Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - Employer Information

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate, Degree Apprenticeship
  • Course type
    Part-time, Work-based degree
  • Duration
    3 to 4 years
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A Levels
    Three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • Further requirements
    At least Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English Language
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Key dates

  • Programme start dates
    January, April and September

Ranked in the top 100 in the world for Business and Management (QS World University Ranking 2019)

Aston Business School is in the 1% of business schools globally with triple accreditation

Three programme lengths to accommodate your people

Employer Information

A management apprenticeship as unique as your business

The Chartered Manager is our most flexible degree apprenticeship. It can be adapted for a wide range of business areas, each module enhancing the apprentice’s leadership and management capabilities. 

Your apprentices will gain a strong, well-rounded view of business functions and specialise in the area most important to your organisation. Successful apprentices will achieve a BSc in Leadership and Business Management plus eligibility to apply for Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

We're working in close partnership with organisations including Capgemini, Mondelez and Kaplan to develop their people into capable and knowledgable managers.

Key information and entry requirements

Degree Apprenticeship Standard

This programme aligns to the Level 6 Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.


By successfully completing this programme, your apprentices will be awarded a BSc in Leadership and Business Management plus they will be eligible to apply for Chartered Status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Apprentices 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 years, depending on your employer and level of work experience. Learners who have completed the Level 5 Operations / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship can be fast-tracked onto an 18-month top-up programme.

Start dates

Presently, there are three entry points: January, April and September.

Tuition fees

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £22,000. This is the full cost of the apprenticeship which will be paid for using the apprenticeship levy.

Entry requirements

You can specify your own requirements in addition to the University’s. Aston University students typically achieve ABB at A level or equivalent.

Additional entry requirements from the government include:

  • A minimum of Grade C or 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent by the start of the programme
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the course
  • Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship starts
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Right to work in the UK.
Who is this apprenticeship for?

Apprentices can range from new employees with no previous management experience to existing managers who have grown into their role, but lack a relevant qualification. It is intended for professional managers in the private, public or third sector and organisations of all sizes who want to develop their management and leadership knowledge, transferable skills and behaviours. Roles can include anyone with significant management responsibilities, such as people, projects, operations and/or services.

Course outline

Programme content is taught at undergraduate level and includes a wide range of business and management topics tailored to your organisation’s needs.

There are three routes available:

  • The four-year route is taught at a slower pace to allow apprentice more engagement with their degree apprenticeship tutor to help them build their business skills portfolio. This route is recommended for recent managers and new employees in the organisation such as school leavers.

  • The three-year route is recommended for more experienced managers who are ready for a faster-paced learning experience. 

  • The 18-month route is a top-up programme for learners who have already achieved a Foundation degree in Business or Management or a Level 5 Operations Manager Apprenticeship.

Three and four-year route

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

Stage one

  • Financial management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic management

Stage two

  • Operations management
  • Leadership and change management
  • Excellence in business project management

Final stage

  • The choice of two optional modules
  • Final project

Optional modules on offer change every year depending on student demand. A typical offering would include:

  • Advanced operations
  • Advanced project management
  • Big data and analytics
  • Digital marketing
  • Innovation and new product development
  • Logistics management (in partnership with the School of Engineering and Applied Science)
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Strategic retail management
  • Strategic sales management
  • Strategic supply chain management (in partnership with the School of Engineering and Applied Science)
  • Talent management

18-month route

This fast-tracked route is split into two stages:

Stage one

  • Marketing
  • Strategic management

Final stage

  • Your choice of two optional modules
  • Evidencing managerial skills
  • Final project

The portfolio

All routes will include a professional and personal development programme throughout the duration of the programme designed to help apprentices complete a portfolio of evidence of their new skills and knowledge ready for the End Point Assessment.

Every apprentice is allocated a dedicated degree apprenticeship tutor who will support their learning and skills development. They are there to help apprentices translate their theoretical learning into practical application in the workplace.

Apprentices will study two modules Developing Managerial Skill and The Professional Manager to help them with skills development, personal reflection, collaborative working and ultimately, the construction of the portfolio.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

The course is delivered through blended learning. Most teaching is delivered through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Online teaching gives apprentices the flexibility to study from any location without the need to frequently travel to the Aston University campus.

Apprentices will attend a two-day session on campus once per term in the middle of each module. The study session typically involves:

  • An information session about the upcoming assessments
  • Lectures/seminars for the current module
  • Personal and professional development workshop
  • A one-to-one session with their degree apprenticeship tutor
  • Portfolio contribution workshops

For the professional and personal development module and portfolio, apprentices will be supported by their degree apprenticeship tutor. They can expect a monthly one-to-one session (either face-to-face, over the phone or Skype) plus a workplace visit every six months.


There are no exams for this apprenticeship, instead, learners will be assessed throughout by two pieces of coursework per module. The first assignment is due halfway through each module and the second is due at the end of the module. Assessment dates are published at the start of the degree apprenticeship apprentices plan their work and personal commitments around studying.

In the final year, apprentices will complete a large work-based project requiring them to use all the theory and skills gained throughout the apprenticeship. Throughout the programme, apprentices will also complete a business portfolio that showcases the skills they have learned and how they have actioned them in the workplace.

The apprenticeship also includes an end point assessment, which consists of a review of the apprentice's final project and portfolio, followed by an interview with representatives from Aston University, your organisation, and an independent assessor. After the interview, based both on the apprentice's performance and complete portfolio, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Professional accreditation

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, apprentices will be eligible to apply for Chartered Status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in addition to a BSc in Leadership and Business Management and an apprenticeship certificate.

Information for prospective apprentices

If you are considering undertaking a degree apprenticeship yourself, or you want to pass on information to a colleague who might be interested, take a look at the course page dedicated to prospective apprentices.

Katie's story

"Apprenticeships aren’t just about making tea and coffee. You’re given a real job with real responsibility right from the onset. I was lucky enough to meet the Prime Minister earlier this year to talk about apprenticeships and STEM subjects. I was also lucky enough to help with an event in Washington DC."

Katie Bradbury
Degree Apprentice, Microsoft

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