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This brand new Degree Apprenticeship is offered in collaboration with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The University of Chester has an excellent track record in providing work-based learning courses for organisations across the world through its highly acclaimed Centre for Work Related Studies, in which this course will operate. 

Whilst the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) curriculum is focused upon core competencies, each assessment can be individually negotiated to specifically put the apprentice's learning into context, resulting in a comprehensive portfolio of evidence that may also be used by the organisation to enhance performance.

The course also incorporates a bespoke, individually tailored consultancy project at each level, which apprentices would be able to negotiate and design in conjunction with their organisation to benefit a specific business area.

The University was one of the very first to launch the CMDA in September 2016 with subsequent open or closed cohorts available at any time of year according to business needs.


Applications will be assessed in partnership with employers using Level 3 qualifications and/or relevant experience as the criteria. Accreditation of prior certificated learning at Level 4 and above is available where relevant. Applicants are required to hold Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent prior to commencing the programme and additional funding is available to support this. The course delivery model is extremely flexible, with compulsory workshop attendance just 12 days per year, supported by a blended learning approach and regular workplace visits.


Uniquely in the UK, apprentices who complete the course at Chester will not only gain a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Leadership (with an addendum to the award title where specialisms exist), but they will also be awarded the highly valued ILM Diploma at Level 4, 5 and 6. Apprentices will also achieve Chartered Manager status if their employer selects the CMI as the end point assessor.

Contact us

If you are an employer or a prospective student interested in the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, please contact Lisa Rowe: