The UCQ Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) combines our BA (Hons) Professional Management degree (validated by The Open University) with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership. Students successfully completing the programme will also receive professional recognition as a Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI) through the CMI.

For existing managers or employees stepping up

The UCQ CMDA is ideal for existing managers or for employees that are stepping up or across to their first management role. The programme has been specifically developed, and is delivered, by our work-based learning specialists. They understand the realities of business from their extensive industry experience, gained working “at the coal face” of management; as a result, you can be confident that they will appreciate your needs, challenges and constraints, as well as those of your staff and will be able to deliver a programme to fully meet your organisational and staff needs.

Directly benefits the employer organisation

The UCQ CMDA programme is delivered and assessed using a range of methods and activities including face-to-face taught sessions, live webinar, assignments, projects, case studies, reports, portfolio building, presentations, self- directed study and group working. Importantly, all of these activities are focused upon the student’s actual work and are of direct benefit to the employer organisation. We aim to gain maximum return on investment for our employer customers, whenever their employees study with us.

CMDA at a glance

Awards: UCQ BA (Hons) Professional Management degree (validated by The Open University), CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, Chartered Manager status (CMgr MCMI)

Duration: Up to three years

Starts: March, June, September and November – plus additional on request subject to minimum cohort sizes

Suitable for: Existing managers, those with management responsibilities and employees identified as future managers

Entry requirements: Negotiated between UCQ and employer

“Off the job” element: Taught sessions one day per month plus activities including job shadowing, portfolio development, one to one’s etc

Support for students: UCQ mentor for duration of the programme

Support for employers: UCQ account manager for duration of programme 

Eligibility: Individuals holding existing degrees may join, providing it is not a business and management degree

Assessment: There are no exams, successful completion of the CMDA is entirely based upon the following assessments:

  • Knowledge and skills assessment
  • Behavioural assessment  
  • End-point assessment 

 

Download one of our CMDA guides for more information…

Course Modules

Year 1 - Level 4 Modules

  1. Module 1.1 Academic Skills

    The essential skills and knowledge required of a higher education student.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Academic Skills by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    1.1 (1) Evaluate primary and secondary research methods

    1.1 (2) Analyse and describe different research resources

    1.1 (3) Apply Harvard referencing to assignments

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your ability to carry out a range of research techniques using various methods. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Learning strategy

    The learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of seminars, workshops, tutorials, self-directed study, professional practice and reflective review.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment demonstrating your understanding of academic research using a range of sources.

  2. Module 1.2 Leading People

    The impact of different leadership styles on individual and organisational performance.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Leading People by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    1.2 (1) Assess leadership styles that can be adopted in different situations
    1.2 (2) Evaluate an organisation’s approach to diversity management
    1.2 (3) Integrate your organisation’s values and working practices to support a high performance, inclusive work culture
    1.2 (4) Recommend coaching and mentoring techniques that can be used to improve individual’s performance

     

    Learning strategy 

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge and experience as a manager or leader and provide evidence of reflection. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Assessment guidance

    The learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of seminars, workshops, tutorials, self-directed study, professional practice and reflective review.

  3. Module 1.3 Communication

    Understanding different forms of communication and their effectiveness in the workplace.

    Introduction

    By successfully completing this module on Communication, you will be able to:

    1.3 (1) Evaluate methods and channels of communication that can be applied within different workplace situations

    1.3 (2) Analyse interpersonal and communication skills across a range of work related contexts

    1.3 (3) Demonstrate the ability to manage and chair meetings, presenting clearly any actions and outcomes

    1.3 (4) Apply influencing and persuasion skills to interactions across a range of work related activities

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge and experience as a manager or leader and provide evidence of reflection. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Learning strategy

    The learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of seminars, workshops, tutorials, self-directed study, professional practice and reflective review.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment (report) on understanding different forms of communication in a range of settings. Students will also carry out self-reflection on their own communication style, specifically relating to influence and persuasion skills and identify areas for improvement and best practice. Finally, a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your ability to manage and chair meetings, presenting clearly any actions and outcomes, will be collated from items such as observations, witness statements, peer feedback and review, reports, assignment and coaching notes.

  4. Module 1.4 Sales and Marketing

    How sales and marketing strategies are relevant to management within the workplace.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Sales and Marketing by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    1.4 (1) Evaluate theories to inform sales and marketing strategies within an organisation

    1.4 (2) Assess methods for setting objectives and monitoring the implementation of a sales and marketing strategy

    1.4 (3) Analyse approaches to innovation in product and design within a chosen organisation

    1.4 (4) Apply creative approaches to develop a range of solutions to meet customer and organisation needs.

    1.4 (5) Critically analyse market segmentation in relation to your own organisation

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge and experience as a manager or leader and provide evidence of reflection.

    Learning strategy

    The learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of seminars, workshops, tutorials, self-directed study, professional practice and reflective review.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through a formal presentation to develop a sales strategy for your organisation. You will also carry out self-reflection on the use of different sources of information and data to develop sales and marketing solutions. Finally, you will continue to add to your portfolio of evidence, in this instance demonstrating sales and marketing approaches and tasks carried out through normal work activities.

