As a leading Institution committed to developing talent for staff we are pleased to announce the next cohort of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), for the 4 year Degree programme.  We first launched the programme in April 2017 and now have a number of staff on programme following a successful launch.

The Apprenticeship allows staff to develop a variety of skills through on and off the job learning.  The programme at Coventry University is offered to existing staff and is also available to new staff recruited into Degree apprentice roles.

The Apprenticeship through assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours allows staff to gain an academic qualification.  Candidates will achieve BA Honours in Management and Leadership and professional recognition through the (CMI) Chartered Management Institution.

This programme will start in January 2019 and is specifically designed to develop the leadership abilities for those who take responsibility for people, projects and/ or services to deliver long term organisational success.  With the expectation they will deliver impact and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at staff in managerial positions from across the Coventry University group who are in a leadership role or those that aspire to be in a leadership role within the organisation. Participants will be expected to commit to a 4 year programme of study with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. Programme delivery will be a day release delivery model for 12 modules in total.  Delivery will be based on the occupational standard for the Chartered Manager Degree. Participants will be expected to manage their workload effectively whilst taking part in a demanding programme of study.

Content and Features

The Chartered Manager Degree programme from January 2019, contains the following modules and programme specification:

  • Leadership Concepts
  • The Organisational Environment
  • Information Management and Decision Making
  • Communication Skills
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Finance in Management and Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Development
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Business Project

Application Requirments

In order to be able to apply for the programme you should:

  • Have successfully passed your probationary period
  • Be a permanent member of staff
  • Be an aspiring manager or have assumed line management responsibility within the last 12 months
  • Have 2 A levels, or equivalent, or extensive demonstrable work experience
  • Be based in England (due to Apprenticeship guidelines)
  • Through the Apprenticeship Qualification Support Policy (available on the People Gateway), outline that you have understood the commitment and expectations of the programme.  It is expected that this is discussed as part of dialogue with line managers upon commencement

English and maths

As part of the assessment plan laid out in the Apprenticeship standard, apprentices without an equivalent level 2 in English and maths (i.e. grades C or above) will need to achieve this level, prior to taking the end point assessment. 

If the candidate hasn’t achieved a prior attainment, Functional Skills will need to be studied in addition to the programme.  Provision will be put in place to support staff members who need to achieve their equivalent level 2 in English and maths.

How to Apply

Look out for Discovery Day awareness events via Staff Communications, as we launch different levels and occupational areas.

It is recommended that potential apprentices who are interested, also bring their line manager to the Discovery Day session, as part of awareness and insight into the structure and delivery of the apprenticeship.

If you have any questions, in the meantime, please contact:

If you would like to consider Apprenticeships as part of new staff vacancies, please speak to the People Team or Sinead Mullarky – Apprenticeship Programme Manager.