The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is a new trailblazer apprenticeship programme, created by the Chartered Institute (CMI), the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and higher education providers.
Who is it for?
This apprenticeship is aimed at two different types of people.
- School leavers looking to do an apprenticeship instead of the traditional study route.
- Aspiring managers within companies who do not have a degree but want to develop.
Why do the apprenticeship?
This apprenticeship has been designed to provide access to development opportunities for a wide a range of individuals. Whether you are looking for access to development opportunities if you already have practical experience but wish to improve your theoretical understanding and develop your management skills further or individuals who are at the start of their career who wish to become professional managers and achieve Chartered Manager status.
What are the benefits?
- You'll complete a course with a bachelor's degree and a Chartered Manager award for apprentices (Level 6).
- You'll be working as you learn putting into practice your studies and gaining an advantage compared to students in full-time education.
- You'll be earning a salary.
- You'll not pay for your degree – it is part funded by the Government and your employer will cover the tuition fee.
- An apprenticeship could increase your opportunity to gain an internal promotion and develop your career.
Funded by the Government and your employer, this apprenticeship combines work-based learning and business education, which leads to a degree and professional recognition through the award of Chartered Manager status (CMgrM CMI).
Nottingham Business School has over 20 years' experience in the delivery of in-company work-based learning degrees in business and management and will deliver this innovative programme in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.
How you're taught
As you will be in full-time employment during this degree you will be called back to Nottingham Business School for intensive study blocks for each module. These can last between 3 – 16 days depending on the module. You will also be expected to complete independent study outside of University as well.
The programme uses a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods, including group work, written assignments and presentations. You will be working on work-based projects to complete your assignments, which allows you to add value to your organisation as you go through the course.
You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:
- discuss your personal and professional development
- discuss and gain feedback about your work
- ask questions about the projects you're working on
- raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.
You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
In addition, you'll find lots of professional support here, whatever your needs, plus plenty of people to turn to if you need any help or support.
Assessment types include: written assignments, comprising essays, case studies/analyses, reports and reflective pieces, are assessed against appropriate marking criteria. Course learning outcomes include a requirement to work effectively in teams and therefore this is also reflected in the assessment diet.
Evidence of learning is undertaken in a variety of ways incorporating module assessments which are designed to fully integrate the academic learning and its application to the workplace and the learner's individual organisation and work role. In addition, the learner will maintain a continuous electronic portfolio of learning evidence, which they support through inclusion of continuous and progressive reflective pieces of work, e.g. blogs, and journal accounts.
Most 20-credit point modules will have no more than one summative assessment point. In some cases, one type of assessment may be broken in to a number of smaller tasks. Assessment for each module is comparable in terms of time demands. Learner's assessment takes place at the end of each module, meaning assessment will be staggered and provide a balanced approach to help learner's progress through the course. Regular formative assessment is used at all levels to monitor an apprentice's progress and provide feedback about knowledge and understanding gained.
Careers and employability
Thomas Summerfield is currently on the cohort for Pendragon PLC as a Service Adviser:
“Entering my final year of sixth form I was at a career crossroads. Many of my friends were opting for the traditional university path but I set out in search of alternative routes to find something that would fast track my career. Finding the CMDA was the perfect solution, enabling me to study for a degree in Management and Leadership whilst gaining invaluable work experience in an industry I've always felt passionate about.
“I've gained a real understanding of the business and am able to apply my classroom learnings in a practical way. Developing my skills and confidence in a workplace environment will certainly give me an advantage. It's something that my friends studying a traditional degree just won't get.”
Our partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means that when you graduate you'll also receive the CMI Level 6 Certificate in Management and Leadership.