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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

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).



For existing managers or employees stepping up

The UCQ CMDA is ideal for new or experienced managers or for employees who aspire to move into their first strategic management role. The programme has been specifically developed, and is delivered, by our work-based academic specialists. They understand the realities of business because of their 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 live webinar, face-to-face taught sessions (suspended from March 16 2020 until further notice), academic assignments, projects, case studies, reports, portfolio building, presentations, self- directed study and also group working. The majority of activities focus on the the students’ job role and employer business and are of direct benefit to organisation form the get go. 


The UCQ 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) and Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship certificate of completion

Duration: 36 months for the degree +up to 4 months for end point assessment

Starts: Open multi-employer cohorts in January, May and September; Closed single employer cohorts on demand, at any point thought the year, anywhere in England – NOTE: As a result of the ongoing COVID situation, until further notice, lectures, tutorials and assessor contact will be via live webinar with support from online resources. Students and employers will be notified in advance of any proposed plans for returning to face to face delivery, which is not anticipated until the 2021/2022 academic year.

Suitable for: Current, new and aspiring strategic managers

Entry requirements: Negotiated between UCQ and employer

“Off the job” element: Live lectures (face to face or via webinar) once a month plus activities including research, assignments, reflection, portfolio development, one to one’s etc

Support for students: UCQ mentor for duration of the programme, unlimited contact with lecturers via video call or phone

Support for employers: UCQ account manager for duration of programme with practical experience of business management and leadership

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 UCQ CMDA is entirely based upon the following assessments:

  • Knowledge – academic assignments 
  • Skills and Behaviours – Self reflection, peer and line manager review, assessor observations, work product evidence
  • End-point assessment 

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