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

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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Three years full-time.

Five years part-time. 

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent) plus GCSE Maths at Level C or equivalent.

Please see Entry Requirements below. 

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The BA (Hons) Business Management Professional brings together degree-level education alongside professional practice. Students that graduate from this programme will receive the BA (Hons) degree and will be awarded the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship following successful completion of an ‘End Point Assessment’ as detailed in the Chartered Manager Level 6 Standard.

It is designed to provide you with knowledge, skills and experience in the main functions of business operations, leadership and management. You will study modules that cover these functions and will reflect on their own practice through contextualised assessments and practice-based modules.

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 in real business scenarios.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Management (Mandatory)

This module provides vital knowledge that you will draw on throughout your degree. You will get to know the core functions of managers and how their performance affects the success of their organisations. You will also learn how to understand internal and external environments impacting businesses, and how some have responded to these demands.

Marketing Fundamentals (Requisite)

Marketing is an essential business activity. In this module, you will discover basic marketing principles and, later in the course, you will build on this when studying optional modules. Also, you will look at the marketing mix and segmentation then apply this knowledge to the analysis of an organisation’s marketing activities.

Finance and Data Analysis (Requisite)

This module provides you with an understanding of the basic principles of finance and accounting, enabling you to communicate with specialists and use basic tool to support decision-making in an organisation. You will learn how to present and interpret financial information, and how to use it to solve management problems.

Entrepreneurship (Requisite)

This module recognises the importance of entrepreneurship to stimulating and sustaining economic growth. You examine what makes for a successful entrepreneur and how ideas can be evaluated and then turned into successful businesses. This will include business planning, financing and risk assessment.

Managing and Delivering a Project (Requisite)

This module will introduce you to the importance of Project Management, and will enable you to use project management software in the development and implementation of projects. You will learn how to undertake risk assessments and apply the principles of project management to a work based project.

Managing People (Requisite)

This module considers the nature of organisational behaviour, and the ways in which the study of it may inform the design and delivery of HR practices in organisations. Topics studied include motivation, leadership, teamwork, and learning and development.

Topics in Business Research (Requisite)

This module will provide insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. Each week focuses on a different research study, run by a member of academic staff or a visiting professor, senior fellow or fellow. The module also helps you develop the academic skills required for your final year, particularly for the dissertation.

Business Ethics (Mandatory)

The ethics of business has attracted growing attention in the past few decades. In an increasingly consumer-driven market, entrepreneurial and managerial success is based on a robust understanding of these ethics. This module introduces you to theoretical perspectives on ethical business, with opportunities to discuss and debate cases of both principled and questionable practice.

Business Management in Professional Practice (Requisite)

This module requires you to test and apply principles and ideas from previous modules in the workplace, to reflect on the relationship between theory and practice. You will be expected to participate in a specific task, project or role during a 6 week period within your workplace.

Managing Innovation and Creativity (Optional)

Innovation and creativity is a critical factor of economic competitiveness and other positive social outcomes. This module equips you with creative thinking skills to encourage divergent thinking in different business settings. You also learn how a business or social entrepreneur is dependent on innovation and risk, and an opportunity-seeking attitude.

Intermediate Financial Accounting (Optional)

This module develops the foundation knowledge and skills, covered in Finance and Data Analysis, with particular emphasis on how various aspects of financial accounting relate to the business world. Topics covered include preparation of financial
statements, professional ethics, corporate governance and audit.

Corporate Reputation Management (Optional)

In this module, we look at how the strategic role of corporate reputation is a key corporate asset, and how company communications develop and protect it over time. You will learn specialist skills and knowledge of theoretical, strategic and operational issues that are critical to an organisation’s stakeholder relationships with customers, investors, employees, media, suppliers, distributors, etc.

Dissertation (Mandatory)

Your dissertation will be an independent, small scale, research project. In doing so, you will develop skills in data and information gathering, evaluation, analysis and communication in a business-related topic, which will be agreed between the Apprentice and the Employer. The issue could be explored from a theoretical or practical perspective, or a specific project could be undertaken with the employer.

Strategic Management (Requisite)

In this module, you will develop an academic understanding of the strategic context of business, along with analysis and problem-solving skills. You will learn to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to finding solutions and strategic thinking, drawing on skills developed.

Leading and Managing Change (Requisite)

This module will explore the nature of organisational culture and its impact on employees, and enable students to develop a critical awareness of organisational theory and practice. It will enable you to deal with the problems, choices and constraints involved in organisational change. It will encourage you to develop your own intellectual framework of values, attitudes and practice.

Human Resource Strategy (Mandatory)

This module focuses on the role of HR strategy as a key constituent of a business strategy. It builds on concepts first introduced in Introduction to Management and ManagingPeople, exploring ways in which organisational performance is enhanced by maximising the contribution from employees.

Strategic Marketing Planning and Management (Optional)

Marketing is largely responsible for delivering core corporate objectives by offering value to targeted segments. This module links with and develops knowledge from Marketing Fundamentals and Corporate Reputation Management, providing
advanced knowledge and skills to understand, evaluate and apply contemporary strategic approaches and techniques.

Financial Strategy (Optional)

This module gives you an appreciation of a number of financial issues and how they relate to the business world. Initially the module concentrates on the application of financial tools and techniques, before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It will encourage you to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.

Career opportunities

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard was developed by employers across the country, led by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The Apprenticeship is aimed at professional managers who have responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long-term organisational success. It is applicable to managers from all sectors and all sizes of organisations.

Fees and finance

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is offered only to students undertaking the course as part of their employment. Apprenticeship training will therefore be funded directly by employers or by employers in partnership with Government. Apprentices will not be required to pay any tuition or course fees, and will not be eligible for any Student Finance England maintenance support.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Non-Academic Requirements

Applicants may be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Apprentices will be expected to be in employment in order to undertake this course. 

International Requirements

Apprentices must have the right to work in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or the UK for at least the three years prior to beginning the Apprenticeship. Any apprentice with non-UK qualifications will be expected to meet the equivalent entry requirements as set out in our International and EU pages.

Students with English as a second language must also meet our English Language requirements:

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.