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 its 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 – 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 .
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.