Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

Henley Business School now offers a BA (Hons) in Applied Management - Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. As an Apprenticeship programme it can be fully funded by your organisations digital Levy account. An Apprenticeship is first and foremost a job with substantial training and the development of transferable skills. Apprentices must be in paid employment for the duration of this and will combine working with studying for a qualification, this allows them to apply the learning to current global and relevant company issues.

It is designed to support students so they can meet the academic requirements of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) Standard.

  • It suits new and existing employees who have significant management responsibilities
  • Teaching is through a blended learning approach combining face-to-face learning with Henley academic staff and online tutoring
  • This degree programme can be delivered to those in any business occupation.

This programme is available to:

  • Organisations wishing to send groups of employees (minimum of 30) on a closed cohort which may be contextualised specifically for your organisation.
  • Organisations partnering with complementary organisations to form a cohort as a consortium
  • Individual employees may join an open cohort with a maximum of 9 employees per organisation.
Work based learning

The programme is designed so that students apply their learning in the workplace, through work-based assignments. The programme therefore lends itself perfectly to the Apprenticeship degree, where the learner is required to combine real time work with study that is truly work-focused and productive. This gives the Apprentice opportunities to develop, practise, and evidence knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the CMDA Standards within their normal working environment.

What’s included in this programme?

On successful completion of the BA (Hons) in Applied Management, Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) learners will receive the following awards:

  • BA (Hons) in Applied Management from Henley Business School
  • Chartered Manager status (This will be granted on successful completion of the End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Level 6 Apprenticeship Certificate.
CMI Membership:

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK that is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Over 130,000 managers use its services on a daily basis and CMI has constantly been at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking.

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Why Henley?

By working in long-term partnerships with our clients, we can help to maximise the value of Levy contributions. We aim to utilise the fund to meet our clients’ strategic objectives and achieve their ambitions for their employees and organisations. At Henley we empower the individual learners to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Working with their Apprenticeship Tutors they will be encouraged to utilise the new learning to benefit both the teams within which they work and the wider organisation.

The alumni network

Individual learners will meet with others both on their cohort and likely those on other cohorts from previous years. Together they can form the most valuable network throughout their career. From day one, they join Henley’s alumni association, a group of over 80,000 spread across 150 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information.

The environment

For those on the open cohort options, the BA (Hons.) in Applied Management - Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme is currently taught at our Greenlands campus. This beautiful campus is set on 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire . We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: you have the space and surroundings required to stretch your mind and think away from the pressures of the office.*

Classes are delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion.

Resources include the Library that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space. Although these materials are also available online through the virtual learning environment.

Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.

*Greenlands may not exclusively be used for programme delivery. We have the flexibility to deliver the programme at a nationwide set of locations including your own offices if required.

Henley support

Organisational support

Each client is assigned an Account Director or Manager to support them with the on-boarding of new learners onto this Apprenticeship programme and will work together throughout the application and enrolment process.

Individual learner support

  • Personal development is woven into the fabric of the Henley MBA. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist your career ambitions, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.
  • Apprenticeship Tutor Henley will assign an apprenticeship tutor to support the individual learner and their line manager through the apprenticeship journey. Tutors will communicate and meet regularly with the apprentice within their workplace or virtually to provide the learning support, and review and assess the evidence gathered for their evidence portfolios.

Employer support

Employers provide support to learners as part of the employers’ commitment to their employees. Organisations are contracted by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to give a minimum of 20% off the job training time. Off-the job training is defined by the ESFA as: “training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s paid hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship” This 20% off the job training is not exclusive to class sessions although they do count. Some other examples may include:

  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring and industry visits
  • Chairing or attending meetings (outside the learner’s normal job function)
  • Learning support and time spent writing assignments
  • Meeting with the Apprenticeship Tutor
  • Working on the evidence portfolio

How we teach you

​Teaching and assessment

This is a 3-year part-time programme. For closed and consortia cohorts there are flexible delivery locations including the client’s own business premises and the Henley Business School campuses. For those on the open cohort the programme will be taught at the Greenlands Campus in Henley-on-Thames.

Teaching is through a combination of face-to-face learning with Henley academic staff and online tutoring with assessment through a combination of work-based projects and personal effectiveness.

Assessments vary from module to module, but include group and independent assessment which may take the form of written reports and presentations.

Off the job training

Henley support

Organisational support

Each client is is assigned an Account Director or Manager to support them with the on-boarding of new learners onto this Apprenticeship programme and will work together throughout the application and enrolment process.

