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Chartered Manager Apprenticeship BA (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Chartered Manager Apprenticeship BA (Hons)?

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.


Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this apprenticeship ensures learners develop the essential skills, knowledge and experience needed and provides a professional pathway for the leaders of the future.

Learners will complete a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management as part of their studies, which means they will be equipped with the skills and commercial insight to make a real difference in the ever-changing world of business.

In the first year, learners will gain solid grounding in all aspects of business and management. In the second and third years, learners will continue to develop knowledge and expertise in business and management but also choose a specialist area – either business and management, human resource management, entrepreneurship & innovation, digital business or business law.

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. They will also benefit from the cutting-edge facilities on offer at our state-of-the-art, Gloucestershire Business School.

Study style and assessment

Teaching is delivered over three years and modules are delivered as blocks of learning. At the end of each block, apprentices submit an assessment before they move on to the next. This helps learners maintain a work/life balance, while ensuring progression through the programme.

There is an emphasis on real-world challenges and workplace application throughout the assessments. This means our teaching approach is focused on learner engagement in activities and tasks rather than formal lectures.

The assessments reflect the varied nature of a business professional’s work – for example, learners are required to write reports, give presentations and undertake business planning. There are also examinations and reflective assessments. Many assessments focus on the learner’s own organisations or industry, meaning they are able to use their new skills to have an immediate impact on business performance.

There’s also an End Point Assessment (EPA) which is an independent assessment that takes place after the final year of the apprenticeship. This is to test that the learner is competent in their occupation by assessing the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSB) outcomes detailed in the approved Apprenticeship Standard. For this degree apprenticeship, the EPA consists of three components:

  1. submission of the learning portfolio of evidence of professional development;
  2. submission of the results of the Chartered Manager Applied Project;
  3. a presentation, followed by an interview.

All apprentices must pass their EPA to successfully complete their apprenticeship and academic degree.


Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews (tripartite meetings with apprentices, employers and the university, aimed to track progress and provide extra guidance where needed) and supports them towards successful completion. Learners 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.

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Entry requirements

    • Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Most candidates will have A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications, as well as English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. Level 2 English and Maths must be achieved before the End Point Assessment part of the apprenticeship.

      Apprentices should be in fulltime employment (at least 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of their apprenticeship, and 6 hours of their contracted working week must be spent doing ‘off-the-job’ training.

      Employers may wish to set additional entry requirements to suit their organisational needs.

Course modules


Fees and costs

Please contact the business team by email at to discuss fees for this course.

Industry links

In addition to achieving a BA (Hons) Business And Management (Chartered Manager Apprenticeship) degree, apprentices gain Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), as well as a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Designed with business in mind

With a focus on developing job-specific skills, this apprenticeship can be tailored to meet the needs of individual organisations and businesses.

A new standard of leadership

Research has show apprentices increase innovation, drive quality and improve the competitiveness of the businesses they work for.

Support on hand for employers and apprentices

“A lifelong learner myself, I understand and value the experience of learning while you are employed. I’m passionate about collaborating with my learners and using real-life examples in class to create a rich and relevant learning experience that relates to the workplace. I personally find such an environment deeply rewarding and stimulating for everyone involved, staff and students.”

Andrew Elson, Lecturer in Leadership & HRM

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We're already providing apprenticeships for global brand Superdry

“It will develop our people by helping them to acquire knowledge, skills and competencies across a broad range of subjects they don’t currently know about, and help them to think more strategically. This will naturally help their own professional development and enhance their career prospects, and it will allow us to benefit from the broadening of their skills by deploying them to do more challenging and difficult work across the wider business.”

Simon Amesbury, Resourcing Manager, Superdry

"The CMDA course has been an incredible opportunity that has surpassed my expectations"

“Having not gone to university after school and having joined Superdry via the apprenticeship route, this was the perfect opportunity for me to earn, progress professionally and get a degree qualification all at the same time. What’s great about the course is that it has a variety of modules, which all relate back to your job role and the business. Additionally, it has led to me speaking to lots of different people across the business to gain extra knowledge, which I can apply to my assignments.”

James Partridge, Superdry Employee and Current Learner

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