Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - Business Management (CMI)

BA (Hons)

Study level
3 years
Study location
London, Birmingham, Manchester
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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - BA (Hons) Business Management (CMI)


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Course Overview

Do you dream of becoming a professional manager - taking the lead on 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 have chartered manager status.

What’s more, your employers can support you by applying for the apprenticeship levy, meaning no cost for you, and minimal (if not 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 what you are learning you can apply. 

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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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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 an 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.


Level 4

  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Business Analysis
  • People and Organisations

Level 5

  • Business Processes
  • Applied Business Analytics
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing Change in Organisations
  • Managing Across Cultures

Level 6

  • 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

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
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • 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.

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Before you decide to take on your Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, it’s always nice to know who you’ll be learning from and spending time with. This course is led by a group of professional, experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers who will offer 1-2-1 support at every stage of your degree. 

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 progressed within your current role.

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. 


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
Martine Crawford
BA (Hons) Business (Marketing)
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As a Degree Apprentice, you’ll be working full-time for an organisation and earning whilst you’re working there.
Alongside this, you’ll study the degree programme via Blended Learning. This is an ideal combination of online learning and scheduled face-to-face sessions, either at your workplace or a designated study centre arranged by your employer.
As a predominantly online university, Arden provides access to your study materials online 24/7 via innovative learning platform, iLearn. This is supported by classroom-based sessions with experienced academic tutors and monthly engagements to discuss your progress.

Whether you’re a new or existing employee, studying Arden’s flexible Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship will boost your career potential and give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of thinking strategically in all areas of business management and leadership.