BA (Hons) Business Management (Human Resource Management) with Foundation Year

Business Management (Human Resource Management)

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year


Study level
Foundation Year Entry Degrees
Full time
4 years
Part time
4 years+
Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

What makes Arden University special?

Education for everyone, everywhere
Whether you're constrained by location, cost, time, or other life commitments, we're passionate about giving you access to higher education that fits into your busy, modern life.
Where to study
You decide how and where to study
We offer a wide range of flexible undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in both our online and blended study modes.
Full support both online and on-site
We're also proud to offer non-standard entry, meaning your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account when assessing your application.
Strong focus on employability
You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course Overview

Human Resource Management is vital to the operations of any business or organisation worldwide. Studying towards an undergraduate degree qualification in business and HR is a fantastic opportunity to kick start your career in this industry. Our foundation programmes combined with an undergraduate degree provide you with the opportunity to really focus on your study skills, before developing skills in business and human resource management, with a CMI accredited degree. 

Are you interested in people management and how to decrease staff turnover and increase productivity? This programme is designed to develop students with strong business skills that can be applied globally to a range of sectors, before going on to specialise in HR strategy, management methods, and employment law. 

Completing a foundation level before undergraduate level study gives you the opportunity to develop the core academic skills you need to successfully complete a degree. You’ll increase your confidence in your research, literacy, and numeracy, and then gain a specific grounding in business and HR with modules exploring the structure of organisations and how businesses utilise technology. With this foundation, you’ll then be able to springboard straight into an undergraduate degree. 

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals. 

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Course details and modules

You’ll begin with fundamental academic skills, and gradually build on your knowledge to gain core business skills alongside human resource knowledge and experience. As you progress you will cover more advanced topics such as strategic issues in human resource management, managing others, and contemporary management issues. 

As you near the end of your degree with Arden University you will also gain a clearer idea of your career path and what sector of business and human resource management most appeals to you.


You have 4 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take 1 year to complete each level.

  • Preparing for University Success
  • Exploring the Business Environment
  • Advancing your Academic Skills
  • Becoming an Effective Leader
  • Planning for Your Future Success
  • Investigation & Innovation Project
  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • People in Organisations
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Planning Human Resources
  • Managing Change in Organisations
  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Strategic Issues in HRM
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Discussion based assessments
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

Study options

This course is available to study through Arden’s blended learning study mode at our study centre in Berlin, Germany

The course is also available to students via online learning.

Adrian Williams

"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)

Full time, blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, BibliU, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully.
Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.


To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have: 

  • Passes at grade C (grade 4) or above in three subjects at GCSE level OR 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.
  • Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.  
  • We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. To view the course details, please click here.

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend an interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Why you’ve chosen your particular course
  • Any long-term goals or career aspirations

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in any element); or TOEFL 46-59; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Professor Dilshad Sheikh

At Arden University, we develop our human resource management degree programmes to give you the most relevant, useful, and forward-thinking people management skills, so you are prepared to succeed in current and future work environments across diverse industries. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business 

Career prospects

When you graduate from a BA (Hons) Business Management (Human Resource Management) with Foundation Year you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of job opportunities in recruitment and HR. As these specialisms are available in most companies worldwide, you’ll have a huge choice.  

You’ll have a solid base of skills in analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. You’ll also understand the fundamentals of how businesses work, should you wish to instead explore a more generalist business role.

What can a business and human resource management degree with foundation do for me?

Once you graduate, you’ll have an internationally recognised undergraduate degree, which will help you progress your career in your chosen sector. You’ll graduate with: 

  • An understanding of the strategic contribution human resource management has within an organisation
  • A strong variety of core business management skills
  • Skills in data analysis, problem-solving, self-management, negotiation, persuasion, and presentation
  • An awareness of entrepreneurial approaches and the commercial business skills that best encourage growth and support the creation of new business
  • An ability to apply theoretical business and management concepts to create practical solutions to complex problems. 

What can I do after Arden University?

Human resources, management, and recruiting are all key elements to so many businesses. You’ll be able to consider both the public and private sectors and whether you’d prefer a large international organisation or a smaller independent agency. Some job roles you might want to explore include: 

  • Change Manager 
  • Recruiter
  • Careers Advisor 
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Management Consultant 
  • Office Manager 
  • Learning and Development Officer 

You can also go on to study at postgraduate level. We offer a variety of programmes including a selection of MBAs. You can see the range of available postgraduate programmes here and our MBAs here.  

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors. 

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.