BA (Hons) Business Management and Leadership

The University of Winchester Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship has been co-designed with employers to achieve industry relevance.  Designed to help new and aspiring managers develop the skills and understanding they need to deal with management responsibilities, and to develop themselves as future managers and leaders.This qualification will enable employers to up-skill those already in the workplace.  It will also attract a wide range of individuals to the business including those who are entering work for the first time.

BA (Hons) Business Management and Leadership at University of Winchester

Entry Requirements*

Participants must be employed by a sponsoring business.  Programme-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring business.  

Candidates for the Degree Apprenticeship should normally have a minimum of 104-112 points* at A2 (Grades BCC) or an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM. You will also require Maths and English Language GCSE grade A*- C. We will individually evaluate candidates who do not meet these requirements, but have workplace experience or recognised prior learning.

*Note: Different employers will identify their specific entry requirements

To secure an apprenticeship you will need to gain a place on this degree apprenticeship you will have been successful on application and interview as conducted by the sponsoring business in conjunction with the University of Winchester. Alternatively, you may be seeking career enhancement within your current role. In this case you will need your employer to support you by offering a Degree Apprenticeship with the University of Winchester.

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration

3 - 4 years part-time 

The typical duration for this apprenticeship is 3 - 4 years, but will depend on the previous experience of the apprentice.

Costs to Student/Apprentice

  • Apprentices are full-time employees and will be entitled to a wage and paid time off to study 
  • There are no tuition fees

Selection Process 

Candidates are invited to attend an interview or assessment centre organised by the business in conjunction with the University of Winchester.

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent 

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

2017 UK entry

Part-time: £1,200 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Total cost: £9,000 per level of study.
The Government has committed to paying two-thirds of the cost of any tuition fees for degree apprentices. Employers are required to pay the remaining fees. 

Additional costs:  


  • Core Text: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to purchase second-hand copies. Costs are as follows: Year 1 | £400, Year 2 | £450,  Year 3 | £500  
  • Printing and Binding: Students may be required to pay £10 for the costs of dissertation printing and binding (if applicable).


  • There is a mandatory payment of £300 per apprentice to be made by the employer.  This is a one-off payment to be paid upon an apprentice enrolling to the programme.  This provides the apprentice with CMI Professional Membership throughout the period of studying for completion of the identified degree apprenticeship qualification.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here 

Employers may be required to contribute to their employee's membership to the professional body - the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Employers may be required to contribute to the cost of their employee's final synoptic assessment by the professional body - the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

How much will it cost an employing business per apprentice?

  • The apprentice will be an employee who will work for a business throughout the programme - a market-rate salary is anticipated.
  • The employer contributes £3,000 per year/level of study (three levels, typically studied over three years) towards the programme.
  • The government pays the University of Winchester the remaining tuition fee of £6,000 per level of study 

Employers may be entitled to one or more of the following subsidies:

  • £5,400 for each apprentice who is under 19 years of age on joining the programme
  • £2,700 for an SME - (those employers with less than 50 employees)
  • On successful completion of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship the business will receive £2,700.

Changes to funding rules from 06 April, 2017

The funding for employers will change from April, 2017 when the Government introduce the Apprenticeship Levy.  The employer and/or Government will continue to cover the cost of tuition fees.

Other Information


Taught elements of the course take place at the West Downs Campus, Winchester or on the King Alfred Campus, Winchester.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

The role of the professional manager incorporates many aspects of business management and leadership which require the individual to possess a broad foundation of skills and knowledge in order to be effective.  This programme has therefore, been designed to give the apprentice a broad understanding of skills and knowledge to enable them to be effective in taking responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success, with the expectation that they will deliver impact whilst operating within organisational values.

The apprentice will set targets and KPIs, manage resources, and monitor and measure outcomes to establish operational effectiveness, efficiencies and excellence. Emphasis will be placed on demonstrating ability to follow a systematic approach to initiating, planning, executing, controlling and managing resource through change projects, applying industry standard processes, methods, techniques and tools which positively impact both operational and strategic organisational performance.

The apprentice will also develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate data and information concerning human, financial, technological, operational, sales and marketing functions, identifying opportunities for improvement and/or making judgements concerning how best to achieve solutions to identified business management problems. 

Honours degree apprentices will gain the knowledge, skills and insights that are in demand by employers today and into the future.  The apprentice will demonstrate capacity for sustained independent thought and critical reflection in order to sustain effective personal performance in relation to problem definition and resolution, team building, communication and influencing skills necessary to operate professionally in the workplace. 

Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic and Professional Skills
  • Work Based Studies - Organisational Functions in Context
  • Responsible Management
  • Marketing Principles
  • Managing Finance
  • Continuing Academic & Professional Studies
  • Work Based Studies - Professional Development
  • Business Functions in context


Year 2

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Information Management and Data Analytics
  • Work Based Studies - Applied Project and Consultancy Management
  • Management and Leadership
  • Globalisation and Diversity
  • People Resourcing
  • Work Based Studies - Management and Leadership
  • Applied Management Research in Practice

Year 3

  • Sustainable Strategy
  • Strategic Innovation Management
  • Managing Change
  • Business Ethics 
  • Practitioner Portfolio

In addition, students must take one of the following modules:

  • Consultancy Project
  • Applied Dissertation

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at


The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

This programme is centred on a real job within a business that extends the learning beyond the classroom and into the workplace.  The aim is to integrate academic learning at degree level and on-the-job practical training to provide a holistic programme of education and training to meet the skills needs of employers now and in the future.  This programme uses a variety learning strategies and delivery methods that develop academic and practical skills, encourage critical reflection and provide support to all students.  The diverse nature of the methods used help to enhance student employability and professional development.  

The exact nature of your learning experience will depend on the context of your employment. The key skills you will learn are suited to those looking to begin or develop a career in business management.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. 

This programme design will implement assessment that focuses on the apprentice's role and working environment. It will be assessed through a comprehensive project based end point assessment within the degree. The use of a range of formative assessments features strongly throughout this programme providing opportunity for feedback on individual performance. A range of formats are adopted for summative assessment.  The end point assessment integrates the project outcomes and presentation into a synoptic project assessment and presentation with supporting portfolio of evidence.  This will be assessed in partnership with the employer and against the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship standard.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The Degree Apprenticeship is a great foundation for any career.

Graduates will be competent, confident and capable professionals able to integrate the knowledge, skills and behaviour components, which ensure they are sufficiently prepared to operate in a range of management roles.  

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


Course Enquiries and Applications

Programme Leader: Stella McKnight

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478

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