Degree Apprenticeship Undergraduate: BA (Hons) Management Chartered Manager (Charity)

Dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)


Develop a full range of management and leadership skills to make a real impact in the third sector with our CMI accredited Chartered Manager (Charity) Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honours degree in management while you work, with no tuition fees.

Course highlights

  • A qualification with the prestigious Chartered Manager status
  • Specialist qualification for charity and social enterprise management
  • Work-based approach allows you to deliver impact in the workplace as you learn

Building on the success of our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) and including material from ARU’s ground-breaking suite of third sector leadership courses, this is a specialist university qualification aimed at those wishing to build a career in charity or social enterprise management.

Key facts

An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.

At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore is not part of your usual work duties.

The off-the-job learning will be delivered through online University-led learning sessions and activities, one-day workshops, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.

The off-the-job learning for our Chartered Manager (Charity) Degree Apprenticeship is delivered online, and workshops take place on our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses.


You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.

You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.

The EPA for this apprenticeship is independently assessed and takes place when all on-programme assessments have been successfully passed.


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Chartered Management Institute

Our BA (Hons) degree is ‘dual accredited’ by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), meaning that it has already been aligned and mapped to the CMI qualification. This lets you gain an additional qualification as part of your academic studies, and access to the exemption (streamlined) route to Chartered Manager.


Whether you’re aspiring to become a professional manager, or you have leadership experience, our CMDA Charity will arm you with the professional skills you need to enhance your leadership career, whether in the UK’s 200,000 charities and 100,000 social enterprises, or in similar organisations around the world.

The work-based project gives you the opportunity to focus on topics relevant to your employer, and to make recommendations for improved business performance.

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role
  • Employer support to undertake this course
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Initial Needs Assessment Form
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English e.g., GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents*
  • Evidence of at least 80 UCAS Tariff points at Level 3 e.g. A Levels, BTEC (or equivalent)*
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

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How to apply

To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.

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