  5. Module 1.5 Decision Making

    Making and communicating effective decisions.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Decision Making by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    1.5 (1) Evaluate problem solving and decision-making models and techniques

    1.5 (2) Assess complex data to draw conclusions

    1.5 (3) Evaluate the values, governance and ethics within your own organisation relating to decision making

    1.5 (4) Demonstrate ethical approaches to problem solving and decision making

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge and experience as a manager or leader and provide evidence of reflection.

    Learning strategy

    The learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of seminars, workshops, tutorials, self-directed study, professional practice and reflective review.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment (report) that will analyse complex data and draw conclusions from this. You will also carry out self-reflection on the use of different problem solving and decision-making techniques in line with the values, governance and ethical principles of your own organisation. Finally, you will compile further evidence for your portfolio demonstrating the use of critical analysis tools and evidence-based tools that you have used in order to solve problems.

  6. Module 1.6 Professional Practice 1

    Demonstrating your ongoing development as a professional manager.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this Professional Practice module by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    1.6 (1) Assess your own learning, management and leadership styles and recommend areas for improvement

    1.6 (2) Evaluate goal setting theories/models and time management techniques relevant to your own organisation

    1.6 (3) Demonstrate the skills required of a higher education student 1.6 (4) Demonstrate management skills across a work-related project

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge and experience as a manager or leader and provide evidence of reflection. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

Year 2 - Level 5 Modules

  1. Module 2.1 Managing People

    How to recruit, manage and develop people using a variety of approaches.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Managing People. This is your reference guide to the content and assessment of this module.

    By successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    2.1 (1) Evaluate recruitment and selection methods used by organisations
    2.1 (2) Analyse talent management approaches used by own organisation
    2.1 (3) Demonstrate team building skills to develop and motivate team members
    2.1 (4) Demonstrate a range of management competencies to manage and monitor individual and
    team performance.

    Learning strategy

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge of recruitment and selection methods used by organisations and demonstrate team building skills.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through a presentation demonstrating your understanding of different recruitment and selection methods used by organisations and an analysis of talent management approaches. You will carry out a reflection on team building to demonstrate your ability to develop and motivate team members, demonstrating a range of management competences to manage and monitor individual team performance.

  2. Module 2.2 Business Finance

    Understand and assess the impact of financial performance on the organisation

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Business Finance. This is your reference guide to the content and assessment of this module.

    By successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    2.2 (1) Evaluate financial management strategies and financial planning tools that can be used by organisations

    2.2 (2) Analyse organisation’s financial data to produce financial reports within a selected area of an organisation

    2.2 (3) Demonstrate effective management of budget and accounting activities
    2.2 (4) Assess procurement and contracting processes within the commercial context of your own
    organisation.

    Learning strategy

    To achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate that you can evaluate financial management strategies, financial planning tools and data to produce financial reports. You will also review the procurement and contracting process within your own organisation. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment demonstrating your understanding of financial management strategies and financial planning tools. It will allow you to analyse financial data to produce financial reports and demonstrate effective management of budget and accounting activities. You will also be able to assess the procurement and contracting process within your own organisation.

  3. Module 2.3 New Technologies

    How to best use technology as a tool for innovation and future development.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on New Technologies by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    2.3 (1) Evaluate the impact of current and predicted future digital technologies on organisations
    2.3 (2) Assess innovation and enterprise within own organisation
    2.3 (3) Evaluate knowledge management culture within an organisation
    2.3 (4) Research creative and innovative improvements to existing products and services based on benchmarking techniques.

    Learning strategy

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate you can evaluate the impact of current and predicted future digital technologies on organisations. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment demonstrating your understanding of new technologies and knowledge culture within your own organisation. You will reflect on innovation and enterprise and come up with some improvements to existing products or services linked to benchmarking techniques.

  4. Module 2.4 Digital Business

    Today’s digital business environment and how it can be used to your advantage.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Digital Business by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    2.4 (1) Critically evaluate digital technologies and strategies used in organisations
    2.4 (2) Analyse the links between digital business and organisational strategy
    2.4 (3) Research digital technologies improvements within own organisation
    2.4 (4) Create digital business solution linked to organisational strategy based on identified improvements

     

    Learning strategy

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of digital business and the links between this and organisation strategy. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through a presentation demonstrating your understanding and ability to create digital business solutions. You will understand the complexities of digital business and the links between this and organisation strategy. You will learn how digital business can be used for competitive advantage.

  5. Module 2.5 Developing Collaborative Relationships

    Developing relationships with a range of key internal and external stakeholders.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Developing Collaborative Relationships by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    2.5 (1) Evaluate the principles of stakeholder, customer, supplier engagement and management used in organisations

    2.5 (2) Assess the benefits and challenges of cross-functional working and identify areas for improvement

    2.5 (3) Demonstrate building rapport and trust through developing and maintaining networks and relationships with a range of people from diverse backgrounds

    2.5 (4) Demonstrate collaborative working with internal and external stakeholders using negotiation and conflict resolution techniques.

