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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.
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  • Functional Skills Level 2 English / GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English*
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Maths / GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths*
  • A relevant HND, Foundation Degree, or other Level 5 (or equivalent) qualification will be required.**
All applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Programme Lead for Chartered Manager.

* Other Level 2 Maths and English qualifications may be considered, please contact us to enquire.

** Professional diplomas or certificates from a relevant professional body (ILM, CII, CISP, CILT, IoE, CMI, CIPD) and recognised as equivalent to Level 5 may also be considered. The qualification should ideally be in subject relevant to your chosen specialist route. 

Applicants with credits or qualifications in a non-related subject must demonstrate that they have knowledge and skills sufficient to meet the demands of this programme.

Applicants who do not possess the qualifications outlined above may also be eligible for admission on the basis of previous work experience or training. In consultation with your employer, the programme team will ensure that applicants can demonstrate their capacity to benefit from and successfully complete the course as above. Applicants will be subject to a diagnostic of their core knowledge and skills to establish the level of prior and experiential learning. If this is satisfactory, they will receive appropriate learning support to ascertain their readiness to start their programme of study.

How to apply 

The potential apprentice will be required to complete an Initial Needs Assessment (INA) with the support of their employer and the University to ensure the Apprenticeship programme is an appropriate solution to their skills development needs. On completion of the INA the University will assess the information provided and determine the next steps.
To request the Initial Needs Assessment please contact
Applications for September 2024 are now open!
Deadline to apply is 31 May 2024
For more information or to express your interest please contact us via our enquiry form.
Please contact the Central Apprenticeship Hub for details on the current fees for 2023.
There are currently two funding models: 
  • Fully-funded: Levy paying organisations 
If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account. 
  • Co-funded: Non-levy organisations (the annual pay bill of your organisation is less than £3 million) and levy paying organisations who have exceeded their levy contribution. 
The government will financially co-support your apprenticeship training contributing 95% of the total cost. The employer will contribute and be invoiced for the remaining 5% of the total cost.
For more information about Apprenticeship Levy please visit the website.
If you need any further information about the fees and/or funding for this apprenticeship please do not hesitate to contact us at or call +44 1752 583625.

Key benefits

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.

Apprentice testimonial

“I had become an ‘accidental manager’ and the Chartered Manager apprenticeship is giving me the tools to formalise my work using best practice and theory. With a focus on work-based practice, I am constantly evaluating our day-to-day activities and can suggest and implement improvements.”
Jason Scott
Agile Development Manager and IT Security Coordinator, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Jason Scott Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Core modules and learning

Introduction to Programme

This introductory module provides support for the apprentice to become a proficient Higher Education learner, enabling them to engage with the learning environment and resources available in order to develop the core academic skills required for study. Led by a specialist learning development tutor and learning technologists, it will help all apprentices (even those new to Higher Education and E-Learning) to identify areas for development and create a personalised teaching and learning plan to meet their needs. This builds the foundation for the core modules to follow.

Professional Management Practice

Running throughout the programme, this module will embed the knowledge and standards required of a professional, Chartered Manager. Main topic areas include: Strategic Planning and Management, Financial Management, Managing Change, HR, Leadership, Risk Management and Legal frameworks. Apprentices are required to apply knowledge within their own working environments and reflect on personal experiences within these key areas of management practice. The application of theory to practice is a critical aspect of learning with assessment being predicated on demonstration of active work-integrated learning. During the second year of this module, there is a focus on refining the work-based portfolio to reflect the personal development of management practice skills, knowledge and behaviours.

Sales, Marketing and New Technologies

Through study, reflection and exercises, this 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, public or social (third sector) organisation.

Running through the module is a sustainability theme that recognises businesses have a responsibility for the environment and the people it directly and indirectly employs.

Work-based Research Project

This module is based on the learner undertaking a substantive, investigative work-based project within their own organisation. With the support of a project supervisor over a six-month period, they will develop the skills needed to design a work-based project, to collect data and to report on their findings in a professional manner. They will discuss key findings, make recommendations for performance improvement, and reflect on their self-effectiveness and professional practice.

Specialist options

In addition to the core modules, apprentices can choose from a range of specialist elective modules in industry-related areas, such as organisational performance and human resourcing; international supply chains; and international trade.
Apprentices will also undertake a work-based project which will be developed with their employer and will be tailored to their organisation's needs.
This will enable them to apply some of the skills and behaviours covered throughout the programme.
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Delivered over two years as a work-integrated degree programme, the apprenticeship is delivered via flexible learning with all study material available online and mandatory campus attendance three times a year. 

As a student at the University of Plymouth, apprentices can benefit from a full range of facilities and resources, including the library, study spaces, and core reading material including journals and industry reports.

Study commitment

As a guide, apprentices should expect to study for an additional 12 hours per week on top of their scheduled learning. Employers are expected to support their apprentice's study by providing a workplace mentor and supporting meetings and assessments. 

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