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Project Management Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Get a project management degree and other professional qualifications while you earn a salary on this 4-year course.

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Accreditation:

This course is Accredited

Typical offer:

112-120 UCAS points from 3 A levels, or equivalent

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Overview

Our four-year BSc (Hons) Project Management Degree Apprenticeship is ideal for project professionals who want to advance their career. Our up-to-date and practical course is delivered by a specialised teaching team and is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) — the only chartered membership organisation for the project profession in the world. 

Through your degree study, you’ll develop advanced knowledge of budgeting, scheduling, operations, quality management, supply chains, risk and many other subjects. You’ll be able to put this knowledge to use in the workplace straight away.

Alongside your academic study, you will also undertake the APM Project Management Qualification. This widely recognised professional qualification is a great way to enhance your CV and demonstrate your knowledge of the main elements of project management. 

The End-point Assessment (EPA) in your final year allows you to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have gained throughout the degree apprenticeship in both the classroom and the workplace.

Upon successful completion, you'll be awarded a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree (BSc (Hons)); the APM Project Management Qualification (IPMA Level D); and a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship. 

Course highlights:

  • Learn as you earn by continuing to work for your employer as you study

  • Study a degree accredited with APM — the only chartered membership organisation for the project profession  

  • Develop your specialist knowledge on topics including budgeting, operations, and quality management

  • Apply your knowledge in your workplace

  • Graduate with full degree BSc (Hons) degree and the APM Project Management Qualification

Accreditation

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Accredited by: 

The University of Portsmouth has earned business accreditation from the AACSB in recognition of the outstanding quality of its business and management education. Less than six percent of the world's schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation.

Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Project Management (Degree Apprenticeship) degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
  • 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 are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you will be required to take an additional assessment during the application process
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

Selection process

All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form.

All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.

Typical offers

  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
  • 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 are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you will be required to take an additional assessment during the application process
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

Selection process

All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form.

All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.

You may need to have studied specific subjects or GCSEs - see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

You and your employer

When you begin studying for your degree apprenticeship:

  • You need to be 18 or over
  • You should be able to satisfy government requirements on residency: 
    • you must be a citizen or have the right to live in the UK/EEA
    • you must have been a resident in the UK/EEA (not the Channel Islands or Isle of Man) for a minimum of 3 years
    • you must not need a Student Route visa, and must not have been on a Student Route visa within the past 3 years
  • You need to have the right to work in the UK, and to spend at least 50% of your working hours in England
  • Your job should meet the requirements of the apprenticeship standard relevant to this degree – we can advise you and your employer on this
  • Your employer needs to have registered an apprentice service account – we can help your employer with this if needed

If you aren't currently working in a relevant field, you can apply for a job and degree apprenticeship simultaneously. Read more about applying for this degree apprenticeship.

This course is accredited by the Association for Project Management.

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Project Management degree?

Successful completion of this degree apprenticeship can help advance your career towards: 

  • senior project management 
  • project management office management 
  • risk management 
  • programme management
  • portfolio management

You’ll also be eligible to apply for full membership of the Association for Project Management (APM).

After your apprenticeship finishes, you can still receive help, advice and support for up to five years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. The University offers a range of relevant postgraduate courses for you to continue your studies.

Modules

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

What you'll study

Explore project management methodologies, cycles and structures used across sectors. 

This module prepares you to seamlessly lead project teams from vision to implementation. Using practical tools, you'll scope initiatives, model costs and refine schedules to transform strategy into reality. 

By balancing constraints like time, resources and technology, you'll finish this module confident in handling project turbulence.

With an overview across programmes and portfolios, you’ll assess how smart investments secure short and long-term gains. 

You'll build robust plans with practical applications, developing your ability to  frame business cases and ensure market viability. You'll also understand stakeholder dynamics that can catalyse or constrain impact. 

This module provides the commercial intelligence you need for your projects to deliver.

This module develops the academic, personal and professional skills you'll need to develop as a project manager.

Apprentices will evaluate the commercial aspects of strategic sourcing. Audit and assurance processes will enable apprentices to understand the role of governance.

Examine the processes and partnerships that enable sustainable value creation across borders. 

By evaluating real market scenarios, you'll analyse how ethical, innovative choices enhance productivity, resilience and social impacts — even as technology transforms. 

You'll finish this module with the insight and influence to champion working models where communities and environments can flourish alongside commercial success.

You'll develop advanced people skills to unite diverse groups, motivate top performance and uphold ethics amid complexity. Through interactive sessions, you'll learn to apply behavioural science and critical reflection and gain heightened emotional intelligence. 

