Where will this course lead?

The CMDA is a Higher Education Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship that includes business education, work-based learning and professional development that contributes to preparing students to meet criteria for Chartered Manager status. The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) offers a degree-level qualification in Business & Management Practice awarded by Oxford Brookes University delivered at Solihull College & University Centre. The course comprises on-the-job learning and practical work experience and will provide you with a professional pathway for career development.

This "Trailblazer" Apprenticeship has been developed by a group of employers, in partnership with a number of higher education institutions and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Workers who complete the course will earn an apprenticeship degree in Business  & Management Practice and will be eligible to be awarded chartered manager status. Course content is based on the published CMDA Standard and Assessment Plan.

What will I study?

Apprentices will study modules to achieve 360 credits over a period of 3-4 years to achieve the BA (Hons) Business & Management Practice. Modules at each year include:

YEAR 1: Introduction to Marketing, Personal Development and Managing Business operations
YEAR 2: Project Management, Strategic Management and Business Finance
YEAR 3: Managing Quality & Risk, Work-based Project or Dissertation and Leading & Managing Change

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

How will this course be delivered?

Face-to-face lectures and tutorial support will be delivered in a 12 weeks block twice a year over three years. On-line learning material and learning activities are available on our virtual learning environment giving access to forums to discuss ideas, work or anything else with your tutors and fellow students. Each student will have a mentor or personal tutor for the duration of his or her studies.

A number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

- Discuss your personal and professional development.
- Discuss and gain feedback about your work.
- Ask questions about the projects you're working on.
- Raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

What qualifications will I get?

On successful completion of your studies, you will be awarded BA (Hons) Business & Management Practice awarded by Oxford Brookes University.  Solihull College and your employer will support you in progressing to end-point assessment (EPA) where you will be eligible to be awarded degree apprenticeship and chartered manager status.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy includes On-Programme and End Point Assessment.

The On-Programme Assessment methods will be set by the degree awarding body, this will include a mix of assignments, exams, reports, practical exercises and work based projects.

Your progress and development will be assessed at regular stages throughout the apprenticeship - this is likely to be a combination of assignments, exams, presentations, workplace projects, reflective discussions and feedback on behaviours via 360 degree feedback or equivalent mechanisms.

Your employer and the college will formally sign-off your readiness for the end assessment when you have met and can confidently apply the minimum requirements of skills, knowledge and behaviours as detailed in the apprenticeship standard.

Apprenticeship gateway process

You will need to have passed the Gateway process in order to proceed on to the End Point Assessment.

How do I get a place on the course?

Employers can receive advice and support from the Employer Services team at Solihull College & University Centre.

What are the entry requirements?

Employers are responsible for recruiting and employing apprentices, while the College will assess candidates for academic entry requirements to the degree programme.

Entrants to the BA (Hons) Business and Management Practice programme should normally meet one of the following sets of requirements:

Three passes at GCSE (grades A/2 - C/4) or O-level (grades A/2 - C/4), normally including Mathematics and English Language:


- a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level;


- a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualification, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other level 3 vocational qualification.


- exceptionally, applicants who can demonstrate, through an extended CV, references and interview, that they have the knowledge and abilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the level 3 qualification, listed above may be admitted with dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications.

Additionally, students admitted without GCSE Maths and English Grades A/2-C/4, will be required to successfully complete these qualifications, in order to meet the requirements of the CMDA End Point Assessment.

As work-based learning is an integral part of the BA (Hons) Business and Management Practice programme in addition to holding one of the above entry qualifications, applicants will be in employment by the beginning of the programme for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA).

Applicants may be interviewed and may be required to undertake IT, numeracy and literacy tests as part of the assessment by the College, to ensure that they possess the appropriate attributes to succeed on the programme.



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