Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship (Project Management) BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
4 years part-time
Start Date
January 2019, January 2020

Overview

Do you want to earn a salary get valuable on-the-job experience while you develop in-demand project management skills you can use across many industries?

On this 4-year BSc (Hons) Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship course, you'll spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days in work. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. Degree apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've just finished school or college or you've already started your career.

The course is designed by employers for project management professionals, so you'll be learning relevant, up-to-date skills you can apply right away in your job. You'll get the skills you need to manage the people, funding and time spent on a project. You'll learn to lead or act as part of a team progressing project issues from initiation through to completion and develop the knowledge and competencies you need progress into more senior roles.

Project management is a growing profession with great career prospects. Studying this field could lead you to a successful career in industries such as construction, engineering, information technology, air transport, the armed forces, charities, government departments, hospital trusts, financial services, retailers and rail transport.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession in the UK.

The APM accreditation helps ensure what you learn on the course is relevant to the industry. You can apply for free student membership of the APM during the course and full APM membership (MAPM) when you graduate.

What you'll experience

On this degree apprenticeship course you'll:

  • Explore project management as a generic professional discipline, giving you the skills you need to manage the people, time and financial resources to deliver successful projects
  • Develop transferable business skills, including the ability to work effectively with others, communicate with stakeholders at all levels and use contemporary digital technologies
  • Have the opportunity to get a recognised industry-standard IPMA Level D qualification (or equivalent), such as the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
  • Graduate with skills and knowledge you can apply to almost any industry, especially those in the commercial sector
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
  • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university, sharing your ideas and knowledge
  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a traditional degree
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor

Careers and opportunities

Here are some routes you could pursue after graduation:

  • project management
  • consultancy
  • project planning
  • logistics
  • product development

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study units worth 360 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Personal Development as a Project Manager
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Project Communications
  • Project Leadership
  • Work Based Learning 1 Project Planning

Core units in this year include:

  • Accounting for Project
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Contract Management and Governance
  • Work Based Learning 2 Conducting a Project
  • IPMA Level D Qualification or Equivalent

Core units in this year include:

  • Project Risk Management
  • Business Creativity and Innovation
  • Project Strategy Leadership and Management
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Completion of IPMA Level D Qualification or Equivalent

Core units in this year include:

  • Critical Thinking for Project Managers
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Work Based Learning 3 Change Project
  • Completion of End Point Assessment

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.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • 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.

Teaching


Teaching on this course includes:

  • face-to-face discussion and debate
  • project management sessions with practising project managers
  • web-based chat with lecturers and other students

Classes are challenging but informal and friendly.

You'll typically go to university 1 day a week for around 30 weeks every year to attend lectures, seminars and workshops. On the weeks you don't go to University, you'll still spend 20% of your time studying or training away from your normal working environment.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • written projects and coursework
  • work-based learning projects

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.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

  • 112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.
  • 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.

    See the other qualifications we accept

Selection Process

Applicants may be subject to interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

The payment of this course fee is covered by the Government, and in some cases, your employer. This means there's no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £22,000 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.

Please see our Degree Apprenticeships page, or contact us, for further information about the EPA.

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.

Additional costs

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.

Apply

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

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.