Management of Manufacturing MBA Degree Apprenticeship 2021

This new MBA course is tailored for leaders in manufacturing organisations of all sizes and sectors. Merging the practical elements of industry with academic theory, boost productivity on production lines and throughout business processes.

Course type

Part-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

2 years

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Overview
Why explore a Management of Manufacturing MBA Degree Apprenticeship at Aston University?

The Management of Manufacturing MBA 

Lucy Swindle, Shift Manager: Operations at James Walker & Co Ltd and Management of Manufacturing MBA 
Lucy’s story 

“Studying an MBA will allow me to the best that I can be in my current role and allow me to develop myself at a higher level. My MBA will also diversify me from other candidates and when applying for future roles and progression opportunities.” 
 

Lucy Swindle, Shift Manager: Operations at James Walker & Co Ltd and Management of Manufacturing MBA 
Lucy’s story 

“Studying an MBA will allow me to the best that I can be in my current role and allow me to develop myself at a higher level. My MBA will also diversify me from other candidates and when applying for future roles and progression opportunities.” 
 

Course outline and modules

Employee

Our new Management of Manufacturing MBA course is tailored for leaders in manufacturing organisations who want to excel in leadership and boost productivity. 

This programme has been designed in close partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre to give leaders in the manufacturing industry the core theory needed to develop their understanding of business functions and the impact they have on manufacturing productivity.

This course meets the standard for the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, meaning your employer can fund your studies using the apprenticeship levy so you’ll gain an MBA without the fees. 

Course Overview

The best leaders have mastered the art of decision making and action based on critical thinking. The Management of Manufacturing MBA Degree Apprenticeship will encourage you to think like a business leader from the start, teach you how to reflect on your career, perceive emerging opportunities, and develop a growth mindset. You will become enterprising in everything you do and your organisation will benefit from a confident and informed business leader. 

This course has been designed around our Executive MBA programme to give leaders in the healthcare sector the core theory needed to develop their understanding of business functions and the impact they have in the healthcare sector. 

Employer

This new Management of Manufacturing MBA course is tailored for leaders in manufacturing organisations who want to excel in leadership and boost productivity. 

This programme has been designed in close partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre to give leaders in the manufacturing industry the core theory needed to develop their understanding of business functions and the impact they have on manufacturing productivity.

This course meets the standard for the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, meaning you can use the apprenticeship levy to fund the training.  

Course overview

The best leaders have mastered the art of decision making and action based on critical thinking. The Management of Manufacturing MBA Degree Apprenticeship teach your employees to become enterprising in everything they do. Your organisation will benefit from a confident and informed business leader. 

The Management of Manufacturing MBA will provide your staff with a broad knowledge of business management, covering topics including strategic management, operations management and financial performance.


By successfully completing this programme, you'll be awarded a Masters in Business Administration degree.
 
You will also be awarded a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Manager Status and be a CMI member throughout the programme and for one year after graduation.

On completion of the end point assessment, you will achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

 

Who is this apprenticeship for?

The Management of Manufacturing MBA is a transformational programme for leaders who want to accelerate their career and immerse themselves into the principles of strategic thinking within the context of the manufacturing industry. 

Apprentices can range from new employees to existing managers who have grown into their role, but would benefit from a formal MBA qualification. It is intended for managers in manufacturing organisations of all sizes and sectors who want to develop their leadership knowledge, transferable skills and behaviours. 

Roles can include anyone with significant management responsibilities. These could be leading people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term results. 

Employee

Course content 

The Management of Manufacturing MBA is made up of six core modules, one elective and a business project taught over a two year period. It concludes with a major business project over the last 6 months of study. 

Core modules 

Topics on offer include:

  • Crafting Organisational Strategy 
    You will learn to link strategy theory and practice to develop your skills as a strategic, innovative and entrepreneurial thinker and doer. You’ll also develop your understanding of how to use financial analysis for strategic decision-making. 
  • Creating and Delivering Customer Value 
    You’ll learn and put into practice the key concepts and theories in marketing strategy and management, including how to research and understand customer behaviour, innovate for global markets and interpret data to develop marketing strategies.
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance 
    This module will improve your understanding of assessing the financial health of a business. Through a state-of-the-art business simulation, you’ll work in teams making financial decisions for your shared business while competing against your peers. This simulation is an engaging way to put theory into practice.
  • Designing and Managing Operations, Systems and Processes 
    This module aims to provide an understanding of the role of operations management and how it contributes to the development and implementation of business competitiveness and efficiency.
  • Personal Leadership Focus
    This exciting new module confronts learners with current business issues and encourages thought leadership about how managers and their organisation must react and take action to prepare for future challenges.
  • The Aston Edge 
    The Aston Edge programme is delivered alongside the core curriculum and is our way of providing you with professional self-development skills to equip you with the skills and experience needed to succeed in today's global business environment.  You'll learn leadership, team working, confidence, presentation skills, and much more through a programme of workshops and business simulations.


Specialist modules

You will then specialise your learning modules to deepen your knowledge of manufacturing management further. Below is a list of the types of modules that may be available for you to choose from:

  • Advanced Strategy
  • International Business
  • Managing Responsible Organisations
  • Programme Management
  • Procurement and Supply Management.


