Why study this course

Achieve a BA (Hons) in Business Leadership and Management whilst developing your current management career

Achieve a CMI Level 6 Diploma in Leadership and Management and upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, have the opportunity to apply for CMI Chartered Manager status

An Apprenticeship is fully funded through the apprenticeship levy or 95% funded for small businesses

All modules relevant to your organisation and network with other like-minded professionals

Course summary

Are you a leader or manager and would like to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours within the role?

Through this Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship course, you will work towards being a Chartered Manager - someone who can take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success, with the professional recognition of your ability to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate your commitment to continual learning and development.

Within the apprenticeship you will develop a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours, including operational strategy, project management, digital business and new technologies, managing people, developing collaborative relationships, decision making, agility and professionalism.


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Up to 4 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship will allow you to:

  • Develop your Operational Strategy, Sales & Marketing, Project Management and other leadership and management capabilities
  • Study with peers from other industries
  • Develop a range of skills, knowledge and behaviours which you can immediately apply to your role
  • Achieve a degree level whilst developing your current management career

The apprenticeship will be delivered against the nationally recognised Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard and on successful completion of the programme and EPA activities participants will gain the BA (Hons) and will have the option to gain professional body recognition alongside the apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship will typically take three and a half years to complete (including the End-Point Assessment) although each student will be different dependant on previous experience.

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To apply, employers please complete the short Request for Services form at the bottom of this page. Once we have received this form, the next step will be to send out the application form to the candidate(s).

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What you will study

The qualification comprises the following units, and will also equip you to carry out the following duties:

This module will introduce and explore the environments in which organisations operate, and will equip you with the ability to understand and analyse the inter-relatedness of organisations and the environment. An understanding of the internal and external environments of an organisation will be developed, and you will explore the role of leadership and management within these given contexts.

The implications of behaviour in organisations, with a focus on individual and group/team actions will be explored. You will be encouraged to evaluate your own leadership and management style through undertaking a series of practical activities, self-evaluation and engaging critically with a variety of personality profiling tools.

During this module, you will explore the key concepts and principles of project management and develop a working knowledge of how a project moves through planning, design, development, deployment and evaluation. You will demonstrate your ability to use widely recognised project management tools within your practical assessment for this module.

You will also explore risk management models and reporting, risk benefit analysis and H & S implications and will be able to demonstrate how you have applied your knowledge and understanding in a real work environment to achieve real work objectives.

You will be introduced to the language of accounting and finance to evaluate and question financial information, key financial structures, documents and figures through undertaking your own project.

The role and purpose of the finance function, the benefits and drawbacks of the various sources of finance, current regulatory compliance, and the key financial documents will be examined within this module. The role of financial information for business decision making purposes will be analysed.

This module equips you with an applied understanding of business decision making. You will be introduced to the concept of research and environmental scanning and will gain an appreciation of research practice and the role and significance of research activity for decision making purposes.

You will understand the main qualitative and quantitative techniques used in business and related research, and engage in the application of techniques that are most commonly applied in their sector / specialist area. An appreciation of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive business-analytics techniques will prevail. You will learn the applicability and limitations of such techniques and will explore the concept of bias and validity. Ethical issues with managing data will also be explored.

This module enables students to explore the concept, importance, and use of innovation and digital technology in organisations. It explores the challenges surrounding innovation allowing students to investigate the wider environmental issues surrounding this subject. Analysing ways in which organisations can be innovative in products/services, markets, processes and organisational structure in order to be competitive will be a key feature of this module.

You will develop an awareness of the digital environment, evaluating how rapid changes in technology can impact organisations and the impact of disruptive technologies across a range of sectors will be explored.

This module will support your understanding of how the environment, and changes within the environment, impact on the purpose of an organisation.

It will explore approaches to, and tools used for, environmental analysis and consider how organisations may respond to various internal and external factors affecting its operations.

This module focuses on consolidating your knowledge and understanding of leadership and the challenges of managing people in an ever complex, agile and rapidly changing work environment.

You will explore your own capabilities in, and understanding of, self-leadership and the management of others. You will develop perspectives on leadership and management models/theories so you are able to critically evaluate, relate and interpret these within the context of your own practices and organisation.

This module will guide you in developing skills and behaviours required to take leadership responsibilities.

This module provides the opportunity to explore the key principles and concepts of marketing. Throughout the module you will explore the the nature of the marketing environment and its relevance for organisations and their associated marketing practice.

The module will explore marketing orientation as the process by which organisations align themselves to their operating environment, customers and stakeholders.

This module is designed to introduce you to the importance of customer insight and data analysis to determine and drive customer service outcomes and improve customer relationships. Within the module you will learn how to employ a wide spectrum of techniques to analyse business and competitive data and information including environmental analysis, industry analysis, competitor analysis.

This module aims to provide an introduction to Strategy in the context of how organisations seek to effectively deploy resources to deliver value for stakeholders.

This module will introduce a range of contemporary issues associated with the formulation of business strategies and the management of emergent and prescriptive change. You will develop a working knowledge and understanding of how to develop and implement organisational strategy and plans, including approaches to resource and supply chain management, workforce development, sustainability, taking and managing risk, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance.

In this module, you will be introduced to core concepts in the design and management of operations and supply chains in the context of your own organisation or an organisation you are familiar with. It will explore the links between operations and strategy focusing on delivery against KPIs. It will also examine resource planning, quality management and continuous improvement.

In this module, you will explore the importance of building and developing collaborative relationships. You will be supported in building internal and external networks, and motivating stakeholders whilst committing to diversity and inclusion. You will develop an appreciation of approaches to developing engagement and managerial networks, and facilitating cross functional working and negotiation, and asked to assess your own competencies in these areas.

