Business Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) BA (Hons)
BA Hons Business Leadership and Management degree apprenticeship
Whether you're already in employment or looking to start your career, this degree apprenticeship can help you develop your management skills, boost your job prospects and earn a degree whilst working full time.
The Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship scheme was developed by the Government, business leaders, universities and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in response to a critical shortage of qualified managers. It is a nationally recognised qualification. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – it doesn’t cost you anything other than hard work.
This 3-year BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management Degree Apprenticeship is suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've already established your career and want to consolidate your work experience with management education, or you’ve just finished college and are taking your first step into professional employment.
You'll learn professional management and leadership principles and develop your skills in areas such as business accounting, marketing, managing and leading a team and business strategy. You'll get to apply the skills you learn on the degree to your job and share your new knowledge with colleagues, contributing to the success of your employer.
At the end of the course, you'll have a BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management degree and Full Level 6 Apprenticeship certification. You'll also have the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, which makes you eligible for registration as a Chartered Manager (CMgr).
To do this degree, you need to have full support from your current employer, or you can apply to work for an employer looking to recruit degree apprentices.
How you study will depend on your employer. You might study completely online, or do a combination of distance learning and campus-based learning.
What you'll experience
On this degree apprenticeship you’ll:
- Balance a full-time job with studying for a degree
- Learn to lead and manage people, projects, operations and services that are essential to the UK’s future
- Get Affiliate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) when you start your degree, paid for by us. You’ll access the CMI's resource portal, packed with useful articles and scenarios
- Fuse your education with your experience, applying what you learn to your job
- Apply your newly gained knowledge to solve work-based problems for your employer
- Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor
- Build a network of professional peers during your time at university
- Have full access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
- Have the chance to showcase your ideas to your employer, peers and tutors at the Annual Business Conference
Careers and opportunities
This degree apprenticeship will ignite your ambition and give you the professional qualifications and practical experience you need to advance in your managerial career.
When you successfully complete your degree apprenticeship, you'll be eligible to apply for Chartered Management status (CMgr) with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
You'll also be eligible to apply to study the MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship with us.
After you finish your apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
- 112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.
- Applicants may be subject to interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.
- All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch
If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
See alternative English language qualifications
Tuition fees (2018 start)
The payment of the course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £27,000 paid over 3 years.
Your employer will also need to pay the End Point Assessment (EPA) fee. The cost of the EPA varies. This is in addition to the tuition fees.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
The cost of your End-Point Assessment (EPA) – which your employer pays – is not included in your course fees.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year are:
- Principles of Management
- Professional Skills Development
- Business Operations and Systems Management
- Management in Business
- Marketing Principles in Practice
- Working in a Business Environment
Core units in this year are:
- Accounting for Business
- Leading and Managing Change
- Digital Business Technology
- Leading People Through Change
- Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
- Managing Projects and Teams
Core units in this year are:
- Critical Thinking and Research Skills for Leadership and Management
- Strategic Management
- Customer Relationship Management
- Critical Leadership
- Contemporary Management in Practice (aka final work based learning project)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
As an Affiliate Member of the CMI, you will have access to Management Direct – CMI’s on-line resource tool. This is packed with resources and support such as leader videos, interactive scenarios, published articles, e-journals and summaries on key business initiatives.
On-campus teaching methods on this course include:
How you study for your degree will depend on your employer. You might study via distance learning with the support of our Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle. Or you might do a combination of online study with block release and fortnightly day release.
Block release involves three 4-day periods of intense study on campus each year (1 period per term). The start dates for these intense weeks varies each year.
Fortnightly day release involves studying on campus for one day every other week. You'll do follow up work by yourself when away from the University and will be fully supported by the Moodle site.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- individual and group work
- academic posters
- online video casts
- a professional development portfolio
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
How you apply for a degree apprenticeship depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.
How to apply with your current employer
If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together.
You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.
How to apply with a new employer
If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.
You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.
We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.
You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.
If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us.
- Subject area
- Business management and marketing