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.
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.
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:
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.
Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.
That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.
To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:
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:
We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.
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.
When you graduate from a BA (Hons) Business (HRM) 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:
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:
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.