BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Course Outline & Programme Structure

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) Unit credit Level Description
Level 4 units:
Core unit 1   Business and the Business Environment 15 4 The aim of this unit is to provide students with background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate. Students will examine the different types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance, micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate. Students will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape business decision-making.
Mandatory
Core unit 2  Marketing  Essentials 15 4 This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles of marketing, enabling them to develop a basic marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results. Organisations such as Apple, Google, VISA, Burberry, Zara, Cadbury, Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Unicef, BP and small local businesses all have at least one thing in common: they all use marketing to influence us to engage with their products and/or services.
Mandatory
Core unit 3 Human Resource Management 15 4 People are the lifeblood of any organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity. Students will explore the importance of training and development in building and extending the skills base of the organisation and ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changing business environment. Students will also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexible organisation with an equally flexible labour force, and become familiar with techniques of job design and with different reward systems. The unit investigates the importance of good employee relations and the ways in which employers engage with their staff.
Mandatory
Core unit 4 Management and Operations 15 4 The aim of this unit is to help students understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and leadership. In addition, this unit will introduce the concept of operations as both a function and a process which all organisations must adopt to conduct business.
Mandatory
Core unit 5 Management Accounting 15 4 The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management accounting which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations which operate within that environment. Students will explore how management accounting uses financial data to aid planning decisions, and the monitoring and control of finance within organisations.
Mandatory
Core unit 6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set) 15 4 This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment. Students will undertakeindependent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a business project which meets appropriate business aims and objectives.
Mandatory
Optional unit 8 Innovation and Commercialisation 15 4 This unit aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of innovation and commercialisation. In today’s competitive landscape it is critical that organisations continually innovate both their product offering and processes to ensure that they remain competitive in
the market. Furthermore, adopting a more commercially driven approach is vital to maximise the Return on Investment (ROI). In this unit, we will look at a number of tools and techniques organisations use to drive innovation and become more commercial in their approach.
Optional unit 9  Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 15 4 This unit provides students with an understanding of the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business start-up. Students will learn about the influence of national culture and economy on entrepreneurship and will explore the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs and the impact of personal situational factors, including education and background. Students will also learn about the role and importance of small firms to the economy. Students will also be expected to understand the balance of risk and reward in starting a new venture.
Level 5 units:
Core unit 11 Research Project (Pearson-set) 30 5 This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. Students will choose their own project based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The project must be related to their specialist pathway of study. This will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment. The unit enables students to demonstrate the capacity and ability to identify a research theme, to develop research aims, objectives and outcomes, and to present the outcomes of such research in both written and verbal formats.
Mandatory
Core unit 12 Organisational  Behaviour 15 5 The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture, politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context. On successful completion of this unit students will have an understanding and awareness of key influences which affect the behaviour of individuals, teams and organisations as a whole. They will be able to use this knowledge to make an immediate and positive contribution in the workplace, whether that role is as part of a team or as a team leader.
Mandatory
Specialist unit 16 Resource and Talent Planning 15 5 This unit offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding to ensure that an organisation has the skills it requires, at the performance and growth requires a constant reassessment of skills, requirements which will then inform the training and development of existing employees. However, there will always be the need to recruit new staff to support organisational growth, or to replace those who leave. This unit focuses on the latter, and students will engage in learning that provides fundamental knowledge relating to recruitment, selection, succession planning and talent management.time it requires them, to meet its strategic intent. Sustainable organisation
Mandatory
Specialist unit 17 Employee Relations 15 5 The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of the extent to which employee relationships impact on stakeholders who are internal and external to an organisation. On successful completion of this unit students will be in a strong position to advise employers on matters such as equality and diversity, contemporary developments in employee relations and conflict avoidance.
Mandatory
Specialist unit 18 Strategic Human Resource Management 15 5 The aim of this unit is to explore the contribution strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) makes towards the development and support of sustainable organisational strategies. On successful completion of this unit students will have the confidence to contribute to strategic decision-making in an HR context.
Mandatory
Optional unit 39  Sales Management 15 5 This unit introduces students to the discipline of sales management for the 21st century. Changing dynamics between buyers and sellers, driven by the fast-paced evolution of e-commerce and globalisation, has led organisations to review and adapt their sales management approach in response to a customer driven culture.
Optional unit 41 Brand Management 15 5 This unit gives students a comprehensive overview of brand management − starting with why brands are so important and how they are formed, through to measuring brand value and managing a portfolio of brands over time. The unit explores a range of tools and techniques that can be employed to maximise brand value, while looking at a number of case studies that contextualise information within real-world examples.
Total Credits 240