Individual learner support
  • Personal development: Is woven into the fabric of the Henley programmes. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist your career ambitions, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.
  • Apprenticeship Tutor: Henley will assign an apprenticeship tutor to support the individual learner and their line manager through the apprenticeship journey. Tutors will communicate and meet regularly with the apprentice within their workplace or virtually to provide the learning support, and review and assess the evidence gathered for their evidence portfolios.

Employer support

Employers provide support to learners as part of the employers’ commitment to their employees. Organisations are contracted by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to give a minimum of 20% off the job training time. Off-the job training is defined by the ESFA as: “training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s paid hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship” This 20% off the job training is not exclusive to class sessions although they do count. Some other examples may include:

  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring and industry visits
  • Chairing or attending meetings (outside the learner’s normal job function)
  • Learning support and time spent writing assignments
  • Meeting with the Apprenticeship Tutor
  • Working on the evidence portfolio

Guided self study

Of course, participants will also need to invest some of their personal time. Guided self-study is set by Henley’s academic team and may involve short webinars or reading recommended sections of core texts and relevant case studies. As well as compulsory learning, participants are given optional recommended reading and, as with all Henley Degrees, they’ll have access to the library with many references available on line. This academic rigour ensures they develop both their knowledge and understanding of the contextualised business challenges.

How to apply

How to nominate employees

Application process

For a learner to join any of Henley’s Apprenticeship Levy Degree programmes a three-way agreement needs to be put in place. This triangular agreement includes: Henley Business School, University of Reading, the employers and the employees (individual learners).

Once this is complete employers are asked to complete a cohort form which formally nominates selected employees and is an initial assessment on nominees’ eligibility. Once the Employer Framework Agreement is in place and nominations have been received, individual learners are sent the online link to apply.

Check Apprenticeship funding eligibility

Before individuals can apply employers need to check employees are eligible to receive funding.

First - Determine whether your business is a Levy payer.

Apprenticeship funding calculator The Education and Skills Funding Agency has created an apprenticeship funding calculator to help you understand the government’s reforms.

Use the calculator to estimate:

  • Whether your company will pay the apprenticeship levy
  • How much you will have available to spend on apprenticeships
  • How much the government will contribute towards the cost of training.

Second – Nominated individuals need to be eligible to receive apprenticeship funding

  • Their work contract must cover the 31 month duration of the programme
  • They must not be already undertaking another apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE programme, at the same time as the start of this programme.
  • They must spend at least 50% of your working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • They must also have the right to work in England
  • If they already have an Undergraduate degree in Business Management, please talk to our Degree Apprenticeship team, as some previous degree programmes may mean they are ineligible for funding on this programme.
  • Maths and English qualifications at Level 2, or equivalent.

BA (Hons.) Applied Management eligibility check

Work experience

In addition, to be accepted on the BA (Hons) in Applied Management programme, nominees must have a minimum of 3 years work experience and be at a level where their organisation considers them ready for a management role, i.e. to be on a ‘management track’. Whilst we would not consider that all 3 years be at this level, casual work requiring no skills will be excluded.

For further information on the individuals application requirements to the programme please see our entry requirements.

Faculty & Staff

Important Information

Duration: 3 year part-time programme

Closed & Consortium cohorts:

  • Start: Can be negotiated with the employer
  • Locations: Are flexible and may be taught around the country.

Open cohorts

  • Start: Next available open cohort starts March 2020. Orientation workshop on Wednesday 11 - Thursday 12 March 2020
  • Location: Learners on the open cohort will be taught at our Greenlands Campus in Henley-on-Thames.
  • March 2020 - Open Cohort timetable

March 2020 - Key enrolment deadline dates:

  • Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by mid December 09 December 2019
  • If the Employer Framework Agreement between your organisation and the University of Reading has NOT already previously been signed it will need to be signed and returned by mid December 09 December 2019
  • Individual application links will be sent from 11 December 2019 and will need to be submitted by 02 January 2020. (Please note Henley Business School and the University of Reading will be closed for business over the Christmas and New Year period. Closure dates are 23 December 2019 - 01 January 2020 inclusive.)


Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change

Year 1 Credits

Timetable for March 2020 open cohort

Understanding the Managerial Context

At this stage the programme aims to develop understanding of management concepts and principles and evaluate and interpret these within the context in which their business operate. Throughout the year, students will develop their ability to make informed decisions based on their learning.

16 days plus blended learning component

Students start to develop an understanding of the concept and principles underpinning strategy & marketing to evaluate and interpret these within the context the organisation operates in.

The module aims to prepare students to; determine the nature of their customers, appraise the effectiveness of the organisation's product offer for them, and assess its environment and how this is changing.

