Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Business and Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship)

Salford Business School


Distance Learning


Three year

Next enrolment

September 2023


In a nutshell

A Chartered Manager is someone who can take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success, with the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.

This programme has been designed to develop the managers and leaders of the future and aims to:

  • close the gap for learners seeking to enter management
  • provide new and enhanced learning for those in management roles who have not had the benefit of management training or development

“In addition to learning about the principles and practices that underpin core areas of business management, the programme will enable learners to:

  • Explore their capabilities
  • Critically examine their ways of managing in a range of situations
  • Understand the impact of their actions
  • Develop occupation competency at a professional level
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous personal and professional development

Course accreditations

This is for...


Individuals who are committed to ongoing professional and personal development


Those looking for a solid business education


Individuals who are looking to develop a range of transferable skills

Course details

All about the course

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the End Point Assessment. The End Point Assessment involves an assessment of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence which is collated whilst on-programme. The End Point Assessment will be undertaken by a panel comprising the employer, HEI and an independent assessor; the independent assessor will have the final decision in relation to the assessment and grading of the apprentice. The University and employer work closely with each other to:

  1. Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace
  2. To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you

Apprentices will study a core curriculum that focuses on organisational performance, personal effectiveness, and transferable skills. The programme features a wide range of modules, including; Marketing and Communications, Accounting for Decision Making, Managing People and Performance, Personal and Professional Development, Ethical Leadership in the Workplace and Strategic Change Management. 

Year one

Organisations and Culture

Managers are responsible for planning, organising, leading people and other resources. This module introduces and explains approaches to organisational management and the theories behind organisational cultures as they relate to management practice and considers leadership styles and motivational theories.

Developing Self and Others

This module focuses on helping learners to identify and understand the development needs of themselves and others. Through developing awareness of themselves and their values and purpose, learners will be able to identify their personal development needs and the enablers and barriers to these. This greater self-awareness will also influence learners’ management and leadership potential, as they learn how to use social and emotional intelligence and active listening to develop interpersonal skills that enhance awareness of the development needs of others.

Managing Stakeholder Relations

Good relationships with stakeholders are a key contributor to an organisation’s success. To build stakeholder relationships that are long lasting and sustainable, they need to be planned and developed. This module examines the types and purposes of stakeholder relationships and the skills required to overcome challenges and manage these effectively.

Marketing and Communications

This module focuses on the importance of marketing in its role in driving success and delivering results. It provides an introduction to the functions of marketing within the organisation, examines key marketing concepts and explores their application in the context of organisations. Learners will also examine the theories, processes and practices of good business communications to facilitate an understanding of the importance of effective internal and external communications in a business context.

Accounting for Decision Making

This module introduces learners to the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting and the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of strategic decision-making. The module is aimed at learners who are not accounting or finance specialists.

Management Practice – Negotiated Study

A project negotiated between the learner, employer and programme team, focusing on an aspect of management practice within the learner’s immediate work context. This module is work based and will enable learners to investigate and propose changes to an aspect of their own practice in relation to at least one of the following: leading and managing others, working in teams to address management challenges, management development.

Year two

Project Management Skills

Project management is an important and integral part of an organisation, whether this is product, service or knowledge-based. This module will help learners to develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in an organisational context. Various aspects of Project Management and industry-recognised tools and techniques for planning and controlling projects will be examined.

Managerial Decision Making

This module will develop learners’ understanding of the processes that influence choice and behaviour, and how judgements and decisions may shape organisational life. Expert judgement, intuitive decision making and risk-taking will be considered. The characteristics of the decision-maker and the immediate environment and how these can help or hinder managerial judgements and decisions will also be examined.

Managing People and Performance

Organisations achieve their objectives through people.  Based on the premise that people are the key and most important resource in an organisation and translate other resources into added value, this module will examine the importance of strategic management of the people resource in organisations and how this relates to the wider organisational context and business strategy. Aspects of successful and effective people management practice and how this can impact on business performance will be considered.

Personal and Professional Development

This module will build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Year One’s ‘Developing Self and Others’ module by focusing on managing personal development for to develop as a leader. In analysing the strategic direction of their organisation, learners will evaluate the strategic skills required of a leader and how these link to supporting the organisation’s strategic ambitions. Learners will create their own personal leadership development plan and an accompanying implementation process, the effectiveness of which will be evaluated against the achievement of their organisation’s strategic ambition objectives.

Managing Operations in the Digital Environment

This module will develop learners’ awareness of how the resources of an organisation may be managed and operationalised in order to create value efficiently and effectively. Reflecting the contemporary shift to digital business, the wider global trend of digital transformation and the potential implications of this for organisations’ established operations management practices, processes, people and ultimate value creation will then be examined.

