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Rising Star: Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship | BA (Hons) Management Practice

At a glance

  • Earn as you learn – combine paid work with study
  • No tuition fees – graduate with no student debt
  • A degree that builds the sought-after skills future managers and leaders need
  • Offered by employers that invest in you
  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Starts January 2023 and September 2023
Subject area(s)
Business and administration
Apprenticeships are funded by your employer and the UK Government, so you won't pay any tuition fees. See 'Fees' below for more details
Course length
3 years
Suitable for
Those with good A-levels (or equivalent) who want to kickstart their career while earning a business degree


Become a degree apprentice and be part of the next generation of aspiring young managers: the Rising Stars.

Whether you've just finished Sixth Form or college - or you're in the early stages of your career - it can be hard to choose between work and higher education.

This degree apprenticeship combines work with study, so you can kickstart your business career while earning a BA (Hons) in Management Practice. Best of all, apprentices earn a salary but pay no tuition fees - so you'll graduate with valuable work experience and no student loan debt.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship was designed with employers and the Chartered Management Institute, so you'll develop skills and knowledge that are attractive to employers. You can:

  • Gain a strong grounding in the main areas of business, including finance, marketing and human resources. This could open up a wide range of careers and help you progress to a management role
  • Learn how to manage people, projects, operations and services
  • Become a leader who can communicate effectively, make strategic decisions, and manage their time
  • Put your learning into practice in the workplace

You will need to apply through an employer who can fund and support your apprenticeship. If you are not currently employed, we can help you find a vacancy as a Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice. See 'Entry requirements' below for more information.

Interested in employing a degree apprentice? Visit our Rising Star course page for employers

Key benefits

As a degree apprentice, you will work full time and study part time. (See 'Apprenticeship learning and support' to find out more).

All modules are compulsory.

Stage 1

In Stage 1, you will explore your organisation's environment and look at how key resources - such as people and financial resources - can be used to achieve business objectives.

The Orientation module helps you prepare for your apprenticeship journey and meet other degree apprentices.

Meanwhile, the Professional Practice module helps you develop the skills needed at university and in the workplace. This includes academic writing and reading, communication and time management.

Module Credits
Orientation 0
Introduction to Business and Management 20
Organisational Behaviour 20
Business Finance 20
Personal Effectiveness: Understanding Myself and Others 20
Sales and Marketing 20
Professional Practice 1 20

Stage 2

In Stage 2, you will deepen your understanding of how your organisation operates by exploring the management of human resources, operations, processes, projects, and infrastructure.

Module Credits
People Management 20
Operations and Infrastructure 20
Principles of Project Management 20
Personal Effectiveness: Leadership and Coaching 20
Introduction to Research 20
Professional Practice 2 20

Stage 3

In Stage 3, you will be introduced to topics including ethics and governance, the challenges of the digital age, and organisational change management. You will also complete your work-based project, which forms part of your end-point assessment.

Module Credits
Digital Technologies and Innovation 20
Work-based Project 40
Personal Effectiveness: Leading and Managing Change 20
Contemporary Issues 20
Professional Practice 3 20

*The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year.

How will I be taught?

This degree apprenticeship is taught both face-to-face and online. You will take part in:

  • full-day workshops, including group work with other apprentices
  • weekly virtual seminars with a learning coach
  • regular meetings with your Apprenticeship Tutor
  • extracurricular activities and events.

Most importantly, you will also have the chance to apply what you have learned back in the workplace. Your employer should give you training and supervision to help you with your day-to-day work duties.

How much time will I spend working and studying?

Study time is designed to fit around your job. As an apprentice, you will work full time but spend at least 20% of your working hours on 'off-the-job training'.

Off-the-job training includes time spent attending workshops and seminars at Henley; meeting with your Apprenticeship Tutor; and working on your Portfolio of Evidence. It could also include learning opportunities in the workplace, such as shadowing colleagues.

While it can be challenging to study for a degree on top of your job, it is still possible to balance this with a social life. Try to keep on top of your workload by planning how you will meet deadlines, and be sure to ask for help if you need it.

How will I be supported?

Starting a career and a degree at the same time can be daunting, but you will have lots of support throughout your apprenticeship.

Academic/professional skills

Each stage of the apprenticeship includes a Professional Practice module. This helps you develop the confidence and skills needed for both university and the workplace.

Apprenticeship Tutors

Your tutor will support you and your line manager through the apprenticeship journey. You will meet regularly with your tutor to receive pastoral and learning support. Your tutor will also support you with gathering evidence for your portfolio and prepare you for your end-point assessment.

Learning coaches

Learning coaches help you to gain a deeper understanding of what you have learned. They will also guide you on putting your new knowledge into practice in the workplace.

Your line manager

We will work with your line manager to ensure they understand the details of the apprenticeship. Your line manager will guide you in selecting the topic for your work-based project, join meetings with your Apprenticeship Tutor, and, if required, allocate you a mentor.

