Human Resource Management and Psychology

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

Study level
4-12 years
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’s psychology and human resource management with foundation year course may be the right choice for you.

Our foundation course 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. This psychology and HRM 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’s psychology and human resource management with foundation degree, you’ll get the chance to study two fascinating social science fields. You’ll learn all about the effects of social diversity and inequality on crime rates, 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 psychology and HRM with foundation 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 Bio 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

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.


Candidates for our psychology and HRM with foundation 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
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted

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 School of Psychology is led by a team of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors. 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 organisational behaviour and structures – all of which are highly valued by employers and validate your potential for future development your chosen sector.

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

Successfully completing a degree in psychology and HRM 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 psychology and HRM 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

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your psychology and HRM 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 who are here for 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 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. 

Which study mode is right for you? You’ll have the choice to complete your degree via online learning or blended learning. Here’s a quick summary of both options, so you can choose the flexible learning model that works best for you. 


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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Blended Learning

How does it work?

Blended learning involves face to face, on campus, teaching, including eight hours of time-tabled classes spread over two mornings, afternoons, or evenings, at one of our study centres. This study mode provides an element of structure to your day, where you’ll join your fellow classmates at specific times to learn. 
Students are then required to complete the rest of their studies online at a time and place that suits them.

Find out more about Blended Learning.

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.