Course Details

A four year degree apprenticeship leading to a BA (Hons) in Management Practice conferred by the Open University and the option to apply for Chartered Manager status through the CMI / ILM. The course is designed for anyone who wants to develop fully all aspects of their management and leadership skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours. You will gain an understanding of management theories, concepts and models and apply these to your own organisation and job role. You will also develop management skills and behaviours to become an effective and efficient manager.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 qualification in English and Maths. Level 3 management qualification or relevant experience. Working in a supervisory role with responsibility for people and / or resources sufficient to generate evidence against the apprenticeship standards. A commitment by your employer to 20% off the job.

Career options

A Chartered Manager is someone who takes responsibility for resources and contributes to the long-term success of an organisation. Professional recognition of your skills learnt through the CMDA will enhance your career opportunities. Further studies are at Post-Graduate level.

Open University Regulations

Chartered Manager Degree Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship

Five highlights

  • 1 Earn while you learn and get a head start in your chosen profession
  • 2 Developed in partnership with employers offering work-based learning
  • 3 Gain a management degree conferred by the OU
  • 4 Opportunity to become a Chartered Manager
  • 5 Offers a professional pathway for future development

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • Flexible start date
  • Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship

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Course code Location Course length Start date
MGT285WMMA Chichester Campus 4 Years Flexible start date

What you need to know

What will I study?

The programme is split into three main areas: knowledge, skills and behaviours. The knowledge units cover the following areas: Introduction to Business and Management, Shaping Business Opportunities and Making Sense of Strategy. You will study topics such as how to motivate people at work, the different business functions, the economic and global environment, ethical challenges and strategy. Alongside these, you will also study three professional practice units covering: Effectiveness and Integrity, Effective Working Relations and Delivering Results. This will allow you to develop your skills in the following: communication, working with others, project management, personal impact, change management and well-being. You will also explore your own personal values and authenticity and how they impact your role as a manager. You will carry out a work-based business improvement project in year 3 relevant to your own job role / organisation. This combination will ensure that you have a good grounding in management practice and theory and that you can apply management concepts to your own job role to develop yourself as a manager. After year 3, you will work towards End Point Assessment to gain the Apprenticeship.

How will I be taught?

The course is mainly taught through distance learning with eight in-college study days in years 1 and 2. You will study six modules in total. The three knowledge units will be taught by a team of Academic Lecturers and the professional practice units will be led by an Assessor Trainer who will be available via email, Skype, telephone or via the student forum to support you with your studies. A significant amount of learning will take place at work supported by a Line Manager or Mentor and your A

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods will be used throughout the programme. For the knowledge units this will include written assignments, reports, presentations, projects and group activities. The professional practice units will assess your application of the knowledge as well as the development of management skills and behaviours in the workplace. This will include observations, professional discussions, feedback from workplace manager / peers / teams. There is also an End Point Assessment by an independent end point assessment organisation which involves an assessment of your e-portfolio against the standards, a presentation of your work-based project and a panel interview.

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