Degree Apprenticeship: BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice - Chartered Manager

Course summary

The Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship has been specifically designed by employers working in close collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and higher education providers. The course provides a uniquely flexible alternative to traditional university study because you will be earning a wage while studying for a full honours degree. The course also future-proofs your career allowing you to gain Chartered Manager status and to develop and enhance all of the practical skills and core knowledge you will need to become a successful leader in contemporary management practice.

Today’s competitive global markets require organisations to have skilled and agile managers who can identify and flex to ever shifting demands. 

Recognising both the needs of employers looking to recruit or retain professional, industry-savvy staff, and the needs of individuals who want to enhance their experience with a recognised qualification, Plymouth University offers BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice - Chartered Manager as a work-based degree apprenticeship.

Key benefits

  • @ Tailored to your business needs - an industry-led, work-based degree that enables your employees to specialise in a number of career-specific areas
  • @ Prestigious Chartered Manager status - internationally recognised as the highest status achieved in the management profession
  • @ Increase retention and productivity - actively investing in your team is proven to increase productivity and retention (CMI)

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Course overview

This course consists of four core modules and one specialist elective module.

You will complete three core modules in Year 1 and in Year 2 complete your specialist elective module and your work-based research project.

Core modules 

Induction Online Module

This module introduces you to the learning environment and resources available in order to develop the core academic skills required to meet the demand of the programme of study. With the support of academic staff and learning technologist, it will help all apprentices (even those new to Higher Education) to identify areas of weakness in prior knowledge and experience, so we can design a personalised teaching and learning support to meet their needs. More importantly, it builds the foundation for the core modules to follow.

Professional Management Practice

This core 40-credit module will embed the knowledge and standards required of a professional/Chartered Manager. Although the teaching will be completed in Year 1, this module will run until the end of Year 2 enabling you to benefit from the support of your personal workplace tutor to ensure you compile an adequate portfolio of evidence (knowledge, skills, behaviours) on the application of learning and management concepts. The portfolio of evidence will draw on the entire programme of study and application of knowledge and skills to related workplace experience, including evidence of behaviours. This will constitute an essential assessment for the award of ‘Chartered Manager’ and Degree Apprenticeship qualification.

Sales, Marketing and New Technologies

Through study, reflection and exercises, this 20-credit module seeks to explore the development of knowledge and embed the practice of creating marketing strategies and developing new markets. The aim is to use theory and practice for effective marketing and sales in local and global markets, taking into account the impact of new technologies and digital business on a commercial organisation.

Work-based Research Project

This 40-credit module aims to assist you in undertaking a substantive, investigative workbased project within your own organisation. With the support of a research supervisor over a six-month period, you will develop the skills needed to design a research project, to collect data and to report on your findings in a professional and academic manner. You will discuss key findings, make recommendations for performance improvement, and reflect on your self-effectiveness and professional practice. This important piece of work will represent the synopsis project which will form part of your assessment for the ‘Chartered Manager’ award.

Areas of specialism

In addition to the core modules that you will study, as a Chartered Manager Apprentice, you will be able to select from one of the bespoke 20-credit modules which will become your specialism. 

It is anticipated that this will inform your choice of research for the synopsis project and enable you to demonstrate some of the skills and behaviours you are expected to develop. 

The range of elective modules cover the following areas:

  • organisational performance
  • international supply chain
  • tourism and hospitality
  • international trade.

How will you be assessed?

You will submit a written piece of work following each module known as ‘summative assessments’. These could be in the form of a report, essay or a reflective portfolio. You will receive formative feedback from your academic tutor leading up to the deadline which will guide you and help shape your assessments.

The two work-based modules will require more interaction with the workplace and feedback from your workplace tutor and company mentor supervising you. The work-based research project requires you to complete a synopsis project. The Professional Management Practice module will require you to build a portfolio to evidence your learning and demonstrate how you have reflected to improve your practice.

Upon successful completion of the summative assessment related to all your modules, you will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice qualification.

Your portfolio of evidence will form the basis of your application to the CMI to receive ‘Chartered Manager’ status. Together with the synopsis project, the portfolio of evidence will be submitted to an independent assessment panel for the award of the Degree Apprenticeship, marking the end point assessment of your studies.


The course is usually delivered over two years and includes a combination of work-based core topics and academic learning.

This course is delivered via flexible learning with all study material available online and no mandatory campus attendance required. However, as a registered student at Plymouth University, you will have full access to all of our facilities, i.e. library, study space and core reading material, including journals and industry reports.

Study commitment

As a guide, you should expect to study for around 12 hours per week in order to be successful on the course. Your employer will be expected to support your study by providing company mentors, workplace tutors, and facilitating meetings and assessments, and they may also allow you to allocate some of your usual work time to study. The amount of time you can spend studying while at work will be down to negotiation, and this is something that can be discussed with your employer and University Account Manager before your course begins.

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