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What makes the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship at Worcester special?

A degree apprenticeship enables you to gain a degree without having to pay fees. There is also no need to receive a student loan. Furthermore, you will receive a salary from your employer.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship combines the practical experience of the workplace with degree level university teaching. The CMDA sets a new standard for professionalising and unlocking the potential of managers and leaders, offering an opportunity to achieve Chartered Manager status, enhanced leadership and management competency, professional qualifications and a degree within a single 3-4 year package. Successful apprentices will become chartered Members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI). Also available in partnership with Walsall College.

For full employer information, please visit the CMDA Information for Employers page.



Key features

  • Gain a degree while you work and apply your study to your workplace
  • Earn a regular salary, with no need for a student loan to fund your study
  • Boost your income - typically graduates can expect to earn at least £100,000 more over their lifetimes than someone who didn't go to university
  • Build a portfolio of work-based material to enhance your existing career and your CV
  • Access all course materials conveniently online
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. Most candidates will have A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

It is essential that all applicants are able to demonstrate that they are in paid employment in order to utilise a work-based setting for the undertaking of work based learning activities. Apprentices will be required to demonstrate agreement from their organisation to enable work based activities to be undertaken in relation to the course. This will be negotiated with their employer through contractual commitments that are required by the apprenticeship.


Who is the CMDA for?

The CMDA is suitable for learners who are currently working in the private or public sector, voluntary sector organisations; SMEs or larger corporates, who aspire to developing their career, through a combination of taught techniques, coaching and on-the-job learning.

As stated in the CMDA Apprenticeship Standard specific job roles that align with the CMDA may include: Manager; Senior Manager; Head of Department; Operations Manager; or anyone with significant management responsibilities. The strength of the CMDA however, is in providing aspiring managers with the knowledge and skills required to become more effective in their current and future roles.

Course content

What will you study?

You will study a range of modules, which include leadership, management, organisational behaviour, finance, selling, innovation, digital marketing, change management and management decision making. You will also undertake a number of 'work-based' modules, where you will have the opportunity to undertake work-based initiatives to make a visible difference to your organisation and to your own CV. This will be tied into your workplace responsibilities and role.

Your journey through the CMDA will start with the following modules delivered over the first two years of your programme.

Beyond your third year, you will be supported by a team of tutors and assessors in compiling your learning portfolio that will take you to your final end-point assessment. This will be conducted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as end-point assessor, a process that will take place during the fourth year of your programme.

Throughout your programme, you will be visited in your workplace by visiting tutors/ assessors who will ensure that your individual learning plan remains on target, and in alignment with the Apprenticeship Standard, through a process informed by feedback from both you and your employer.

Year 1

Mandatory Modules

  • Introduction to Professional Leadership & Personal Management
  • Managing Communications in the Workplace
  • Managing Professional Development
  • Organisational Culture and Change
  • Work Based Investigation and Appraisal
  • Work Based Project

Year 2

Mandatory Modules

  • Applied Leadership & Management
  • Finance for Non Finance Managers
  • Work Based Initiative (Management)

Optional Modules

  • Leading and Managing Teams and Individuals
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Sales Management and Selling

Year 3

Mandatory Modules

  • Managing Innovation in the Organisation
  • Work Based Initiative (Leadership)

Optional Modules

  • Managing Financial Decision Making
  • Focusing on Results and Change Management
  • Decision Making for Improved Performance
  • Digital Marketing
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

How does this work at the University of Worcester?

The University of Worcester is one of a small number of universities accredited to offer the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. The University will provide the equivalent of 1 day per week off-the-job training to allow you to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviour to enhance organisational performance, as well as your own personal effectiveness. You will then apply this learning in your place of work.


Teaching will take place at the University's City Campus, in the heart of the Worcester's business district, 3 minutes' walk from Foregate Street Railway Station, or at an alternative venue by agreement with the employer. You will be taught by tutors with experience of leadership, business, management and consultancy in a range of workplace settings. Throughout your course you will be supported by your Course Leader Dr Cedric Nkiko.

All learning materials will be available on the University's Virtual Learning Environment, and you will have full access to the University's online Library, as well a range of other University Services and facilities.

You will be introduced to a range of assessment styles on your programme, including individual work (to develop and encourage independent learning) as well as group -based work to develop your teamwork skills. One important function of the work-based learning approach to assessment is the opportunity for assessment presentations to showcase progress and good practice to employers to ensure wider accessibility and employer engagement.

Essentially, the programme uses assessment for learning as well as assessment of learning. Opportunities for formative assessment are provided in each module - including, for example, preparation of discussion papers, briefings for clients, multiple choice tests, and online quizzes through the University's VLE or through self/peer evaluation in seminar groups.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.


Where could it take you?

What qualification will I receive on successful completion of my apprenticeship and how long will it all take?

At the end of your apprenticeship you will receive:

  • A BA (Hons) Leadership and Management degree from the University of Worcester (available after three years)
  • A Level 5 Chartered Management Institute Diploma in Management and Leadership (after three years)
  • Chartered Manager status. This is awarded by the Chartered Management Institute, following confirmation of the award of your university degree and completion of an End Point Assessment, a common element of all Degree Apprenticeships. This will mean that it will take in excess of three years in total to obtain your apprenticeship award.

Information For Employers

For full employer information, please visit the CMDA Information for Employers page.

How does a Degree Apprenticeship work?

A degree apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to employ and develop staff through your apprenticeship levy payments (as a levy paying employer), or with government funding support for smaller organisations. Your apprentices can be a new recruit or existing member of staff. During their apprenticeship, your employees will have the opportunity to receive off-the-job training for the equivalent of 1 day per week, obtain a degree and apprenticeship qualification. This will take 3+ years.

How does government funding work?

The following arrangements apply for all UK employers (as from April 2017):

  • Employers with a payroll of more than £3 million per year pay an Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5%. This will provide an allowance to 'spend' against apprenticeships via a digital account.
  • Employers with a payroll less than £3 million will not pay a Levy, but will still have access to 95% funding via a 'co-fund mechanism', to support their own degree apprenticeships. Here, the employer contribution will be 5% towards the tuition fee.

Click here for more details on government funding.

What are the benefits to an employer?

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) has been designed by employers for employers as a mechanism to invest in talent and develop the leaders of the future. It offers:

  • the opportunity to upskill your workforce
  • attract new talent
  • develop the skills to build your business
  • an estimated potential lifetime of added value from each apprentice of £390,000+ during the course of their careers

The University of Worcester Degree Apprenticeship Scheme

The University of Worcester is one of a small number of universities currently approved by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to deliver the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CDMA). This degree apprenticeship provides your employees with the knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements required to enhance organisational performance, and personal effectiveness as defined by the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard.


How much will it cost?

The funding band for the CMDA is set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency at Band 15, or £22k (total) for the lifetime of the programme.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Those interested in more information about this course or the broader apprenticeship offer of the Business School, should in the first instance contact our Senior Administrator (Sally Docherty) or the Course Leader, Dr Cedric Nkiko on the details below.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way. 

John Gardener

Admissions tutor

Dr Cedric Marvin Nkiko

Course leader

Sally Docherty

Senior Administrator