20

This module explores the deployment of financial and information resources by organisations to achieve value and objectives.  Students are introduced to the concepts of financial management and managerial accounting.  The role and impact of information and technology in the workplace will be analysed, looking at the organisations digital platform and its use of IT in monitoring (KPI's) and planning.

It aims to help students develop an understanding of financial strategies, including budgets and the approaches to the provision and analysis of financial reports and understand how digital information determines the commercial context in an organisational setting.

20

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the concepts and principles of the management of people and to evaluate and interpret these within the context of their organisation.  Students will explore how people can be used as a resource to achieve the objectives of the organisation and also question the issues of organisational effectiveness and performance.

It aims to prepare students to reflect on themselves and others as individuals and how difference can impact engagement and performance and understand their impact on others.

20

Informed heavily by coaching practice and theory, students gain a better understanding of themselves and their interactions with others to help develop their professional presence and management skills and explore ways of developing more effective working relationships. It helps students engage with concepts around wellbeing and stress to increase resilience in the context of their studies. 

40

The capstone module of Year 1, will require the students in groups to assess an element of organisational effectiveness and apply the learning gained during the year. In addition they will acquire an understanding of the nature of evidence and the characteristics of valid qualitative and quantitative data.

20


Year 2 Credits

How do Organisations Operate?

In year 2, students develop their knowledge and critical understanding of management and are encouraged to apply these by examining the way their organisations operate. They acquire a deeper understanding of strategy, marketing, financial management and reporting, and the management of human resources, operations and processes, projects, and
underpinning infrastructure.

14 days plus blended learning component

This module builds on the foundations laid in the Organisations and the Environment module from year 1. It aims to develop deeper knowledge and critical understanding of strategy and marketing. Students are supported to apply these skills as they scrutinise the way the organisation operates.

Students learn to analyse and propose responses to opportunities and challenges in the organisation's current markets and/or sectors within which it operates and develop and evaluate a marketing plan that contributes towards achieving strategic organisational objectives. 

20

This module builds on from the Organisations and Resources module to explore the management of key resources for sustainable organisational success. Students will consider aspects of management accounting including forecasting and budgets, risk, balanced scorecard, KPIs; and financial reporting, organisational obligations, and key financial, procurement and legal functions. HR practices are examined in the context of organisational strategy with recruitment, talent management, performance management, diversity and responsible management of people also being considered.

20

The management of operations in today’s rapidly changing environment is a key aspect of an organisation’s strategic performance. This module aims to develop deeper knowledge and critical understand of the management of operations, infrastructure and projects.

Students will develop an understanding on how to develop and implement organisational and operational strategy & plans. They will evaluate approaches to resource and supply chain management and factors influencing the taking and managing of risk, including monitoring and evaluation, and its impact on quality assurance.

20

Collaborative relationships are crucial in business particularly when problems are hard to define, unpredictable, changing, and where experience and knowledge of particular problems may not lead to the solution. This module explores the attitudes and skills required to take leadership responsibilities in the workplace through reflection, co-coaching, dialogue, shared leadership, adaptability and to be cognisant of complexity.

In this module, students will deploy theory and academic concepts to explore and develop their leadership and influencing skills.

30

This year’s capstone module requires students to plan and develop a work-based project, which will apply learning from the year. The project will require students (as individuals or groups) to assess a viable challenge for the organisation which has the capacity to make a difference.

In the modules, students will apply methods of enquiry to help that address an extant challenge in their organisation. They will be supported to reflect on the sufficiency of evidence for decision making.

Students are expected to apply their project management skills and use their knowledge and awareness of how a project moves through key stages.

30


Year 3 Credits

Achieving Sustainable Value

In year 3, students deploy a systematic knowledge of management to consider how their organisation can deliver sustainable value for its stakeholders. Students will be expected to develop and support arguments that lead to the achievement of organisational goals. They will explore how an organisation grows as well as contemporary issues such as the digital challenge and the growth of responsible businesses.

14 days plus blended learning component

Students explore themes of strategy, finance, culture and change; and considers how they impact on each other in order to promote effective growth within the organisation. It enables students to determine how an organisations’ vision and mission can be informed by strategic options, organisational culture and financial decision making.

Students consider on how their organisation should and can change to deliver sustainable value for its various stakeholders. They will explore how organisational growth and development occurs whilst being exposed to the complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty that underpin change in organisations.

20

Management in today’s contemporary context presents new challenges for organisational effectiveness. For a business to manage responsibly in today’s context, a range of issues and themes will be explored including sustainability; reputation management; values, ethics and governance. The challenges of the digital age including continuous technological development and its impact on process and people, are considered in the context of mechanisms for change.

Students will be expected to develop and support arguments relating to the achievement of organisational goals. 