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate you can build rapport and trust with a range of people from diverse backgrounds and be able to negotiate and overcome conflict with internal and external stakeholders.

    Learning strategy

    You will evaluate the principles of stakeholder, customer, supplier engagement and management and assess the benefits of cross-functional working. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment demonstrating your understanding stakeholder management, engagement and cross-functional working. You will have the opportunity to develop collaborative relationships with a range of key internal and external stakeholders.

  6. Module 2.6 Professional Practice 2

    Demonstrating your ongoing development as a professional manager.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this Professional Practice module by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    2.6 (1) Evaluate models of emotional and social intelligence
    2.6 (2) Assess factors that impact on your own, team and organisational performance
    2.6 (3) Demonstrate commercial acumen and sound judgement based on new opportunities
    2.6 (4) Demonstrate positive impact on your own and others performance, respecting the people with whom they work

     

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge and experience as a manager or leader and provide evidence of reflection. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through the development of an academic report which evaluates models of emotional and social intelligence. You will also carry out self-reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of some of the factors that have impacted on your own, team and organisational performance. You will also build a portfolio which demonstrates your commercial acumen and the positive impact you have had on your own and others performance during year two of your degree programme.

    The majority of the credits for this module will be based on a portfolio of evidence demonstrating the development of skills of an effective manager. You will draw up a personal development plan, identifying areas for improvement linked to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Code of Practice and Chartered Manager criteria. You will be encouraged to participate in an online blog reflecting on your own personal performance and include evidence of commercial acumen and the impact you have had on your own and others performance.

Year 3 - Level 6 Modules

  1. Module 3.1 Strategy and Change

    Develop and implement an organisational strategy and how to manage change.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Strategy and Change, by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    3.1 (1) Evaluate models and theories of strategy formation, change and risk management used by organisations

    3.1 (2) Assess key principles of sustainability, workforce development and supply chain management within your own organisation

    3.1 (3) Assess quality assurance within your own organisation using theoretical models and industry standards

    3.1 (4) Demonstrate effective development, delivery and monitoring of an operational plan, delivering successful outcomes

     

    Learning strategy

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate you can evaluate models and theories of strategy and change and deliver an operational plan successfully. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment demonstrating your understanding of strategy and change. You will produce a formal academic report reviewing the different models and theories of strategy and change and some of the key principles of sustainability. You will produce a reflective account on your ability to design, deliver and monitor an operational plan. Finally, you will gather portfolio evidence in the form of workplace evidence demonstrating how you have assessed quality assurance within your organisation and answer knowledge questions linked to theories and models.

  2. Module 3.2 Project Management

    The effective planning, design, development and implementation of projects.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Project Management. This is your reference guide to the content and assessment of this module.

    By successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    3.2 (1) Evaluate project management tools and techniques that can be used to deliver successful projects

    3.2 (2) Assess risk management models that can be applied to a project
    3.2 (3) Demonstrate the use of a wide range of project management tools during the planning, design, development and implementation of a project
    3.2 (4) Design and lead change programmes within a specific area of your own organisation

     

    Learning strategy

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your ability to manage a project through the planning, design, development and implementation stages. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment demonstrating your understanding of project management tools and techniques you have applied to a project of your choice. You will reflect on your performance during this change programme and identify areas for improvement which will be documented in your professional practice portfolio.

  3. Module 3.3 Professional Practice 3

    Demonstrating your ongoing development as a professional manager.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Professional Practice 3. This is your reference guide to the content and assessment of this module.

    By successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    3.3 (1) Assess your own and team’s personal well-being using a range of tools and techniques

    3.3 (2) Evaluate the development of an organisation’s core values

    3.3 (3) Critically assess your own and teams creative, innovative and enterprising competencies

    3.3 (4) Evaluate new ways of working using the latest management theories.

     

    Learning strategy

    To achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your ability, experience and knowledge as a manager or leader and provide evidence of reflection. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where appropriate.

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment demonstrating your personal development as a manager or leader. You will produce an assessment of your own teams creative, innovative and enterprising competences. You will also update your personal development plan, identifying areas for improvement linked to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Code of Practice and Chartered Manager criteria. You will be encouraged to participate in an online blog reflecting on your own personal performance and demonstrating how you have responded to feedback.

  4. Module 3.4 Management Project

    A management related project centred around your work.

    Introduction

    Welcome to this module on Management Project by successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

    3.4 (1) Evaluate ethical approaches to research to produce a proposal based on an agreed business problem

    3.4 (2) Critically analyse management topics using appropriate academic literature, work related information and data sources to solve a business problem

    3.4 (3) Present research findings in a clear and academic format to solve business problems 3.4 (4) Critically reflect on the management project journey and identify areas for improvement.

     

    Learning strategy

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, you will need to demonstrate your ability to develop a management project using appropriate academic literature, work related information and data sources to solve a business problem. Your tutor is there to guide and support you throughout this module, offering advice and guidance where applicable.

     

    Assessment guidance

    This module will be assessed through an assignment demonstrating your understanding of current academic literature, work-related information and data sources.