Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship


The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is delivered by Coventry University: The Nationwide Apprenticeship University.

The CMDA enables employers to develop first class leadership talent. Apprentices gain an academic qualification – BA Honours Management and Leadership – awarded by Coventry University, Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year 2015. This apprenticeship also develops the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours required to achieve professional qualification and accreditation: the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Diploma in Management and Leadership and full Chartered Manager status with the designator letters ‘CMgr’ – the highest that can be achieved in the management profession.

Programme Content & Delivery

The programme is equally suitable for new employees and existing members of staff new to a role. It is designed to build the learner’s ability to manage people, projects, operations and/or services.

There is no age limit.

Why train your managers?

  • 80% of UK managers are untrained and unsupported
  • 43% of line managers are rated ‘ineffective’ by their direct reports
  • Chartered managers each add £391K of value to their employers

(Source: CMI 2016)

Course delivery is by a variety of methods in 12 modules over 4 years. Learners are assessed at the end of each module. The programme is flexible and timeframes may be adapted to suit the needs of the business and employees. The Nationwide Apprenticeship University team builds the programme with the organisation, tailoring the content to the specific needs of the learner and the employer, ensuring that business objectives are met. Tutors are experienced industry professionals who are enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge and helping learners to achieve excellence. There are no examinations as learning is assessed by a range of different methods in real work situations, including presentations, reporting, individual and group assignments.


Year One Year 2 Year 3 Year 4

Communication & Influencing Skills


Choose 1 from:

  • Business Principles & Organisational Context
  • Performance, Management & Improvement
  • Workplace Coaching


Choose 1 from:


  • Leading Teams to Performance Excellence
  • Managing People
  • Managing Operations


Choose 3 from:

  • Critical Decision Making
  • Trends in Management & Leadership
  • Creativity, Innovation and Intrepreneurship
  • Global Business
  • Managing and Leading in Business
  • Successful Projects
  • Ethics in Business

Teamwork & Collaboration

Developing Strategic Thinking

Choose 1 from:


  • Service Operations
  • Delivering Quality
  • Financial Planning and Management



Leadership & Management in the Workplace

Organisational Change

Business Project


Year 1 + Year 2 + Year 3 + Year 4 =

  • BA Hons Management & Leadership
  • Chartered Manager status


By completing the full four years of the apprenticeship, you will gain:

  • BA Hons Management & Leadership
  • Chartered Manager status
The Queen's Award for Enterprise
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023