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BA (Hons) Business Management Practice (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship)

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: Not applicable

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

4 years Part Time

About your course

The BA (Hons) Business and Management Practice Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship at Liverpool John Moores University has been designed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), to meet employer demands for business-ready graduates and provides a valuable route for upskilling experienced managers already in the workplace.

  • Programme follows the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) Standard
  • A distinctive management programme aimed at developing confident, competent forward-thinking managers
  • Uses innovative teaching and learning methods, both in the Liverpool Business School and in the apprentice's place of work
  • Taught in block release format, encompassing 3-5 days of taught delivery, three times per semester
  • The Degree Apprenticeship partnership programme brings together the learner, the employer and the peer group of fellow learners into a wider community from within the Liverpool Business School and participating organisations
  • September start date

Read our employers' guide  or learn more about Degree Apprenticeships.

"Our philosophy is to build learning programmes that are inherently personalised to individuals and customised for businesses."

Dr Anthony Sturgess, Director: Corporate Development, Liverpool Business School

Work-related learning

The CMDA is rooted in workplace, with students spending the majority of their time with the employer and 3-5 days of taught delivery in Liverpool Business School, three times per semester. The programme provides a distinctive degree-level management development qualification, which balances intellectual challenges with business and workplace practice across all areas of management, leadership and career development. The programme adopts effective management development practices to ensure that learning results in improved workplace performance.

Work-based learning techniques will include:

  • Recognising the workplace as an important place to learn where students can apply ideas in the workplace, improve their skills through a range of activities and then reflect on their practice
  • Technology enhanced learning enables rich interactions to take place and supports the use of innovative learning and development methods
  • 'Flipped learning’ reverses the conventional process of teaching by providing the content prior to the teaching and learning session using Canvas, LJMU's virtual learning environment - the focus of the workshop becomes about active learning and application of theory to practice
  • Coaching enables the individual learner to tailor the programme to meet your needs. It also provides the opportunity for the organisation to propose business critical skills and values which can become a part of the development activities
    Action learning will be used to support personal development where issues and challenges from the workplace can be discussed. This approach to management learning provides a forum to bring ideas, thoughts and issues and allows a collaborative learning process to develop ideas for action
  • Masterclasses will be provided for participating employers to hear from key note speakers who will address current issues, emerging practice and thought leadership.

Support and guidance

The learning programme will be personalised to individuals and customised for businesses according to their requirements.

​​The CMDA begins with a diagnostic discussion with the employee and the employer, which will enable the individual and organisation’s needs to be incorporated into the programme. Employers may want specific competencies and values emphasised, or a focus on particular aspects of the business. This can all be done through personal development planning, tailored assignments, and most importantly through the projects. Each learner will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide academic support and, when necessary, signpost students to the appropriate university support services.

Course details

The Liverpool Business School CMDA offers a fresh approach to this national scheme, by recognising the value of learning in the workplace to create a distinctive manager development programme aimed at developing confident, competent forward-thinking managers.

​Rooted in workplace, this programme of learning provides a distinctive degree-level manager development qualification, which balances intellectual challenges with business and workplace practice across all areas of management, leadership and career development.

The CMDA is part of a wider Government initiative to support and enable the development of skills in the workplace through apprenticeships. At the Liverpool Business School we see manager and leader development as a lynchpin for the wider development of skills and talent needed to deliver improved performance in organisations. 

While the apprenticeship initiative has the potential to act as a springboard for skills development, crucially it is managers and leaders who need to identify and develop talent, and it is managers that can help organisations make the most of their emerging talent. How skills are brought together in an organisation matters, and managers play a pivotal role in making this happen.

​The aim of the CMDA is to prepare people for management roles and to develop those already in such roles to help them be more effective in the workplace. The programme focuses on the following four key themes, each representing a year of part-time study, culminating in an in-company project, providing a marriage of learning development with practice:

  • Self-development and performance through others: good management development begins with the individual, their needs and how best to help the person develop as a manager and leader within their organisational context. However, to be effective as a manager, others with whom they work need to perform effectively. This programme begins where it is possible to make an impact quickly: with the individual learner's performance and with whom they work
  • Seeing the bigger picture: connecting customers to strategy and the leadership to energise and bring strategy to life. Such leadership creates advantage and brings together the outwards focus of customer and markets with the strengths and capabilities of the organisation
  • Strategy into action: organising to deliver value for customers combines business finances to inform management decision making and the management of key processes and projects. Good management is about delivering value for customers, and that means understanding how to get the best out of the core operations in the organisation.
  • Innovation, change and sustainability: This final theme opens up the broader manager roles of continually improving and innovating, with being a good corporate citizen, enhancing the wider society of which they are a part, in ways that contribute to the long-term purpose of the organisation.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Personal and Management Development
  • Managing People and Performance
  • Individual and Team Contribution project
  • Customers and Markets

