In an increasingly knowledge-based economy, an organisation's success is dependent on the quality and performance of its employees. People need to be recruited, trained, developed, paid and motivated to perform effectively, and human resource specialists have the capabilities to make this happen. On this course, you will learn information which is industry relevant and career-focused, and will be taught by tutors who are experts in their field. The Professional Development module in the second year helps you to develop the skills you need – presentation skills, networking, interview techniques etc – to move more easily into successful employment. The programme also offers a wide range of learning outside the classroom including the opportunity to shadow staff from the University’s HR department to get a better understanding of HR in the ‘real world’. Through the Study Abroad programme, you could choose to spend your second year studying on an international exchange with one of our global partner institutions in Europe, the US or the rest of the world. You will have every opportunity to develop an exciting career as a human resource professional. In addition, you will gain a broad understanding of the basics of business which will prepare you for a wide range of managerial careers. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and, on successful completion of your degree course, you will also be eligible to receive the CIPD Intermediate Level 5 Certificate which leads to associate membership of the Institute. You can enhance your career options with a year-long industrial placement giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation. During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do. There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option. This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year.