Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - BA (Hons) Business Management (CMI)

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - Business Management (CMI)

BA (Hons)


Study level
Full time
3 years
London, Birmingham, Manchester

Course Overview

Do you have the ambition of becoming a professional manager – leading operations, projects, and teams of people? Or perhaps you’re looking to take the next step into management within your current career? Whatever your goals, our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship provides a real-world relevant education that is shaped by employers and built around learner’s lives.

Arden’s business management degree apprenticeship is designed to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of key and cross-functional business and management disciplines while you continue to work in your current role. You’ll study for your degree alongside work-based learning, where you can apply your knowledge directly to your role. Whether it’s developing personal and management skills or the ability to understand people within organisations, this chartered management course means you’ll graduate with an accredited degree, work-based learning experience, and the opportunity to gain chartered manager status.

What’s more, your employers can support you by applying for the apprenticeship levy, meaning no cost for you, and minimal (sometimes zero) costs for your employer. 
Throughout your apprenticeship you’ll work with a career coach who will guide you every step of the way with regular meetings at your workplace. They’ll also work directly with your line manager to ensure that your studies can be applied to your current job.  

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Your CMI membership
This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you’ll leave with a CMI qualification in leadership and management alongside your degree. The cost of CMI membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range resources and events.

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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 finance, marketing, business analysis, management accounting, strategic management, and entrepreneurship.

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 quality business degree, on-the-job experience and a development pathway to chartered status, look no further than our Chartered Business Management degree.

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


  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Business Analysis
  • People and Organisations
  • Business Processes
  • Applied Business Analytics
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing Change in Organisations
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing Planning
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Application of Project Management Techniques
  • Work-based Project

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

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.


Our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • Be currently employed by a work place that is able to take advantage of the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • If you don’t currently hold the above qualifications, we also offer this course with an additional foundation year, which is designed for students who need extra support when starting their degree course.
  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this apprenticeship degree.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.


Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

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.

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, you’ll be equipped with a CMI accredited BA (Hons) in Business Management, valuable industry knowledge, and will have gained the knowledge needed to progress to higher positions within your industry. 

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Your next step into the professional world

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 an apprenticeship, you’ll have one to one support from your career coach every 6 weeks as well as a quarterly masterclass to network with your peers. 

Study options

This apprenticeship course is run through Arden’s blended learning study mode from our study centres in London Ealing, London Tower Hill, London Holborn, Manchester, and Birmingham. Blended learning with Arden is an ideal combination of online learning and scheduled face-to-face sessions, either at your workplace or at one of the aforementioned study centres, arranged by your employer.

Martine Crawford

This course was the best decision I have ever made. It's given me a chance to have a career in a subject I love, and it’s given me more confidence in myself and my ability to succeed.

Martine Crawford
BA (Hons) Business (Marketing)

Blended learning

How does it work?

Our blended learning study mode means you’ll take part in face-to-face learning and support sessions at one of our UK study centres, combined with independent online study which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully. 

Please note: study centre classes are temporarily being conducted online in our virtual classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face classes will resume once the current restrictions are lifted. 

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