This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by June 2021 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BSc (Hons) Business Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship CMDA Pathway)

The University of Bolton's Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) taught by The Growth Company in Manchester allows you to invest in your workforce. The degree apprenticeship combines university education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable part of your team, your apprentices can gain the strong leadership and management expertise needed to deliver long-term organisational success.

Business Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship CMDA Pathway)

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



4 years


The Growth Company

UCAS points:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), created in collaboration with employers, awarding bodies for leadership and management and higher education providers, is designed to develop the future leaders of organisations. Our CMDA programme has been fully mapped to the apprenticeship standard (ST0272) and offers the best combination of theory and practice. Study at The Growth Company complements learning in the workplace, supporting apprentices to develop the core knowledge, skills and behaviours required for successful business management and leadership.

Our flexible programme recognises the wide range of business and management environments and the specific challenges they pose. We’ll work with you to devise individual learning agreements for each of your apprentices, ensuring they fulfill the core and essential criteria of the Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship, as well as develop additional skills and knowledge valuable for your organisation.

This degree apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to offer structured training, an internationally recognised qualification in business management, and the option of professional membership status, helping you attract the best new talent and retain valued staff through career progression. Integrating study into the normal working week allows apprentices to put their new skills and understanding into practice without delay, benefitting your organisation immediately.

If you’re looking for undergraduate-level training in this subject area but don’t work for an employer that offers apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.

  • The Growth Company is a well-established partner of the University of Bolton, based in Manchester, focusing on business, early years, and initial teacher training courses.
  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will achieve Royal Charter post-nominals from City and Guilds (GCGI), which will be awarded in the format of a globally recognised Digital Credential. They will also receive a Degree Apprenticeship Certificate and be awarded an academic degree – the BSc (Hons) Business Management from the University of Bolton.
  • Our team of highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide range of businesses ranging from multinational organisations to SMEs offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support.
  • We’ll support your apprentice to develop sought-after skills such as data analysis, critical reasoning and problem-solving, as well as professional communication, time management, teamwork, and lifelong learning.
  • During the final stage of the course, your apprentice will undertake a substantial work-based research project, the nature of which will be identified and developed through consultation between your organisation and The Growth Company. As well as offering your apprentice valuable experience, this live project can offer you genuine insight into potential opportunities or improvements that can benefit your organisation.
Key Features
  • This four-year part-time (can be completed between 3 to 4 years) course skilfully combines study in The Growth Company's vibrant environment with practical and focused work-based learning and experience in your organisation.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work in advance and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is student-centred, so we’ll work with your apprentices on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • By studying alongside business management apprentices from other professional functions or alternative industrial sectors, your apprentices can benefit from a wider range of knowledge and experience that supports cross-disciplinary thinking.
  • The apprenticeship offers a comprehensive overview of key business functions and the core business and management principles, theories and models. An option module allows you (or your apprentice) to choose one from a range of focused topics in the final year. Potentially, a custom module tailored to your organisational needs could be made available – please contact us to discuss this possibility.
  • Regular reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace mentor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice’s progress, promote continuing conversation between your workplace and The Growth Company. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between The Growth Company and the University of Bolton’s academic school. The experience an apprentice receives as an off-campus student is equivalent to that of an on-campus student.
  • Your apprentice will also have access to the University’s e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.
Professional recognition

The ILM/City and Guilds of London Institute, backed by a Royal Charter.

Successful apprentices will achieve the status of Graduate Member of City Guilds of London Institute (GCGI), which will award through the issue of a globally recognised Digital Credential, a status which can be retained for life.

Successful apprentices will also be awarded the BSc (Hons) Business Management from the University of Bolton and a Degree Apprenticeship Certificate from the relevant awarding body.

