Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship with the Open University offers you a flexible, blended learning approach to gain a degree level management qualification.

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Manager; Senior Manager; Head of Department; Operations Manager; or anyone with significant management responsibilities.

The programme is suitable for new and existing employees who are responsible for, or are looking to progress into, managing projects, tasks or people. It’s for people wanting to kick-start their career and achieve a degree alongside an apprenticeship, or for those who have been promoted to a managerial role and want to gain a formal management qualification.

  1. The Initial assessment will be undertaken by a Programme Delivery Manager.
  2. Tutor-supported study modules will build understanding of the key theories, skills and competencies in taking apprentices’ leadership and management skills to a higher level. The tutor-supported online learning is both varied and interactive, with multiple rich media formats that engage and enthuse apprentices on their journey. Learning can be accessed 24/7 on computers, tablets and mobile devices, so apprentices can study during their working hours at home, work and on the move.
  3. For each study module, there will be a number of face-to-face tutorials that all apprentices are recommended to attend. For those who are unable to make it, there will be a flexible online alternative. Practice tutors will also visit apprentices and their workplace supervisors around four times per year.
  4. Work-based learning modules guide apprentices in applying and evidencing their academic knowledge to their working practices.
  5. Online forums and discussion groups allow apprentices to learn from different industries and backgrounds.
  6. The summative portfolio records work based learning evidence, demonstrating apprentices’ application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours they have learnt.
  7. The workplace project is undertaken as part of apprentices’ normal work.
  8. The end-point assessment is carried out by an independent assessment organisation chosen by the employer.


Apprentices and the employer will be supported by the following key people from The Open University:

  • Practice Tutor – Helps to integrate learning into the workplace across the entire programme and supports the delivery of the work-based learning modules.  Apprentices and their line managers will be visited by a practice tutor at least four times per year.
  • Academic Tutor – Facilitates learning within the knowledge modules at each stage of the qualification through personalised tuition, student support and feedback.
  • Programme Delivery Manager – Supports the employer to deliver apprenticeship programmes, which meet business needs and are to agreed financial and performance targets. Also provides the employer with regular management information.


Level 6 / Degree

Qualifications achieved

  • BA (Hons) in Management Practice
  • Chartered Manager Status, awarded by CMI
  • English and maths level 2

The Open University has no formal entry requirements for the programme.

Candidates will have A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications, and English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

Apprentices are required to have gained functional skills in English and maths level 2 before completing the programme.

Apprenticeship training for current staff is supported by the government apprenticeship levy and we therefore need to ensure that that applicants meet the criteria for funding. Successful applicants should demonstrate that this programme is a good fit for their learning needs and have their manager’s support to undertake the learning required.

See “How do I apply?” tab below.

3 - 4 years

There is NO COST to the individual or their department.

Costs for training will be met from the University Apprenticeship Levy. This apprenticeship standard has been allocated a maximum funding cap of £27,000, which is the anticipated full cost for delivering this standard and the end point assessment.

Full details of how to apply, current staff apprenticeship application form, process guides and other useful information can be found in the "current staff" tab in the managers' area.

Applications need to be with the Open University before 31 August 17 for the October 2017 apprenticeship start. The next applications will need to be completed in December 2017 for the February 2018 apprenticeship start.


Please allow yourself time to complete the current staff apprenticeship application form, have a discussion with your line manager and submit your completed form to the apprenticeships team. This needs to be done prior to enrol you on the apprenticeship through our apprenticeship digital account.