Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

for Employers

Accelerate the progression of your highest performing employees or introduce bright and enthusiastic new talent, with the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

The BA (Hons) Business Management Professional programme has been designed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute, and regional and national employers, whose apprentices are already benefitting from a graduate-level management education.

Experienced industry practitioners from across the University have also designed optional pathways focusing on the specialist skills and competencies required to effectively manage in industry sectors, including Hospitality, Retail and Fashion.

Integrating academic learning and on-the-job practical training enables apprentices to develop as confident, capable and independent Chartered Managers (CMgr), the industry gold standard.

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Programme Content

Chartered Manager Degree Apprentices will learn all the fundamental knowledge required to become successful managers within your organisation. Apprentices also take part in communication, presentation and team working skills development, to help them work successfully with clients and colleagues. Core units of the programme include:

  • Managing Customer and Stakeholder Relations
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Finance and Accounting for Managers
  • Project Management
  • Work-Based Projects
  • Business Portfolio

Other Units and Industry Pathways in Hospitality and Retail

The other programme units also cover topics including:

  • Dynamic Business and Digital Context
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Operations and Technology Management
  • Strategy, Digital and Leadership

If your apprentices are studying one of our pathways, these four additional units have tailored content and are delivered by academics with industry expertise in areas including Hospitality and Retail‌.

Fashion Pathway

If your apprentices are studying the Fashion pathway the degree programme includes the following specialist units: 

  • Product Development
  • Buying and Merchandising
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Product Lifecycle Management

Education and Public Sector Pathways

We are also offering an accelerated programme specialising in Education, Public Sector or Healthcare Management. Please contact us for more information.

Delivery Model

The Degree Apprenticeship includes part-time study over a period of four years, on-site at Manchester Metropolitan University. The programme is delivered through two-day blocks equivalent to 25 university days per year. The learning is organised in such a way to minimise disruption to your work schedule.

Apprentices are full-time members of staff, who will utilise their new knowledge and skills to make an impact for their employer. Apprentices will need to be supported by a supervisor in the workplace and there will be regular reviews of progress, conducted by Manchester Met staff.

  • Customised Delivery Options

We are able to offer a customised programme to meet employer requirements, dependent on enrolling specified minimum numbers, so please contact us to discuss your preferred delivery model.

Final Degree Award

All successful apprentices will receive a BA (Hons) Business Management Professional, a fully accredited degree awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University and a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, which is provided at no additional cost.

The final degree will also reflect the sector specific expertise of apprentices, for example BA (Hons) Business Management Professional in Hospitality.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Degree Apprenticeship should have a minimum of 104-112 points at A2 (Grades BCC) or an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM. They will also require Maths and English Language GCSE grade A*-C. We will individually evaluate candidates who do not meet these requirements, but have workplace experience.


Employers with a payroll in excess of £3 million will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy and any funds paid out can be used to fund participation in apprenticeship programmes. Employers with a payroll below £3 million are eligible for funding, which will cover at least 90 per cent of the cost of apprenticeship programmes.

Find out more about funding

Get Involved

We will support you every step of the way to implement apprenticeships at your organisation, whether you intend to upskill current employees or attract new recruits.

Please get in touch with us by emailing or calling our Apprenticeships Team on 0161 247 3720.

Who can become a Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice?

 The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is a great option for people who are leaving school or college who would like to work in a business management or operational role, and have the capability and motivation to study part time for a degree at the same time as working.

The Degree Apprenticeship is also a great option for people already working in business management or operational role, who are looking to broaden their academic knowledge with the support of their employer. 

What is my commitment as their employer?

Your role will be to extend the learning beyond the classroom, by giving apprentices a varied work programme, which allows them the opportunity to turn theory into practice, develop skills relevant to your organisation and achieve outputs with real business value. Apprentices are employees and as such are subject to the usual terms of employment. Apprentices are protected by a national minimum wage.

However, in order to attract good quality candidates we recommend you offer a salary in excess of £12,000 per year. You will also need to provide a mentor who will oversee the work and coordinate projects and learning with the university tutor.

Is there an age limit for apprentices?

There are no age restrictions and no difference in funding according to age, except for your eligibility for certain incentive payments. Candidates who already have a degree-level qualification should be eligible as long as their existing qualifications are materially different from the course material.

Can we recruit a student from abroad?

Usually overseas students would not qualify for funding, but if you have any particular concerns about eligibility, please contact us.