Dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Develop a full range of management and leadership skills to make a real impact in the third sector with our CMI accredited Chartered Manager (Charity) Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honours degree in management while you work, with no tuition fees.
Building on the success of our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) and including material from ARU’s ground-breaking suite of third sector leadership courses, this is a specialist university qualification aimed at those wishing to build a career in charity or social enterprise management.
Our CMDA Charity uses our unique expertise to develop leaders and managers who are equipped to tackle social and environmental issues, working within a range of structures: voluntary and community organisations, charities, and social enterprises.
Good leadership and management are fundamental to delivering financial sustainability alongside social or environmental impact. This practical, hands on course is designed to develop your key leadership and management capabilities within a professional, work-related context. It lets you earn while learning and allows you to apply your knowledge within the workplace, making a difference where it matters.
As a dual qualification, once you have successfully completed your studies you will also become a member of the CMI and will be granted the Chartered Manager designation which remains valid if you continue your professional registration and maintain continuing professional development (CPD).
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore is not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning will be delivered through online University-led learning sessions and activities, one-day workshops, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.
The off-the-job learning for our Chartered Manager (Charity) Degree Apprenticeship is delivered online, and workshops take place on our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.
The EPA for this apprenticeship is independently assessed and takes place when all on-programme assessments have been successfully passed.
Our BA (Hons) degree is ‘dual accredited’ by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), meaning that it has already been aligned and mapped to the CMI qualification. This lets you gain an additional qualification as part of your academic studies, and access to the exemption (streamlined) route to Chartered Manager.
“I would 100% recommend this apprenticeship to others. The CMDA covers all aspects of business and gives you a great insight to what it takes to be a manager in the future.”
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship BA (Hons)
"To financially maintain my home and continue in paid employment, whilst my employer also paid for the cost of the degree has been a real gift."
Social Worker Degree Apprentice
Whether you’re aspiring to become a professional manager, or you have leadership experience, our CMDA Charity will arm you with the professional skills you need to enhance your leadership career, whether in the UK’s 200,000 charities and 100,000 social enterprises, or in similar organisations around the world.
The work-based project gives you the opportunity to focus on topics relevant to your employer, and to make recommendations for improved business performance.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
*If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the End Point Assessment. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
**We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.
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