Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, BA (Hons) Business & Management (CMI)

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, Business & Management (CMI)

Level 6


Study level
Part time
3.3 years inc. EPA
Faculty of Business

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You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course Overview

With Arden's Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, you'll study your degree alongside developing your skills and behaviours through continuous application of your learning into the workplace.

We have worked with employers to ensure that your programme develops your knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable you to stand out from your peers and be the best manager you can be. This degree apprenticeship is designed to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of key cross-functional business and management disciplines while you continue to work in your current role. Whether it's developing personal and management skills or the ability to respond to the contemporary and evolving business environment, this Level 6 Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship will support you to graduate with an accredited degree, a diploma in management and leadership, extensive management experience and also gain Chartered Manager status.

This degree apprenticeship is delivered online. You will access your modules through our virtual classroom, iLearn. Throughout each study block you will attend your scheduled teaching and learning sessions during working hours and work with an Arden University coach who will guide you every step of the way with regular virtual meetings. Your coach will guide you to ensure you are effectively applying and evidencing your new knowledge, whilst developing and demonstrating the skills and behaviours considered essential for success in your role. 

What’s more, your employers can fund this course by applying for the apprenticeship levy, meaning no cost for you, and minimal (sometimes zero) costs for your employer.

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals. 

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Course details and modules

Arden’s Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to develop a wider understanding and knowledge of business management in areas such as people leadership and talent management, finance, digital and social marketing, consumer insights, project management, entrepreneurship and innovation.

You’ll also complete a work-based project directly related to the organisation you work for – whether that’s a micro business or a multinational one. This is the chance for you to deliver valuable solutions through your critical and evaluative judgement, while showing your ability to take responsibility for people, projects, operations, and services that deliver long-term organisational success.

So, if you’re looking for a business and management degree, on-the-job experience and a development pathway to chartered status, look no further than our Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme.

Toby Bradley

It’s a great way to study if you’re looking for flexibility. It was challenging to balance a full-time job with my degree but once I was in a routine, it was much easier to manage everything. Online learning has actually helped me become very good with time management and given me the ability to prioritise tasks.

Toby Bradley
BA (Hons) Business & Accountancy


  • Principles of Professional Practice (40 credits)
  • Contemporary Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Marketing Dynamics (20 credits)
  • People Management (20 credits)
  • Financial Practice for Managers (20 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Practice (40 credits)
  • Resourcing and Talent Management (20 credits)
  • Consumer Insights (20 credits)
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing (20 credits)
  • Digital Technology and Innovation (20 credits)
  • Management Project (40 credits)
  • Project Management (20 credits)
  • International Business Management (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)
  • Future Leaders and Talent Management (20 credits)

How do we assess you?

As part of our Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll be assessed using a variety of methods to demonstrate your progress and key strengths, including:

  • Assignments
  • Reports
  • Practical exercises
  • Projects
  • Work-based projects
  • Presentations
  • Panel interviews

Study options

You will access your modules through our virtual classroom, iLearn and complete all the module lessons. Throughout each study block you will attend your scheduled teaching and learning sessions during working hours, attend your 1-2-1 coaching sessions and undertake your workplace assignment and coach led activities. Your coach will guide you to ensure you are effectively applying and evidencing your new knowledge, whilst developing and demonstrating the skills and behaviours considered essential for success in your role.

Rob Wyatt

It’s been absolutely brilliant. The development days allow us to bounce ideas off each other and gain experience from people with different backgrounds. It really brings our online learning to life. I really look forward to attending these.

Rob Wyatt
Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship

Delivery Mode

The Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is delivered in 12-week blocks continuously throughout the year. Each quarter, our blended delivery model consists of:

  • Flexible self-guided online learning
  • Scheduled virtual teaching sessions
  • Regular virtual 1-2-1 Coaching
  • Quarterly virtual progress review

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection. With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively. 


Learners enrolling on this degree apprenticeship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in employment in a job with responsibilities aligned with the apprenticeship standard
  • Have evidence of funding eligibility from their employer
  • Have two subjects at GCE A-level or equivalent, plus three GCSEs at grade A*-C /9-4; OR a completed recognised Access Programme or equivalent
  • Have proficiency in the English language if any prior learning has not previously been taught in English (IELTS6.0 / TOEFL iBT 80 or equivalent)
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the apprenticeship

Level 2 English and Maths requirements

It is a condition of apprenticeship funding, at any level, that all applicants are able to evidence GCSE English and Maths passes at grade A*- C/9-4 or commit to completing Functional Skills Level 2, in addition to the programme. If required, this is provided at no additional cost.

Course fees and funding

The cost of this programme will be funded by the apprenticeship levy which means that that you can obtain this Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship at no cost of your own. Please note your employer must be in support of your application. 

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Meet the faculty

Professor Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

Completing a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship with Arden University means you have the best of both worlds – being in employment while acquiring professional skills and expertise. With the industry knowledge, experience and professional qualification you’ll work towards throughout your course, you’re guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.

And what’s more, you’ll be earning as you work and learn. Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, alongside the Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the CMI, you’ll be equipped with a CMI accredited BA (Hons) in Business and Management, valuable industry knowledge, and will have gained the knowledge needed to progress to higher positions within your organisation such as an array of management roles, senior management and heads of department. 

Studying an apprenticeship will help you to accelerate your career progression. But when you choose to study with Arden University, there’s more! Beyond the core programme itself, Arden students will receive additional support and guidance, developing your employability and CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, ilearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

What's more, when completing your apprenticeship, you'll have support from your career coach throughout, as well attending regular masterclasses to help you learn and network with your peers. 

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

This course awards a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership and offers CMI Foundation Chartered Manager Status *

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. With 140,000 members, the institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect like-minded professionals.

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline. 

Upon completion of this CMI-accredited course, you will be awarded CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership and gain CMI Foundation Chartered Manager Status. This recognises you have the skills needed to be an effective manager, helping you stand out from the competition and start your management career journey - with a CMI qualification and a clear pathway to full Chartered Manager status.

*Upon completion of your course, the CMI award and level of chartered status awarded will depend on your level and length of study, whether you entered your course with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or if any compensation is applied on your modules throughout the duration of study. If this criteria applies to you, you may receive one of the 2 different levels; an Award or Certificate.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) membership.

Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.