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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.

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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.

This course is designed for those applicants who have already successfully completed the equivalent of 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5, this would typically be through qualifications such as Foundation Degrees (FdA), Higher National Diplomas (HND) and relevant professional body qualifications.

Chartered Management InstituteAs an apprentice you are employed while studying for a work-based BA (Hons) Management Practice degree at 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.


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Leadership 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 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. A 360 degree feedback on your performance from managers and peers.
3. A work-based professional project - a substantial piece of work. 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

You are expected to be employed in a role or volunteer in a position which allows you to utilise the management knowledge and skills that you develop or enhance during your studies.

Entry to this course may be one of four routes:

Route one: Teesside University standard entry criteria for undergraduate courses can be found here.

Route two: Institute of Leadership & Management (Diploma in Personal Enterprise) BTEC/NVQ level 5 (or equivalent)

Route three: Diploma in Management CMI Level 5

Route four: Where professionally qualified staff are seeking entry to the course, recognition will be given APEL and related experience.

Other qualifications which can be mapped on to the ILM/CMI Level 5 are also be accepted at the discretion of the course team.

Accreditation of Prior/Experiential learning

This course widens access to degree-level learning. The nature of the course, combined with the mechanism to recognise prior learning, provides another route to entry. You should be able to demonstrate that you have achieved knowledge and skills through learning from your prior experience, such as the workplace.

For general information please see our overview of 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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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


2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants

  • Length: 1 year
  • Attendance: 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Start date: September February, May,
  • Semester dates

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