Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)

Start date October 2024, applications close 01 August 2024


The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) at De Montfort University (DMU) will support the progression and development of your aspiring leaders and managers. It can also provide the opportunity to recruit new talent and inject fresh skills and enterprise into your organisation.

With integrating academic learning and on-the-job practical training, this apprenticeship enables aspiring managers to develop confidence, capability and independence.


This programme is aligned to the Level 6 Chartered Manager Apprenticeship standard, designed by employers in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

This standard is allocated Funding Band 25 (£22,000) by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).


The start date for our next cohort is: 13-15 May, 2024.

Who is the apprenticeship for?

It is suitable for professional managers in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisations. Specific job roles may include; Manager, Senior Manager, Head of Department, Operations Manager; or anyone with specific management responsibilities.

Download our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) guide.


Delivery model

This blended work-based programme is taught over three years andincludes 12 compulsory modules with assessments, and a final project based in the working environment.

Each module is delivered in a two-day block approximately every four weeks, during which apprentices will gain valuable input from academics, practitioners and industry guest speakers all who are experts in their field. In addition, apprentices will need to complete their work-based assignments away from the university. The programme will commence with an induction that will introduce the programme team and provide valuable insight into individual modules.

We estimate that on average successful completion of each module will take 15 hours study/development per week; approximately half of this will be covered by the 20% off-the-job learning hours. How the remaining study hours are completed should be discussed and agreed between the employer and apprentice.

Programme modules

Year 1

Personal and Academic Development

30 credits

Managing Organisations and People

30 credits

Business and Marketing Environment

30 credits

Financial and Data Analysis

30 credits

Year 2

Managing Operations and Projects

30 credits

Leadership Principles and Practice

30 credits

Digital Business and Marketing

30 credits

Informed Decision Making

30 credits

Year 3

Strategic Management

30 credits

Contemporary Business Issues

30 credits

Work Based Project Proposal

30 credits

Work Based Chartered Management Project

30 credits


The programme is designed to enable apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisation and role. All apprentices are required to create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace.

In the final year of the academic programme, the apprentice will undertake a work-based project, which will bring together elements of their learning from different parts of the programme and show their accumulated knowledge and understanding of management and its application in their organisation. The portfolio and work-based project enable participants to reflect, plan and evaluate their development which will contribute to the apprentice’s EndPoint Assessment.

Final degree award


All successful Apprentices will achieve:

  • Level 6 Batchelor of Arts degree (BA Hons) in Business Management
  • Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)
  • Chartered Manager status (CMgr) through End Point Assessment with the CMI.
  • Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI), subject to subscription


Entry requirements

The programme is designed with professionals in mind, and this is reflected in the entry requirements. All applicants need to be employed by an organisation who has confirmed they will support their participation in the programme. 

Bespoke delivery options

We are able to offer a bespoke programme to meet employer requirements but this will be subject to a minimum cohort size and will need to align with the Chartered Manager Apprenticeship standard.

Case studies and testimonials

Hear from two of our recent students and Mattioli Woods plc who talk about the benefits of the CMDA programme.

“It’s great to be able to offer such a fantastic opportunity to hard working young people to get a foot on the career ladder of our fast paced and forward thinking locally based plc business, as well as gaining a degree qualification without the associated costs and student loans. Their energy and dynamism spurred on by their learning through the course brings fresh ideas and a real dedication to our business. I’m especially looking forward to their final year when, as part of their End Point Assessment, they will have to embark on a project within the business to bring about change and efficiency. Personally I gain a great deal of satisfaction seeing individuals grow and blossom within our business and this is especially true of our two trail blazers on the degree apprenticeship program.”
Fiona Treadwell, Talent and Development Business Partner, Mattioli Woods plc

“I think Higher and Degree Apprenticeships will benefit organisations like the NHS greatly. The ability to develop your own staff and provide them with opportunities to develop, not only improves their morale, but improves retention, productivity, and achieves an output desirable for all.”
Finlay Hollingworth, Deputy Service Manager - Blood Sciences Department, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Programme leader

The programme leader is Donna Quansah.

With more than 16 years of teaching experience within Higher Education, complemented by 10 years within the dynamic landscape of Food Manufacturing, Donna brings a wealth of expertise and passion for nurturing the academic and practical growth of students.


Throughout her career , Donna has honed her skills in imparting knowledge and fostering an environment conducive to learning. Her multifaceted background allows her to offer a holistic perspective to students, bridging the gap between theoretical concepts and real-world applications.

In addition to teaching traditional campus based students, one of her greatest joys lies in supporting work-based learners as they navigate the intricacies of academia and apply their newfound understanding directly within their professional spheres.

Donna firmly believe in empowering individuals to develop not only their academic competencies but also the confidence to effectively utilise theory within the workplace. Her teaching philosophy revolves around fostering an inclusive and engaging learning environment where students feel encouraged to explore, question, and innovate.

With a deep-rooted commitment to academic excellence and a penchant for instilling practical skills, Donna is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of industry leaders and fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth, and is deeply passionate about the transformative power of education and am committed to empowering individuals to reach their full potential, both academically and professionally.


For more information, contact us by completing our online enquiry form.