Reflective Leaders – Negotiated Study

A second project negotiated between the learner, employer and programme team, this work-based module focuses on a reflective evaluation of the learner’s current leadership practice. This will provide a foundation for the development, implementation and appraisal of actions to enhance the learner’s performance and future manager/leader aspirations.

Year three

Ethical Leadership in the Workplace

Practitioners from all types of organisation are constantly faced with ethical decisions which determine their organisations’ health. Ethical decision making also determines career success or failure. This module will develop learners’ appreciation of ethics in an organisational context and how ethical leaders instil ethical principles throughout organisations in ways which promote responsible behaviour to stakeholders while taking into account that stakeholders may hold different, culturally-informed sets of ethical values.

Analytics for Management Decision Making

The complex role of data and analytics is becoming increasingly important in the management decision-making process, where the challenge is to find a balance between newly available data sources and trusted experience when making decisions. This module will provide an insightful look and practical approaches on managerial decision-making that considers various contextual factors - such as decision impact, data availability, organizational culture, diverse types of managers, analytics maturity and different roles of data and human judgement.

Innovation and the Entrepreneur

This module will consider the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship for organisational improvement and sustainability and will provide learners with an opportunity to develop a mindset to act entrepreneurially within existing organisational settings. Looking at entrepreneurial behaviours and processes, the module will encourage learners to Investigate opportunities for innovative or entrepreneurial improvements within existing organisational settings.

Strategic Change Management

This module will provide learners with a critical understanding of key theories and concepts of the management and leadership of deliberate strategic change within organisations. The drivers of strategic change and the various types and directions of strategic change that may be available to organisations, as well as approaches to the design and implementation of change initiatives and interventions, will be examined. The leadership qualities and capabilities required to successfully drive through such strategic change, including in times of uncertainty, will also be explored.

Professional Management and Leadership Practice – Negotiated Study

A final project negotiated between the apprentice, employer and programme team, focusing on the learner’s own role as a manager and leader in the workplace.  A work-based opportunity to synthesise the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed during the programme, this module is designed to support professionals in investigating and making changes to an aspect of their own practice or for those who wish to explore a topic of their own interest and relevance as it relates to management and leadership.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Course overview

Apprentices will participate in off the job training for one day per week during their studies with work based learning. A variety of teaching and learning methods with be employed, as appropriate, these include:

• Lectures

• Team work

• Presentations (individual and group)

• Seminars

• Tutorials

• Independent and guided learning

Assessment is both formative and summative and is achieved by a variety of methods which are focused around the workplace.

School Overview

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Our Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s beautiful Peel Park campus, just minutes from Manchester city centre. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

The University’s library is open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year and offers a wide range of study support including 360,000 books, 600,000 electronic books, silent study areas, collaborative working areas, PC suites and lap top loan. You also have 24/7 access to study and computing facilities at the MediaCityUK campus.

CMI dual accredited

Our Business Management course is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.

When you graduate, you will gain a CMI Level 6 Certificate in Professional Management and Leadership Practice, as well as your degree. This CMI award is for individuals wishing to develop professional management and leadership practice who will have the knowledge, skills and behaviours to drive business activities in a senior, regional, specialist or director level management and leadership role. 

You will receive complimentary CMI student membership as you work towards your degree, which will enhance your learning experience and improve your employability in a number of ways. As part of your membership, you will benefit from: 

  • Access to CMI’s online portal, ManagementDirect – featuring thousands of resources to support your learning
  • Access to the CMI Career Development Centre with online training, job search engine and CV services
  • Access to other CMI members, providing the opportunity to network and make connections with management professionals
  • Webinars and sessions on a wide range of management related topics such as the impact of Covid on supply chains


Upon successful completion of the course, apprentices will achieve the BSc (Hons) Business and Management. They will also receive the Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

The typical duration for this apprenticeship is four years, but will depend on the previous experience of the apprentice. 


Apprentices will need to have GCSE maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or above, have qualifications at Level 3 (A-level/BTEC) or equivalent and need to demonstrate the equivalent of 104 UCAS points (BCC) or relevant work experience that we can accredit. 

English language Requirements

Unfortunately we are not able to recruit international students onto our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programmes. 

Application Deadlines

Please be aware of the application deadline below. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake.

September 2023 Intake – Application deadline is Friday 25th August 2023

Standard Entry Requirements

GCSE apprentices must fulfill our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

English and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above

UCAS tariff points

104 - 112 points

GCE A level

BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes.

BTEC National Diploma

National Diploma DMM

Alternative Entry Requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Apprenticeship Funding

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 5%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Chartered Manager standard has been allocated the following funding band:

Funding band: 15
Funding band maximum: £22,000

Find out more about Apprenticeship funding  

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Enrolment dates

September 2023

September 2024