Business (Human Resource Management) (Top-Up)

BA (Hons)

Study level
1-3 years
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BA (Hons) Business (Human Resource Management) (Top-Up)

Course Overview

How do you get the best out of your staff? How do you reward them? And how can businesses improve to ensure their staff are always growing, always developing and always striving for more? If you're passionate about managing the success, happiness and professionalism of employees, then this is the perfect top-up course for you.

Get industry-ready with a human resource management top-up degree. The perfect choice for anyone who’s already completed a HND in business (or equivalent), this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel in a senior leadership role. During this degree, you’ll examine the well-established principles of HR management, while also developing professional-level skills that will help you get the job you want. 

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Arden courses are designed so that you can study additional programmes alongside them. Find out more about how you can study an additional industry certified course alongside your studies.

By teaching you the fundamentals of business and HRM, this course will help to develop and enhance your skills within each key aspect of two exciting disciplines. During your studies, you’ll learn about staff planning, employee relationships, training and employment law. Evolving your knowledge in these areas will prepare you to take the bold step from confident graduate to professional expert. 


  • 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 gives you regular opportunities to demonstrate your strengths and knowledge in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to assess and track your progress. These methods include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Portfolios of work

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.

What do you need to study with us?

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 eligible for this BA (Hons) Business (Human Resource Management) top-up degree, we need to see that you have:

  • A HND in Business or equivalent, provided that your prior learning is consistent with Level 5 of the functional areas of Business (Finance, Marketing, HRM and Operations Management)

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

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

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this HRM top-up degree. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

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Before you enrol onto any degree, it’s always nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from and spending your time with. The School of Business and Management is formed of a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors who design the courses alongside leaders from the business community. 

After graduating with a business and HR top-up degree, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running across a wide range of sectors such as recruitment, sales, education and business. A solid grounding and understanding of business and human resource management puts you at a real advantage when it comes to the competitive job market.

What can a human resource management top-up degree do for me?

With just one more year of study, this HRM top-up degree will provide you with a range of transferable skills that every business will value – gearing you up to start a career in a variety of exciting industries. Some of these skills include: 

  • Understanding the strategic contribution of HRM to an organisation
  • Analysing and interpreting written, visual and graphical data
  • Applying theoretical HRM, business and management concepts and practical techniques to the solution of complex problems
  • Demonstrating self-management and working productively and independently to produce work in a variety of formats
  • Demonstrating problem-solving skills
  • Applying interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation
  • Reflecting on working effectively in collaboration with others and evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses and acting on feedback

What can I do after Arden University?

After achieving your qualification, you'll be in a promising position to start your career at a well-established employer or a specialist agency. The job roles you might explore include:

  • Careers Adviser
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Office Manager
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Sales Executive
  • Training and Development Officer

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your human resource management top-up degree, you’ll also have access to several extra online resources for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you through your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll receive direction at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

At Arden University, we make it simple to achieve your degree, regardless of any other commitments you may have. Our online learning model is designed to fit around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.


"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
Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.