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About the course

This flexible apprenticeship programme provides research and learning for the ever-changing world of business, applying theoretical models to real-life case studies and your own organisation.

A fast-track business degree apprenticeship is the ideal way to take advantage of the recognised prior learning you have developed in the work place. The integrated BA (Hons) Leadership and Management programme is supported by a professional development unit designed to supplement your on-the-job experience. Most candidates will have A Levels or other relevant Level 3 qualifications, as well as English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant prior experience has to be demonstrated but can include a HND or foundation degree.

Suitable candidates will be able to finish the academic elements of their apprenticeship sooner, putting them in an excellent position for career progression and further professional development.

Over two years and three months, the course focuses on developing lifelong skills and encourages personal development. As a management apprentice on the CMDA programme you’ll have the opportunity to earn Chartered Manager status, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, and benefit from a range of master classes from guest speakers, as well as regular networking opportunities.

Students enrolled to this course will be employed and supported by their employer. As part of this commitment, employers will need to provide the necessary opportunities for employees to achieve Chartered Manager status by the end of the study period.

You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Suitable candidates will be able to finish the academic elements of their apprenticeship sooner, putting them in an excellent position for career progression and further professional development.

What does this course lead to?

This degree has been designed as part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills initiative for developing employees to management level. 

Upon completion of the degree students will have progressed to a management level within their company and earned Chartered Manager status.

Who is this course for?

This fast-track option is ideal for those who may already have practical experience, but wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills further.

Students will need to demonstrate recognised prior learning that has been developed in the work place. The integrated BA (Hons) Leadership and Management programme is supported by a professional development unit designed to supplement this recognised prior learning.

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. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs.

The programme cost for 2021/22 is £11,000

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

    Applications are welcomed from those that are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and prior learning in the workplace.  Applications will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to a satisfactory interview and/or portfolio.

    Most candidates will have A Levels or other relevant Level 3 qualifications. 

    It is a requirement that upon completion of the apprentice degree that maths and English equivalent has to be demonstrated at GCSE grade 4 or above (previously grade C). 

    Other relevant prior experience can include a HND or foundation degree.

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 currently in employment and your employer is already working with a training provider, we would suggest talking with your line manager or human resources representative to see what opportunities are currently available.

If your employer is not currently involved in a business apprenticeship scheme then they will need to work with a training provider.

For more information, please contact or call 023 8201 5066.

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What you'll study

BA (Hons) Leadership and Management

Core modules
  • Operational Strategy – understand how to develop and implement organisational strategy and plans, including approaches to resource and supply chain management, workforce development, sustainability, taking and managing risk, monitoring, evaluation, and quality assurance.
  • Strategic Project Management – know how a project moves through planning, design, development, deployment and evaluation. Understand risk management models and reporting, risk benefit analysis and H&S implications.
  • Digital Innovation for Sales and Marketing – understand approaches to innovation and digital technologies and their impact on organisations. Including how their application can be used for organisational improvement and development.
  • Business Finance – understand financial strategies, including budgets, financial management and accounting, how to provide financial reports and approaches to procurement, contracting, and legal requirements.
  • Developing Strategic Leaders and Managers – theoretical knowledge of key areas in personal and professional development including a range of Leadership and Management skills.
  • CMDA Work-based Project – identify a relevant business topic based around their own organisation and complete a commissioned piece of research that investigates this.
  • CMDA EPA Preparation Unit – develop a portfolio that contains evidence of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that has been acquired throughout the programme.


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

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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.

Your future

Students may choose to progress onto higher level CMI awards. These come at certificate, diploma and extended diploma levels.

Industry links

This course has been developed in conjunction with an employer consultation group for the Trailblazer Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship initiative. The intention is students will be recruited via employers who will provide the employment opportunity. The University will work closely with these organisations to develop areas of study aligned to work based learning opportunities.

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