Human Resource Management and Psychology

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

Study level
4-12 years
Study location
BA (Hons) Human Resource Management and Psychology with Foundation Year

Course Overview

Are you looking to open the door to a future career in human resource management or psychology? Or perhaps it’s been a while since you last studied? If so, Arden University’s human resource management and psychology with foundation year course may be the right choice for you. 
Our degree with foundation year in human resource management and psychology will help you acquire and refine the skills and knowledge needed to pursue your higher education goals; you’ll then move seamlessly into undergraduate study. While the human resource management aspect focuses on key facets of current practice in HRM and employment law, the psychology element draws upon wider theories of human behaviour and decision making. This HRM and psychology degree is the perfect option for those looking to improve their study skills, develop a wide range of transferable skills and gain an in-depth understanding of a range of social science disciplines. Sound like you?  

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With Arden University’s human resource management and psychology with foundation year degree, you’ll get the chance to study two fascinating social science fields. You’ll learn all about employment law, develop an understanding of research methods and data analysis skills, and acquire knowledge of a range of influences on psychological wellbeing. 


You’ll have 4-12 years to complete your HRM and Psychology with foundation year course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete the course in 4-8 years.

Year 1

  • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Crime and Law in Context
  • Psychology of Everyday Life 

Year 2

  • English Legal System
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Contract Law
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Year 3

  • Research Ethics in Action
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Planning HR
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Managing Change in Organisations

Year 4

  • Research Planning and Project
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Employment Law
  • Strategic Issues in HRM
  • Cross Cultural Psychology

*The order of modules within each level vary depending on intake and mode of study

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:

  • Case study analysis
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Reports
  • Research projects

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.


Candidates for our HRM and Psychology with foundation year degree are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend an online interview, demonstrating their ability to study a degree-level programme at Arden University. We will take into account:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

You also need a GCSE Maths Grade C or equivalent.

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 who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

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Before getting started with any degree, it’s nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from. The Human Resource Management and Psychology is led by a team of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers. Heading up our foundation year programme is Towella Ngambi, who has a wealth of experience in up-skilling individuals to help accelerate their careers and personal growth.  

The specialist skills you’ll have after graduating with your foundation year and undergraduate degree include analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, strong interpersonal and communication skills and an appreciation of two discipline areas – all of which are highly valued by employers and validate your potential for future development in your chosen career. 

What can a psychology and human resource management degree do for me?

Successfully completing a degree in HRM and Psychology can open up a world of opportunity – both within these two fields and in industries you may not have considered. And just as valuable are the skills you will develop as part of this course, including:

  • The ability to research and present information to a variety of audiences
  • Analysis and evaluation of data
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • A proven ability to present findings in a range of formats
  • The capability to work both independently and as part of a team

What can I do after Arden University?

Many of our HRM and Psychology graduates are surprised at the career paths they’re able to explore following their foundation and undergraduate degree. The skills you’ll develop throughout your time with us will make you employable across a wide range of exciting sectors, including:

  • Counselling
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Human Resources
  • Office Management
  • Training and Development
  • Business or Career Advising

You can also go on to study at Master’s Level.  Arden University offer a variety of Master’s programmes and we are developing many more.  Keep looking for further developments! 

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden University is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your HRM and Psychology course, you’ll also have access to several extra opportunities 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 and Academic Skills Tutors who are exclusively there to help you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree. 

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.

Which study mode is right for you? You’ll complete this degree via online learning which is our most flexible study option.  


Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you 
don’t do it yourself! Once you have an honest interest for what you learn, if you reach out for
more, you will be welcome to be helped and advised. But to do that, you must be determined. 

Bettina Finna
Bettina Finna
BA (Hons) Psychology
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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 lecturers and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.