Degree Apprenticeship: Chartered Manager

This Degree Apprenticeship is suitable for those entering or already in management positions. It is designed to build an individual’s capability to successfully manage people, projects, operations and/or services.

It is a unique opportunity for apprentices to gain a business degree, awarded by BPP University, within an apprenticeship framework to provide the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate commitment to continual learning and development. This can all be achieved whilst earning and learning in the workplace.

Programme details
Start Date

September and January

Length of programme

Expected completion in four years

This is based on first time passes and completion of the programme as designed.

Modes of study

Our guided teaching is delivered through a mix of live webinars delivered by a BPP University tutor, recorded lectures and online learning material.

There is also an option to supplement online teaching sessions with face to face inductions and masterclasses*

*subject to minimum numbers


Include: work-based projects, coursework, written reports and assignments, E-Portfolio and multiple choice tests.

How to apply

BPP Professional Education Group is one of Europe's largest specialist professional education providers of accountancy, legal and financial qualifications. BPP University is part of the BPP Professional Education Group and is a distinct legal entity with its own degree-awarding powers. In other parts of the Group, we offer a range of professional apprenticeships and qualifications from level 3 upwards.

To find out more about these apprenticeships, and other ways BPP can help your business, visit

Trailblazer group

Includes: Acivico, Agilisys, Balfour Beatty, Barchester, BBC, Birmingham City Council, Boots Opticians, Codegent, HMRC, Kinnerton Confectionery, Nisa Retail, One Stop, OPUS Building Services, Sainsbury’s, Serco, The Co-operative, The Civil Service, Umi Digital, Virgin Media.

**Subject to apprentice numbers

Key Information

  • Attract talent: our compelling programme will recruit and develop ambitious school leavers and equip them with the skills, knowledge and experience to excel in the workplace
  • Tailored to your business: create a professional solution around the knowledge and skills your businesses requires, with the possibility of internal training options
  • Taught by professionals: our tutors are practitioners with real-world knowledge of their field, providing apprentices with an industry relevant education
  • Flexible learning without compromise: apprentices are able to utilise facilities such as innovative online resources, enabling them to study alongside their existing commitments
  • Increase retention and productivity: designed with a curriculum relevant to any age group, so that you can present current employees with an opportunity to develop and progress
  • Cost effective: with government funding available, apprenticeships offer a chance to develop a talented team of individuals without expensive training
  • Practice-focused: our work-based assessments and projects demonstrate how theoretical knowledge is applied to practical challenges in the workplace
  • Extra support: Face-to-face inductions and study sessions can be added to the programme to supplement online delivery.**

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships are a new government-led initiative that will introduce UK higher education into the apprenticeship market for the first time. They are practical, vocational degree programmes which allow people to combine academic study with practical work experience and wider employability skills.

Each Degree Apprenticeship has been designed to meet the Apprenticeship Standard, developed by a group of employers known as ‘Trailblazers’. They are also eligible to receive government funding to cover up to two thirds of the cost. BPP University is one of the first higher education providers to offer the new Degree Apprenticeship programmes to organisations and learners.

Role Suitability

The Degree apprenticeship, Chartered Manager, is suitable for new or existing employees including managers in the private, public or third sector. Specific job roles may include: Manager; Senior Manager; Head of Department; Operations Manager; or anyone with management or operational responsibilities.




Stage 1: Level 4

Duration: 18 months

Certificate of Higher Education in Business Administration

Awarded by BPP University

Stage 2: Level 5

Duration: 18 months

Diploma of Higher Education in Business Administration

Awarded by BPP University

Stage 3: Level 6

Duration: 18 months

Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

Awarded by BPP University

Knowledge and Skills

This programme is designed to develop all aspects of management and leadership skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours. These include: strategic decision making, setting direction and achieving results, building and leading teams, clear communication, developing skills and motivating others, fostering inclusive and ethical cultures, leading change, project management, financial management, innovation, risk management and developing stakeholder relationships.

Quality Assurance

All BPP University programmes go through an extensive validation process prior to launch to ensure that they meet the requirements of the UK higher education sector. As part of the process they are externally reviewed and benchmarked against other institutions.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accredited  

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the leading professional body for managers in the UK and across Europe. It is the awarding body for Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest professional status that can be achieved in management and leadership in the UK. This programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. This means that, on successful completion, apprentices will receive a Level 5 Diploma from CMI alongside their degree.


Stage 1


  • Professional Practice - Part 1 (30 credits)
  • Finding and Keeping People (15 credits)
  • Knowing and Informing Others (15 credits)
  • Leaders of Tomorrow (15 credits)
  • Marketing and Sales (15 credits)
  • Money Matters (15 credits)
  • The Business World (15 credits)

Stage 2


  • Professional Practice – Part 2 (30 credits)


  • Change and Sustainability (15 credits)
  • Finance for Entrepreneurs (15 credits)
  • How Organisations Behave (15 credits)
  • Managing Business Operations (15 credits)
  • Performance Management (15 credits)
  • Marketing Research (15 credits)
  • Structures and Restructuring (15 credits)
  • Technology at Work (15 credits)
  • Vision and Strategy (15 credits)

Stage 3


  • Professional Practice – Part 3 (60 credits)
  • Business Planning and Business Proposals (15 credits)
  • Ideas Generation (15 credits)
  • Managing Projects (15 credits)
  • Risk, Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (15 credits)


Students who wish to join the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship must be in full-time employment in a relevant and suitable role.

From September 2016

  • 260+ UCAS points and grade C GCSE English and Mathematics or:
  • Completion of a level-3 apprenticeship/professional qualification in a relevant discipline or;
  • Have a recognised and equivalent qualification (examinations and experience will be considered)

From September 2017

  • 120+ UCAS points and grade C GCSE in English and Mathematics or:
  • Completion of a level-3 apprenticeship/professional qualification in a relevant discipline or;
  • Have a recognised and equivalent qualification (examinations and experience will be considered)

Standard university entry criteria apply. However employers may set their own criteria equivalent to or higher than the university.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 (overall) or equivalent plus a minimum of 6.0 in writing.

Students with an overall IELTs of 6.0 or equivalent shall be required to undertake a compulsory in-sessional English/Academic English course during the first term of their studies



  • Provide the apprentice full-time paid employment and an employment contract
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills
  • Provide the apprentice with one day per week to study
  • Enter into a contract with BPP University


  • Work in a relevant role for 30+ hours a week
  • Must not hold a Level 6 qualification or a degree to be eligible for government funding

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers service in place to give students an 'edge'. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. This ensures you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are offered 'Career Ready Skills' workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management./p>

It's never too early to start learning all the essential skills you'll need to get a job, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. You then continue to have access to this Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme.

The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.


All our apprenticeships programmes are delivered through our VLE meaning students can study from wherever is most convenient to you. If you choose to supplement the apprenticeship programme with face to face sessions*, these may be run in one of our business school locations or at your premises depending upon your preference.

*Subject to apprentice numbers


Government funding policy for the Degree Apprenticeships means that, as the employer, you are responsible for paying for the formal training required in an apprenticeship programme. The full cost of the Degree Apprenticeship is £27,000.

Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, employers with pay bills of over £3 million are required to pay a levy which can only be reclaimed to fund Apprenticeship training. More information on the Apprenticeship Levy and what this means for your business is available on our dedicated employers website: