Business Management

Business Management BA (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Chartered Manager - Level 6

A Chartered Manager is someone who can take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success, with the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.

The CMDA BA (Hons) Business Management course provides a good broad foundation of business knowledge to help you to both understand the modern business world, to prepare for and develop your career in it. The course focuses on developing skills and competencies you can directly apply in your work environment. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a series of live projects supported by your employer and supervised by members of the course team. You will also develop an understanding of different domains of knowledge and the different perspectives brought to bear in the study and practice of business. 

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Earn as you learn: full time employment while you study and no student debt as the degree is paid for by your employer
  • Accelerate your career
  • Develop into a professional role
  • Designed with flexibility to guide and shape your career.

Benefits to the employers

  • Enhance your workforce, addressing any skills and knowledge gaps
  • Attract new high calibre talent, particularly in harder to fill roles
  • Develop staff throughout their career through continual professional development
  • Improve staff retention and loyalty by providing them with a job, professional development, professional accreditation, and a high quality degree.

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What does the programme lead to

Professional managers in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisation.  Specific job roles may include: Manager; Senior Manager; Head of Department; Operations Manager; or anyone with significant management responsibilities.

Professional managers capable of managing complexity and delivering impact at a strategic and/or operational level with management and leadership responsibility for setting and delivering organisational objectives through a wide range of functions.

Professional managers who want to develop fully all aspects of their management and leadership skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours. These include strategic decision making, setting direction and achieving results, building and leading teams, clear communication, developing skills and motivating others, fostering inclusive and ethical cultures, leading change, project management, financial management, innovation, risk management, & developing stakeholder relationships.

Job Roles

Successful apprentices will have the option to apply for professional recognition as Chartered Managers and Members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI) and/or as a member of the Institute for Leadership & Management or other relevant professional body.

Working in industry

Our courses are suitable for people working in a range of general business, supervisory, management or operational roles in the private or public sector.  This could be either small independent businesses or large organisations such as banks, retailers, hospitality, multinational organisations, NHS, education, or government departments.

Professional qualifications

Successful apprentices will achieve a degree and also have the option to be assessed for Chartered Manager status.  English and Maths - English and Maths will be required to be demonstrated at a minimum of Level 2.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 6
START DATE: September
LOCATION/CAMPUS: Preston or Burnley
DURATION: The Degree Apprenticeship is normally a 4 year programme followed by the end point assessment (certification of the completion of the apprenticeship) within 6-12 months.

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships.

Course Content

Level 4

  • BU1007 Developing Self and Others
  • BU1008 Business Environments
  • BU1009 The Organisation Environment
  • BU1011 Project Management Skills

Level 5

  • AC2002 Business Finance
  • BU2006 Digital Business
  • MD2012 Management of Operations
  • HR2011 Managing People and Performance
  • MK2013 Customers and Markets
  • BU2007 Operations Project.

Level 6

  • MD3002 Strategy
  • MD3030 Ethical Leadership and Managing Change
  • BU3003 Business Analysis
  • BU3004 Business Improvement Project
  • BU3005 Professional Portfolio.

Throughout the CMDA programme, Degree Apprentices will develop and hone their skills through live projects, which are designed with the employer to meet business needs; this culminates at the end of the programme with a business improvement project. Previous experience of apprentices undertaking such projects in the workplace have changed the ways in which organisations operate, and example of which was the development of the HR function at a major employer in Preston. The project was an excellent example of business process reengineering, it was good for the business and outstanding experience for the apprentice who was able to practice and improve his IT skills.

Organisations invest a great deal in their staff in terms of recruitment, training and promotion. The CMDA aims to boost skills and ability; staff recognised for their contributions are happier, more productive and remain with the company, so aiding succession planning and embedding a ‘can do’ culture.

Aims of the programme

  • To develop an understanding of different domains of knowledge and the different perspectives brought to bear in the study and practice of business
  • To develop the ability of learners to take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver positive impact in organisations.
  • To enhance the learner’s intellectual and transferable skills through an academically rigorous programme of study
  • To encourage engagement in business and management research in general
  • To encourage the learner to contextualise learning in practice                                                                                                                                                                                                   

There is a strong focus throughout the degree on developing the individual employability and lifelong learning skills. Personal Development Planning exists as a continuous strand of the programme in which the learners ability to reflect upon his/her skills base and plan for future personal development is developed, practiced, monitored and assessed. This strand starts in year 1 of the programme, where employability skills development and personal development is enhanced through the module, Developing Self and Others. At level 5, a specific module, Operations Project, aims to apply skills in project management, communication and consultancy through the application of frameworks in practice. At level 6 students apply their learning of business strategy through a further consultancy project. The final year of the degree completes the strand with the development of an individual portfolio consisting of a self-initiated project, a self-reflection and development road map, a presentation and interview.


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: BA (Hons)
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Chartered Manager - Read more
LEVEL: Level 6
FUNDING BAND: Maximum funding: £22,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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