Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) Charity BA (Hons)

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

Chelmsford, Blended learning, Cambridge

September

This course is delivered through blended learning: work-based study, online through our Learning Management System, Canvas, plus six business education workshops per year on our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses (or your employer's choice of venue for larger groups).

Overview

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. Gain a BA (Hons) Management degree, and become a Chartered Manager (part of the Chartered Management Institute), while you work, with fees funded by your employer and the Government.

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

Careers

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.

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.
  • Third Sector Leadership and Management
    Leadership in the modern third sector requires successful delivery against social objectives while ensuring the financial sustainability of the organisation, and leaders in turn need to possess a distinct set of skills from those in other sectors. This module develops your knowledge of the functional requirements of your role, and introduces techniques to enable you to lead your organisation in a competitive and dynamic environment.

Year two, core modules

  • Social Enterprise
    An understanding of social enterprise is a vital component in the skill set of the modern third sector manager. This module examines social enterprises as organisations, where trading for a social purpose is a central activity, and social enterprise as an activity, which can be undertaken by charities and voluntary organisations seeking to maximise income. As well as looking at theories of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship, you will develop plans for generating more income via trading in your own organisation.
  • 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.
  • Scaling Up and Growing Impact
    While recognised as capable of finding innovative solutions to social problems, third sector organisations are often undercapitalised and thus have difficulty in generating similar impact on a wider scale. This module looks at the motivations for attempting to scale up, before examining a range of approaches to growing impact, such as: introducing more product lines; mergers and acquisitions; branching; social franchising and other affiliation models; and disseminating effective practice.
  • 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.

Assessment

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?

Chelmsford
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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Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are funded by your employer and the Government

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Entry requirements

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You will need:

  • 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.

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 gov.uk 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 gov.uk website at a cost of around £40.00.

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