20

Students will work as a group, to agree a topic of concern to their organisation for further independent study. They will then investigate academic thinking associated with this concern. Students work in a planned, flexible and collaborative way, engaging in a professional inquiry in a rigorous and critical manner to further their engagement with their employer, their development as reflective practitioners, and to advance their ability to deploy academic thinking to genuine organisational concerns.

20

This module explores achieving personal and professional growth in a complex, ambiguous and uncertain work context through an evaluation of self in relation to stakeholder, customer and supplier management. By developing an understanding of approaches to engagement, facilitating cross functional working and negotiation, students will explore how they themselves can change as they seek to deliver organisational growth. The module also considers the particular issues associated with the leadership of change as well as personal wellbeing and resilience.

20

This final year capstone module requires students to prepare and/or undertake a change intervention in the workplace that can make a difference to the organisation. Through a work-based project, students will apply learning from the year and from previous years, to gain a better understanding of their organisation. The project will require students (as groups) to assess an element of organisational effectiveness that requires change.

A systematic knowledge of management will be deployed to allow students to consider organisational change. Throughout, they will be exposed to the complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty that underpin many management situations.

40

Apprenticeship Assessments

CMDA Learners: Gateway and End Point Assessment

Once the final work based challenge is completed learners enter ‘Gateway’ and will then need to prepare for their Apprenticeship End Point Assessment. End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they have met all CMDA standards. EPA is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the learner will have undertaken so far.

The EPA takes place via a 1-1 meeting with the Independent Apprenticeship Assessor. Each Apprentice’s Portfolio of Evidence and work-based project will be reviewed in advance of the EPA against specific criteria, which will be applied on a sampling basis. The evidence portfolio will be assessed in relation to whether the CMDA standards have been sufficiently covered.

The EPA meeting will include a Professional Discussion based on the evidence portfolio, and the learner will ‘showcase’ (e.g. make a presentation) of the Work Based Project and participate in a Q&A session on this Work Based Project.

In order to complete the End Point Assessment, the Apprentice needs to meet the requirements of the gateway:

  • The Apprentice holds a Level 2 qualification in English and a Level 2 qualification in Maths (or an accepted equivalent)
  • The Employer and Provider are jointly in agreement that the Apprentice is competent in the role and ready for End Point Assessment
  • The Apprentice has been registered for a minimum of 12 months
  • The Apprentice has evidenced that they have successfully completed their BA (Hons.) in Applied Management

The Evidence Portfolio should demonstrate how learning has been applied in the workplace, and how knowledge, skills and behaviour have been developed, in line with meeting the CMDA standards. The work-based project will be based on the project, which the Apprentice will have completed in Stage 3 of the programme.

End Point Assessment

The EPA takes place via a 1-1 meeting with the Independent Apprenticeship Assessor. At least two hours per Apprentice is allowed for the Apprentice’s showcase and interview, professional discussion and grading.


Entry requirements

Specific experience and previous academic entry requirements
Work experience

Students must have at least 3-years work experience and be at a level where their organisation considers them ready for a management role, i.e. to be on a ‘management track’. Whilst we would not consider that all 3 years be at this level, casual work requiring no skills will be excluded.

  • Potential students must be employed as designated apprentices working towards the CMDA. To do the programme, students must be able to consider management problems and will therefore need to be in a management role or on an overt development path toward one. By management, we mean having decision authority over the acquisition and deployment of key organisational resources such as people, money or infrastructure.
  • Alternatively students may be in a project management role where they have authority over the progress of project and resource deployment.
Qualifications

To complete an Apprenticeship programme, it is mandatory that individuals have obtained Level 2 (Grade C or above G.C.S.E or equivalent) qualifications in English and Maths. Employers will be asked to ensure that applicants can provide evidence of Level 2 before including them on a cohort form to start the University application process. The Government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their certificates.

  • A student may have an Honours degree in a subject other than business and management
OR
  • Students must have at least three A-level at grade A,A,B or higher (or equivalent) and G.C.S.E's in Maths and English (or equivalent)
OR
  • Students must have significant work experience of which at least 2 years would be at a management level and they must be able to demonstrate (though their CV and application statement) a proven track record showing quantitative skills, sound judgement, critical reasoning skills and decision making skills.

If an employee fails to meet any of the above qualifications, applicants must successful complete an assessment as set by the programme team. We will follow University policy on recognition of prior learning and prior experiential learning.

Fees & funding

This three year part-time Apprenticeship Degree is £22,000.

The programme fee can be fully funded by your organisations digital Levy account. Those joining the Open cohort, will have a one nights residential as part of the starter workshop, which is included in the programme fees.