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About the course

In every industry, in every sector, there’s a need for professionals with the practical understanding and specialist knowledge to design, develop and deliver a huge range of projects. From the largest strategic projects to small incremental changes, it’s project managers who get the job done.

On this 16 month, professionally-driven apprenticeship, you’ll develop the specialist skills and best industry practice of the professional project manager – all while continuing to work and earn with your employer.

And you’ll be able to focus your studies to be relevant to your day-to-day work, with work-based learning giving you plenty of opportunities to apply what you learn in the real world of your workplace.

Covering everything from developing and pitching your project’s business case, to budgeting, to risk management, the apprenticeship delivers the latest industry insights. It has been developed in consultation with employers, and will give you the complete project manager’s toolkit – along with the confidence to use it in your developing career.

And you will be able to fast-track that career, thanks to the Association for Project Management (APM) Project Management Qualification (PMQ) embedded in the programme – a professionally recognised foundation that you can build up over your career to become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP). Pairing industry recognition with a huge range of transferable skills such as presentation, communication, time management and planning, the course ensures you’ll be well set for a fantastic career – whatever your industry or interests.

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Further studies
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

When you complete the course, you’ll have many opportunities in project management, from working as a dedicated project manager to related roles such as programme managers, project planners, PMO managers and staff, or portfolio managers.

Who is this course for?

If you’re new to project management and looking to develop your existing career with practical, widely valued skills in this essential discipline, this apprenticeship programme is for you.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training.

Non-levy paying businesses, or those businesses that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 5% of the cost of the training with the government to pay the remaining 95%. 

The programme cost for 2021/22 is £6,000.

Information for employers

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

    The entry requirement for this apprenticeship course will be decided by each employer, but may typically be five GCSEs at Grade C or higher. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. We will liaise with employers to determine their requirements, in line with any specific requirements of the provider.

    Apprentices without level 2 English and Mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment. Evidence of this must be collated by the provider and provided to the end-point assessment body as part of the Gateway process. It is also recommended that the apprentice is supported to become digitally literate where this is important to their role.

    All applicants will be interviewed, as well as an employer interview to determine commitment for the apprenticeship delivery period.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer or a potential apprentice and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

What you'll study

Core modules

  • Project Governance and Context
    This module aims at providing students with a practical understanding of governance and the context in which they operate.
  • Developing the Professional Project Manager
    This module facilitates preparation and collation of evidence for the End Point Assessment (EPA) and supports students to develop project management skills and behaviours including collaboration, teamwork, leadership, communication, drive for results, integrity, ethics, compliance and professionalism.
  • Planning, Budgets, Business Case and Benefits 
    This module aims at providing students with a practical understanding of consolidated planning, budgeting, business case development and benefit management.
  • Project Quality and Risk Management 
    This module aims at providing students with a practical understanding of the objectives and principles of risk, issue and quality management.

Core modules

  • Contracts, Procurement, Resource, Stakeholder and Communications Management 
    This module aims at providing students with a practical understanding of project procurement, contracts and resource management together with stakeholder and communications management. 
  • Managing Scope, Schedule and Estimation 
    This module aims at providing students with a practical understanding of scope and schedule management.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Paul Summers academic profile Paul Summers Course Leader View profile
David Grindel academic profile David Grindel Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


You’ll have access to our 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and our comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

The course will develop your problem solving and critical evaluation skills.

Your future

As a stepping stone into Solent’s Project Manager Apprenticeship Degree, this course gives you a fantastic foundation for your career in project management and associated roles – plus the professional qualification from APM can be built on over time to become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP).

Industry links

This course has been developed in consultation with employers, ensuring it delivers precisely what employers are looking for. Students will be recruited via employers, and the University will work closely with these organisations to develop both the course and work-based learning opportunities.


Working while you study, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply your new skills through work-based learning – finding ways to apply project management in your day-to-day work, reflecting on your practice, and further developing as a project management professional.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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