Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - Level 6

Digital learning

New material, case study discussions and class debates will be conducted in our online learning environment

Kickstart your career

You will gain a BA (Hons) in Professional Management

University support

Our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning

A Chartered Manager is someone who takes responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success, with the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.

The programme, designed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and regional and national employers, provides the knowledge and skills you will need to become a confident management professional.

Who is it for?

CMDA is a diverse programme well-suited to a variety of people at different stages in their career. The programme is popular with not only those early in their career, including college graduates, but also experienced business professionals looking to gain a holistic view of strategic organisational practices.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following awards:

BA (Hons) in Professional Management

Chartered Manager Institute Diploma in Leadership and Management

Chartered Manager Status

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) in Professional Management

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Typical duration for this apprenticeship is 3 years.
Start date(s)

Typical start dates are October

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Course content

You will study a diverse range of topics over the duration of the programme.


Year 1 Modules:

  • Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Management
  • Financial and Data Analysis
  • Collaborative Practices
  • Understanding the Business Environment

Year 2 Modules:

  • Project Management 
  • Leading People and Teams
  • Digital Business and Innovation
  • Managing Consumerism

Year 3 Modules:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Professional Skills for Managers
  • Organisational Strategy and Decision-Making
  • Work Based Project

Entry requirements

To be eligible, apprentices will need the following:

• Level 2 qualification in maths and English (GCSE, functional skills or equivalent)

• Ideally a level 3 qualification in a relevant subject


For levy-paying organisations the cost is paid from their digital account at a rate of £22,000 per apprentice. For non-levy paying organisations there will be a financial contribution on 5% which equates to £1,100 per apprentice.

Delivery and assessment


The flexible nature of this course will allow you the opportunity to explore specific aspects of leadership and management. This is a blended learning model which includes four face-to-face sessions on campus each semester complimented by weekly online webinars.

After completion of your modules, you will implement a six-month Work Based Project whereby you can initiate and implement change in your workplace. The work-based project will provide you with the opportunity to focus on a live issue that is relevant to your workplace that will have tangible impact. This will culminate in you leaving with experience, as well as knowledge, to help forward your career.


Throughout the programme you will develop a portfolio of evidence which will include academic assessments and work-based product evidence.

You will be allocated a mentor by your workplace, who will support you throughout your journey and with the creation of your portfolio and completion of modular assessments. Your mentor will have the opportunity to contribute to your development and set meaningful targets via attendance at regular tripartite progress reviews.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentices are given a minimum of 6 hours per week in off-the-job training.
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right of abode in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning
  • Able to complete the apprenticeship in contracted working hours
  • Be an employee (have a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship) on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Be in a new job role (nine months or less), or in an existing job role, where significant new knowledge and skills are needed - employer statement of justification needed (relevant to the apprenticeship)
  • Be in full-time employment for at least 30 hours a week (37.5 for nursing apprenticeships)
  • Has the right to work in England
  • Maintain a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets your needs
  • Not be enrolled on another apprenticeship at the same time
  • Participate in reviews with the employer and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Administer the funding and running of the Apprenticeship Standard to an acceptable standard of quality and in compliance with the ESFAs requirements
  • Agree jointly between the University, the Employer and Apprentice, an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) ensuring that satisfactory progress is achieved and to ensure that the contents of the ILP fulfil the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment, which meets the needs of the Apprentice
  • Provide off-the-job learning and assessment and oversee the on-the-job skills development as detailed in the ILP
  • Provide support on the selection of the endpoint assessor, if applicable. The endpoint assessment will be completed by the learning provider for all integrated degrees


You will have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team who support you with professional branding, career mapping and realising your potential.

After completing the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, you will be a be an holistic business professional leader and manager with Chartered manager Status. Upon the completion of the CMDA, depending upon your job role, you may have the opportunity to progress onto the level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship in line with your career development.


To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme or recruit an apprentice for your business, enquire with us today.

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