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Chartered Manager

Upon successful completion of this level 6 apprenticeship, learners will gain a BA (Hons) degree from University of Gloucestershire, as well as Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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About the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Our Chartered Manager Degree apprenticeship is designed for both talented career entrants, as well as those looking to progress further in their management role.

It enables learners to gain a full BA (Hons) degree, a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, and Chartered Manager status, all whilst specialising in their chosen area of business management.

Teaching is delivered over three years and modules are delivered in blocks, with an assessment in between each block. This helps learners maintain a work/ life balance.

In the first year, learners gain a solid grounding in all aspects of business and management. In the second and third years, they continue to develop this knowledge and expertise while also exploring more specialist areas, such as human resource management,  entrepreneurship & innovation and marketing.

There are no formal examinations as these do not replicate real-world working environments for business professionals. 

Throughout the apprenticeship, learners will draw on the expertise of lecturers with extensive professional credentials and research experience, as well as learning from inspiring industry guest speakers.

Upon successful completion of the end point assessment (EPA), learners will be awarded a BA (Hons) Business and Management (Chartered Manager Apprenticeship) from University of Gloucestershire. They will also receive Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.

Andy Elson, Lecturer

Meet the lecturer

Andy Elson, Course leader

Andy’s professional background is in coaching and mentoring – he achieved his ILM Level 7 qualifications in the field in 2019, and has recently published a paper about the impact of introversion on coaching relationships. He is a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and is a member of the Association of Coaching.

Andy has worked in Higher Education for a number of years, teaching HRM and leadership studies at UWE before joining University of Gloucestershire in 2021. In 2020, he became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

When teaching, Andy endeavours to use his coaching expertise to get the best from learners. In particular, he understands the competing demands that apprentices face and works with them to develop the tools and techniques to manage their time and succeed.


Case study

Jessica Palmer

Apprentice perspective

“My experience at University of Gloucestershire has been great. It’s been really hard work, and I have learnt a lot about how to balance my work, university and social life, but it will definitely be worth it in the end.

There is such a variety, and learning about different principles and areas that lie within a business will help me in my role and my future career.”

Jessica, Superdry employee and CMDA graduate

Gloucestershire Business School

This apprenticeship is delivered at our £18 million, state-of-the-art Gloucestershire Business School on Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.

This centre for business opened in 2018 and facilities include a business incubation centre, a Thomson Reuters trading room, a moot court room, board rooms, a consumer behaviour lab, and equipment on par with that of a global headquarters.

The space also encompasses Gloucestershire’s flagship Growth Hub. The Growth Hub offers fully funded business support for every growing Gloucestershire business. Having helped more than 10,000 businesses since 2014, the Growth Hub’s team of experts are on-hand to help Gloucestershire business grow through a blend of one-to-one expert support, training and events.

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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

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