Chartered Managers add an average value of £391,000 to their organisations (CMI)
- 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.**
** 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
Please contact the Central Apprenticeship Hub for details on the current fees for 2023.
- Fully-funded: Levy paying organisations
- 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.
“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.”
Agile Development Manager and IT Security Coordinator, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
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.
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 commitmentAs 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.
Work-based degrees and higher apprenticeships
Helping employers develop, harness and focus the skills of emerging talent within their organisation whilst offering employees opportunity to pursue undergraduate degree qualifications alongside real-life work experience.