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.
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.
The Global Business Environment
After introducing elementary concepts of the business organisation, this module examines the interaction between the global external environment and business organisations. There is a focus on the political, economic socio-cultural, technical and digital environmental factors at local, national, international, global and industry levels.
Academic, Personal and Professional Development
This module gives learners the means of developing their knowledge, skills and behaviours for academic, personal and professional Development. Apprentices are equipped with an understanding of the value of reflective practice, and how reflection can be used as the basis for meaningful personal and professional development.
Enterprise and Innovation
This module aims to introduce learners to the concepts of enterprise and innovation, building a foundation of knowledge and relevant skills, competencies, and behaviours.
Financial management skills are essential for all managers. Financial acumen enhances decision making, which in turn supports management of projects, tasks, and functional areas. This module has been designed to enhance the learner’s confidence and credibility in financial management, which will translate into improved management skills. The module enables learners to understand how financial systems within organisations operate. Apprentices evaluate the sources of finance for organisations and understand the principles for setting and managing budgets in line with regulatory and organisational guidelines.
Leadership and Management in an Organisational Context
Being equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to manage and lead in a variety of organisational settings is essential for individual success.
This module has been designed to help learners to develop or sharpen their professional edge and enhance their personal effectiveness.
Apprentices evaluate the impact of an organisation’s structure and governance on management and leadership. They explore theoretical models, as well as management and leadership styles and approaches.
Live management Enquiry Project
Without research business can stagnate. This module begins by highlighting a range of contemporary management challenges and mega trends. The aim is for the learner to develop the confidence to conduct a small-scale management enquiry project which could have an impact on organisational practice. Learners focus their project on a topic relevant to their chosen discipline area.
Business and the Legal System
This module provides an overview of the English legal system, including sources of law, the structure of the court system in England and Wales, and judicial precedent. Key issues are explored in relation to contract formation, obligations and termination; potential liabilities in tort; commercial law considerations such as agency and consumer protection; rights of employees and employers (including issues around termination of the employment contract); protection of intellectual property; and the different legal structures that business organisations can adopt.
This module introduces the first principles of marketing and outlines the key tools and tactics that organisations can employ in order to achieve competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Learners develop a rudimentary marketing plan for a product/service of their choice.
Accounting and Finance for Decision Makers
This module builds upon Year 1 content by equipping future business managers from any specialist area with the tools they will need to assist in their ability to make informed management decisions and to communicate effectively with finance specialists. It focuses on techniques for measuring and managing business performance, making effective and informed decisions, and reporting to stakeholders.
Leadership Within Organisations
Leadership theories and followership concepts underpin understanding of effective coaching and mentoring. These are important skills for a leader to develop in order to enhance the skills, knowledge, talents, and potential of individuals as part of an organisational learning and development strategy.
On this module leaners consider a range of leadership theories and their application in a range of different contexts. They then explore principles and practices of delivering coaching and mentoring, and the impact these techniques can have in the development of a high-performance culture.
Employability and Entrepreneurship
In a fast changing and highly competitive world, all organisations need creative, enterprising and entrepreneurial people. This module aims to support learners in enhancing their employability, so they are able to develop within their own organisations and become effective leaders.
Creating and Delivering Operational Plans
The ability to translate organisational objectives into operational plans is an essential management skill. This module uses the context of the operations function in businesses to show how understanding the strategic direction of the organisation is the first stage in the operational planning process.
It then focuses on the knowledge and skills required to create and deliver operational plans in an operations function. This includes the need to set key performance indicators, monitor quality and outcomes against the plan, understand the strategic relationship of supply chain management, implement contingency planning and risk assessments, and know how to effectively report on findings.
Managing Projects to Achieve Results
The ability to manage practical and research projects is a vital skill for all managers. This module focuses on the knowledge and skills required to manage practical and research projects successfully and overcome risks, problems and challenges. It requires the learner to evaluate the methods and tools for planning tasks and activities, as well as know how to implement and manage project activities, build stakeholder relationships, manage resources and risk, monitor progress and report on outcomes with a view to improving an aspect of future business performance.