You'll diagnose tension points from culture clashes to inequality in teams, preparing you to resolve issue with sensitivity. This module provides the versatility to align teams to objectives across sectors and scenarios.

By applying your knowledge to academic concepts and workplace cases, you’ll assess the reporting methodologies and data points that guide project course correction.

By building resilience and responsibility, you'll act with integrity to deliver and champion ethical outcomes amid complexity. 

You'll grow your ability to balance evidence, evaluate options and communicate clearly with stakeholders. 

This module prepares you to lead projects and teams to success and have a wide positive impact on organisations.

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of risk and risk management in projects.

You'll explore processes for developing project communication plans that align internal and external stakeholders. By analysing the potential challenges of communication across traditional and virtual global teams, you'll identify solutions to address them. 

You'll complete stakeholder analysis activities and learn to measure the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement so you know when to escalate situations. 

This experience develops the critical skills to proactively manage stakeholder relationships and dynamics during a project.

You'll re-evaluate the purpose of enterprises, assessing stakeholder impacts that span supply chains and communities. With leading frameworks from CSR to sustainability, you'll diagnose how to uphold integrity across operations. And you'll develop the insight to balance diverse priorities, from shareholder returns to social justice. 

This holistic view inspires you to pioneer economic models where ethics and environment are central to commercial viability. 

Cover topics from strategic leadership to operational delivery, and evaluate approaches from vision to implementation and control. 

You'll consider subjects from engagement and planning to procurement and governance, as well as learning to diagnose risks, maximise value, and apply emotional intelligence to navigate politics. 

By applying theory in the workplace, you'll finish this module confident in your project management abilities.

You'll evaluate approaches from continuous improvement to radical innovation that carry teams into the future. By using real workplace narratives, you'll diagnose how mindsets, culture and leadership unlock change readiness while managing associated risks.

By prioritising creativity alongside commercial rigour, you'll explore structures from agile to lean that empower problem-solvers across the organisation to own their advancement.

This module prepares you to initiate progress strategically — by ensuring that people are on board to embed meaningful, sustainable shifts.

You'll apply quality frameworks to assess project and organisational performance, balancing efficiency with wider positive impacts. 

Through issues analysis and collaborative solution design, you'll uphold the resilience and innovation skills that underpin sector leadership. Through expert-led sessions, you'll learn to optimise stakeholder experiences while safeguarding sustainability. 

This module empowers you to embed excellence models where process, efficiency, and human and environmental wellbeing become mutually reinforcing.

You'll use work-based projects to implement specialist project management methodologies, and demonstrate your aptitude by critiquing data credibility across sources. 

Through guided reflection, you'll develop your strategic perspective and career planning. This module refines the integrity, curiosity and resilience you need to handle multifaceted challenges in the workplace while keeping stakeholders' trust through transitions.

Prepare to positively disrupt industries by building more dynamic, resilient and responsible organisations. You'll develop your strategic skills and learn to explore growth opportunities as you consider your competitive advantage. By evaluating internal capabilities alongside external forces, you'll assess change options from restructuring to venturing, and finish this module ready to make strategic decisions that boost economic and social outcomes.

The module will ensure students have completed all necessary components to pass Gateway.

In accordance with APM requirements, students will work independently to develop and deliver an agreed work-based project to the employing organisation, as well as the submission of the Project Report to demonstrate achievement of the requisite KSBs.

In addition, building on the work completed through the course of study, students will be encouraged to reflect upon the KSBs, and complete the e-portfolio in preparation for the EP presentation and interview. 

Changes to course content

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you'll spend your time

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

You’ll need the full support of your current employer to study for one day a week — otherwise you could apply to work for an employer which is seeking to recruit degree apprentices.

Teaching

On-campus teaching for this course may include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials

How you're assessed

Your degree modules will be assessed through multiple methods, which may include:

  • individual and group work
  • presentations and academic posters
  • reports and essays

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do the academic assessments that count towards your final mark.

The APM Project Management Qualification is assessed by an examination.

Supporting you

Academic skills support

As well as support from teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can approach the Faculty of Business and Law's Academic Skills Tutors (AST).

AST provides support in areas such as:

  • Writing & Assignments
  • Presentations & Group Work
  • Referencing & Research
  • Exams & Revision
  • Dissertations & Final Projects

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

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.

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

Tuition fees terms and conditions

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.

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

Tuition fees terms and conditions

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 course costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 module a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each modules.

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

Application deadline

  • The application deadline to start in September 2024 is to be confirmed.
  • The application deadline to start in September 2025 is to be confirmed.

Applications received after this date may not be considered.

How you apply 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 abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.