  • 80 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • An applicant who has completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in a relevant area (for instance, a business administrator) will normally be eligible for admission.
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
  • Applicants will be asked to attend a joint discussion with their employer and The Growth Company.
  • If a candidate does not meet the standard entry requirements but has non-traditional qualifications and/or relevant experience, we'll be happy to consider their application.
  • Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) They are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is participating in the degree apprenticeship scheme. 4) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to attend The Growth Company (times and dates to be determined). Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed.
  • If an applicant doesn’t possess GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9, or hold an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, they will be asked to complete initial assessments for English and mathematics. The results of these assessments will determine whether they are accepted on to the apprenticeship with their current qualifications, or a recommendation of delayed entry is made so they can undertake studies enabling them to achieve the required level of English and mathematics prior to commencing the apprenticeship.
  • If English isn’t the applicant's first language, they will also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) programme is designed to meet the Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship standard for leadership and management (ST0272). Developed by employers in collaboration with higher education institutions and professional leadership and management awarding bodies, the standard underpins a highly relevant academic qualification and professional development pathway that creates managers who can take responsibility for people, projects, operations and services to deliver long-term organisational success.

It’s designed to educate professional managers capable of managing complexity and delivering impact at strategic and operational levels. Employers can expect graduate apprentices to be skilled in strategic decision making, setting direction and achieving results, building and leading teams, clear communication, developing skills and motivating others, fostering inclusive and ethical cultures, leading change, project management, financial management, innovation, risk management, and developing stakeholder relationships.

Overall, the CMDA is designed to prepare apprentices to take management and leadership responsibility for setting and delivering organisational objectives through a wide range of functions.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate apprentices from this programme should prove valuable to private, public and third sector organisations of all sizes and across the full spectrum of functions. They are well prepared to take on more demanding roles in general management and face the challenges of specialist areas, such as business accounting and finance, enterprise, human resource management, business law, marketing, retail or supply chain management.

They are also ready to progress to postgraduate-level study and may choose areas such as marketing, finance, human resources, computing, and international business management to develop their expertise further. Studying for an MBA is another option.

Course fees

Apprentices will need to be employed by your organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Your organisation will also need to commit to sponsoring apprentices to complete this qualification.

For further information on how your organisation can access funds to support apprentices, please e-mail

Whether you’re an employer, employee or school leaver, please visit our Apprenticeship web page for support and advice regarding apprenticeships.

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Useful information

Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. If your organisation has a wage bill of more than £3 million per annum, then it may be able to fund this Degree Apprenticeship through its Apprenticeship Levy contributions. If your organisation does not pay the levy, it may be eligible for government support to fund apprenticeships. This support, called co-investment, covers 95% of the apprenticeship’s tuition fees with your organisation funding the remaining 5% of the fees. For further information on how your organisation can access funds to support apprentices, please e-mail

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Please contact the programme leader for details of the application procedure. You can find their name, email address and phone number in the Programme Contacts section of this page.

For support and advice regarding apprenticeships, please visit our Apprenticeship web page.

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

To make this course as beneficial as possible for you and your apprentices, we apply a range of learning, teaching and assessment methods. These are designed to fully engage apprentices, helping them develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness, and behaviours essential to becoming a Chartered Manager, with particular reference to your organisation and their place within it. Your apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in the workplace, with the other 20% of their time being devoted to off-the-job training and degree-level learning. Learning focuses on your workplace environment and builds the transferable body of knowledge and skills demanded to achieve Chartered Manager status and apply this expertise within your organisation.

To complement lectures that introduce the course content, seminars and group-based activities allow apprentices to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials give them the opportunity to clarify their understanding of the topics we cover in lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help apprentices apply their newly acquired academic knowledge to real-life problems and gain valuable insights into contemporary practice in a working business environment. Apprentices will also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Guest lectures and presentations by visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer apprentices the chance to develop their knowledge and understanding further.

Our assessment methods are designed to reflect what will be required of Chartered Managers in business and management settings. For example, the course requires apprentices to submit written reports, give presentations, develop their portfolio, complete a work-based project, and practice interviewing and coaching skills. We also expect them to take written exams, write essays and reflective accounts, and play an active part in group discussions. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Enquiries Team
The Growth Company

+44 (0)161 233 2656

Caroline Parker
Programme Leader: Business, The Growth Company

Rose Davies
Head of Higher Education Provision, The Growth Company

+44 (0)7803 119945

Chris Grant
Partnership Manager, University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903276

Ian Chapman
Link Tutor, University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903774

Apprenticeship Enquiries
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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