Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) has been designed by employers in collaboration with higher education providers – including UWE Bristol – to develop the future leaders of organisations.

What is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship?

Developed to provide the graduate-level leadership skills your business needs, the CMDA is a new way of investing in your workforce – with a university degree and on-the-job training – and with all tuition fees funded through the Apprenticeship Levy. 

The programme produces management leaders committed to deliver long-term success for your organisation. Your employees will apply their learning to your company’s challenges right from the start.

Who is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship for?

The CMDA is designed to strengthen the leadership and management skills of your new and existing workforce.

Learners will gain a full work-based bachelors business degree, graduating with the experience and competence to take responsibility for people, projects, operations and services; to behave ethically and to deliver long-term impact.

How will your business benefit?

The CMDA allows you to invest in your employees’ career development whilst addressing potential management skills gaps in the workplace.

Problem-solving and leadership skills are assessed at work, so your business will benefit throughout the programme. Your organisation will also have the full support of our experienced academic community, drawing on our strengths and expertise in leadership and management, and our wide business network.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has been involved in the development of this programme as part of the Trailblazer group, working closely with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The CMDA builds on our strong business background, offering a learning programme that delivers for your organisation.

The CMDA will be run from our Bristol Business School, one of the UK’s leading new business schools. Purpose-built to provide students with the best possible learning environment, it boasts a range of dedicated resources and state-of-the-art technology.

CMDA course details

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

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.

Post-session online activities will allow learners to apply their knowledge to the context of their organisation. Face-to-face sessions at UWE Bristol will focus on collaborative learning and sharing experiences.

At each stage of the programme, learners will complete work-based projects with the aim to deliver impact in the workplace.

Read more about the approved CMDA apprenticeship Standard on the website.

Qualification, professional registration and accreditation

Qualification: University degree (Level 6) BA(Hons) Leadership and Management Practice.

On completion of the apprenticeship, successful individuals will be able to apply for professional recognition with a relevant industry body such as the CMI or ILM, amongst others.

Duration and delivery

The standard programme can be completed in four years via day release (Thursdays). A bespoke block-release programme may be arranged to suit your business schedule. Fast-track and advanced-entry options may be available for more experienced learners.

Entry requirements

Suitability is assessed on an individual basis in respect of relevant work experience.

Direct entry from school or college without relevant work experience is also possible, and will typically require 120 tariff points.

All students are required to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in paid employment for the duration of the programme.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the CMDA, or for more information about the Levy and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 32 81043.

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