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

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

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)

Course information

Entry requirements are set by the hiring business and not Aston University so they vary between organisations. Apprentices are selected based on their applications, an interview and an assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

Typical academic requirements

These grades are a guideline of what employers require, however each business varies so check their websites for more information.

  • 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 three to four and a half years, depending 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.

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. 

Two routes

  • Three year route: A three year course recommended for experienced managers seeking a formal qualification. Have a look at an example here.
  • Four and a half 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.

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 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 .

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.

Karen Caine

Karen brings extensive real world experience to her teaching at Aston Business School after spending over 20years working at Capgemini (a major IT and Business consulting company) up to Senior Manager level in a variety of roles such as programmer, team leader, project manager, service delivery manager (to a number of clients), bid manager, and international roles in knowledge management, and marketing management.

The first step in joining the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy with one of our partner companies. Current vacancies are listed below or are advertised on websites of our business partners.

You can also share your details in the form below and we'll let you know when new positions become available.

Download the Chartered Manager course brochure

Interested? I'd love to hear from you.

Karen Caine
Karen Caine, Course Director

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