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Three years full time Degree Apprenticeship

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

  • Learn academically while developing and flourishing within your organisation.
  • Our vibrant culture and superb teaching standards attract students from around the world.
  • Learn about a range of other industries and sectors, with organisations such as Ensors, New Wolsey Theatre, and Affinity PR, among others, contributing to your experience. 
  • Tailor your course to support your organisation, and prepare for the future you want.


“The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship offers the triple guarantee of a quality degree, on-the-job experience and a professional pathway for future development.” – Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

On the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), you will become part of the Suffolk Business School. You will learn alongside a range of other students, where the vibrant atmosphere, personalised courses and high standards help you achieve your ambitions while creating lifelong friendships and professional networks. Apprentices will be studying towards a degree in BA (Hons) Business Management Professional.

“I wanted to progress within my organisation and by studying via an apprenticeship meant that this was a viable option for my employer.

I could see that the modules would align with my organisation’s core services and strategic aims so I am able to link everything that I learn back to my organisation, implementing changes where appropriate.” – Jennifer, a current CMDA student

The CMDA Standard was developed by employers across the country, led by the Chartered Management Institute. The Apprenticeship has been designed for managers and aspiring 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.

You will be studying alongside students from a range of sectors, providing you with both wider business insight and access to a professional network of Managers. We work with you to develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience, preparing you with the expertise and confidence for a successful career within your organisation.

Course modules

You study core modules in your first year to build a solid foundation in key aspects of Business Management. There is some choices in the second and third year to delve deeper into subjects relevant for your job role and organisation, which will be agreed alongside your employer.

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.

This module is delivered in Semester 1

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.

This module is delivered in Semester 1.

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.

This module is delivered in Semester 2.

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.

This module is delivered in Semester 2.

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 priniciples of project management to a work based project.

This module will be delivered in Semester 3.

Business Ethics (Requisite)

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 1.

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 1.

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 1.

Topics in Business Research (Mandatory)

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 2.

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 2.

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 2.

Business Management in 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.

This module will be delivered during Semester 3.

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 multi-disciplinary approach to finding solutions and strategic thinking, drawing on skills developed.

This module will be delivered in Semester 1.

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 Managing People, exploring ways in which organisational performance is enhanced by maximising the contribution from employees.

This module will be delivered in Semester 1.

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 1

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 2.

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.

This module will be delivered in Semester 2.

Work Based Project (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.

End Point Assessment

At the end of the course, Apprentices must complete the End Point Assessment in order to complete the Apprenticeship. The End Point Assessment is likely to inlcude an assessment of the work you have submitted for your degree, a presentation and an interview. Apprentices will therefore be expected to maintain a portfolio of work throughout the Apprenticeship, in order to complete the End Point Assessment.

Career opportunities

The skills and knowledge you acquire during your Degree Apprenticeship are transferrable to management roles across a whole range of sectors. During your degree, you will be developing a professional network with the other apprentices on your course, providing you with insight into a rage of industries. The ultimate aim of the Degree Apprenticeship is for graduates to have the academic knowledge and practical skills to fully undertake their role within their organisation, and to support career progression.

If you decide stay in Suffolk – a county attracting significant investment – you will have access to opportunities in booming industries.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is a new apprenticeship area for the University, but is built on our successful BA (Hons) Business Management:

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Suffolk. Throughout my experience here my lecturers knew me by name, and have been supportive and approachable in all aspects of my studies. This made the experience more personal, something that was important to me when deciding on where to study. There are numerous opportunities over the three years to work alongside and network with multi-national organisations; the University are incredibly helpful in relation to employment opportunities. Many of us including myself have been able to secure graduate schemes and jobs from making the most of these opportunities. I would definitely recommend the University of Suffolk to anyone individual considering further education." Emma, third year Business Management student.

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.

Apprenticeship funding

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

The University will liaise with employers regarding entry requirements, but would normally expect Apprentices to meet our standard entry requirements:
112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Applicants are expected to hold GCSE Mathematics at grade 4/C.

Apprentices who do not have GCSE English and/or Maths may be required to undertake additional training in English and/or Maths during the course of the apprenticeship. Apprenticeship funding rules set by Government require all apprentices to have Level 2 English and Maths by the end of the Apprenticeship if they do not have it in advance.

Non-Academic Requirements

Apprentices will be expected to be in employment in order to undertake this course. The University may require apprentices to attend an interview in order to be accepted onto the Degree.

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.


Associate Professor, Course Leader for Business Management

Associate Professor and MBM Programme Leader

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Senior Lecturer in Tourism, Events and Management

Senior Lecturer in Employment Development and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Business Management Professional – Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Lecturer in Language

Associate Professor, Course Leader for MBA

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Facilities and Resources

The Waterfront Building and the Atrium Building, which houses the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), will be your bases during your degree.

The Waterfront Building on Ipswich marina is home to lecture theatres fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the open period.

The recently opened IWIC is a hub for start-ups and technology enterprises. As an undergraduate you have access to its modern facilities, expertise and networking opportunities with other students and business owners.

Our well-resourced library offers extensive print and digital resources, with plenty of study space and pods for extra privacy.