Fellow apprentices

You will have the opportunity to mix with other apprentices on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship | BA (Hons) Management Practice. This enables you to work together, share ideas, support each other, and learn from each others' experiences.

Other support services

As a Henley Business School apprentice, you can access support through our Henley Careers Team. You also have access to the University of Reading's specialist support services.

Dr Andrea Tresidder has a passion for career-focused learning, which inspired her to develop the BA (Hons) in Management Practice. She currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules in her areas of expertise: organisational behaviour, project management and research methods.

Read more about Andrea

Assessment takes place throughout the apprenticeship and is based on coursework - there are no exams. Coursework could include written reports, blogs, portfolios and presentations.

To complete your apprenticeship, you will also need to pass your end-point assessment (EPA). This is the final assessment to ensure that you have met the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) standard.

Work-based Project

During Stage 3 you will complete your work-based project. With support from your line manager and an academic supervisor, you will apply what you have learned throughout the apprenticeship to a real-life challenge within your organisation. The final project report will then be submitted as part of your EPA.

Portfolio of Evidence

Throughout the apprenticeship, your Apprenticeship Tutor will help you put together a Portfolio of Evidence. This is a collection of your best work and should contain relevant assignments and work-based evidence. This will also be reviewed during EPA.


You will enter Gateway after completing the final module of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship | (BA (Hons) Management Practice.

To pass through this, you need to:

  • have Level 2 qualifications in English and maths (e.g. GCSEs at Grades 9-4). We will ask for evidence of this before you start the apprenticeship
  • receive agreement from your employer and Henley Business School that you are ready for EPA
  • be registered as an apprentice for a minimum of 12 months
  • show that you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Management Practice
  • show that your Portfolio of Evidence and work-based project are complete.

End-point assessment (EPA)

EPA is the final assessment to ensure that you have met the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) standard. EPA is separate from any qualifications or assessments that you will have completed so far.

Your Apprenticeship Tutor will help you to prepare for EPA and showcase your work in the strongest light.

EPA takes place via a one-to-one meeting with an independent apprenticeship assessor and includes:

  • a review of your Portfolio of Evidence and work-based project
  • a presentation and Q&A session focusing on the outcomes of the work-based project
  • a competency-based interview.

On successful completion of this degree apprenticeship, you will be awarded:

  • BA (Hons) in Management Practice
  • Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

If your employer chooses the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as the end-point assessment organisation, you may also:

  • Achieve a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership
  • Apply for Chartered Manager status (once you have three years' experience in a management role)
  • Benefit from CMI student membership (for the programme duration plus three months. You then have the option to pay for full membership afterwards).

How to apply

You will need to apply through an employer who can fund and support your apprenticeship.

Not currently employed?

If you're not currently working full-time in a relevant role (for example, if you have just finished Sixth Form or college), then you will need to apply for a job as a Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice. You will then need to follow the employer's recruitment process.

We are proud of our close links with a wide range of companies and can let you know when vacancies are available. Register for updates

For current employees

If you are already a full-time employee with no more than two years' professional work experience, then you should talk to your line manager about this opportunity. You can share our course page for employers.

Entry requirements (January 2023 start)

Qualifications and experience

  • At least three A-levels at grades ABB or higher, or equivalent*
  • 0-2 years' relevant professional work experience
  • Level 2 qualifications in English and maths (e.g. GCSEs at Grades 9-4, or equivalent)

* Lower A-level grades may be accepted dependent on professional work experience. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Other qualifications

You may already have an undergraduate degree or other Level 6 qualification, as long as this is in a subject other than business and management (or related fields).

Apprenticeship eligibility

To start an apprenticeship, you must:

  • have the right to work in England
  • spend at least 50% of your working hours in England during your apprenticeship
  • have eligible residency status.

Tuition fees

Apprenticeships are funded by your employer and the UK Government, so you won't pay any tuition fees.

The cost of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is £22,000, which is funded by your employer's apprenticeship levy.

Additional costs

As an apprentice, you will be paid a salary by your employer. This means you don't need to apply for Student Finance to cover living costs.

Depending on your employer, you could study at our Whiteknights campus or locations across the country.

Whiteknights campus

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The University of Reading's Whiteknights campus is set in 130 hectares of stunning parkland, with shops, study areas and social venues within easy walking distance.

As a Henley Business School apprentice, you can:

  • Join Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU), a thriving community of more than 100 societies
  • Make full use of all the University has to offer, including the SportsPark, Library, 3sixty nightclub, Harris Gardens, and Reading Film Theatre
  • Enjoy a discount on hundreds of high street and online brands through your NUS Apprentice extra card

Why choose Henley?

Part of the University of Reading, Henley is among an elite group of business schools to be triple-accredited for the quality of our teaching and research.

We believe in standing out from the pack, thinking the unexpected and putting people first. By focusing on your personal development, we empower you to become a confident leader with the skills to succeed in today's complex business environment.

Our programmes are enriched by our knowledge, research and commercial experience. They are continually revised to ensure they remain as relevant as they can be.

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