Human Resource Management (DipHE, CertHE), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 19 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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This is for you if you are interested in gaining a critical understanding of human resources and training within organisations.


The BSc Human Resource Management by distance learning combines all the benefits of a University of Leicester degree with the flexibility to suit the needs of working professionals. You have the option of applying for the Certificate, Diploma or full BSc depending on the level of qualification you aim to achieve.

The Certificate (Level 1) in Human Resource Management introduces you to some of the key functions and theories within HRM and HR training in organisations. Learning at work as well as the current debates within education, training and skills is also covered. By the end of this level, you will:

  • Be able to present a coherent assessment of training management policy in your own organisation.
  • Assess the theory and practice of management, considering the importance of leadership and the HRM function.
  • Understand the uses and limits of coaching and mentoring in the workplace.

The Diploma (Level 2) is intended for training and HR practitioners with three years or more of practical experience, who wish to enhance their existing skills and knowledge through the application of theory to practice. This course has six modules which build on existing academic experience gained from the Certificate or other broadly equivalent courses.

By the end of Level 2, you will:

  • Be able to demonstrate how an understanding of the issues involved in HRM can assist the human resource manager in managing staff effectively.
  • Compare and contrast formal and informal learning and be able to discuss the merits of each.
  • Discuss how effective employee development can impact upon an organisation's performance whilst assessing the theory and practice of management considering the importance of leadership and the HRM function.

The BSc (Level 3) builds on the ideas encounter in the Certificate and encourages students to make links between theory and practice. Subjects covered include HRM, organisational behaviour and human resource development.

Studying the BSc gives you the opportunity to not only build on the theories and topics covered within the Certificate and Diploma, but also to focus in-depth on some of the key issues within human resource management today. By selecting which modules you wish to study, you can tailor the course to your interests and career objectives. By the end of Level 3, you will:

  • Understand the key principles of high-performance working and critically review the links between performance and HRM practices.
  • Evaluate the tensions between the interests of employers and employees in the management of performance.
  • Be able to identify recent trends and issues concerning flexible learning in the workplace.
Career Opportunities

Graduates from this course tend to move on to careers in human resources, training, management or industrial relations within organisations. The course also provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and research skills enabling students to progress on to Masters level study, particularly our MSc in Human Resource Management and Training.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: February and November each year
  • Full-time duration 19 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 72 months

      6 years, by distance learning

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Research Methods
  • E-learning
  • Industrial Relations in a Changing Economy
  • Labour Market Themes, Issues and Controversies
  • High-Performance Work Practices
  • Equality and Diversity

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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Academic Requirements

Admission requirements:

Each of the available qualifications (BSc, Diploma or Certificate) has different entry requirements. We may also be able to recognise previous study and work experience so that you can begin studying at level 2 or 3.

Certificate - Level 1

  • A-levels or equivalent
  • Plus at least three years' relevant work experience (paid or voluntary)

Diploma - Level 2

  • Complete the Certificate (achieve at least 45% overall)
  • Or we will consider equivalent qualifications (in level and content) to the Diploma, plus substantial relevant work experience. Please note that we can only consider qualifications taken within the past five years.

BSc - Level 3

  • Complete the Diploma (achieve at least 45% overall)
  • Or an equivalent University of Leicester qualification (e.g. foundation degree) plus three years' relevant work experience
  • Or we will consider equivalent qualifications (in level and content) to the Diploma, plus substantial relevant work experience. Please note that we can only consider qualifications taken within the past five years.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

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Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 13500 International
  • GBP 13500 EU/EEA
  • The price for each one of the three levels is £4,500.


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