Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - Information for employees

Are you looking to progress in your career without taking time out to study? Do you aspire to be a successful leader?

Our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship has been specifically designed by employers to do just that. This industry-led, work-based degree
is a bespoke programme for you and your organisation, tailored to meet the crucial knowledge and skills you require as a 21st century leader.

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

Key benefits

  • @ Prestigious Chartered Manager status: internationally recognised as the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession
  • @ Flexible study: salaried employment whilst studying for a degree
  • @ Enhance your skills: gain access to a wide range of industry-leading tools and practices
  • @ Tailored to your needs: specialise in an industry-specific module relevant to your workplace
  • @ No course fees: costs are paid for by the government and/or your employer
  • @ An education provider you can trust: support from experienced academic staff with an in-depth knowledge of your subject area

Programme overview

  • Two year degree
  • 12 hours of study per week
  • Flexible learning with all materials available online and no mandatory campus attendance 
  • Full access to all University facilities i.e. library, study space, core reading materials, industry reports
  • Support from a personal workplace tutor and company mentor throughout the duration of the programme 
  • An assigned academic tutor that will set your assignments, deliver teaching and webinars and provide one-to-one feedback.

"The Chartered Manager Apprenticeship has been greatly beneficial to me. I've previously completed qualifications at masters, postgraduate and doctorate level, as well as building my senior management experience, however I value the chance to top up my skills and improve my practice. 

The modules studied have given me access to the latest management theory and practise which i can directly apply to my role, particularly in areas such as accounting, risk and change management. Apprenticeships provide an opportunity for those at any stage of their career to develop themselves and add value to their workplace. I would recommend it to everyone." 

Dr Julian Commons
Inspection Officer, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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 your 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 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 you in undertaking a substantive, investigative work-based 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 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, 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, apprentices should expect to study for around 12 hours per week in order to be successful on the programme. Your employer will support your study by providing company mentors, workplace tutors, and facilitating meetings and assessments.

How will you be assessed?

Following each module, you will submit a written piece of work in the form of a report, essay or a reflective portfolio. Some of your projects will require more interaction with your workplace and feedback from your workplace tutor and company mentor.

Upon successful completion of your modules, you will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice qualification. Following this,
your portfolio of evidence will form the basis of your application to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).