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Course overview

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is industry driven, professional-body aligned and government supported. It combines excellent business education, work-based learning and professional development to support the growth of graduate-level managers, for now and the future.

As an apprentice you are employed while studying for a work-based BA (Hons) Management Practice degree from Teesside University Business School. Successful completion of the course gives you an honours degree and full Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Chartered Manager status. Chartered Manager is the highest achievable status in the management profession, is awarded only by the CMI, and is recognised and valued across all sectors.

This course is for you if you want to become a professional manager – taking responsibility for projects, people, operations and/or services to deliver long-term organisational success. You could be at the start of your leadership career, from any sector, in any size organisation, aspiring to become a professional manager, or you could be an existing manager with practical experience already, but wanting a more structured learning approach and further development.

Professional accreditation

Chartered Management Institute With dual accreditation at Teesside University, as well as the degree you will receive a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership. Dual accreditation means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme. By adding this CMI qualification to your University qualification, you’re really on the road to success.

• You instantly become more employable when you receive a CMI professional qualification that is industry-recognised
• You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events
• You will have the opportunity to attend lecturers from top level CMI industry-expert members
• CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework
• CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers
• During your students you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.


Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Operations

This module provides you with the foundation knowledge of the general principles of business operations and strategy management. This module introduces the importance of the business environment, the impact of organisational behaviour, resources, capability and competency, leadership and management, function and structure of organisations and organisational culture. It prepares you for the Business Operational Strategy module.

Introduction to Business Finance

You are introduced to the principal areas of business finance and related commercial activities – ideal if you have limited training or experience in this area. Key topics include the principles of financial management accounting, planning and budgeting, and procurement. During this module you critically reflect on the links between theory and practical application.

Personal Effectiveness

You develop personal and professional effectiveness through an awareness of yourself and others in an organisational context. You develop key skills including developing and managing your awareness, effective communication skills and understanding learning opportunities. The focus of the module is on creating a personal development plan to demonstrate learning.

Sales and Marketing

You are introduced to key themes associated with marketing and selling business products and services, from defining a market segment through to closing a sale. Key skills developed are market appraisal, researching competition, understanding customers, preparing marketing plans and understanding the selling process.

Work-based Learning Skills

You prepare to become an effective higher education work-based learner by focusing on reflective practice. This module equips you with the skills to critically reflect on professional practice. You are provided with a personal perspective on your own learning, encouraging professional and personal development.


Year 2 core modules

Business Operational Strategy

Building on the learning from the Business Operations module, you further develop your understanding of the principles of business operations and strategy. Evaluating factors outside individual roles, you consider the concepts of organisational change, stakeholders, customer and supplier management, and facilitating cross-functional working. You also consider entrepreneurship and innovation, and the wider managerial approaches to business development including human resource management.

Digital Business

You develop your knowledge and understanding of the diversity of technologies and approaches available to exploit new business opportunities by using advanced contemporary technologies. You expand your understanding of a range of e-based technologies and their use in supporting business operations including e-commerce, e-customer relationship management and e-marketing.

Leading and Managing People in Organisations

This module helps you understand the concept of leadership and management in the 21st century. It focuses on the skills required for collaborative working relationships to improve performance within a diverse range of organisational situations. You develop an understanding of your own leadership style and how this can be adapted within different contexts.

Project Planning and Research Skills

You learn through two essential components of the degree – investigating how projects are managed and how to conduct research as a practitioner researcher. You explore how to manage projects from feasibility to post-implementation, including risk and contingency management. Through this module you become prepared for the Professional Project by considering the skills of research methodologies including data collection and analysis tools.


Year 3 core modules

Advanced Leadership and Performance

You learn how to identify authentic and ethical leadership by considering the importance of concepts such as trust, resilience and adaptability to meet business needs and achieve organisational goals. Developing professional knowledge, evidencing competencies and action planning underpin the learning on this module.

Contemporary Issues in Management and Practice

You develop an understanding of contemporary issues in management practice and the diverse issues faced by organisations. You explore the key concepts of corporate social responsibility, managing across cultures, knowledge and talent management, and the importance of the global regulatory frameworks affecting international trade – all essential issues irrespective of your industry.

Professional Project

Through negotiation between the University, workplace and learner, you design and carry out an inquiry-led activity (project) demonstrating research and development approaches to your own professional development and the development of your organisation. You manage a work-based project to initiate and lead change. The content and context of your project is unique to you or your group.

Strategic Management and Intrapreneurship

You are provided with an overview of strategic management and intrapreneurship. You take a transdisciplinary approach to strategic management to enable deep learning to support a negotiated, flexible pathway that addresses your individual learning requirements and your organisation’s strategic development needs.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The course is a degree apprenticeship and you must be in full-time employment (paid or unpaid) throughout the duration of your studies.

The CMDA has been developed to recognise the workplace as a centre of knowledge building, and your tutors will support you by combining learning opportunities within the workplace and the learning environment of the University. This approach enables you to meet the higher learning and skills required for your own success and those of employers, now and in the future.

A workshop style is adopted that enables sharing and creation of knowledge and engaging with others to identify solutions to organisational problems. The assessments provide the opportunity to apply this knowledge and learning directly to your workplace setting.

How you are assessed

You are assessed as part of the BA (Hons) Management Practice degree and each of these assessments forms the basis of a portfolio which evidences the achievement of the CMDA. You have regular reviews with your employer and the University to track your progress. At the end of your study you present your portfolio to the CMI and engage in a short viva examination to achieve Chartered Manager status.

Your assessments are designed to test your knowledge, understanding and skills and include:

  1. A portfolio containing work that covers the whole of the Chartered Manager Standard you need to meet.
  2. In your final year, a 360 degree feedback on your performance from managers and peers.
  3. A work based professional project - a substantial piece of work undertaken in your final year. Your employer and the University work with you to agree the project, and you are supervised and supported by the University and the employer.
  4. An end point assessment, comprising an interview and presentation assessed by a panel of representatives from the University, your employer and an independent assessor (appointed by the CMI).

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Your employer sets the general internal selection criteria but you are also required to meet the entry requirements specified by the University. A typical student would have 96 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent), together with Mathematics and English at GCSE, grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent). However, the University would also welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements, and can take into account alternative qualifications and experience.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Information for employers

As an employer you may have:

  • current managers who have progressed in the organisation with no or little formal qualifications
  • next generation managers, high potential team leaders/supervisors ready to take the next step into management, and so maximise their organisational contribution
  • new joiners and school leavers aged 18+. Recruiting school leavers could attract high calibre entrants, capable of becoming your next generation of managers *

Benefits include:

  • a route to develop your existing workforce into managers of the future
  • work-based assessments which provide the opportunity for employees to adopt a more holistic perspective of the entire organisation and add real value to your future growth objectives
  • an award underpinned by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and informed by key employers across a range of sectors, in liaison with a number of higher education institutions and the Chartered Association of Business Schools

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*entry criteria apply



Career opportunities

The CMDA is for individuals from a range of sectors and in a variety of roles at manager or senior management level who want to develop their career.



  • Not available full-time


2020/21 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants


  • Length: 3 years
  • Attendance: 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Enrolment date: May, September and February
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