BA (Hons) Business Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship)

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This vocational degree programme was designed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside national and local companies. This course will allow you to enhance your employability skills and progress your career prospects, by combining academic study with practical work experience.

What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

A Degree Apprenticeship is a degree you study for while working as an apprentice with an employer and is paid for by your employer and the Government. The course and the apprenticeship are designed to a national standard for a particular job role and often come with professional qualifications and accreditation.

Why study this degree apprenticeship course? 

You will study core modules on a part-time basis and be able to put the theory into practice through work-based projects. The assessments will be agreed with their employer, to ensure that the course is fully integrated within their workplace and benefits both the employer and the apprentice. All UCLan degree apprenticeships fully meet all the standards outlined by the Government.

What does the course lead to?

Our courses are suitable for people working in a range of general business, supervisory, management or operational roles in the private or public sector.  This could be either small independent businesses or large organisations such as banks, retailers, hospitality, multinational organisations, NHS, education, or government departments.

What qualification do I receive at the end of the course?

At the end of your course you will receive a BA (Hons) Business Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship) from the University of Central Lancashire. The programme will equip you to create a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge, skills and competencies as applied in your workplace. Successful students will also achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) status with the CMI on full completion of the apprenticeship.

By integrating academic theory with practical work experience, you will become more confident as you develop new organisational and interpersonal skills, becoming an asset to a wide variety of roles in any organisation, including Management, Senior Management, Head of Department, Operation Management, and any other role with significant leadership or managerial responsibilities.

The programme will be assessed in a variety of different ways.  There will be skills audits, reflective portfolios, business case studies and learning contracts.  Group-based problem solving activities are assessed from both a process and output perspective.  Presentations and group reflective reports and individual learning journals, in addition to developing functional plans will assist in the assessment of transferable skills. The work-based assessments will be agreed with your employer to ensure that it is relevant and that it meets the needs of the business.

Leadership Activities and Interventions

As an integral part of the course, the apprentice will also participate in our unique leadership activities and interventions offered through our Leadership Hub. The Leadership Team engages the participants with sessions that are strongly rooted in best practice but uses creative, innovative and fun methodologies to achieve the best results. They concentrate on developing the individual, which combined with the theory and work-based experience will make a real difference to the individual as well as to the business.

After attending university as a full-time student 4 years ago when I had just left college, the course didn’t really suit my learning needs. I decided to leave and got offered a job at AquaSpira.  They have been supportive enough to give me the opportunity to do the CMDA after completing a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship.  The CMDA is perfect for me as I am able to link the business and management theory to real life projects and job roles at work.

Hayley Bradshaw
CMDA Student

Entry Requirements

  • 112 points at A2 - General Studies accepted 
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
  • Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: 28P
  • IELTS: 6.0 with no sub-score lower than 5.5
  • GCSE: Maths and English grade C or equivalent

Non Standard:

Applications from candidates with non-standard qualifications, eg. relevant work experience and/or formal qualifications from other subject areas, will be considered on a case by case basis.

Course at a glance

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Year 1:

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Business Environments
  • The Organisation Environment
  • Project Management Skills (incorporating a work based project)

Year 2:

  • Digital Business
  • Operations  Management
  • Customers and Markets
  • Managing People and Performance
  • Operations Project (incorporating a work based project)

Year 3:

  • Business Finance
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Strategy
  • Business Analysis

Year 4:

  • Business Improvement Project (a work based project that brings real business impact)
  • Professional Portfolio (preparation for submission to the CMI for Chartered Manager status)


Course delivery

The course will be delivered on a part-time blended learning approach with day-release on Wednesdays from the work place. Students will be expected to attend during the University’s teaching weeks in:

  • Semester 1 (September to January)
  • Semester 2 (January – May)
  • Semester 3 (June – August) – Students continue with work-based learning.

Students will engage in learner-centred activities that focus on employability and personal development such as skills audits, role plays and presentations, together with encouraging both peer self-analysis and evaluation will enable continuous personal and professional development.

How to Apply

The first step is to apply direct to an employer offering an apprenticeship position or approach an employer with the course information and ask if they are interested in the scheme. If you are already in employment then talk to your employer about the course and how your company can utilise the Apprenticeship Levy to join it. 

Your employer or potential employer should then contact to begin the process of drawing up a contract and welcoming you to the University.

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