Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (BA (Hons) Business Management)

The degree is accredited by University College Birmingham.

The apprenticeship is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

Overview (NV)

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (BA (Hons) Business Management)

Course length
2.5 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.

UCB’s Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) comes with a triple guarantee, comprising:

  1. An industry-respected degree apprenticeship – and the attainment of graduate skills – in business management
  2. High quality work-based learning tailored to your career aspirations
  3. Professional recognition through the award of Chartered Manager Status – and the option to register with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Why should I choose this course?

  • The degree apprenticeship incorporates a work-based management project aligned to the Chartered Manager Standard, so no additional work is required
  • Each level consists of only 4 core modules
  • The apprenticeship is delivered via 6-week blocks of blended learning over a period of 2.5 to 4 years (depending on experience). Each 6-week block incorporates a maximum of 3 full days’ delivery at UCB.
  • Apprentices are supported by a course manager and a work-based learning tutor
  • Apprentices get dual accreditation by the CMI for a Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • An End Point Assessment will be completed to include the submission of a Professional e-Portfolio, and a panel interview
  • You will study an online bridging module at the start of the course to get you ready for academic study

Course content

  • Managing resources
  • Business finance
  • Leading people
  • Going digital
  • Operational strategy and change management
  • Management project 

For employers interested in this course, please refer to our Guide for Employers.


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Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment 

Modules will be delivered in 12 six-week blocks using a blended approach that comprises digital learning (webinars, virtual lectures and online materials) and some onsite teaching at UCB (a maximum of 3 full days per 6-week block).

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-Levels (or equivalent) or relevant Level 3 qualifications. 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.

In addition, apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Modules (NV)


Level 4

Developing Academic Skills Managing Resources Business Communications Introduction to Sales and Marketing Introduction to Business Finance

Level 5

Level 6

Digital Essentials Managing Change International Business Management Project
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
What's next? (NV)

What's next?

The programme can be funded using the employer’s apprenticeship levy or via the UCB Central Apprenticeship Team if a non-levy payer. For more information on funding, please contact:


For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

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

By email:

Profiles (NV)



Download the 'Employer Guide'

Download the 'Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship booklet'