Degree Apprenticeship: BSc (Hons) Professional Management - Chartered Manager

Course summary

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship has been specifically designed by employers working in close collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Higher Education providers. The course provides a uniquely flexible alternative to traditional university study because you will be earning a wage while studying for a full honours degree. The course also future-proofs your career allowing you to gain Chartered Manager status and to develop and enhance all of the practical skills and core knowledge you will need to become a successful leader in contemporary management practice.

Today’s competitive global markets require organisations to have skilled and agile managers who can identify and flex to ever shifting demands. 

Recognising both the needs of employers looking to recruit or retain professional, industry-savvy staff, and the needs of individuals who want to enhance their experience with a recognised qualification, Plymouth University offers BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice - Chartered Manager as a work-based degree apprenticeship.

Key features

  • @ Earn while you learn. Apprentices are employed and receive a full wage while studying.
  • @ No course fees – costs are paid for by government and your employer.
  • @ Choose to specialise in a number of career-specific areas.
  • @ Gain experience of, and have access to, industry-leading tools and applications.
  • @ The learning is relevant to your workplace.
  • @ Practical unique hands-on approach to teaching and pastoral support throughout your degree.
  • @ Experienced academic staff involved in internationally recognised research and/or industrial collaboration will support you throughout this course.
  • @ ‘Chartered Manager’ is internationally recognised as the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.

Your lecturers

Course overview

This course consists of four core modules and one specialist elective module.

You will complete three core modules in Year 1 and in Year 2 complete your specialist elective module and your work-based research project.

Core modules 

Induction Online Module

This module introduces you to the learning environment and resources available in order to develop the core academic skills required to meet the demand of the programme of study. With the support of academic staff and learning technologist, it will help all apprentices (even those new to Higher Education) to identify areas of weakness in prior knowledge and experience, so we can design a personalised teaching and learning support to meet their needs. More importantly, it builds the foundation for the core modules to follow.

Professional Management Practice

This core 40-credit module will embed the knowledge and standards required of a professional/Chartered Manager. Although the teaching will be completed in Year 1, this module will run until the end of Year 2 enabling you to benefit from the support of your personal workplace tutor to ensure you compile an adequate portfolio of evidence (knowledge, skills, behaviours) on the application of learning and management concepts. The portfolio of evidence will draw on the entire programme of study and application of knowledge and skills to related workplace experience, including evidence of behaviours. This will constitute an essential assessment for the award of ‘Chartered Manager’ and Degree Apprenticeship qualification.

Sales, Marketing and New Technologies

Through study, reflection and exercises, this 20-credit module seeks to explore the development of knowledge and embed the practice of creating marketing strategies and developing new markets. The aim is to use theory and practice for effective marketing and sales in local and global markets, taking into account the impact of new technologies and digital business on a commercial organisation.

Work-based Research Project

This 40-credit module aims to assist you in undertaking a substantive, investigative workbased project within your own organisation. With the support of a research supervisor over a six-month period, you will develop the skills needed to design a research project, to collect data and to report on your findings in a professional and academic manner. You will discuss key findings, make recommendations for performance improvement, and reflect on your self-effectiveness and professional practice. This important piece of work will represent the synopsis project which will form part of your assessment for the ‘Chartered Manager’ award.

Specialist elective modules

You will select from one of the bespoke 20-credit modules which will become your specialism. It is anticipated that this will inform your choice of research for the synopsis project and enable you to demonstrate some of the skills and behaviours you are expected to develop.

Consultancy Practice

This module provides opportunities for deep and systematic thinking and reflection in the context of problem-based learning and explores contemporary theoretical and methodological basis of models, tools and frameworks for consultancy practice. It is founded on the principle of professional practice and will develop your confidence to work on a consultancy project requiring selections of methodologies in a secure problem-based learning context.

International Commodity Trades

This module considers the main bulk commodities transported in international trade. In total these commodities account for over 10 billion tonnes of movements annually. These commodities are investigated from a tonnage perspective from exporters and imports as this aspect has the most direct impact on maritime requirements. To achieve this, the drivers behind these trades are elaborated and related to the trade movements. Focus is aimed directly at major exporters and importers and the impact that major countries: China, Japan, South Korea, Europe, etc., have on demand.

International Supply Chain Management

This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in managing, planning and coordinating international supply chains.

International Trade Operations and Strategy

This module explores the key elements of strategic management of international trade operations and seeks to develop an understanding of strategic management decision making techniques in the context of international trade operations.

International Trade Policy and Compliance

This module explores the key elements of international policy law and the legal, commercial and financial regulations that govern the international trade environment. It develops the underpinning knowledge and skills to enable you to address the central challenges of managing export and import transactions and achieving compliance. Specific focus is given to compliance with international financial regulations, commercial obligations and customs documentation that govern international trade.

Organisational Performance and Strategic Human Resourcing

This module provides an understanding of the role played by internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, rapid change and uncertainty. It examines how managers can respond to these dynamic environmental contexts, and explores the strategic choices employed to leverage workforce productivity and performance and optimise the contribution of an organisation’s human capital.

Port and Inter-modal Transport

This module considers national policies, governance and operations associated with port and intermodal activities set within the context of a globalised industry. It invites an understanding of ports, terminals and their development.

Procurement Management Processes

This module explores the concept of strategy from theories of strategy to models of the strategic process, relating these models to strategy in the procurement function through the use of SCM relevant strategy analysis tools such as PESTLE, SWOT, Portfolio Analysis. The relevance will be examined as procurement is an important element of an institutions corporate strategy plan.

Procurement and Supply Chain Law

This module gives a detailed overview of the applicable English and international laws and regulations relevant to the purchase of goods, services and works, and the management of supply chains.

Strategic Healthcare Management

This module explores the theory and practice of strategic management functions within the healthcare context. It examines management theory, service operations management and strategy development with particular relevance to the healthcare setting.

How will you be assessed?

You will submit a written piece of work following each module known as ‘summative assessments’. These could be in the form of a report, essay or a reflective portfolio. You will receive formative feedback from your academic tutor leading up to the deadline which will guide you and help shape your assessments.

The two work-based modules will require more interaction with the workplace and feedback from your workplace tutor and company mentor supervising you. The work-based research project requires you to complete a synopsis project. The Professional Management Practice module will require you to build a portfolio to evidence your learning and demonstrate how you have reflected to improve your practice.

Upon successful completion of the summative assessment related to all your modules, you will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice qualification.

Your portfolio of evidence will form the basis of your application to the CMI to receive ‘Chartered Manager’ status. Together with the synopsis project, the portfolio of evidence will be submitted to an independent assessment panel for the award of the Degree Apprenticeship, marking the end point assessment of your studies.


The course is usually delivered over two years and includes a combination of work-based core topics and academic learning.

This course is delivered via flexible learning with all study material available online and no mandatory campus attendance required. However, as a registered student at Plymouth University, you will have full access to all of our facilities, i.e. library, study space and core reading material, including journals and industry reports.

Study commitment

As a guide, you should expect to study for around 12 hours per week in order to be successful on the course. Your employer will be expected to support your study by providing company mentors, workplace tutors, and facilitating meetings and assessments, and they may also allow you to allocate some of your usual work time to study. The amount of time you can spend studying while at work will be down to negotiation, and this is something that can be discussed with your employer and University Account Manager before your course begins.

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