Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Chartered manager degree apprenticeship

I feel very privileged to be part of a network of people where we're breaking new ground.”

Rav Billan
Principle Manager, Acivico

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB-ABB
  • BTEC National Diploma: DDD
  • Additional requirements set by employer 

Work with one of Aston's partner apprenticeship providers and study for BSc in Leadership and Business Management.

Get your fees paid and leave university without debt
Get your degree with four to five years work experience
Earn a salary while studying for your industry reocognised chartered status
Ranked in the Top 20 in the UK (Sunday Times University Guide, 2016)

Course Information

You will meet requirement set by your employer. This will likely include an interview and assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

Typical academic entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB-ABB
  • BTEC National Diploma: DDD 
  • IB: 35/34 points
  • GCSE Maths and English Grade C

Government requirements

  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course
  • Have left full time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start
  • Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria

Length of course

The duration of the course can range from 3 to 4.5 years, on your study route and the position available. Presently, there are two entry points - March and September. 

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship was designed by employers and in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Aston University.

Through a combination of work-based learning and study, you will be immersed in an organisation’s culture and be fully prepared for the challenges of your sector. Your degree - BSc Leadership and Business Management - is specifically designed for apprentices and is directly applicable to range of careers in business.

Two routes

3 year route: A three year course recommended for experienced managers seeking a formal qualification. Have a look at an example here.

4.5 year route: A four and a half year course recommended for new employees and recent managers in the organisation such as school leavers. 

Stage 1

In your first year you will study a wide range of business management topics, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management.

Stage 2

Explore financial and management accounting in depth. You will learn how to drive innovation in business and how new technology influences operations.

Topics include:

  • Accounting
  • Enterprise
  • Innovation
  • New Technology
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Project Management and Communication
  • Applying Business Principles and Skills
  • Applying Principle Skills and Values

Final stage

Your studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to professional qualification standard, but retain theoretical analysis. Your teaching takes a professional orientation and a looks deeply at the conceptual bases for your subject.

Topics include:

  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Business and Law
  • Strategy, Marketing and Sales
  • Personal Portfolio
  • Final Project


You are are assessed throughout your course via exams, coursework and a portfolio.

Your apprenticeship also includes an end point assessment, which consists of a review of your Final Project and Portfolio, followed by an interview with three people representing Aston University, your Employer, and an Independent Assessor.

After the interview, based both on your performance and complete portfolio, the assessors consider what grade you should be awarded – fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Apprenticeship gateway process

You will need to have passed the Gateway process in order to proceed on to the End Point Assessment.

The Gateway process involves submission of your portfolio and work-based project in order to achieve your BSc Leadership and Business Management degree and Chartered Manager status .

Assessment process

The End Point Assessment is conducted by a robust panel interview, which will include a review of portfolio evidence, presentation on the work based project, and a question and answer session.

Your independent assessor then receives a copy of your online portfolio and end project, for assessing ahead of a final interview panel. Your portfolio of evidence and the work-based project are reviewed, assessed and marked. This is to confirm that your learning has been applied and that you have all the skills, knowledge and behaviors expected at your level.

The final panel then integrates the process for reviewing all submissions and assessing whether you meet the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard. At this final Panel, your full portfolio, work-based project and presentation are reviewed against the standard, to ensure that the apprentice has demonstrated the full range of skills, knowledge and behaviors detailed in the standard. 

During this process your will be asked clarification questions by members of the panel.

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship course is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current vacancies are listed below and are updated on a regular basis.

You can also share your details below and we'll let you know when new jobs become available.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

Karen Caine
Karen Caine, Course Director

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