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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) Business Management Top-up 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.

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.

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.

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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?

Students on this fast-track management degree apprenticeship will need to demonstrate recognised prior learning that has been developed in the work place. The integrated BA (Hons) Business Management Top-up 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

Under the August 2016 funding proposals, levy paying employers (businesses with an annual payroll >£3million) will be able to use funds accrued in their digital levy account for payment of the training drawn from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Non-levy paying business, or those business that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 10 per cent of the cost of the training with the government to pay the remaining 90 per cent.

CMDA is proposed to be Band 15 in the new bandings with an upper limit of £27,000. This means that for non -levy paying businesses the co-invest amount would be £2,700 over the duration of the training. For the fast track option the fee would be £13,500 over the proposed 2 years and a non-levy paying business contribution would be £1,350.

Information for employers

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 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.
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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 C or above.

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

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3179

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 ask@solent.ac.uk

How to apply

What you'll study

Business Management Top-up

Core units
  • Personal and Professional Development (20 credits);
  • Strategic Management (20 credits);
  • Project Management in Business(20 credits);
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits);

Professional Development Unit

  • Recognising Prior Learning for Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Consultancy Project

Core units
  • Consultancy Project (40 credits)

Please note: the final year assessments are aligned to completion of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

Support

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

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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