Level 5

  • Strategy and Leadership
  • Creating Advantage Project
  • Business Finance and Decision making
  • Managing Processes and Projects

Level 6

  • Business Case Project
  • Digital Business and New Technologies
  • Managing Change, Collaboration and Sustainability
  • Integrative Project

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and work-related learning

Learners will be assigned a dedicated mentor from a pool of specialist coaches

The delivery model for the CMDA is a block release format.  Each year learners will study 3 modules.  Two of these modules will involve 5 days of interactive workshops in LJMU (September – April); the final module of each year is a work based project (May – August). 

To support their development, learners will also be assigned a dedicated mentor from a pool of specialist coaches within the School of Leadership and Personal Development.  Twice a year, mentors will visit learners in their workplace to meet with them and their supervisors.  These meetings provide the opportunity to embed and extend learning in the organisational environment and maintain a focus on the degree apprenticeship standards learners are working towards.

Your lecturers

You will be taught by leading experts across a variety of disciplines.

The Liverpool Business School has brought together a teaching team with extensive experience in delivering high quality work-based manager and leader development programmes. From experts in finance and strategy, to marketing, consumer behaviour and operations management, the teaching team at the Liverpool Business School are highly experienced in both academia and in their relevant professions.

The Masterclass series and visiting guest lectures will expose students and employers to current issues, emerging practice and thought leadership.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you study.

​You will be assessed using a variety of methods including: Portfolio; Business Reports; Presentations; Reflective diaries; Personal development reports; Project management plans, and Work-based projects.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications


Application and selection

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. Most candidates will have A levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications, and English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered.

In addition to the above, any candidate enrolled on an apprenticeship will be in possession of a Level 2 Mathematics and English qualification. 

Credits may be awarded for learning already undertaken in the University or elsewhere for which you have received qualifications or certificates.  

You may also submit a claim for recognition of unaccredited prior learning (RP(E)L). This may be for work you have accomplished in a professional, paid or voluntary capacity. This has to be submitted via an RPL form with supporting evidence. You will also be liable to pay an administration fee and charge per credit.  

All RP(E)L claims must be applied for at the point of admission and cannot be considered at a later stage.







GCSE and equivalents

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:

BTEC qualifications

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.


If your company is an apprenticeship levy paying organisation, the course can be funded through your digital apprenticeship account. If your company does not pay the apprenticeship levy, the course may be eligible for government co-investment.

For information on fees and finance please contact: degreeapprenticeships@ljmu.ac.uk

Career prospects

The aim of the CMDA is to prepare you for management roles and to develop those already in such roles to help them be more effective in the workplace.

You will apply for a CMDA through a partner employer organisation, and depending on the arrangement made between the employer and the Liverpool Business School, you will have a variety of opportunities within the employer organisation to develop your skills and career opportunities.

The CMDA will prepare you for a successful career in management by ensuring you achieve the following outcomes:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the requirements of each function in an organisation; including business finance,
    marketing and sales, and leading people, organisational behaviour, and supply chain management
  • You will have the ability to utilise tools and techniques, relating to the business functions required to sustain the business in a rapidly changing and ambiguous environment
  • The programme will enable you to critically evaluate, and through sustained arguments and the use of problem solving techniques, identify and develop arguments to demonstrate the pivotal role of operational policies and strategies in diverse organisations

  • You will confidently demonstrate the need to manage Social Responsibility and have ethical and environmental policies in the business management
  • The programme will enable you to discuss the potential to innovate in business, and demonstrate the knowledge of how the utilisation of data and digital technologies can deliver strategic developments in the digital business environment
  • You will be able to Identify, measure and critically evaluate the contribution of strategic and operational management initiatives through the critical review of academic research data and current business techniques
  • You will have the skills and knowledge to conduct and evaluate a systematic review of the business management practice tools and the wider business community

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Professional accreditation / links

​​The Liverpool Business School CMDA is designed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), to meet employer demands for business-ready graduates and provides a valuable route for upskilling experienced managers already in the workplace, who may lack formal management education. It offers a “world-class business and management degree, work-based learning, and ongoing professional development through to chartered status” (Chartered Management Institute).

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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