Business Management Professional BA(Hons) (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship)

2021-22 (also available for 2020-21, 2022-23)

Start date

27 September 2021


4 years part-time

About the course

Degree apprenticeships are Government backed programmes, run in collaboration with your employer. Our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) programme delivers a core of business subjects that offer opportunities to build on your existing managerial experience, develop your skills further, become a professional manager and achieve Chartered Manager status. If you’re an employer looking for an apprenticeship for your employees, you’ll also find useful information on our Degree Apprenticeship webpages.

The Business Management Professional brings together degree-level education alongside the demands of your role. This course combines practical learning from your workplace and business education, leading to a degree and professional accreditation.

Through your degree apprenticeship you’ll be putting your studies into practice and bringing your work experience and knowledge into the classroom, the course is offered on a part-time basis over four years enabling you to work full-time and still maintain a work/study and life balance.

You can also achieve the CMI Chartered Manager Status and our partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means that when you graduate you'll also receive a Chartered Management Award. Industry contextualisation is provided through specialist core modules and they are designed to provide you with knowledge, skills and experience in the main functions of business operations, leadership and management.

As you progress through the course, the focus of teaching and support will switch from introducing key concepts and the latest thinking in core management disciplines to the application of this knowledge back in your workplace.

Course detail

Core modules:

Personal and Professional Development - CMDA

This module focuses on personal effectiveness and the management of self within the workplace. You'll evaluate a range of models and theories such as emotional intelligence, learning styles and time management before applying them through reflection to your work-based performance. This module will address a range of skills as outlined in the Chartered Management Institute Degree Apprenticeship standards including communication, problem solving and negotiation. The overarching knowledge framework presented supports both skill and personal development to encourage CPD and work-based learning.

Understanding the Organisation’s Business - CMDA

This module is an introduction to the relationship between your employer and your internal and external environment, typically from a managerial perspective. This involves an introduction to the various dimensions of the managerial environment, their impact on the business and the way in which the organisation is managed. The module will naturally feature a large degree of work-based learning, application and assessment. The emphasis is on understanding a wide range of facets of business, and taking a balanced view of the environment, resources and values of the business and how these are both influenced by and influencers of the macro environment. Using case studies and academic models, in addition to reflecting on the organisation’s own business context, students will develop an understanding of the challenges, constraints and opportunities faced by the organisation. By the end of the module, you'll have an appreciation of the organisation’s operating model, key opportunities, challenges and constraints, and the decision making process. This will enable critical review of the mission, vision and values of the organisation.

Work-based Development 1 - CMDA

This module aims to enable you to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through other modules scheduled to be undertaken during the same year of study. This will be facilitated through a continuous learning process, beginning with an individual learning profile at the start of the academic year. You'll then identify and agree work-based personal learning and development objectives, and provide clear learning plans to achieve such. The student learning agreement will take the form of a learning contract, which will inform the subsequent summative assessment of personal and professional development against an agreed project incorporating the identified learning elements of the contracts and their application in the workplace. This will be agreed by the student, employer and University. You'll conduct an end of year skills audit as a baseline for the following year’s individual learning and development plan and the start of Work Based Development 2.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be currently employed by an apprenticeship levy paying organisation
  • also be able to demonstrate, or commit to working towards English and Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent Level 2 qualification)
  • not already hold a degree in a business-related subject

Your employer may set their own additional eligibility criteria, check with your Workforce Development or Human Resource team for more information regarding this or the levy above.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us. In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

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For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

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Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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