2022/23 entry

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

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Part time

Course Duration:

4 years

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Not applicable:
N/A
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Business and Law:

0151 231 8080

busadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Send a message >

Why study Business Management Practice (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship) at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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

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.


​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.

"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

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).

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

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
  • the ability to utilise tools and techniques, relating to the business functions required to sustain the business in a rapidly changing and ambiguous environment
  • critically evaluate; 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
  • confidently demonstrate the need to manage Social Responsibility and have ethical and environmental policies in the business management
  • 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
  • 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
  • gain 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.

Business Management Practice (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship)

Business Management Practice (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship)

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.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

News and views

Browse through the latest stories and updates from the University and beyond

📣Tomorrow from 4pm – meet our Postgraduate tutors and find out what a higher level qualification can do for you. Tu… https://t.co/EkF4vRwwbH

All students who secure a place at @LJMU during the Clearing period are guaranteed a room in one of our approved ha… https://t.co/wkzwJIULMk

What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Personal and Management Development
30 credits

This module aims to help you begin your studies by identifying your own personal and professional development needs by self review and an assessment of their business/organisation context. 

Managing People and Performance
30 credits

This module aims to help you to gain the knowledge and skills required to develop performance through people, understand the interaction between policy and practice from recruitment to managing and developing people.

Individual and Team Contribution Project
30 credits

This module enables you to apply knowledge, skills and behaviours to practice in a work-based project using the learning from the modules during the year.

Customers and Markets
30 credits

This module aims to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to understand the marketing operations in an organisation. You will learn to understand the markets, customer needs and integration with organisational strategy.

Level 5

Core modules

Strategy and Leadership
30 credits

This module enables you to understand how strategy is shaped and leaders then create the conditions for performance.

Creating Advantage Project
30 credits

This module enables you to apply knowledge skills and behaviours to practice in a work-based project which broadens your perspective on the organisation, investigating the way the organisation creates value and delivers advantage using the learning from the modules during the year.

Business Finance and Decision Making
30 credits

This module aims to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to understand how business finance and accounting enables organisations to perform effectively and efficiently. It helps you to produce, use and analyse information to inform decision making. 

Managing Processes and Projects
30 credits

This module enables you to understand the importance of effective process and project management to deliver an organisations products/services.

Level 6

Core modules

Business Case Project
30 credits

This module enables you to apply knowledge, skills and behaviours to practice in a work-based project. It allows you to present a business case for an agreed area/issue/opportunity in the organisation. 

Digital Business and New Technologies
30 credits

This module aims for you to understand the use of data and systems in digital business. It will enable you to identify digital opportunities and devise digital strategies to respond to changes in markets and competition.

Managing Change, Collaboration and Sustainability
30 credits

This module aims to introduce you to the nature of organisational change and the development of strategies to support the management of change processes, both operationally and through collaboration with all stakeholders.

Integrative Project
30 credits

This module enables you to apply knowledge, skills and behaviours to practice in a work-based project which allows you to bring together learning from across the programme. 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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.

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

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

​​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.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

​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.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 112


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.