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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full time Degree Apprenticeship

Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above)

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

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

Please see Entry Requirements below.

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Introduction

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is taught within the Suffolk Business School, where the vibrant atmosphere, personalised courses and high standards help our students achieve their ambitions while creating lifelong friendships and professional networks. Apprentices will be studying for BA (Hons) Business Management Professional.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard was developed by employers across the country, led by the Chartered Management Insitute (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. Apprentices will be studying alongside apprentices from a range of sectors, providing apprentices with both wider business insight and access to a professional network of Managers.

Our academic staff will work with apprentices to develop their knowledge, skills and practical experience, preparing them with the expertise and confidence for a successful career in their organisation.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship will run from September 2017, with apprentices expected to be studying at the University on every Monday during the first semester (late September - mid January) and on every Thursday in the second semester (February to end May). Some additional on-campus teaching may be required. Teaching will be over full working days, normally from 9am-5pm or 6pm.

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 (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.

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 (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.

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 organizations; 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.

Please see our Apprenticeship pages for more information about 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:

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Plus GCSE Mathematics at grade A-C (or equivalent) or new GCSE grade 4-9.

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.

Staff

I am passionate about supporting the development of students and in doing so, the pool of talent available to businesses locally and further afield. I love to see students develop during their time at the University of Suffolk and to have a part in enabling that change to happen. ...

Dr Dababrata Chowdhury (Daba) is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Suffolk.  He graduated in Computer Science and Engineering (BSc) from Turkey and then completed his MBA and PhD at the Plymouth University.  His principal research int...

Professor David Gill is Professor of Archaeological Heritage and Director of Heritage Futures at the University of Suffolk.  ...

Sarah has been a lecturer at the University of Suffolk since 2009 on the Event and Tourism Management degree programmes. Sarah lectures in Marketing and Event Management. Sarah works extensively with outside organisations and charities, developing relationships in order to offer ...

After completing a BA (Hons) and then a MSc at UCS, Jonathan (Jay) has been lecturing at the Suffolk Business School in Events, Tourism, Hospitality and Business Management modules. He is an advocate of life skills and life-long learning and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Inst...

Suzanne is the Lecturer in Employment Development, teaching on a range of subjects including: heritage and museums, research methods, and professional development.  She completed her BA in History, MA in Native American and Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture, and PhD in Art History...

Gloria is a Spanish language lecturer at the University of Suffolk. She moved to England in 1988 and has been working as a Spanish teacher since 1995 in a variety of locations, joining the university in 2007.   ...

Robert Price is a Senior Lecturer specialising in organisational change management and leadership. He contributes to the delivery of the School's continuing professional development programme and has delivered a number of seminars/workshops on managing organisational change to Suff...

Professor Atul K. Shah is passionate about teaching, research and leadership and has a breadth of distinguished achievements.  He has a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE) where he was a Research Fellow and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Englan...

Dr Mario Siglioccolo is Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Suffolk. After successfully completing his PhD at the University of Salerno in 2008, he experienced post-doctoral research at the University of the West of England and at the London Metropolitan University, and acad...

Tom was recruited by the University of Suffolk in January 2012.  He brought with him practitioner experience as well as academic proficiency from a number of prestigious universities. Tom currently leads a suite of MBA programmes on behalf of Suffolk Business School. ...

Terry has a background of 12 years experience in Human Resource Management in the Electricity and Railway Industries. He subsequently has 21 years experience in teaching/ managing programmes for HR professionals. He is the Course Leader for the thriving Postgraduate Diploma in H...

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.