This module provides a opportunity to develop your understanding and application of reflective practice. You will learn the baseline skills you require to demonstrate your professional competency against the knowledge, skills and behaviour criteria specified in the Apprenticeship standard via a portfolio of evidence.

This module will ask you to try out new ideas from the module in your workplace and demonstrate reflective practice through:

• activities requiring reflection on experience and practice in relation to the ideas, concepts and theories studied in first and second year of the programme.

• maintaining a reflective log to document how you explore and learn from situations in the workplace or when you try out ideas and theories which have been studied in modules.

• a record of personal and professional development planning as part of continuous development.

This module focuses on “strategic choice” and translating strategy into action.

It will allow you to build your understanding of organisational strategy and planning in different business sectors and to develop the operational plans in order to deliver the strategy.

This module adopts an experiential and practice-based learning approach to support help you build your understanding of the role that finance and accounting plays in organisational strategy.

It considers financial strategies and the production of financial reports, looking at procurement, contracting and the legal requirements faced by business. It explores budgeting, sources of finance and basic financial accounting principles enabling you to access financial data and examine its validity.

Through completing the assessment for this module you will be able to: manage budgets, control expenditure and produce financial reports.

This module will help you develop a critical understanding of approaches for leading, managing and implementing change.

Through this module you will learn about strategies, skills and techniques to manage change with opportunities to draw on your own experience and organisation as well as examples from other organisations you may be familiar with.

Apprentices will actively demonstrate an ability to lead and drive change within the organisation, identifying barriers/challenges and how to overcome them.

Many leaders and managers find it difficult managing change, especially if it affects people so models and frameworks will be explored to support learning.

This module explores the strategic management of human resources focusing on recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, talent and diversity management and workforce planning.

You will consider Human Resource practices in your own organisation (or one you are familiar with) in terms of the management of people and the contributions of the wider HR function to the strategy of the organisation.

You will be introduced to the theory of talent management, in addition, you will explore the place and purpose of performance management and appraisal and the concept of reward and recognition in engaging and motivating employees.

This module will introduce the psychology and sociology of organisations, and the important organisational structures and cultures needed to build resilient and sustainable organisations.

It will encourage you to think more critically about how culture, development and design affects an organisation’s resilience and stability through responsible leadership. The module will guide you to critically analyse the interrelation between individuals, groups and organisations and their influence on one another.

This is the compulsory work-based learning module for students continuing their study from L5 on the Apprenticeship pathway.

Through this module, you will have the opportunity to gather, collate and present a range of evidence about your professional practice that meets the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour requirements of the Chartered Managers Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) standard.

This module will give you further opportunity to reflect on your professional practice while extending and enhancing their knowledge and understanding of Business, Leadership and Management gained at L4 and L5.

You will develop and apply a range of skills and demonstrate a range of appropriate behaviours as required by the apprenticeship standard. Supervision and input from a workplace mentor will provide supporting and confirmatory evidence of performance and progressions.

This module articulates the requirement of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship standard for students to identify and design a change intervention in the workplace that can make a difference to the organisation.

The Synoptic Work Based Project encapsulates the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the Apprenticeship standard and provides a substantive evidence base for you to relate and demonstrate the application of skills, knowledge and behaviour.

Through undertaking this module, you will demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of project management and will evidence your project management skills through planning, organising and managing resources in order to achieve organisational goals.

The outputs from the Work-based project form a key element of End Point Assessment which supports you to meet the outcomes in the standard.

The module will guide you in defining, designing and delivering your project through support from a Practice tutor/Work coach. The practical requirements for the delivery of synoptic projects are set out in Annex 2 of the CMDA standard. The project should be conducted as part of the apprentice’s normal work.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship although an initial assessment will take place to ensure the apprenticeship is the most appropriate training programme for the individual and employer. Candidates will need to be resident in the UK and in employment (with at least 50% of the working hours in England). Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeship and employment role.

As a guide, candidates might have A Levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant level 3 qualifications. Other relevant qualifications or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative alongside consideration of the suitability of the role being undertaken and the opportunities to develop and apply the required knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Typically, candidates will also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent (GCSE grade A*/9- C/4), and also demonstrate Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills at this level. Where approved English and Maths qualifications are not held, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funds apprentices to achieve qualifications in English and/or Maths to level 2 if they do not already meet the minimum requirements. These can be delivered through our designated Apprenticeship Support Officers alongside the apprenticeship and will need to be achieved prior to entering Gateway.

There are no upper age restrictions, although all apprentices must be aged over 18 as a minimum.

Applications for this programme can only be made through the sponsoring employer.

Each employer must:

  • Identify apprentices that may be suitable for the [insert as appropriate] Apprenticeship;
  • Ensure the apprentice is undertaking real work, which is productive and gives apprentices opportunities to access, develop, practice and evidence knowledge and skills to meet the standard;
  • Allow the apprentice to attend external off-the-job training and assessment as part of their normal paid working hours;
  • Take part in quarterly reviews with BGU to review the apprentice’s progress;
  • Be expected to employ an apprentice for the full duration of their apprenticeship;
  • (In most cases) be expected to employ an apprentice for at least 30 hours per week.

Further information and requirements are outlined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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Fees & Funding

Costs may be covered by government funding and/or your employer – employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay fees directly through the levy contribution.

Alternatively, businesses who do not pay the Levy may be able to claim 95% of the cost of tuition fees from the Government.

See further information on Apprenticeship Funding.