Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is a trailblazing apprenticeship that has been developed by a group of employers, in liaison with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and higher education providers.

The CMDA is designed to enable businesses to develop their own graduate-level employees through a programme which combines a  business education degree, work-based learning and professional development through to Chartered Manager status of the CMI.

UWE Bristol plans to welcome our first degree apprentices in 2017.

What is the UWE Bristol CMDA about?

This is an industry-driven and government-supported programme where apprentices work full-time with their employer, while studying towards a full honours business degree at UWE Bristol.

Qualification level: Level 6/Degree.

UWE Bristol degree: BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Practice.

Indicative content:

  • Developing Leadership and Management Practice
  • Business Finance
  • Managing People
  • Decision Making
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Digital Technologies in Business
  • Managing Operations
  • Managing Projects
  • Managing Innovation
  • Work Based Learning Project(s)
  • Personal Development Portfolio
  • Synoptic Project.

Professional registration links: Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI).

Cost: This apprenticeship standard has been allocated a maximum funding cap of £27,000, which is the anticipated full cost for delivering this standard and the end-point assessment and can be financed through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Typical entry requirements: A-levels or equivalent.

Duration: Four years.

Approved Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan:

  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard
  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Assessment Plan

Who is the CMDA for?

The CMDA allows employers either to attract new talent, particularly high-calibre school-leavers, who are keen to earn a full bachelor’s business degree in a work-based environment, or to develop existing talent. It will allow employers to acquire the graduate level leadership and management skills they need, where the training costs, including the degree, are co-funded by the government.

The CMDA is suited to those looking to begin or further develop a career in a variety of management functions and roles by combining work and study for a degree. Apprentices will also gain a head-start into their chosen profession compared with many of their counterparts.

Achievement of Chartered Manager status will recognise their ability to take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long-term organisational success, and recognise their ability to deliver impact, behave ethically, and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.

How does it work?

The CMDA combines workplace training and study for the BA(Hons) Leadership and Management Practice through day or block release at UWE Bristol.

This is a work-based programme with an emphasis on problem-posing learning that draws on student and peer experiences rather than rote teaching. Learning and assessments require the apprentice to apply what is being learnt to their employment context and solve ‘real issues’ in their organisation.

The programme is delivered through a combination of online learning and face-to-face sessions. Online learning will be used for the delivery of core theoretical concepts and preparation and review activities, while the sessions at UWE Bristol will focus on collaborative learning, sense making and the sharing of experiences. Post-session online activities help the apprentice to apply their learning to the context of their organisation and to their personal and professional development.

At each level the apprentice will complete work-based projects that aim to deliver impact in the workplace. A personal and professional development strand runs throughout the programme to enable apprentices to become effective in the management of their current and future development needs.

Find out more

To find out more about the CMDA or for more information about the levy and Degree Apprenticeships, please email The Degree Apprenticeships team via email at or call +44 (0) 117 32 81043.

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