As a leading Institution committed to developing talent for staff we will be launching the 7th cohort of the 4 year  Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) programme   We first launched the programme in April 2017 with the first 3 cohorts having successfully completed their Apprenticeship in 2021.

The Apprenticeship allows staff to develop a variety of skills through on and off the job learning.  The programme at Coventry University is offered to existing staff and is also available to new staff recruited into Degree apprentice roles.

The Apprenticeship through assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours allows staff to gain an academic qualification.  Candidates will achieve BA Honours in Business Management and Leadership and professional recognition through the (CMI) Chartered Management Institution.

This programme is specifically designed to develop the leadership abilities for those who take responsibility for people, projects and/ or services to deliver long term organisational success.  With the expectation they will deliver impact and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at staff in managerial positions from across the Coventry University Group who are in a leadership role or those that aspire to be in a leadership role within the organisation. Participants will be expected to commit to a 4 year programme of study with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.  Programme delivery will be a day release delivery model for 12 modules in total.  Delivery will be based on the occupational standard for the Chartered Manager Degree.  Participants will be expected to manage their workload effectively whilst taking part in a demanding programme of study.

Content and Features

The Chartered Manager Degree programme contains the following modules and programme specification:

Year 1

  • Business Environment    
  • Project Management*      
  • Contemporary Issues    

 Year 2                                        

  • Communication and Collaborative Working 
  •  Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Strategic and Change Management     

Year 3     

  • Management and Leadership Perspectives  
  • Economics and Financial Management 
  • International Business and Globalisation    

Year 4

  • Principles of Sales and Marketing     
  •  Resource Management                        
  •  Business Management and Leadership Project

Application Requirements

In order to be able to apply for the programme you should:

  • Be an aspiring manager or have assumed line management responsibility within the last 12 months
  • Have 2 A levels, or equivalent, or extensive demonstrable work experience
  • To allow for substantive learning, not already attained an equivalent Level 6 qualification in Leadership and Management
  • Have successfully passed your probationary period
  • Be a permanent member of staff
  • Be based in England (due to Apprenticeship guidelines)
  • Through the Apprenticeship Qualification Support Policy, outline that you have understood the commitment and expectations of the programme.  It is expected that this is discussed as part of dialogue with line managers upon commencement

English and maths

As part of the assessment plan laid out in the Apprenticeship standard, apprentices without an equivalent level 2 in English and maths (i.e. grades C (4)or above) will need to achieve this level,  prior to taking the end point assessment. 

If the candidate hasn’t achieved a prior attainment or cannot provide evidence of this attainment, Functional Skills will need to be studied in addition to the programme.  Provision will be put in place to support staff members who need to achieve their equivalent level 2 in English and maths.

How to Apply

Application for the April 2022 start is now open.   

If you wish to express an interest in this programme or have any queries, please contact the Apprenticeship Team at

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact:

If you would like to consider Apprenticeships as part of new staff vacancies, please speak to the People Team or contact: