Business Management BA (Hons) (Human Resources) [Top-Up] [Part Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Business

Attendance Part-Time


Would you like to gain the skills and knowledge to start a successful career in the world of human resources? Or are you already working within a human resource environment but looking to develop your management skills?
The BA (Hons) Business Management (Human Resources) provides an inspiring opportunity to enhance your employability and development as a human resource professional.
The overall aim of the new BA (Hons) Business Management (Human Resources) is to promote opportunities to develop individual management and business acumen.
It explores aspects of business, including: the factors that drive firms to develop and grow, the tools they use to market their offerings, the challenges of managing people, impact of digital technologies, the challenges of leading organisations and the promotion of the firm ethical standards that research has shown to be the foundation of enduring success in modern business.
This BA (Hons) Business Management Human resources pathway will enable you to evaluate appropriate human resource systems for support of the management of an organisation. You will analyse staff performance, the changing role of the HR professional whilst evaluating policies such as training and development, reward system and performance appraisal

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2020. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This BA (Hons) Business Management human resources programme is suitable for those individuals wishing to study towards a degree and pursue a career in the human resources sector, or progress onto a teacher training qualification. This BA (Hons) Business Management human resources programme aims to equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to work successfully in a range of human resource related roles.

The emphasis of the programme is to make sure you are ready for the workplace and possess the practical and work related competencies, whilst still achieving the appropriate academic requirements of higher education.

Qualification Gained

BA (Hons) Business Management  (Human Resources)

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.



Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

Year 1

This Human Resource Management pathway will enable you to evaluate appropriate human resource systems for support of the management of an organisation.
You will analyse staff performance, the changing role of the HR professional whilst evaluating policies such as training and development, reward system and performance appraisal.

The Human Resources pathway structure is as follows:

Module: Entrepreneurship (20 Credits).
You are provided with the fundamental tools and skills required for creating value as an entrepreneur in a small business. You will identify and assess your own skills as entrepreneurs, discuss the role of entrepreneurs in the economy and society, and assess your skills to develop a small business.

Module: Ethical Management (10 Credits)
You will engage in critical debates on ethical issues through a combination of academic study and critical reflection. The skills developed will be relevant to ethical decision-making, problem solving and deeper consideration of issues within both social and personal responsibility

Module: Strategic Human Resource Management (20 Credits)
You will be provided a critical understanding of human resource management theories and practice and the connections between Human Resource Management and business strategy.

Module: Management Research Methods (10 Credits)
You will be given an introduction to research methods and provided an overview of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies that are needed in order to successfully carry out a research project (assists Dissertation module).

Module: Strategy & Change (20 Credits)
You will gain insights into the factors influencing the formulation and implementation of organisational strategy. These factors will encompass those external to the firm, such as market structure and demographic changes, and those internal, such as style of leadership and organisation culture

Module: Dissertation (40 Credits)
You will develop skills in research and analysis, in the diagnosis of organisational problems, in the development of strategies to address such problems, and in techniques of data analysis and presentation.


Learning Methods

You will learn in a variety of ways including via work-based learning and e-learning. You will develop relevant vocational skills underpinned with theoretical knowledge in order to prepare you for a rapidly evolving service across variety of business settings. Learning takes place in classrooms, lecture theatres and IT teaching suite. You will also participate in lectures, group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in public speaking and increasing self-confidence.
You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including written practical assignments, work-based projects, presentations, peer work and independent study.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed by

Report. assignment, presentation, essay, portfolio.

Progression Opportunities

With good academic performance, you may decide to progress onto the 18 month MBA programme or a PGCE qualification.

Career Opportunities

Many of our graduates are now working within the human resources sector such as HR assistants, payroll supervisors and recruitment advisors and for organisations such as Santander, Marks and Spencer, Smiths, John Lewis and many other local NE enterprises.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Foundation Degree or the Level 5 equivalent (HND, Diploma in Higher Education).
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum English Language Test Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.