Applied Management Skills
This module explores the types and purposes of stakeholder relationships and the skills required to manage them effectively. It supports learners in understanding the nature of contemporary people management in its broader context, including product markets, business strategy, labour markets, organisations, occupational structures, industry sectors and national business systems. It offers apprentices the opportunity to develop practical people management skills with a focus on effective negotiation, managing conflict, managing organisational change, effective recruitment and selection, and developing and leading people.
Live Project Management
This module explores the fundamental components associated with effective project management, including alternative approaches to planning, execution and operations. Learners research, plan and manage a real work-based project and are challenged to consider how project management success can be judged. The module focuses specifically on the importance of research and planning.
Digital Marketing Fundamentals
This module introduces principles and practice within Digital Marketing. It explores the role of digital media in marketing strategy and how new technologies can be embraced for marketing purposes. It also introduces the use and value of digital channels for the generation and distribution of ideas, goods, and services in the business world. It concentrates on the design and evaluation of Digital Marketing campaigns and collateral.
This module introduces learners to the management consulting profession, and the management consultancy industry. The module provides an opportunity for learners to engage in real or simulated consultancy project and makes extensive use of professionals as guest lecturers.
Sustainability and Globally Responsible Leadership
This module aims to develop an understanding of the concept of sustainability and its management and implementation in organisations. Learners are invited to critically assess the role and obligations of organisations and business leaders in a global stakeholder society and the moral implications of operating in global environments. The role of business in relation to the ‘sustainable development agenda’ and the scope for business leaders to ‘act as agents for sustainability’ are amongst some of the themes explored.
Strategic Business and Management
The module examines strategic decision-making through an investigation of external and internal environments, strategic options and implementation. It enables learners to develop an understanding of business strategy formulation and implementation in terms of theory, practice and policy. It builds upon prior learning in years one and two, providing a holistic perspective of how organisations determine their strategic direction.
Strategic Management of People and Change
The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand the rationale for a strategic approach to people management and change in the workplace. Apprentices are encouraged to reflect critically on the nature and process of people strategy and change in organisations. This module provides an insight into the essential management and leadership skills required, in addition to how employees may be developed to deliver a people strategy and manage change effectively.
Chartered Manager Applied Project
Without research businesses can stagnate. The aim of this module is for learners to conduct management research which will have an impact on organisational practice. It is expected that learners will plan and manage a genuine project in their workplace, or an academic enquiry relevant to an identified business need or challenge.
Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Equality, diversity and inclusion are important drivers of organisational performance, benefiting staff and stakeholders. This module will enable managers to understand the business case for equality, diversity and inclusion and the role of managers in creating inclusive cultures. It focuses on the skills required for inclusive leadership and how to adapt leadership styles to support others in seeing the benefits of inclusion. It will enable learners to analyse the requirements for managing, planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting on equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
This module provides opportunities for learners to specify and justify innovative strategic marketing solutions. Issues addressed include: the product market in which the business is to compete; level of investment; functional area strategies to compete in the selected product market; and the strategic assets or competencies that underlie the strategy and provide the sustainable competitive advantage.
All learners must complete an end point assessment (EPA) as part of the apprenticeship. The EPA is an independent assessment designed to test that the learner is competent in their occupation as a Manager by assessing the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSB) outcomes detailed in the approved Apprenticeship Standard.
For this degree apprenticeship, the EPA consists of 3 components:
- submission of the learning portfolio as evidence of professional development;
- submission of the results of the Chartered Manager Applied Project;
- a presentation, followed by an interview.
The EPA takes place once all the knowledge award modules have been completed.
“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.
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.
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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Eligibility and Entry requirements
Apprentices should be in full-time employment (eg employed for at least 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.
Apprentices must have GCSE grade C/4 or above in maths and English before they complete the end point assessment (or an equivalent Level 2 qualification).
Employers may set additional entry requirements suitable for their organisational needs.
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