Business Project

The course concludes with a major business project that gives you the opportunity to design your own learning experience to fit your own area of interest. As an apprentice, you will undertake a project based on your own organisation, using your new knowledge to work towards a solution that your company is facing.

Employer

Modules are taught at postgraduate level and fit the government’s specification for the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship. Apprentices will deliver high quality and more challenging work as they gain knowledge, skills and experience throughout the course.

Topics on offer include:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategic management
  • Operations management for productivity
  • Leadership
  • New product introduction
  • Business ethics.


Your apprentices will also select elective modules to deepen their knowledge of a key business area further. This is where they can specialise their MBA to meet the needs of your industry.  Below is a list of the types of modules that may be available:

  • Advanced Strategy
  • International Business
  • Managing Responsible Organisations
  • Programme Management
  • Procurement and Supply Management.


Apprentices will also complete The Aston Edge, our professional and personal development programme designed to sharpen apprentices’ thinking and train them for the more elusive and personal side of business.

The Aston Edge is delivered through a mixture of masterclasses, mentoring and networking events to transform apprentices into well-equipped business leaders.

They will learn how to:

  • Master intercultural nuances
  • Be adaptable
  • Manage conflict
  • Develop a growth mindset
  • Lead with credibility and confidence
  • Coach and inspire others
  • Become innovative in everything they do. 


The course concludes with a major business project focused on a particular area of your business. The output is a workable solution to an issue your company is facing.

Entry requirements

Start date September, January and May 

For direct enrolment onto the Aston MBA programme, you will need one* of the following:

  • A UK honours degree, or
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or
  • A degree-level professional qualification.

Plus

  • Grade 4 or C GCSE (or level 2 equivalent) Maths and English by the time you complete the programme
  • At least three years’ relevant post-graduation work experience by the time you start your programme
  • An official academic transcript of your grades (in English) 
  • Two references – preferably one from an academic referee, the other from your current or previous employer (Two professional references may be accepted from applicants with substantial work experience).

*Applicants with extensive work experience

We accept applications from candidates with extensive work experience who have not completed a graduate qualification.

We take a holistic approach in evaluating applications. If you would like to get a better idea before applying, you are welcome to contact one of our MBA advisers for an informal discussion.

Learning, teaching and assessment

As an apprentice, you'll work full time for your employer and complete your MBA over a two year period through a combination of online workshops and webinars plus two days of on-campus study per module. This gives you the opportunity to enrich your learning through discussion of current business issues and apply your new skills and knowledge straight away in your professional practice.

You’ll combine face-to-face study with online sessions using Blackboard, an interactive online learning platform. Blackboard creates a virtual learning environment where you can engage with module content, participate in live seminars and communicate with your peers. There is also an extensive online library of content to support your studies.

We believe in experiential learning to put theory into practice. The Aston MBA is based on a foundation of learning by doing. We don’t just teach you the theory, we show you how to use it too.

Experiential learning is valuable because:

  • it provides an opportunity for immediate feedback on core concepts
  • it creates lasting impact and can change your mindset
  • it helps you develop reflective skills allowing you to learn faster
  • it is a personalised learning experience
  • practical learning stimulates creativity.
     

Learning by doing can be useful in numerous situations, mainly we use it to help you develop strategy, think creatively, solve problems and for team and leadership development. As you are working alongside studying for your MBA, you will be able to put your learning and new skills into action right from the start.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by individual assignments and group work where you will have the opportunity to analyse complex business problems.

The course includes a major business project that allows you to put your new knowledge into practice. As an Executive Apprentice, you will undertake a project based on your own organisation, using your new knowledge to work towards a solution that your company is facing.

As part of your apprenticeship, you will undergo an end point assessment to achieve the government approved Standard for a Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship.
 

Fees

Apprentices do not have to pay for tuition fees*.

The total fee of £18,000 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.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Student / Employer

Why study a Management of Manufacturing MBA Degree Apprenticeship at Aston?

Aston’s great links with industry and experienced teaching staff will help you to develop your career pathway on this course and equip you for a role as a leader within the manufacturing industry. 

You can tailor your course through a choice of elective modules to best suit your preferences and career direction and you’ll finish the course with a major employer project focused on a particular area of your organisation.  

This course meets the standard for the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, meaning your employer can fund this MBA training using the apprenticeship levy. 
 

Why Aston University for an apprenticeship?

Aston University has been ranked 15th in a Top 50 list of the UK’s best apprenticeship training providers (RateMyApprenticeship Awards, 2019). We also have a history of providing our students with skills that help them to excel in their chosen careers, as well as really value our network of employer links which inform and shape our courses and teaching. 

Employer

Why partner with Aston University for a degree apprenticeship?

At Aston we work really closely with our employer network, not only to ensure courses fit around the roles that apprentices have, but also to ensure the skills and knowledge they develop fit the needs of their organisation and add value to their business. 

Aston University has been ranked 15th in a Top 50 list of the UK’s best apprenticeship training providers (RateMyApprenticeship Awards, 2019). We also have a history of providing our students with skills that help them to excel in their chosen careers, as well as maintain good working relationships with employers. 

This course meets the standard for the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, meaning you can fund this MBA training using the apprenticeship levy. 

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