Course overview

This programme is delivered by QA and awarded by University of Roehampton.

Level of study: Undergraduate
Award: BSc (Hons) Professional Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship – CMDA)
Apprenticeship standard: Chartered Manager
Awarding body: University of Roehampton
Fees: This programme is fully funded by your employer through the Apprenticeship Levy
Entry requirements: A Levels or equivalent, and must be in a job role with management responsibility
English language requirements: GCSE English at Grade C
Mode of study: Part-time blended and work-based learning
Duration: 42 months (36 months on programme + the completion of the End Point Assessment, typically 6 months)
Assessment methods:  Work-based projects, assignments, a work-based project with research – and the independent End Point Assessment with the CMI
Start dates: October, January, April and July
Locations: Live online learning (face to face for closed cohorts only, dependent upon numbers and location – London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds)



For learners applying to begin their programme in July: QA has two primary objectives during this rapidly evolving period regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). The first is to ensure the welfare of our learners and staff, and the second is to ensure continuity and access to learning. In line with the sector as a whole and its response to Covid-19, if necessary, we will implement online teaching for this programme to allow you to begin your programme this January.



PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for one of our Degree Apprenticeship programmes, learners must:
(1) be currently in full-time employment and based in the UK
(2) be interested in completing a Degree Apprenticeship with their current employer

Our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is delivered using blended delivery approaches (online learning, workshops and on-the-job experience), with learner development, experience and outcomes as the key focus. The programme is designed for Apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become effective and professional managers in modern organisational settings driven by digitisation, inclusivity and sustainability.

The CMDA is designed to deliver a knowledge-driven and practical approach to management development. At the end of the programme, students will become more agile, resilient and appreciative of the complexities of managing in modern organisational settings, thus adding more value whilst on the programme and beyond.

The programme offers entry to learners at Level 5 for those who have an L4 Higher Apprenticeship in either the Associate Project Manager or Operational/Departmental Manager qualifications. Through the bridging content, which these learners will study as part of the Professional Practice and Portfolio Development Module, learners will develop their knowledge ready for Level 5.

How will I be taught?

This programme is designed with a “high tech, high touch” approach to blended learning. Our online learning platform, Canvas, provides great digital content and practical offline activities, backed up with high-value interaction in the classroom with our expert educators.

Canvas provides an accessible user experience, with particular strengths in native video and cross-platform options, including native iOS and Android apps, plus high-quality responsive design for mobile browsers. Every week our expert lecturers provide a new chapter of digital content, combined with an online learning activity. This could be a technical exercise, contribution to discussion forums or a quiz.

For each module, there will be 2 face-to-face workshops to help support you throughout the online delivery.

Our online learning platform provides great digital content and practical offline activities, backed up with high-value interaction in the classroom with our expert educators.

This model helps to accelerate their learning and provides flexibility around the immediate pressures of their day-to-day role.

Apprentices are entitled to 20% of their working time off for studying. This will be agreed upon between the employer, the learner and us – we can advise how best to do this.

The Independent End Point Assessment is conducted by the CMI.

Chartered Management Institute

On successful completion of the Apprenticeship, learners will also become a Chartered Manager – Chartered Manager CMgr (MCMI).

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This programme is suitable for any roles with management responsibility, such as:

  • Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Head of Department
  • Operations Manager

And will benefit those who are:

  • Existing managers who want to develop their skills and move into senior management and leadership roles
  • Managers developing their skills to lead digital transformation in their team
  • New hires in management roles who would benefit from a comprehensive management development programme when joining your business

All modules are core and worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 4 

This module covers current and emerging concepts, techniques and practices in the modern organisational setting. Learners will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours through contextualising the concepts, techniques and practices in the broad context of the organisation that they work within.

This module introduces learners to the fundamental principles of financial accounting such as accounting concepts, accounting equations, and financial statements. Learners will also get exposure to the ins and outs of management accounting, such as budgeting, costing and investment appraisal, for managers and relevant elements of procurement and contracting.

This module provides learners with an introductory overview of high-level project management concepts and techniques, with an introductory coverage of a selection of contemporary methodologies. Learners will understand the principles and concepts that underpin the initiation, planning and delivery of projects, and how effective project management contributes to the achievement of strategic objectives.

This module will support learners’ understanding of a wide range of leadership/ management theories, modules and frameworks that could assist in formulating ethical practices. Learners will delve into the importance of collaborative working to enable a fuller understanding of how their future practices of leading and managing people are linked to recommendations around business ethics, professional working inclusivity and operational agility.

This module looks to explore the digital and IT applications used within the workplace, such as CRM tools, Databases, Web/Mobile Applications, Cyber Security Issues, and being able to use these tools to examine future trends and the impact on organisations.

This module helps learners recognise the context of the working environment in relation to the development of their wider knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Learners are encouraged to reflect on their own performance as emerging Chartered Managers, during the course of level 4.

Level 5 

This module delves into the issues and approaches to stakeholder management, understanding different forms of communication (written, verbal non-verbal, digital) and how to apply them to personal branding as a leader and inclusive leadership styles and models. Learners will also understand how to develop teams and support people using coaching and mentoring approaches and understand organisational culture and diversity management.

This module introduces concepts of data within the management and leadership context, linking this through to the tools and techniques (e.g. Excel, Power BI) that can be used to gain insights and play a crucial role in business decision making. Learners will boost their thinking, encouraging them to develop awareness of how technology, processes, their own assumptions and the structures of communication underlying decisions matter.

This module focuses on the fundamental principles and techniques of marketing and communication, with an emphasis on marketing strategy and decision-making in an innovative and digitised organisational environment.

