Where will this course lead?

This is a progression route for Apprentices holding a Level 5 Diploma. 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 Professional 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?

The aim of the programme is to support and develop students for careers in the areas of Business and Management. Modules include:

Year One:

- Introduction to Marketing

- Strategic Management

- Business Research (Double module)

- Human Resources Management in practice

- Academic Skills

Year Two

- Managing Quality & Risk

- Work-based Project (Double Module)

- Leading & Managing Change

- Managing Marketing Activities

- Strategic Leadership

- Strategic Insights

- Developing Self and Developing Others

How will this course be delivered?

The delivery of the knowledge and partial skills component of the CMDA standards will be delivered over 3 academic years, to achieve the compulsory component BA Hons to meet the standard. The additional year will be to complete the portfolio and ensure the Apprentice is ready for EPA.

Face-to-face lectures and tutorial support will be delivered in a 12-week block twice a year over two 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) Professional 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?

Throughout the programme, teaching and learning strategies acknowledge and encourage a range of learning styles. The programme aims to provide a balance between provision of information and opportunities to assimilate actively, apply, question, debate and reflect critically. Teaching and learning strategies:

- introduce and encourage students to engage in new areas of knowledge while also giving them the opportunity to broaden and deepen their existing knowledge;

- encourage students to engage in critical analysis of concepts, theories and practice and to test their analysis against received understandings and practices.

- provide the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a range of activities relevant to students' roles in the business environment from empirical research to presenting their findings.

- encourage students to engage in critical reflection of self, others and business and management practice.

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.

After you have completed the BA Hons component you will be participate in an End Point Assessment. Currently this is assessed through:

· A portfolio evidencing your competency in all CMI knowledge, skills and behaviours standards

· Work based project (you will complete this in year two as part of the BA Hons)

· Presentation on the Work based project

· Competency based interview

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) Professional Business and Management Practice programme should meet the following requirement:

three passes at GCSE (grades A - C) or O-level (grades A - C), including Mathematics and English Language:


Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership

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

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.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

- British Council IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the Reading and Writing components; and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening and Speaking components (the IELTS qualification should not be more than two years old at time of application).

The University's English language requirements can be found at http://www.brookes.ac.uk/international/how-to-apply/undergraduate/undergraduate-entry-requirements/

What else do I need to know?

Contact hours comprise a mix of lectures (including guest speakers as well as more theory-based material), seminars, workshops and tutorials. The students' approach to enquiry is supported and structured through, for example, in-class exercises, debates, discussions and case study analysis, during their contact hours.

All enrolled students have access to Oxford Brookes University e-library and Solihull College & University Centre library. If you wish to purchase course textbooks you will need to budget for either new or used textbooks.

This course is a full-time programme, and you will be expected to attend one afternoon and one evening in the first semester of the first year and then one day per week between the hours of 10am - 8pm for the remainder of the programme, timetables will be issued to successful applicants prior to induction and enrolment in September of the current Academic year.

Books may be purchased, please allow up to £250.

Additional costs

Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and work-books in the first year.

Please read our full terms and conditions https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/policies-and-applicant-information/

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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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