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Chartered Manager Apprenticeship BA (Hons)

What is Chartered Manager Apprenticeship BA (Hons)?

This apprenticeship offers the triple guarantee of a quality degree, on-the-job experience and a professional pathway for future development. Learners build strategies to address genuine challenges faced by their employers, as well as to maximise commercial opportunities.


The Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) has been designed to give learners knowledge and skills that they can relate to their organisations and utilise in the workplace.

The academic programme is delivered over three years and a learner completing this will receive a BA (Hons) Management and Leadership degree. Once the degree has been awarded, an ‘end point assessment’ is compulsory in Year 4 in order to complete the degree apprenticeship qualification.

There is an emphasis on real world problems throughout, meaning our teaching approach is focused on learner engagement in activities and tasks, rather than formal lectures.


Modules are delivered as blocks of learning – at the end of each block, Apprentices must submit an assessment before they can undertake the next. This helps learners to maintain a work/life balance, whilst also ensuring progression through the programme.

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.


Learners undertake a number of personal and professional development projects. For example, The Personal and Professional Portfolio module enables learners to develop the skills required to become an effective manager.

There’s also the End Point Assessment process is comprised of two ‘gateways’ and requires the Apprentice to present the results of their final year project, along with evidence of their professional development in the form of a learning portfolio.

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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, and English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. English and Maths must be achieved before the End Point Assessment.

      Apprentices should be in fulltime employment (e.g. at least employed for 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of their apprenticeship, and 20% of their working hours should be spent on 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 to discuss fees for this course. when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Industry links

In addition to achieving a BA (Hons) Management and Leadership degree, apprentices gain Chartered Manager status from the CMI.

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.

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A new standard of leadership

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

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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

Andrew Elson

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

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"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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