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. This purpose built learning degree was built to meet the needs of professional education and development within the workplace. It is designed to support students so they can meet the academic requirements of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) Standard and allow them to become a Chartered Manager accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

  • The programme can be delivered both at the client’s businesses location, and / or at Henley Business School's Greenlands Campus in Henley-on-Thames
  • Teaching is through a blended learning approach combining face-to-face learning with Henley academic staff and online tutoring
  • The programme suits new and existing employees who have significant management responsibilities
  • On completion, employees receive a BA (Hons) in Applied Management from Henley Business School, University of Reading together with Chartered Manager status and a Level 6 Apprenticeship
  • This degree programme can be delivered to those in any business occupation.

Why Henley?

The Henley Way is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.

The Henley way:

  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Way is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.


We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.

Rigour & relevance

We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.

How we teach you

​Teaching and assessment

The CMDA is a 3-year programme with flexible delivery locations including the client’s own business premises and the Henley Business School campuses. 

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

As part of the Governments terms and conditions for organisations using the Levy.  Participants need to spend a minimum of 20% of their time in developing off the job.

This can be spent working on a current work problem or project and doesn’t have to take place out of the office. Henley will work with the organisation and the individual to help identify projects and assignments that are relevant to their academic learning. Work-based practice is a key component of the programme and a work based learning tutor will be in regular contact with each learner.

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 Academic Resource Centre 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

Application process

Important Information

Programme Length:
3 years, part-time - including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA)

Price: Autumn 2019 intake - £23,000.

Next intake: September 2019

Application Deadline: Individual applications close end of July exact date tbc.

Please note to apply for this programme formal nomination forms must be completed by employers and the Employer Framework Agreement signed before application links will be sent.

September 2019 - Key Deadline dates:

  • Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by 30 June 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 31 June 2019
  • Individual applications to be received by date tbc.

For further details please email:

Previous intakes:

  • September 2018

Faculty & Staff

Important Information

Duration: 3 year programme with flexible delivery locations.

The CMDA is currently available as both a Closed or Open Cohort. Closed is for companies with a minimum of 30 students per cohort, however this maybe formed through a collegiate agreement with another company. The Open cohort is available for companies with 9 or less programme members. Learners on the open cohort will be taught at our Greenlands Campus in Henley-on-Thames.

Closed cohort starts: At employer's convenience

Open cohort starts: January 2020 - Full timetable tbc

Assessment: Work based learning is assessed a number of ways, including group work, presentations, written reports and project outputs.

January 2020 - Key Deadline dates:

  • Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by date tbc.
  • 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 date tbc.
  • Individual applications to be received by date tbc.

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

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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


Entry requirements

First - Determine whether your employer 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 - Assess your eligibility to receive apprenticeship funding from your employer
  • Your work contract must cover the three year duration of the programme
  • You must not be already undertaking another apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE
    programme, at the same time as the start of this programme.
  • You must spend at least 50% of your working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • You must also have the right to work in England
  • If you already have a degree in Business Management, please talk to our Degree Apprenticeship team, as some previous degree programmes may mean you are ineligible for funding on this programme.
Third - 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.

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.

  • A student may have an Honours degree in a subject other than business and management
  • 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)
  • 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.