Our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) blends online learning, face-to-face workshops and on-the-job experience to transform your people from accidental managers to professional managers. Our programme develops best-practice skills managers who can apply their expertise in any context to improve their performance – whether experienced or inexperienced.
We have designed our programme from scratch to deliver a unique, new experience and practical approach to management development. Students will become more agile, resilient and mobile across your organisation. They will learn to add more value to tough challenges and new opportunities, whilst on the programme and beyond.
The programme offers entry to learners at Level 5 for those who have a L4 Higher Apprenticeship in either the Associate Project Manager or Operational/Departmental Manager qualifications. Through the ‘Bridge’ modules, which these learners will study instead of the Professional Practice, 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 off-line 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 off-line activities, backed up with high-value interaction in the classroom with our expert educators.
This model helps to accelerate their learning and provide 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 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).Download Programme Handout
This programme is suitable for any roles with management responsibility, such as:
And will benefit those who are:
This module is part of a series of three, one at each level of the programme. At this level, the emphasis is on managing people at a relatively simple level.
Students are expected to work independently, but also with guidance from their supervisors.
If you have a L4 higher apprenticeship in AMP, you will study this module and not ‘Professional Practice 2’
This module forms a bridge between the higher apprenticeship ‘Associate Project Manager’ and the Degree in Professional Management and CMDA. It explores managing people beyond projects, with particular regard to knowledge about and behaviours to support how:
It contributes to the programme level outcomes by allowing the student to plan their personal development to become a more rounded manager ready to manage beyond single projects. The students generate a self-development plan focussing on self-awareness and reflective practice to develop and evidence behaviours that are agile, inclusive and professional and involve more responsibility.
It contributes to the whole programme student journey by comparing managing and leading in terms of personal development using analytical and conceptual in the context of whole organisational financial, allowing students to progress to more senior roles.
If you have a L4 higher apprenticeship in operations/departmental manager, you will study this module and not ‘Professional Practice 2’
This module forms a bridge between the higher apprenticeship ‘Operations/Departmental Manager’ and the Degree in Professional Management and CMDA. It looks at managing people and operations management as a function alongside a nexus of organisational improvement, risk management and decision making.
It contributes to the programme level outcomes by focussing managing in a more cross-functional way through a deep consideration of people and operations generally and in terms of their role as a department/function. The importance of decision making in general, and in particular, in HR and Operations Management is emphasised as well as how decisions in one impact the other.
It contributes to the whole programme student journey by showing organisational life to require managers who are able to work with all functions and also bring elements of that functional thinking into relevant parts of their work.
This module is the second in the series of three, one at each level of the programme. At this level, the emphasis is on the practices that take place at a departmental or functional level.
Students are expected to work independently, but also with guidance from their supervisors, and consultation with their teams.
This module is the final in the series of three.
At this level, the emphasis is on the impact of organisational structure, design and processes and how that work is done.
As per the Work-based Learning that takes place at levels 4 and 5, students transform their knowledge of self and domain into action. The emphasis is on a module that is far less structured than the Professional Practice modules.
Importantly as this is level 6, students are required to collect primary data using a research method that they defend in terms of how it uses extant theory, how it uses an appropriate research method and how that data will be analysed along with other sources of data collected through inquiry. The impact of the project needs to be broad and deep and shared with others. Relationships between concepts used to conduct data analysis and generate insights need to transcend levels of organisation. Action needs to be have purpose knowing exact impact will be somewhat opaque; embrace chance, change and uncertainty; consider underlying assumptions about others; bring the past of the organisation into focus for the future; explore the dynamics of people and their sense making (Tsoukas, 2016). It needs to develop the behaviours of taking responsibility, being inclusive, agile and professional.
The module contributes to the whole programme learning by adding substantive project into the portfolio that is research based. It requires that students reflect on the challenges in generating new knowledge about management using primary data. It expects students to experience what it means to be a management researcher.
The course information published on this page is accurate for the academic year 2020/21 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.
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
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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:
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, typically at an average cost of £40 per book.
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 qa.com or contact their employer.
Register your interest through an Expression of Interest form here.