Our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) develops effective management and leadership practices, making a fundamental difference to the capability of managers.

The programme blends online learning, face-to-face workshops and on-the-job experience to transform your people from accidental managers to professional managers.





This programme is fully funded by your employer through the Apprenticeship Levy

Level Of Study



BSc (Hons) Professional Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - CMDA)

Apprenticeship Standard

Chartered Manager CMDA

Apprenticeship Certificate

University of Roehampton

Entry Requirements

A Levels or equivalent, and must be in a job role with management responsibility

English Language Requirements

GCSE English at Grade C

Mode Of Study

Part-Time blended and work-based learning


39 months (including the End Point Assessment)

Assessment Methods

Work-based projects, assignments, a work-based project with research, and the independent End Point Assessment with the CMI

Start Date

October, January, April and July


Live online learning (face to face for closed cohorts only, dependent upon numbers and location - London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds)


About this course





This programme is suitable for any roles with management responsibility, such as:

  • Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Head of Department
  • Operations Manager

And will benefit those who are:

  • Existing managers who want to develop their skills and move into senior management and leadership roles
  • Managers developing their skills to lead digital transformation in their team
  • New hires in management roles who would benefit from a comprehensive management development programme when joining your business



All modules are core and worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated. 

Level 4 units

Professional Management and the Organisational Context

Understanding Finance for Organisations

The Role of Digital Applications in Organisations

Introduction to Project Management

Professional Practice and Portfolio Development

Developing Inclusive and Ethical Management Practices

Level 5 units

Building Collaborative Relationships and Leading People

Data-Driven Decision Making

Digital Transformation and Sustainability in Organisations

Market Development and Analysis

Professional Practice and Portfolio Development 2

Sustainable Operations & Risk Management in Organisations

Level 6 units

Work-Based Project Proposals (10 credits)

Leading Organisational Strategy and Environmental Management

The Role of Digital Applications in Organisations

Leading Innovation in Changing Organisational Environments

Professional Practice and Portfolio Development 3

Major Work-Based Project (30 credits)

End Point Assessment


Learner support


Skills Coach

Your Skills Coach will be your primary, non-academic contact, supporting you in the successful progression and completion of your apprenticeship. Your coach will support you in reviewing your progress and collecting evidence of your practice at work to integrate into your module assessments and final endpoint project/assessment. They are also a point of contact for queries, concerns, or general support.

Your Coach can help you with:

  • Coaching and supporting work-based learning activities
  • Reviewing your progress with your apprenticeship portfolio progress
  • Help with achieving your EPA
  • Advice and guidance on mitigating (extenuating) circumstances processes and potential breaks in learning.

Workplace Mentor

A Workplace Mentor will be appointed by your employer and typically would be someone you work with. Your workplace mentor will be familiar with the apprenticeship programme and its workplace requirements. They will facilitate the workplace learning opportunities to enable you to meet the requirements of the degree apprenticeship standard.

ACE Team

They are the Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) Team, and amongst the team, have many years of experience providing academic guidance to students on subjects such as how to write in an academic style, how to read smarter rather than longer and how to reference accurately.

The ACE Team will provide you with support on academic matters outside of the classroom. You can also book 1-1 meetings (mainly online) with the ACE Team and get feedback on your academic style of writing, references and critical report writing.

How can the ACE Team support you?

  1. “Welcome to the World of Academia” online workshops: if you wish to have an introduction to or a review of the different aspects of academic life before starting your programme, then please do join their online workshops (non-obligatory – but much to be gained from joining!).
  2. One-to-one tutorials: you can book a virtual 30-minute tutorial to discuss your academic development skills, such as paraphrasing, referencing and academic writing.
  3. Online workshops: we offer ongoing support workshops on a variety of academic subjects such as structuring an argument, academic style and criticality.
  4. Our own-created range of learner materials: we have also developed a wide range of ACE Team created materials based on common questions and academic needs.

QA Welfare Services

Our Student Welfare Team is on hand to assist you throughout your studies. Some degree apprenticeship learners have additional learning needs which the Welfare Team can assist with, or they might help you with personal circumstances that are affecting your studies.


Entry requirements


  • Must be in a job role with management responsibility
  • Three A Levels, Or a Level 3 Apprenticeship, Or BTEC Level 3, Extended Projects (EP), Or an International Baccalaureate at Level 3, Suitable NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject, or equivalent qualifications or a combination of these qualifications
  • In order to attempt the EPA apprentices must have achieved GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (4) – you may still enter the programme but will need to evidence Level 2 Maths and English qualification before starting the gateway and EPA
  • Existing staff must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level in a similar subject

Entry to Level 5

Whilst there will be a need to review each case of a student wishing to join the CMDA at levels other than 4, it is possible for students with a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in either the Associate Project Manager or Operational/Departmental Manager qualifications

English Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English at Grade C

Fees & finance


There is no cost to you as a degree apprentice. Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by the Apprenticeship Levy through your employer.

If you’re an employer, the total fee for this programme is:

  • £22,000

Travel expenses to travel to QA centres should be covered by the employer.

All textbooks are provided free of charge as e-books. Any students wishing to use paper copies will need to pay for these themselves.


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