Degree Apprenticeship Cert HE

Project Management Consultancy (Associate Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship)

Salford Business School




Two year

Next enrolment

September 2023


In a nutshell

The Associate Project Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship will provide you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by individuals who work in projects in small, medium or large organisations within the private, public or third sectors. This apprenticeship is designed as an entry level role into the Project Management profession. This programme also incorporates the Association of Project Management Project Management Qualification.

The degree apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minimum of two years’ work experience upon graduation. Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship programme and you will be earning a salary at the same time.

You will:

  • Develop the project management skills required for success within a business
  • Have the opportunity to gain the APM PMQ professional qualification
  • Gain a Higher Education Certificate in Project Management
  • Complete a level 4 apprenticeship which gives entry to the University of Salford degree in management
  • Benefit from apprenticeship funding via your employer and/or the Government

This is for you if...


You have a hard-working approach


Manage projects within your organization


You are looking to develop a range of transferable skills

Course details

All about the course

You will study a core curriculum that focuses on how organisations function and the role of the associate project manager within an organisation.

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The University and employer work closely with each other to:

Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace

To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you


Principles of Project Management: People and Processes

Project management may seem a technically based profession with a focus on developing schedules, building budgets, calculating critical paths and determining earned value etc, and to an extent it is concerned with plans and calculations. However, no project can succeed without people and people are not motivated to do their best because of a plan or schedule or budget. Individuals and teams need to be motivated and enthused to succeed; they must have leaders as well as managers if they are to achieve their best. This module focuses on the people element of project management and covers, forms of project organisation, the context and environment where people work, communication, leadership, motivation, quality and risk management. In essence, this module is focused on the people side of project management.

Assessment: One group assignment plus two in-class time-limited assessments.

Principles of Project Management: Tools and Techniques

Project management is a profession that grew out of a fusion of engineering and logistics and as such has a distinct technical aspect which focuses on planning and managing complex systems to achieve successful outcomes. A successful project manager needs to have a good understanding and capability to utilise the specialised tools and techniques of the profession. This module will focus on topics such as critical path analysis, earned value calculations, governance, determination of scope, scheduling, procurement and budgeting. Whilst such topics may seem a little intimidating at first glance, students will soon become confident in developing and using these techniques.

Assessment: One group assignment plus two in-class time-limited assessments

Principles of Project Management: Work Based Project

This is a module where the student develops a practical and holistic understanding of the practical and professional side of project management through the production of a portfolio centred on the 17 learning areas of the Associate PM Apprenticeship standard, thus making the progression to the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment  in a smooth and timely manner.

Areas of focus includes: Project governance; Project stakeholder management; Project communication; Project leadership; Consolidated planning; Budgeting and cost control; Business case and benefits management; Project scope; Project schedule; Resource management; Project risk and issue management; Contract management and procurement; Project quality; Project context Collaboration and team work; Leadership; Effective and appropriate communication; Drive for results; Integrity, ethics, compliance and professionalism 

Assessment: Portfolio

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.

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.

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What about after uni?

Upon graduation you will hold the CertHE Project Management Consultancy certificate as well as the Level D APM professional qualification. You may continue to progress with your employer or move to another employer to develop your career.



You must be employed and individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. Academically, students registering to the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve the FdSc Project Management Consultancy. In addition you will receive the Level D APM professional qualification.

Each application will be considered carefully and judged on its own merits.

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


Minimum five grades at grade C/grade 4 or above. With grade C/grade 4 in English and maths. Functional Skills Level 2 also accepted.

UCAS tariff points

64 UCAS Tariff points (indicatively CC with a minimum of two A2 passes

BTEC National Extended Diploma


Equivalent qualifications

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered please contact admissions for further information


The total cost of this apprenticeship is £6,000. The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required.

Additional costs


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.

Find out more about Apprenticeship funding  

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2023

September 2024