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Summer 2024 Start Dates

UCQ is pleased to confirm the Summer 2024 start dates of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) for your current and future managers.

At UCQ we recognise that your employees are your most valuable asset. Our vision is to help you drive the performance of your organisation by developing the professional management capabilities of your current and future strategic business managers. From a business case perspective, the UCQ CMDA can be summarised in just four words – occupational competence and organisational performance.

This programme will be delivered remotely over MS Teams, led by our academic and work-based teaching staff and with support from a range of online digital resources.

You will find below more details about our CMDA programme, including a short video interview with one of UCQ’s students where they describe what it’s like to study with us.

1919After going through all of the information, if you feel the programme may be right for you or your staff, and would like to apply to join one of our intakes, please download, complete and return the application form as directed.

If you have any questions you would like to ask about the CMDA you can contact UCQ Director of Executive Education, Stuart Cameron, by:

  1. Emailing stuart.cameron@ucq.ac.uk
  2. Calling Stuart on 07500 785619
  3. Clicking the button below to schedule a call in Stuart’s online calendar


May 2024 Starts

June 2024 Starts


If offered a place, our admissions team will confirm what group you are in and specific timings once they have processed your application.



Course Information

Title: Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship – L6 (CMDA)

  Duration: 3 years for the degree + up to 4 months for end point assessment

 Degree: BA (Hons) Professional Management (validated by The Open University)

  Professional Certification and Accreditation: CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, Chartered Manager status (CMgr MCMI)

      2024 INTAKES

Spring 2024 start dates: January and February 

Summer 2024 start dates: May and June

Autumn 2024 start dates: September and October

 Location: Interactive hybrid learning with annual learning fair

 Study format: Face to face induction (Leeds or London), remote group lectures (MS Teams), 121 and group tutorials (remote or face to face), annual learning fair (face to face), professional observations, self directed learning


Some things you need to know about the UCQ CMDA

An overview of the UCQ CMDA

1. What the UCQ CMDA is all about

The UCQ CMDA is a three year programme which will develop your professional management capabilities within the context of your organisations business environment. Degree apprenticeships such as the CMDA, provide professional people with an alternative, work-based, route to studying for a degree; one which is funded through a payroll tax called the Apprenticeship Levy, rather than out of your own pocket. This is a win-win for you and the business. From a business case perspective, the essence of the UCQ CMDA can be summarised in just five words – occupational competence and management performance.

The entire programme is delivered as a (Level 6) Degree Apprenticeship, with successful degree apprentices achieving the following qualifications, professional certification and accreditation:

  • BA (Hons) Professional Management degree (validated by The Open University)
  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship certificate of completion
  • CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership
  • Chartered Manager status (CMgr MCMI)

At the heart of the UCQ CMDA programme is our BA (Hons) Professional Management degree (validated by The Open University); this enables you to develop the skills, knowledge, behaviours and understanding of the operational and strategic dimensions of professional management obtained through the work you carry out for your employer. The degree has 3 stages, each of approximately 12 months duration. Different to most universities, the UCQ CMDA is timetable around a 52-week business cycle, rather than a standard 30-week dual semester academic cycle; this enables completion in 3, rather than 4 years.

Exit Awards

2. Your exit awards on early withdrawal

We understand that both personal and organisational circumstances change and that students may have to withdraw from the programme early. In the event of early withdrawal, we still believe you should be rewarded for your hard work and so offer the following exit awards:

  • Year 1 – Higher Education Certificate in Professional Management (CertHE)
  • Year 2 – Higher Education Diploma in Professional Management (DipHE)
  • Year 3 – BA Professional Management (ordinary degree without honours)

Programme delivery

3. An illustration of the expected study workload

In overall terms you can expect a study workload of between 35 and 40 hours per week, though the majority of this will be time spent applying your academic learning to work related activities (“on-the-job” learning).

All apprenticeships, including the UCQ CMDA, must incorporate a minimum of 20% of the learning, “off-the-job” (OTJ). This does not mean to say that you will be away from work place one day every week, though it does mean, that for approximately 6-7 hours each week, you will be involved in learning activities, during your normal contracted hours, directly relevant to your course, which you would not normally perform as part of your normal day to day job role.

Lectures and tutorials will be supplemented with other activities including, for example, research, self-guided study, preparing assignments, job shadowing, coaching, distance learning, e-learning, feedback and assessment, reflective learning, learning with peers or collaborative learning and mentoring.


4. How the UCQ CMDA is assessed

Whilst there are no examinations when undertaking the UCQ CMDA, there are a number of elements that make up the assessment for successfully completing the programme, including formative assessments as the programme progresses and the summative end point assessment.

On-Programme Formative Assessments

  1. Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Professional Management Degree including the 39-week Management Project (module 3.4)
  2. Learning and ongoing assessment within the Individual Learning Plan
  3. Portfolio compiled providing evidence of the application of learning and application of the management concepts taught

Gateway to End Point Assessment

Prior to progressing to the Final, summative, end point assessment, degree apprentices need to be able to evidence the following:

BA (Hons) Professional Management degree successfully completed and achieved
Functional skills (Maths and English) achieved at Level 2 or higher
This stage is referred to as “the Gateway”, following which students can proceed to…

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The Final synoptic assessment, by which you will be graded will include the following elements:

  • Review of portfolio of evidence against the requirements of the Standard
  • Review of Management Project (degree module 3.4)
    – A 15-minute presentation of the Management Project by the apprentice focused on the outcomes of the project, and demonstrating:
    – What the apprentice set out to achieve;
    – What they have produced in the project;
    – How they approached the work and dealt with any issues;
    – Demonstration of appropriate interpersonal and behavioural skills.
  • Panel interview to clarify and assess behavioural and skills competencies in more depth, including exploring evidence of
  • Chartered Manager status (CMgr MCMI)
  • Inform Final grading

Entry Requirements

5. The minimum requirements to join the UCQ CMDA

To be eligible to join the UCQ CMDA you must spend 50% or more of your working time in England across the duration of the programme. Typically you will work as a manager, have managerial experience, or aspire to move into a management role.

If you hold (a) prior degree(s) at a higher level you may still be eligible to join the programme, though it will need to provide you with substantial levels of new knowledge and skill.

You must be able to evidence functional skills qualifications (maths and English) at a minimum of Level 2 (GCSE grades A*-C, or agreed equivalent) prior to being able to enter the gateway to the end point assessment. We will be able to support you achieve your functional skills qualifications if necessary.

To be successful on this programme you will need to be able to balance your studies, with work and personal commitments; you will need to have the drive to succeed and to develop your career as a professional manager.

For further information, please refer to https://ucq.ac.uk/policies/