Wolverhampton Business School

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management with Sandwich placement

BA (Hons) Sandwich 4 years

The BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management course provides a contemporary business education that offers a solid foundation for success in personnel, human resource management or a general business career. 

The BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management course provides a contemporary business education that offers a solid foundation for success in personnel, human resource management or a general business career. 

BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Sandwich (4 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
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Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management course provides a contemporary business education that offers a solid foundation for success in personnel, human resource management or a general business career. The vocational aspects of the course are underpinned by a study of current and future developments in industry and commerce. The course aims to prepare students for a professional career by developing knowledge and understanding of business disciplines, but particularly encouraging the critical investigation of people management related topics and also developing independent personal development skills.

The course is designed for students who want to embark on an in-depth study of Human Resource Management to develop analytical and evaluation skills that can be applied to international real-world situations.  The course recognises that people management is a key force for successful economic growth and thus emphasises the development of knowledge and understanding of a range of management and business practices, and the ability to apply them effectively in an innovative manner.

What's unique about this course?

  • This course provides you with a contemporary business education that offers a solid foundation for success in personnel, human resource management.
  • The course is designed for students who want to embark on an in-depth study of Human Resource Management to develop analytical and evaluation skills that can be applied to international real-world situations.
  • The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to global citizenship and will help you develop your own understandings of complex and contested notions in the business environment.  

What happens on the course?

The BA (Hons) Human Resource Management suite of courses are designed to equip you with the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours to enable entry into the Human Resource Profession. This course enables you to identify, release and apply your talents in practical and beneficial ways that will inspire you towards achieving your personal ambitions and future career success

Organisations worldwide today focus on the need to employ staff who have the appropriate skills to help the businesses achieve their objectives. The Human Resource Profession has a fundamental role to play in modern organisations.

The programmes we offer provide the opportunity for students to explore the key areas of Human Resource Management. The modules you will study throughout the degree are taught by HR specialists and will explore the variety of specialisms within the HR Profession.

The delivery of the modules includes a variety of interactive approaches, encouraging you to consider the theories and principles supporting the HR profession. There is also a clear focus on the application of HRM to Case Study organisations. Guest speakers are used in the programme to provide the workplace context to your studies.

The Programme provides, the opportunity for Accreditation for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD. This is a professional organisation for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years the CIPD has been setting professional standards for HR and People Development and driving positive change in the world of work. 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Students who successfully complete the course are expected to enhance their job prospects and strengthen their employment opportunities. The course is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in a variety of people management related areas including training and people development, resourcing organisations, reward practice and personnel strategy.

The course will provide the underpinning for postgraduate study in human resourcing leading to full membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students can choose to follow programmes leading to the award of an MA Human Resource Management or an MA Human Resource Development and Organisational Change.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Enhancing your employment and career prospects

Studying with the Business School gives you a head start in your career through offering:
Internships - You can choose to gain valuable work experience through taking an internship (sandwich placement) as part of your programme of study.  Full support in preparing and securing internships is provided through our dedicated support team.  
Study abroad - You can choose to undertake one semester or a full year study abroad at one of our EU partners, as part of your programme of study.  
Working with real managers - We find many opportunities for you to work with practising managers, from company projects, guest lectures and site visits through to short internships or full year long sandwich placements. 
Developing real business skills - Studying at Wolverhampton will allow you to develop the skills businesses demand including IT, project management, team working and leadership.
Careers support and guidance - You will be able to gain an Employability Award.  Having developed your CV and enhanced your interview skills you will be able to undertake a short internship to prepare yourself to gain employment on graduation.
Volunteering - You can gain valuable employability skills through volunteering.  Opportunities exist for you to work with voluntary organisations.
Starting your own business - Not only will you develop the business acumen necessary to start and manage your own business but on-going support is available both during your studies and on graduation to help you make a success of your business start-up.
Management mentors - You will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior manager from the region through our Institute of Directors mentoring scheme or alumni.

A supportive professional study environment

Your learning experience at the Business School will be enhanced by:
Tutors who know about business - The tutors on this programme will have had experience as practicing managers, have worked with business in an advisory capacity or will be researching business and management in order that what you learn is current, leading edge thinking which has real relevance to the world of business.
A friendly and supportive environment - We are known for the support we provide to our students.  Whether pastoral or study advice your personal tutor and course leader are there to give you the support you need, when you need it.
Blended learning - The School has developed a blended learning approach where lecture and tutorial activities are supported by online learning to become a seamless learning experience both in and outside of the classroom.
Flexibility - The programme offered gives you flexibility over your study options as you progress and develop, whether this is choosing to study abroad or take an internship or being able to move between the courses we offer.
Professional body informed programmes - The school has strong professional body links and these are used to inform the curriculum to ensure they reflect the latest professional thinking and standards and to maximise the exemptions and accreditation you will gain alongside studying your programme.
Internationalisation - Our international student and staff body and a curriculum underpinned by internationalisation will enable you to learn how to operate in a global business environment.

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of your field of study, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, at least some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of a discipline with an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
  2. Demonstrate an ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within a discipline and apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply your knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects.
  3. Demonstrate conceptual understanding that enables the student: to devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of a discipline & to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the discipline.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to manage your own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to the discipline) and communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem.
  6. Propose, undertake and present an independent study project that analyses a key issue in the area of business and human resource management.


      Location Mode Fee Year
      Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2022-23
      Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2023-24
      Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2023-24
      Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2024-25
      International Sandwich £13450 per year 2022-23
      International Sandwich £14450 per year 2023-24
      International Sandwich £14450 per year 2023-24
      International Sandwich £14950 per year 2024-25

      The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

      Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

      • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
      • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
      • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
      • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (96 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at merit)

      Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

      Other Requirements

      Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.


      Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

      Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

      Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

      Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

      Changes for EU students:

      The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

      EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


      If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

      For more information please contact the Gateway.

      Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

      If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

      We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

      Financial Hardship:

      Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

      for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

      Bursaries and Scholarships:

      In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

      You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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