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Undergraduate study
Business Management & Enterprise

Project Manager* Degree Apprenticeship

You develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours in project management, learning how to create defined objectives, manage stakeholder expectations, and lead multi-skilled and cross-disciplinary teams to deliver the projects to time, cost and quality requirements.


Course overview

You also learn how to apply skills and leadership behaviours to manage the social, legal and environmental implications of your project.

You begin with an introduction to key business and management concepts before moving onto exploring your own interests and deepening your insights, taking more responsibility for your own learning. Finishing with an exploration of more advanced project management topics and developing an awareness of your own responsibility as a business leader, you put your knowledge into action by undertaking a final-year self-managed independent project.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Enterprise

This module will inspire you to think about entering the workplace once you have completed your studies. The module is delivered as an interactive learning experience which will enable you to develop an enterprising mind-set and help to identify some of the skills and attributes you already possess. The module content will encourage you to begin to think about your personal career aspirations, whilst addressing potential gaps linked to your knowledge, skills and experience. You will be encouraged to think in an enterprising fashion; learn new approaches to adapt and enhance your individual style. You will have the opportunity to work independently and as a member of a group by participating in personal challenges and group projects, and will learn to understand the importance of networking. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to hear from and to question experienced external practitioners.

Business Finance

You gain an understanding of the way in which accounting is used in the external evaluation of organisations and develops the ability to use accounting and finance techniques in decision making, control, management and adding value to performance.

International Market Environment

You are introduced to basic economic theories of markets and competition along with aspects of the wider business environment, including government policy and the macro-economy. These ideas are then applied to the practical analysis of markets using segmentation, targeting, and positioning framework.

Personal and Professional Development for Business

You become more aware of your own personal and professional development through reflection and interaction with peers. Drawing on related theories, you understand the importance of personal development and develop skills to enhance your future employability.

Projects and Organisations

You are introduced to key concepts in project management, including the concepts of projects in the context of organisations, strategy and resources. You broaden your knowledge and examine key topics such as project environments and impact upon business strategy, in addition to project team and resource management. The module acts as the stepping stone to equip you with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced corporate world and to become an effective project manager.

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.


Year 2 core modules

Agile Management

In a world of relentless and fast paced change the most important question for any company is ‘are we agile?’ In other words are we able to deal with new situations and changes quickly and successfully. For many the answer is no. In this module you will learn how to get to yes through the greatest resource available: people. You will develop knowledge and understanding of why much of management is no longer fit for purpose (management 1.0), and how a new alternative is emerging (management 2.0) is an alternative fit for the 21st century.

Enterprise and Practice

This applied module allows you to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge within a work environment. You explore the theoretical and practical world of business and will explore entrepreneurial and wider managerial approaches to the development of business within enterprise. Through your work within an enterprise, you will develop valuable professional skills and first-hand knowledge of an enterprise. If you already work you will be guided to recognise and reflect on this practice and use your own organisation as a case study. You are supported by academic staff and business contacts from across and outside the University.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Managing People Through Change

You gain a comprehensive understanding of organisational change. You also explore a range of contemporary change models, strategies for helping people cope with organisational change and approaches to managing resistance to change.

Planning and Control of Projects

This module concentrates on the establishment of a project and introduces a range of techniques for the planning, control and monitoring of business project activities. These techniques and skills will enable you to participate in any project activity and contribute to the effective execution of a project.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.


Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.


Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

Project-Based Management

The overall objective of this module is to enable you to apply project management strategies to a live business related project. You are expected to initiate, develop and expand a client brief and develop effective solutions. The module encourages the growth of a questioning, creative and innovative approach to project management and to develop your ability to engage in pro-active and self- directed study. You have the opportunity to go through the full consultancy cycle and manage a client project from the start to completion using industry-standard methodologies, such as PRINCE2.

Sustainability, Strategy and Society

You gain knowledge and experience of business in society and how to implement responsible leadership for organisational sustainability. You will review the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and work with stakeholders, analysing the macro environment and providing evidence-based solutions to overcome a problem in society.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through interactive workshops, lectures, individual and group activities, case studies and presentations. Modules are delivered one day a week, supported by guided learning materials on the University’s virtual learning environment.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through exams, assignments and presentations. You also complete a final assessment where you undertake a project proposal presentation and a professional discussion based around your portfolio of evidence.

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 must be employed in a suitable/relevant job role to undertake this apprenticeship and agreement from your employer, including the commitment to 20% off the job training.

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.

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 employees managers who have progressed in the organisation and are managing projects with no or little formal qualifications
  • high potential employees managing projects who are ready to take the next step into Project Management, and so maximise their organisational contribution

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 project work and future growth objectives
  • an award underpinned by a full BA Hons degree, IPMA qualification and APM Membership (on completion) 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


  • Apprenticeship levy
    Large organisations who pay the levy - 100% fee paid monthly directly from the levy
  • Government co-investment
    Non-levy paying organisations pay 5% of the total cost with the government paying the remaining 95% through co-investment.

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Career opportunities

Due to the diverse nature of the degree our students are able to demonstrate progression within their current employment in a range of businesses and sectors and also secure roles from general business manager to business project manager, international business representative to social entrepreneur, and account executive to new business adviser.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that will make you more attractive to employers in the job market in the years to come.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff use their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits.

We offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third years to ensure you are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for you to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Through collaborative projects with our international partners, you gain the skills and confidence to succeed in the world of work on a global scale. You work with SMEs and large corporate organisations, developing practical business skills by formulating solutions to real-world challenges. We ensure that you acquire a unique mix of ability, knowledge and experience to secure the perfect role.



  • Not available full-time


2022/23 entry

Apprenticeship levy paying businesses - £22,000 (through the Apprenticeship Levy Fund). Non-apprenticeship levy paying businesses - £1,100 with the remainder co-funded by the government


  • Length: 3.5 years
  • Start date: January

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