Business Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Whether you're already in employment or looking to start your career, this degree apprenticeship can help you develop your management skills, boost your job prospects and earn a degree whilst working full time. The Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship scheme was developed by the Government, business leaders, universities and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in response to a critical shortage of qualified managers. It is a nationally recognised qualification. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – it doesn’t cost you anything other than hard work. This 3-year degree apprenticeship is suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've already established your career and want to consolidate your work experience with management education, or you’ve just finished college and are taking your first step into professional employment. You'll learn professional management and leadership principles and develop your skills in areas such as business accounting, marketing, managing and leading a team and business strategy. You'll get to apply the skills you learn on the degree to your job and share your new knowledge with colleagues, contributing to the success of your employer. At the end of the course, you'll have a BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management degree and Full Level 6 Apprenticeship certification. You'll also have the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, which makes you eligible for registration as a Chartered Manager (CMgr). To do this degree, you need to have full support from your current employer, or you can apply to work for an employer looking to recruit degree apprentices. How you study will depend on your employer. You might study completely online, or do a combination of distance learning and campus-based learning. Accredited by: This course is an accredited Chartered Management Institute level 5 diploma. What you'll experience On this degree apprenticeship you’ll:

  • Balance a full-time job with studying for a degree
  • Learn to lead and manage people, projects, operations and services that are essential to the UK’s future
  • Get Affiliate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) when you start your degree, paid for by us. You’ll access the CMI's resource portal, packed with useful articles and scenarios
  • Fuse your education with your experience, applying what you learn to your job
  • Apply your newly gained knowledge to solve work-based problems for your employer
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor
  • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university
  • Have full access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
  • Have the chance to showcase your ideas to your employer, peers and tutors at the Annual Business Conference
Careers and opportunities This degree apprenticeship will ignite your ambition and give you the professional qualifications and practical experience you need to advance in your managerial career. When you successfully complete your degree apprenticeship, you'll be eligible to apply for Chartered Management status (CMgr) with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You'll also be eligible to apply to study the MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship with us. After you finish your apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Conference (1) - Management in Business (20 credits)
  • Business Operations & Systems Management (20 credits)
  • Managing Projects and Teams (20 credits)
  • Principles of Management (20 credits)
  • Professional Skills Development (20 credits)
  • Working in a Business Environment - Wbl (1) (20 credits)
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Accounting for Business (20 credits)
  • Business Conference 2 - Leading People Through Change (20 credits)
  • Digital Technology in Business (20 credits)
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance & Sustainability (20 credits)
  • Leading and Managing Change - Wbl(2) (20 credits)
  • Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Contemporary Management in Practice - Wbl(3) (40 credits)
  • Critical Leadership (20 credits)
  • Critical Thinking and Research Skills (20 credits)
  • Customer Relationship Management (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual and group work
  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays
  • academic
  • posters
  • online video casts
  • a professional development portfolio
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your application.

International applicants

This course is available to UK/EU applicants only

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you will be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

Additional entry requirements


All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.


All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.


All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Please see for further information.
Business Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS