BA (Hons) Business Management Professional

Become a chartered manager with hands-on work experience and a degree apprenticeship to put yourself ahead of the competition

Attend an open day How to apply
Attend an open day How to apply


Studied only as part of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, the BA (Hons) Business Management Professional is your opportunity to gain the skills required for effective business management. The degree has been developed with leading employers and the Chartered Management Institute.

The degree programme looks in depth at the various roles and responsibilities of modern managers, and you will study a curriculum that will help you focus on improving organisational performance, enhancing interpersonal effectiveness and developing project and transferable skills. Your studies will draw on disciplines including business planning strategy, creative thinking, accounting and finance, human resources, leadership, marketing and data analysis.

The programme is designed to integrate your learning with your own workplace and where possible, management projects are based on live, real-world business scenarios.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Successful apprentices will graduate with a BA (Hons) Business Management Professional from Manchester Metropolitan University and have the opportunity to apply for CMI Chartered Manager (CMgr) status.

By completing the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, you will have gained work experience and two internationally recognised qualifications that you can take forward within the same organisation or elsewhere. By following this route you will have the knowledge, skills and work experience to further your career.

The Degree Apprenticeship is a great foundation for any career in a business or management role. Although the exact nature of your learning experience will depend on which employer you choose to apply to, the key skills you will learn are suited to those looking to begin or develop a career in the following roles:

We also place a strong emphasis on giving you all the tools necessary to manage your own career progression.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives eg. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Mathematics and preferably ICT,

Further information

Applications will be considered individually from candidates without the necessary qualifications, but with relevant work experience.

Course details

You will study the following three units:

  • Dynamic Business and Digital Context
  • Managing Customer and Stakeholder Relations
  • Introduction to Projects and Portfolio

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Dynamic Business and Digital Context

Apprentices will gain an understanding of a range of dynamic factors. Topics include:
• Markets, globalisation and technological development
• Macroeconomic concepts, sustainability, social, cultural and ecological factors
• Understanding, managing and mitigating global business environments

Managing Customer and Stakeholder Relations

The unit will explore how internal stakeholders shape a business (e.g. apprentices research their organisational mission/vision and management communications) and how manager and internal stakeholder behaviours can enhance the customer and external stakeholder experience and add value to those relationships.

The unit will introduce customer relationship marketing and management strategies. Apprentices will understand the difference between business-to-business and business to customer relationship management and understand the difference in customer relationship strategies adopted on-line and off-line. Apprentices will apply theories of customer relationships management to customer relationships. They will understand the relationship between customer and suppliers, and how customers can influence business/ organisational activities.

Introduction to Projects and Portfolio

In this unit, apprentices will be introduced to the negotiated business project and the apprenticeship portfolio. For the project, apprentices will understand the nature of a work-based project and how that is underpinned by scholarly research. Teaching will include basic academic skills, such as library search, understanding academic literature and academic writing. As this unit is designed to run `long and thin' alongside other content units, this learning will be transferable to those other units. Apprentices will then be taught research methods. Finally, apprentices will be introduced to the ethical approval process for projects. They will reflect this learning in a mini-project negotiated between themselves, the tutor, and their workplace mentor / manager.

You will study the following three units:

  • Managing and Leading People
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Initial Business Project

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Managing and Leading People

Apprentices will cover the key concepts in the management and leadership of people, including:
• Management and leadership - striking the balance
• Recruitment, management and development of people, using inclusive talent management
• Legal requirements, health and safety, well-being, culture and diversity
• Managing performance and leadership styles
• Management communications

Sales and Marketing

In this unit, apprentices are introduced to:

• Marketing and sales principles and strategies
• Market research and consumer behaviour
• Product and service design
• Segmenting, targeting and developing customer relationships

Initial Business Project

In this unit, apprentices will propose, manage and deliver a small project in the workplace and evaluate any outcomes and challenges they encounter. They will also continue to develop their business portfolio of workplace evidence.

You will study the following three units:

  • Finance and Accounting for Managers
  • Operations and Technology Management
  • Negotiated Business Project (Advanced)

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Finance and Accounting for Manager

This unit explores the role of accounting and finance in a business setting, including:
• Interpreting financial statements and understanding strategies
• Financial management, accounting and budgets and providing financial reports
• Budgetary control systems and sources of finance
• The role of accounting in a commercial context and in informing business decision making

Operations and Technology Management

This unit gives a practical insight into and understanding of Operations and Technology Management, including:
• Approaches to resource and supply-chain management,
• Workforce development, sustainability of strategy and plans, the role and management of risk, monitoring and evaluation
• Lean thinking, design processes, quality assurance and the management of change.

Negotiated Business Project (Advanced)

On this unit, apprentices will adopt a consulting approach into a business need and design a significant project ready for implementation as part of their final-year synoptic business project unit. They will also continue to develop their business portfolio of workplace evidence.

You will study the following three units:

  • Synoptic Business Project
  • Business Portfolio
  • Strategy, Digital and Leadership

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Synoptic Business Project

Apprentices will deliver and evaluate a significant management project in their organisation. This project will also be submitted as part of the apprenticeship End-Point Assessment.

Business Portfolio

Apprentices will complete their business portfolio of workplace evidence, capturing all the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that they have developed on the apprenticeship. The portfolio will also be submitted as part of the apprenticeship End-Point Assessment.

Strategy, Digital and Leadership

Apprentices will study the role of leadership, ethics and digital technology in the strategic management of organisations, including:
• Leadership styles and models
• Coaching and mentoring
• Developing employee engagement and shaping common purpose
• Leading strategically in a digital age

Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff


Tuition fees for degree apprenticeships are paid by employers and the government, and apprentices will be paid at least £12,000 per year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

Money Matters

Want to know more?

How to apply

Your first step is to secure a job with an employer that is offering opportunities on the apprenticeship programme. Visit the how to apply pages of the Manchester Met apprenticeship website for more information.

You can also register your interest to receive job vacancy alerts and visit the website to view the latest opportunities.

Degree Apprenticeship Open Evenings

Meet a variety of companies and organisations, gain careers advice, discover more about Manchester Metropolitan University, and take your first step towards a management career.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

Confirmation of Regulator
The Manchester Metropolitan University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. More information on the role of the OfS and its regulatory framework can be found at

All higher education providers registered with the OfS must have a student protection plan in place. The student protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. Access our current Student Protection Plan.