Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship BA (Hons)

Part-time, work-based, degree apprenticeship undergraduate (4 years)

Chelmsford, Blended learning

May, September, January

This course is delivered through blended learning: online through Canvas, our Learning Management System; work-based study; and attendance at six workshops per year in Chelmsford (or your employer's choice of venue for larger groups of students).


Gain a qualification and chartered manager status with our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honours degree in management while you work, with no tuition fees.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

Full description
The CMI are delighted to partner with ARU in the delivery of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. Developing future leadership capability is key to driving the growth of our economy.
Keith Richardson
Head of Higher Education Partner Development, CMI


Whether you're looking to progress to your first management job or you've got previous experience, this degree apprenticeship will arm you with the professional skills you need to enhance your management career.

The content and delivery of our management degree has been designed to equip you with core management skills and knowledge to make an increased contribution at work.

The work-based project gives you the opportunity to focus on topics relevant to your employer, and to make recommendations for improved business performance.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Understanding Work-Based Learning and Your Sector
    You will gain an understanding of work-based learning and develop analytical, technological and communication skills. You will focus on the key features of successful management in your sector, applying tools such as SWOT and PESTLE analysis.
  • Managing People, Customers and Markets
    This module focuses on key elements of management. You will examine organisational structures, the role of the manager within the organisation, and the practical skills of managing people. You will also analyse markets, internal and external stakeholders and supply chain management.
  • Managing a Sustainable Business
    How do organisations respond to a rapidly changing world and build sustainable business? How do environmental and ethical issues impact upon business and can these issues present opportunities to organisations?

Year two, core modules

  • Work-Based Practice
    You will develop research skills and plan a project focused on a specific topic relevant to your work. The project will be designed to benefit you and your workplace. You will carry out this project in the later module Work Based Project.
  • Managing Projects and Organisatonal Change
    This module focuses on the skills and knowledge associated with delivering a successful business project. Projects often bring change, so the module also examines strategies and practical tools to manage change within organisations.
  • Work-Based Project
    Building on the plan developed in Work Based Practice, you will be given the opportunity to undertake this work-based project in your organisation. This project may relate to any of the major business disciplines including marketing, human resource management, accounting and finance, IT or business strategy.

Year three, core modules

  • Leadership in Practice
    This module examines theories of leadership and practical leadership skills, along with the values and behaviours necessary to manage and lead projects, situations, self and teams. You will critically assess your leadership practice or potential for leadership.
  • Financial Management and Financial Forecasting
    Managing finance is a core element of any business activity. This module is designed for people with a non-financial background, covering issues such as budgets, budgetary control, and applying financial data to make decisions. It then goes on to focus on financial forecasting to increase income for new projects and maintain competitive advantage.
  • Strategic Management
    This module addresses strategy and examines an organisation within its strategic and competitive context. You will consider the strategic options open to an organisation and evaluate the practical impact of strategic choices, especially on people, resources and systems.

Year four, core modules

  • Work-Based Major Project
    This final project module enables you to build on your learning throughout the course to carry out an in-depth project dealing with an issue that is relevant to you and your work.
  • Work-Based Project Impact and Review
    Following on from your Work Based Major Project, this module is designed to measure the impact of your work. Having completed your project, you will assess its impact, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your recommendations and gather feedback from colleagues, peers and academics.
  • Reflections on Practice and Career Progression
    In this module, you will assess your progress through the course, evaluate your practical and leadership skills and plan your future personal and career development.


The End Point Assessment is made up of four assessment areas. You will:

  1. Produce a portfolio of workplace evidence throughout the duration of your apprenticeship
  2. Identify, deliver and evaluate a work-based project
  3. Deliver a short presentation about your project outcomes, objectives and outputs
  4. Be interviewed about your project and portfolio by a panel comprising of Anglia Ruskin, your employer and an independent assessor from CMI.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer and the Government


Entry requirements

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  • You’re expected to have at least 80 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level or NVQ level 3 (or equivalent), and Maths and English *GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.
  • If you have relevant work experience but no traditional qualifications, or if you have other professional qualifications (eg ILM, CMI), we still encourage you to apply as all applications are considered on an individual basis.
  • You’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you don’t meet the above requirements your application will be considered on a case by case basis and may require an interview. *This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications, which are mandatory.

We recognise your prior learning

If you have successfully completed a relevant qualification, it may be possible to reduce the number of credits you need to study through Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL), We can look at the qualifications you have to see if they can be matched to the course content. This may mean you can reduce the overall time it takes to study the course. Examples of qualifications that existing students have used to reduce their study duration include CMI Level 5 Diploma in Business and Management and OCR Level 4 Diploma and Level 5 NVQ Diploma.

If you think you may be eligible to benefit from APCL, please contact us at for more information.

Course offers can only be made if approved Level 2 certificates are provided prior to the start of the course.

For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements download this document from the website

Do you have access to your certificates?

If not please be made aware that locating lost certificates can take up to 6 weeks. You can apply for lost certificates on the website at a cost of around £40.00.

Studying during COVID-19

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.

View the impact of the current restrictions.

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