Business Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) (BA (Hons))

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BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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About Business Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth


Whether you're already in employment or looking to start your career, this degree apprenticeship can help you develop your management skills, boost your job prospects and earn a degree whilst working full time.

The Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship scheme was developed by the Government, business leaders, universities and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in response to a critical shortage of qualified managers. It is a nationally recognised qualification. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – it doesn’t cost you anything other than hard work.

This 3-year degree apprenticeship is suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've already established your career and want to consolidate your work experience with management education, or you’ve just finished college and are taking your first step into professional employment.

You'll learn professional management and leadership principles and develop your skills in areas such as business accounting, marketing, managing and leading a team and business strategy. You'll get to apply the skills you learn on the degree to your job and share your new knowledge with colleagues, contributing to the success of your employer.

At the end of the course, you'll have a BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management degree and Full Level 6 Apprenticeship certification. You'll also have the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, which makes you eligible for registration as a Chartered Manager (CMgr).

To do this degree, you need to have full support from your current employer, or you can apply to work for an employer looking to recruit degree apprentices.

How you study will depend on your employer. You might study completely online, or do a combination of distance learning and campus-based learning.

What you'll experience

On this degree apprenticeship you’ll:

    • Balance a full-time job with studying for a degree
    • Learn to lead and manage people, projects, operations and services that are essential to the UK’s future
    • Get Affiliate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) when you start your degree, paid for by us. You’ll access the CMI's resource portal, packed with useful articles and scenarios
    • Fuse your education with your experience, applying what you learn to your job
    • Apply your newly gained knowledge to solve work-based problems for your employer
    • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor
    • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university
    • Have full access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
    • Have the chance to showcase your ideas to your employer, peers and tutors at the Annual Business Conference

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies and build links with employers at home and abroad.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


Year 1

Core modules in this year are:

    • Principles of Management
    • Business Conference - Management in Business
    • Professional Skills Development
    • Business Operations and Systems Management
    • Marketing Principles in Practice
    • Working in a Business Environment

Year 2

Core modules in this year are:

    • Accounting for Business
    • Leading and Managing Change
    • Digital Technology in Business
    • Leading and managing Change
    • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
    • Managing Projects and Teams

Year 3

Core modules in this year are:

    • Contemporary Management in Practice (final work based learning project)
    • Critical Leadership
    • Critical Thinking and Research Skills
    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Strategic Management


On-campus teaching methods on this course include:

    • lectures
    • workshops
    • seminars
    • tutorials

    How you study for your degree will depend on your employer. You'll likely attend the University on day release for 1 day every other week during term time. You'll do follow up work by yourself when away from the University with support from our Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle.

    Occasionally we run customised versions of the course with specific employers, which aren't available to all applicants. This could involve study via distance learning with the support of Moodle or a combination of online study with block release (4-day periods of intense study on campus).

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

    • individual and group work
    • presentations
    • reports
    • essays
    • academic posters
    • online video casts
    • a professional development portfolio

    You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

    You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

This degree apprenticeship will ignite your ambition and give you the professional qualifications and practical experience you need to advance in your managerial career.

When you successfully complete your degree apprenticeship, you'll be eligible to apply for Chartered Management status (CMgr) with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

You'll also be eligible to apply to study the MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship with us.

After you finish your apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

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Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • 112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered.
  • All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Selection process

  • Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

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