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

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, Business Management (CMI)

Level 6


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

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.

The 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 understand data analytics and insights for business performance, this Level 6 Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship will support you to graduate with an accredited degree, extensive management experience and the opportunity to gain Chartered Manager status.

This degree apprenticeship is delivered primarily online with a quarterly face-to-face full day masterclass to attend. Throughout your apprenticeship you'll work with an Arden University coach who will guide you every step of the way with regular virtual meetings. They'll also meet regularly with your line manager to ensure that your learning is being applied on a daily and weekly basis.

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 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 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


  • Developing Personal and Management Skills (20 credits)
  • Understanding the Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Principles of Marketing (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Finance (20 credits)
  • Business Analysis (20 credits) 
  • People in Organisations (20 credits)
  • Business Processes (20 credits)
  • Applied Business Analytics (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
  • Management Accounting (20 credits)
  • Managing Change in Organisations (20 credits)
  • Managing Across Cultures (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
  • Marketing Planning (20 credits)
  • Managing Human Resources (20 credits)
  • Application of Project Management Techniques (20 credits)
  • Work-based Project (40 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

This apprenticeship course is run primarily online, with a quarterly face-to-face full day masterclass. Arden provides an ideal combination of online learning and scheduled face-to-face sessions, either at your workplace or at one of our study centres, arranged by your employer.

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 online learning
  • Scheduled virtual academic sessions
  • Scheduled monthly masterclass (mix of virtual & face-to-face)
  • 6-weekly 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)

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

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

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Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors.

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. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 

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.