Apprentices will come to appreciate how marketing plays vital roles in both the private and public sectors, as well as in the realms of internal comms, charities and community organisations.

Learners will be introduced to the established models, frameworks, concepts and tools of operations and risk management. Appropriate techniques and methods of analysis for effective and productive operations management will also be covered.

Learners will grasp the idea of developing their strategy and understanding of digital transformation and its drivers. The module examines and introduces the terminology, possibilities, and strategic rationale of managerial and operational responses to digital transformation.

This module has been curated to help learners recognise the context of the working environment in relation to their learning and development of wider knowledge, skills and behaviours. This module encourages students to reflect on their own performance as emerging Chartered Managers during the course of level 4.

Level 6

Learners will research and understand the organisation’s current position in terms of digital leadership, management and strategy. This will support the learner in building knowledge and critical analysis skills in order to suggest how their own leadership identity/management style and the behaviours that should be developed.

This module introduces learners to the fundamental principles of evidence-based business research and an opportunity for learners to produce a work-based research proposal to explore key issues in their organisation, with a potential to deliver practical organisational value.

This module explores evidence-based business research and an opportunity for learners to carry out a major work-based project that will enable them to explore key issues in their organisation.

This module explores issues of innovation and how they are driving change in modern organisational environments. Learners will explore frameworks and techniques for developing innovation in a rapidly changing business environment.

The apprentice will be introduced to the established models, frameworks, concepts and tools of business strategy. They will learn the different approaches to strategy, and learn how to apply various tools and frameworks to explore the external and internal environments that affect an organisation to make more informed strategic decisions. A focus on competitive strategies applied in the private, public and third sector will prepare the learner to understand how financial and non-financial performance informs strategic decision-making.

Learners are expected to produce material that illustrates their journey, its complexities and the challenges they faced, with a final presentation on how they overcame these issues and how these have played a part in their development. They will produce a plan that identifies for further action, and will allow them to take the next step in their leadership and management journey.

The course information published on this page is accurate for the academic year 2021/22 and every effort is taken to ensure it is kept up to date. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic, industry or apprenticeship standard developments), learner demand or UK compliance reasons.

Skills Coach

Your Skills Coach will be your primary, non-academic contact, supporting you in the successful progression and completion of your apprenticeship. Your coach will support you in reviewing your progress and collecting evidence of your practice at work to integrate into your module assessments and final endpoint project/assessment. They are also a point of contact for queries, concerns, or general support.

Your Coach can help you with:

  • Coaching and supporting work-based learning activities
  • Reviewing your progress with your apprenticeship portfolio progress
  • Help with achieving your EPA
  • Advice and guidance on mitigating (extenuating) circumstances processes and potential breaks in learning.

Workplace Mentor

A Workplace Mentor will be appointed by your employer and typically would be someone you work with. Your workplace mentor will be familiar with the apprenticeship programme and its workplace requirements. They will facilitate the workplace learning opportunities to enable you to meet the requirements of the degree apprenticeship standard.

ACE Team

They are the Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) Team, and amongst the team, have many years of experience providing academic guidance to students on subjects such as how to write in an academic style, how to read smarter rather than longer and how to reference accurately.

The ACE Team will provide you with support on academic matters outside of the classroom. You can also book 1-1 meetings (mainly online) with the ACE Team and get feedback on your academic style of writing, references and critical report writing.

How can the ACE Team support you?

  1. ‘Welcome to the World of Academia’ online workshops: if you wish to have an introduction to or a review of the different aspects of academic life before starting your programme, then please do join their online workshops (non-obligatory – but much to be gained from joining!).
  2. One-to-one tutorials: you can book a virtual 30-minute tutorial to discuss your academic development skills, such as paraphrasing, referencing and academic writing.
  3. Online workshops: we offer ongoing support workshops on a variety of academic subjects such as structuring an argument, academic style and criticality.
  4. Our own-created range of learner materials: we have also developed a wide range of ACE Team created materials based on common questions and academic needs.

QA Welfare Services

Our Student Welfare Team is on hand to assist you throughout your studies. Some degree apprenticeship learners have additional learning needs which the Welfare Team can assist with, or they might help you with personal circumstances that are affecting your studies.

  • Must be in a job role with management responsibility
  • Three A Levels, Or a Level 3 Apprenticeship, Or BTEC Level 3, Extended Projects (EP), Or an International Baccalaureate at Level 3, Suitable NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject, or equivalent qualifications or a combination of these qualifications
  • In order to attempt the EPA apprentices must have achieved GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (4) – you may still enter the programme but will need to evidence Level 2 Maths and English qualification before starting the gateway and EPA
  • Existing staff must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level in a similar subject

Entry to Level 5

Whilst there will be a need to review each case of a student wishing to join the CMDA at levels other than 4, it is possible for students with a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in either the Associate Project Manager or Operational/Departmental Manager qualifications

English Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English at Grade C

There is no cost to you as a degree apprentice. Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by the Apprenticeship Levy through your employer.

If you’re an employer, the total fee for this programme is:

  • £22,000

Travel expenses to travel to QA centres should be covered by the employer.

All textbooks are provided free of charge as e-books. Any students wishing to use paper copies will need to pay for these themselves.

In order to join a Degree Apprenticeship, the employer will either recruit new staff or select existing staff that are suitable for the programme. Individuals wishing to join the Degree Apprenticeship should apply for vacancies at or contact their employer.

  1. Once you have your employer’s agreement – QA will send you a link to an online application.
  2. New vacancies will be published at

Register your interest through an Expression of Interest form here.

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