Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Overview (NV)

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Course length
Up to 4 years


The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) offers a degree-level qualification in Business Management awarded by University College Birmingham. The course comprises on-the-job learning and practical work experience and will provide you with a professional pathway for career development.

This “Trailblazer” Apprenticeship has been developed by a group of employers, in partnership with a number of higher education institutions and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Workers who complete the course will earn an apprenticeship degree in business management and will be eligible to be awarded chartered manager status. Course content is based on the published CMDA Standard and Assessment Plan as developed by employers, who will ensure the training remains current and relevant.

It may take up to four years to complete the CMDA, although course duration will be dependent on previous experience. For example, experienced managers may complete in two-and-a-half years, while those with limited management experience will require longer.

Why should I choose this course?

  • As an apprentice, you will be employed and paid a wage throughout your training – so you earn while you learn.
  • You will gain a full degree in business management, awarded by UCB, which will give you a competitive advantage in the jobs market.
  • This degree apprenticeship is pitched at Level 6, so it includes business education, work-based learning and professional development through to chartered manager status.
  • The course is suited to employees with experience as a manager, senior manager, head of department and operations manager.
  • The CMDA will also appeal to employees and learners intending to undertake significant management responsibilities and who are seeking graduate-level skills
  • The course is funded by your employer and the Government so there are no fees for employees.

Course content

  • Managing resources
  • Business finance
  • Leading people
  • Going digital
  • Operational strategy and change management
  • Management project
Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment 

Modules will be delivered in blocks using a blended approach that comprises digital learning (webinars, virtual lectures and online materials) and some onsite teaching at UCB.

Each module will be completed with an assignment to demonstrate learning has taken place. Chartered manager status will be awarded on the successful completion of a final assessment.

Throughout your training, your tutor will guide you through assessments both in the workplace and at UCB. You will have practical assessments, online tests and assignments.

Your personal assessor will visit you regularly in the workplace (or are happy to see you more often if you need extra help). They will assist you throughout your training to help you achieve your qualification.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Individual employers set the selection criteria for their apprentices although most candidates will be expected to hold a relevant Level 3 qualification (BTEC or A Levels) or equivalent. Other relevant or prior experience may be considered as an alternative.

Potential apprentices should have English and maths qualifications at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent, and demonstrate Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills at this level.

What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become an apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid placement. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise you on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email: