Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

The beauty of a degree apprenticeship is that you can immediately apply what you learn to what you do. It's better than learning a module and using it three years later. That wasn't going to work for me.”

Katie Bradbury
Degree apprentice at Microsoft

Entry requirements

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
  • In paid employment in a relevant role


Work with one of Aston's partner apprenticeship providers like Microsoft, Acivico and Kaplan and graduate with a BSc in Leadership and Business Management debt-free. We'll teach you the theory and key skills and you'll put them straight into practice with your employer.

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)


By successfully completing this programme, you will be awarded with a BSc in Leadership and Business Management and Chartered Status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

Duration of programme

The duration of the course can range from three to four and a half years, depending on your study route and the position available. 

Start dates

Presently, there are two entry points - March and September.

Tuition fees

Apprentices do not have to pay for tuition fees*. The total fee of £27,000 will be met by the UK government and your employer. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.

* Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for or already be employed in a role with responsibilities aligned with the degree content. Entry requirements are also set by the hiring business so these will vary between organisations. Apprentices are selected based on their applications, an interview and an assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

Typically employers require:

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • At least Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English.

You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:

  • 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.

Other routes

BSc Business and Management is a similar course delivered through the traditional university route. 

Find out more

Programme overview

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.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is ideal for those who aspire to be managers in business and will provide you with a wide overview of business theory that can be applied in your day to day work. 

Programme content

This programme is taught at undergraduate level through a set of core modules that will provide the theory you need in your day-to-day role. There are two routes available:

Three year route

The three year route recommended for experienced managers seeking a formal qualification.

Four and a half year route

The four and a half year route is recommended for recent managers and new employees in the organisation such as school leavers. 

Both routes are split into three stages and cover the following topics:

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.

Topics on offer include:

  • Personal effectiveness
  • Operations management 
  • Decision making
  • Managing people.


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 on offer include:

  • Accounting
  • Project management
  • Enterprise, innovation and new technology
  • Finance and economics.

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.

Learning and teaching

Apprenticeships are structured differently to a traditional degree. You'll spend the majority of your time in the workplace doing a real full-time job as well as studying part time. Your learning will be made up of a mixture of online seminars that take place outside of office hours as well as occasional sessions on campus where you can meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics.

Study time is structured to fit around your job, as are exams. Your apprenticeship is designed in partnership with your employer, so you don't need to worry about your work and study commitments clashing. They work hand in hand.


You are are assessed throughout your apprenticeship via exams, coursework, a portfolio and a final project.

Your apprenticeship also includes an end point assessment, which consists of a review of your final project and portfolio, followed by an interview with representatives from 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 for your apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.

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

By successfully completing this programme, you will be awarded Chartered Status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in addition to a BSc in Leadership and Business Management.

I am not employed in the industry

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are listed below and are updated on a regular basis. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

Find out more about applying for degree apprenticeships

I am already employed in the industry

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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