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Education Human Resource Development and Training BA(Hons)

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

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Start date

16 September 2024


3 years full-time

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. Upon graduation, you could secure a career in, for example, human resource development, and administration within international organisations in the education, voluntary and commercial sectors.
  2. You could build the transferable skills that employers are looking for. You’ll be able to think critically, and you’ll be better prepared to meet individuals’ needs within the workforce. 
  3. This course will help you better understand wellbeing, while developing the skills needed to build quick processes and inspire teams.

The effective training and development of people is essential in educational organisations and businesses. This Education, Human Resource Development and Training BA(Hons) course will give you the chance to develop the skills and confidence needed to work within Human Resource departments. You’ll also be ready, following graduation, to potentially pursue other careers focused on training and development.

Why study Education, Human Resource Development and Training BA(Hons)

During your time on this course, we’ll support you to develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. You’ll also gain a better understanding of different learning cultures and styles, and motivation theories.

Following this degree, you’ll be ready to work confidently and efficiently alongside others, to meet individuals’ and organisational needs and how to develop personnel and teams.

We’ll support you to develop your ability to critically reflect on your own personal educational development and to plan a bespoke training programme suitable for your chosen career. During your time with us, you’ll be able to access our extensive professional and academic network in education, education studies and human resources.

Targeted at those who work in the industry and want to apply some of their skills to Human Resources (HR), this course will help you better understand wellbeing, while developing the skills needed to build quick processes and inspire teams.

You’ll get access to our resources for life, too, helping you hone your skills within human resource development, education, and development studies. Following this course, you might go on to work in a wide range of careers, or pursue further education in, for example:

  • Human resources management/strategy
  • Teaching
  • Human resource development
  • Community studies
  • Welfare
  • Leadership/management studies.

Education at Huddersfield is top in Yorkshire* for Assessment and Feedback, too, scoring 90 per cent based on experimental statistics from the National Student Survey 2023.

The following positive scores combined to produce this theme: 89 per cent of students felt the marking criteria used to assess their work were clear, 85 per cent felt the marking and assessment on their course had been fair, 93 per cent felt assessments allowed them to demonstrate what they have learned, 96 per cent felt they received assessment feedback on time and 89 per cent felt feedback helped them to improve their work.

*Institutions in Yorkshire with turnover of over £100 million.

Course detail

Core modules:

Human Resources

This module seeks to cover basic theories of human resource management and development within educational institutions, particularly organisations you’ve attended or had some involvement in. The module explores the Human Resource practices employed within organisations, with a particular emphasis on staff development. Assessment is via a timed on-line exercise focusing on your knowledge of theories, models and practices of human resource management and development plus a written report on a specific aspect of human resource practice in an institution you know well.

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module introduces you to a variety of key skills intended to support your transition into higher education. The module encourages the development of academic study and communication skills necessary for success on your course along with academic tenacity and resilience. It encourages you to harness your organisation skills, have aspirations and develop self-efficacy.

Self, Society and Welfare

This module develops your understanding of society. Firstly, it examines social policy issues in society, such as poverty and inequality, and how the state responds to them through ‘welfare’, as well as through ‘rights’ and ‘citizenship’. You will then investigate the formation of identity and social differentiation by examining key sociological concepts such as social class, gender, the family, ethnic identity and disability.

Perspectives in Learning and Development

This module introduces significant theories and research which underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults. It considers a range of key concepts to explain the basis of development and learning. It identifies the different dimensions of development (cognitive, linguistic, social, moral) and locates these aspects of development in their cultural and social context and in an international context. It focuses on different transitions that children and young people must make as they develop into adulthood and introduces students to different perspectives on the processes involved in learning and development.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2024 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2025, please view the 2025-26 course information.


During the course, there will be opportunities to visit local organisations to gain an insight of how different businesses manage their Human Resources function. Visits to these organisations may incur travelling costs.

Your career

This course seeks to prepare you for work in a range of careers in training, human resource development and administration within international organisations in the education, voluntary and commercial sectors.


* Percentage of graduates from these subjects who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 20/21, UK domiciled graduates)

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Education and Professional Development, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

  • Student Support Office (iPoint): a one-stop-shop for students, studying within the School. Here you can get help and advice, including checking your timetable, finding a tutor, handing in assessments. We can also refer you to other departments within the University such as, student finance, student services etc.
  • Academic Skills Tutor: provides guidance about how you can develop your academic skills in order to improve your grades. We provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.
  • Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Important information

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by our terms and conditions, Handbook of Regulations and associated policies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan.

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

Changes to a course you have applied for but are not yet enrolled on

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment. We may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will discuss with you other suitable courses we can transfer your application to. If you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

Changes to option modules:

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have an equivalent range of options to that advertised for the course. We will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes:

We will only make major changes to non-optional modules on a course if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change is a change that substantially changes the outcomes, or a significant part of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum. For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators or a commissioning or accrediting body. We may also make changes to improve the course in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback or to ensure you are being taught current best practice. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment, or pandemics.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but may happen sooner in an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed in accordance with the student protection plan.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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