wider context. They will study Employment Relationships and Employment Law which will develop an appreciation of the influence of these important areas on human resource management. The Employment Law element of the unit will introduce students to the sources of employment law, the institutions which influence employment law and significant legal issues impacting upon the employment relationship. This unit introduces students to the field of Employment Relations. Taking the employment relationship as the central focus, it examines the different perspectives, labour market, UK and international contexts. It explores the ways in which different parties are in
To enrol on a Foundation Degree in Business and Human Resource Management, you’ll ideally need at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above (including Maths & English Language) and 160 UCAS points.
If you’ve passed a recognised Access programme, or if you’re a Mature applicant with experience, knowledge and skill in this field, then you’re more than welcome to apply and we’ll see if you’re suitable. (We might invite you for an interview).
How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course your tutors will be checking on your progress and development in lots of different ways, including class discussions, presentations, practical exercises, workshops, on-line quizzes and different types of feedback.
This helps us to check you’re learning everything you need and give you any relevant support. Each of the 8 modules will have one or two assignment tasks, and these are usually based around industry scenarios like interviewing, holding a meeting, presenting a report and other varieties of work-based research.
Continuing Your Journey
When you’ve completed your foundation degree with us, and you’ve got an average pass rate of at least 55% in your final year, you could choose to top up your degree to a BA (Hons) qualification on a number of different university-level management courses with The Manchester College.
You might then want to go on to study for a master’s degree, or go straight into any number of graduate roles in the HR profession, including recruitment, management, consultation and advising.
You may find yourself as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for an international firm, or as an Employee Relations Consultant working for a number of different businesses - there's a huge choice of career options to suit your interests and skills! Link to Careers or Link to Careers 2
Fees, Finance & Funding
The fees (if applicable) for this 2 year, full time foundation degree are currently £5950.
There are a number of different funding and finance options for anyone wanting to study this course. You may qualify for benefits or a bursary, or be able to get a special loan to help you pay. We can help you understand your options on our dedicated finance page. (link to relevant finance page)
Got a question?
If you’d like to find out more about this course, ask any questions about applications and enrolment or speak to someone about fees and finance, we’re more than happy to help – and we’d love to hear from you!
Get in touch with the course enquiries team here. (link to enquiry page)
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