Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Do you want to attract and develop talented employees? Do you need highly skilled managers to support the future of your business?

Our Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship has been specifically designed by employers for employers, to offer a work-based degree tailored to meet the needs of your business.

Working in close collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this programme provides a uniquely flexible alternative to traditional university study. Your employees will have the opportunity to gain a BSc (Hons) Professional Management degree at the University of Plymouth and earn prestigious Chartered Manager status, whilst in employment.

Internationally recognised as the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession, the Chartered Manager accreditation will develop and enhance all of the practical skills and core knowledge needed to become a successful 21st century leader.

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)

Chartered Managers add an average value of £391,000 to their organisations (CMI)

Who is this suitable for?

This is suitable for new recruits entering into their first management position, as well as aspiring or existing managers already in employment. 

Whether you are in the private or public sector, a small or large organisation, this programme will help your employees acquire high level management skills and competencies to become a successful leader.

Job roles may include: Line Manager, Team Leader, Senior Manager, Head of Department, Office Manager, and Operations Manager.

Core modules 

Induction Online Module

This module introduces the apprentice 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 your employee to benefit from the support of their personal workplace tutor to ensure they 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 your employee in undertaking a substantive, investigative work-based project within their own organisation. With the support of a research supervisor over a six-month period, they will develop the skills needed to design a research project, to collect data and to report on their findings in a professional and academic manner. They will discuss key findings, make recommendations for performance improvement, and reflect on their self-effectiveness and professional practice. This important piece of work will represent the synopsis project which will form part of their assessment for the ‘Chartered Manager’ award.

Areas of specialism

In addition to the core modules that the Chartered Manager Apprentice will study, they will also be able to select from one of the bespoke 20-credit modules which will become their specialism. 

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

The range of elective modules cover the following areas:

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


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

This apprenticeship programme is delivered via flexible learning with all study material available online and no mandatory campus attendance required. However, as a registered student at the University of Plymouth, apprentices 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, apprentices should expect to study for around 12 hours per week in order to be successful on the programme. As their employer you will be expected to support your apprentice's study by providing company mentors, workplace tutors, and facilitating meetings and assessments. 


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