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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

With the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), the Claude Littner Business School at the University of West London offers you the opportunity to gain high-quality degree, on-the job experience and a professional pathway for career development.

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Start date

Flexible according to employer needs. Usually September or January.


Typically four years

Study mode


Study location

Our West London campus

Cost and fees

There are no tuition fees to be paid by the apprentice.
Read more about any additional costs that may apply

Employers, learn about apprenticeship funding

Apprenticeship type

Degree apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

Chartered Manager (Degree)

What is the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)?

The CDMA is part of the Degree Apprenticeship programme, a new government and industry scheme which offers the guarantee of a high-quality degree, geared around the needs of employers and employees. Combine 'off the job' study at the University of West London with a paid position, enabling you to graduate with significant work experience alongside a respected degree qualification.

Developed by a group of 20 businesses led by Serco, the CMDA produces managers with the management skills and qualities required by employers of all sizes and from all sectors. We have tailored our delivery of this course to fit in with the needs of your working day, allowing you to balance education and business demands.

Here's what two CDMA apprentices had to say about their experience:

For me, the apprenticeship is nothing like I expected it to be, it's much, much better. Not only have I been given a place in my company where I feel like I am a valued contributor to our wider goals, I also have been supported by both my colleagues at work and by the staff at UWL who seem genuinely committed to seeing me succeed and helping me to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed later in life.

 - Apprentice Abdullah Wahid

Since starting the Commercial Degree Apprenticeship at UWL, I now have a much wider knowledge of the commercial world and the different functions behind it. I feel like I have matured so much as a person since studying alongside working full time. My time management and academic writing have definitely improved and this has helped both with my work at the company and also with my assignments and University. The lecturers are extremely understanding of the fact that we work full time alongside university, and so they ensure that the lectures are put into the ‘real world’ so that we can apply the learning to our day to day tasks at our companies. The resources at the University ensure that I am prepared to complete the assignments to the best of my ability, and the CMI resources are extremely useful in preparing myself for the commercial world as a manager.

 - Apprentice Rachel Allder

Course content

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship provides on-the-job education for non-graduate managers and school leavers alike to gain a management degree and professional accreditation.

Your degree will include the following subject areas:

  • strategic management
  • project management
  • human resource management
  • global marketing
  • research business data
  • international business
  • cross cultural management
  • managerial finance
  • hospitality management.

Career and study progression

As an apprentice you will become an affiliate member of the Chartered Management Institute, and will reach Chartered Manager status by the end of your apprenticeship. 

After completing this degree apprenticeship, you could consider undertaking an MBA.


Your learning will be assessed in various ways throughout your course, and will include:

  • regular on-programme assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours, involving the employer and the University
  • development of a portfolio demonstrating learning and development activities, as well as their application in the workplace
  • an end-point assessment, reviewing your full achievements during the apprenticeship, including:
    • review of portfolio of evidence
    • review of work-based project
    • presentation and interview.

Costs and fees

For apprentices

Although there are no tuition fees payable by you as an apprentice, additional costs will be payable are as follows:

  • textbooks
  • stationery
  • fines as a result of any overdue library books
  • printing/photocopying
  • travel to University
  • specialist equipment for placement i.e. a fob watch
  • membership of a union (optional but advised)
  • translation of documents not written in English by a professional translator (i.e. documents used to support request for extenuation)
  • attendance at graduation ceremony
  • professional body membership on registration.

This list is not exhaustive and other costs may be incurred.

For employers

For employers, the costs of training your apprentice will usually be covered by the apprenticeship levy. Find out more about how apprenticeship funding works.

Entry requirements

As an applicant, you will be expected to hold A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. You should also have achieved qualifications in English and Mathematics at a minimum of Level 2 or equivalent, and also demonstrate Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills at this level.

How to apply

To apply for this apprenticeship, you will need to find a position with an employer who is offering it. The University of London cannot accept applications directly.

We advertise any apprenticeship vacancies from employers we are working with on our Vacancies page, and we recommend checking the National Apprenticeship Service website for vacancies across the country. 

Existing employees

Apprenticeships are open to both existing and new employees.

If you would like to start an apprenticeship in your current working role, you will need to register interest with your employer.

Why not send the appropriate person at your organisation a link to our information for employers?

Find out more

For more information about course content, contact:

Ms Aqbal Mohindroo - Project Manager (Operations and Engagement)
The Claude Littner Business School
Email: aqbalk.mohindroo@uwl.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8209 4307

Information for employers

An an employer with an apprentice on this course, you will benefit from:

  • developing your own talent within your business
  • supporting employees to develop skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their jobs
  • motivating your existing employees and new talent to develop their skills and obtain a degree
  • utilising government funding to prepare staff for a significant future within a business by gaining internationally recognised qualifications
  • developing high-calibre staff who can add value through mentoring other staff members.
  • enhancing retention of skilled employees within your business.

If you are interested in offering this apprenticeship, either by hiring a new apprentice or training a current employee, please contact Janet Rowson who will be able to assist you.

We can help you as an employer in a range of ways including posting your vacancy on our Apprenticeship vacancies page

See our information for employers pages for more details.