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COURSE OVERVIEW

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.

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. By the end of this course you will be able to 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.

Accreditation

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

Careers

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.  

Honours degree apprentices will gain the knowledge, skills and insights that are in demand by employers today and into the future. 

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.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK

Learning and teaching

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 which employer you choose to apply to, the key skills you will learn are suited to those looking to begin or develop a career in business management.

Assessment

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.

We ensure 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.

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.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

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 apply for a full-time position with one of our partner employers. To gain a place on this programme 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 Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

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 enquiries and applications

Please contact Stella McKnight:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478
Email: Stella.McKnight@winchester.ac.uk
Or send us a message

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Business Functions in Context 15

This module examines how the key functions within an organisation, and their inter-relationships, contribute to the overall performance of a business.  The module explores organisations from a range of sectors and national and international contexts.  Students will participate in activities using case studies and real-world business examples in this module and will be encouraged to conduct research on local businesses to further embed their understanding of the different functions within a business.  Students will have the opportunity to work in small groups which will support development of team working and collaborative research skills.

Work Based Studies – Professional Development 15

The aim of this work-based learning module is to help the employee develop a deeper-understanding of how their organisation operates, and to help them to recognise how their own contribution can form the foundations of a successful career within the company.  To achieve this, students will reflect on themselves, their skills and how they fit within the company.   With support from a work based mentor the employee will identify their development needs, manage their own development and reflect critically on their learning. They will become aware of how certain processes and policies within the workplace contribute to this and how they can operate effectively to enhance job satisfaction, career development and personal fulfilment.   This module provides the foundation for continuing personal and professional development building confidence to provide students with the potential to maximise academic and career aspirations.

Continuing Academic & Professional Studies 15

This module provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and practices of marketing.  The meaning and scope of modern marketing will be discussed in depth; considering its role as both a management philosophy and a business function. Traditional marketing concepts such as the marketing mix will be explored, examining the need to create synergy between marketing mix components and the wants and needs of the market place.  Students will be encouraged to develop critical marketing perspective considering the impact marketing has on the economy, society and the environment.     

Managing Finance 15

The module focuses on the fundamental roles of management accounting, with particular reference to small businesses. The module will involve students in the gathering of information for budgeting, cost analysis and monitoring purposes.  Students will develop knowledge and skills related to planning, controlling and monitoring activities to improve the efficiency of a business, and will develop an appreciation of the ethical and responsible considerations associated with the financial management of a sustainable business. Skills in project appraisal will be developed though activities which seek to assess the viability of a range of business projects.

Marketing Principles 15

This module provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and practices of marketing.  The meaning and scope of modern marketing will be discussed in depth; considering its role as both a management philosophy and a business function. Traditional marketing concepts such as the marketing mix will be explored, examining the need to create synergy between marketing mix components and the wants and needs of the market place.  Students will be encouraged to develop critical marketing perspective considering the impact marketing has on the economy, society and the environment.     

Responsible Management 15

This module introduces the principles of responsible management including those in the United Nations PRME and Global Compact frameworks. The module draws on and engages with on-going debate concerning the social, economic, environmental, moral and ethical dimensions of business in a global world. Students will identify key stakeholders in organisations, and how responsible management is applied in different industry sectors. They will begin to reflect on their own personal and professional values and their contribution to creating future sustainable business value. 

Work Based Studies – Organisational Functions in Context 15

This module is designed to allow flexibility of study, to enable employed students to gain credit for work based activities, and to contribute to the continued development of academic and professional skills. The module aims to develop student understanding of the relationships and dependencies that exist between different functions within an organisation, and their contribution to the overall performance of the business, with particular reference to the key functions within the organisation in which they are employed.

Students will work individually, in groups and with their workplace mentor to develop the knowledge and skills required to analyse, and present, ideas and coherent arguments both orally and in writing. Students will build on their communication, negotiation and reflective practice skills, to support their on-going personal, academic and professional development.

The aim of the module is to provide non-specialist mathematicians with an introduction and grounding on mathematical and statistical tools necessary for quantitative analysis within business, economic and accounting environments.

 

Introduction to Academic and Professional Studies 15

The aim of this work-based learning module is to help the employee develop a deeper-understanding of how their organisation operates, and to help them to recognise how their own contribution can form the foundations of a successful career within the company.  To achieve this, students will reflect on themselves, their skills and how they fit within the company.   With support from a work based mentor the employee will identify their development needs, manage their own development and reflect critically on their learning. They will become aware of how certain processes and policies within the workplace contribute to this and how they can operate effectively to enhance job satisfaction, career development and personal fulfilment.   This module provides the foundation for continuing personal and professional development building confidence to provide students with the potential to maximise academic and career aspirations.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Applied Management Research in Practice 15

This module aims to provide a foundation for students to develop their understanding and application of research methods for academic and professional purposes. Students will explore a variety of research approaches and will develop practical research skills including problem definition and scope; effective research design; and data collection and analysis.  In addition, students will develop an appreciation of ethical implications of the research process to facilitate responsible research practice.

Work Based Studies – Management and Leadership 15

This module will further explore leadership and management to place them as future leaders of the business. BSc students will focus on technical management and BA students will focus on business management. Students will also understand differences between management and leadership and recognise any inter-relationships between them. The module is also aimed at helping students to develop some of the skills involved in managing and leading people, thereby further cultivating the self-awareness that characterises outstanding managers and leaders.    

People Resourcing 15

The aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the influences on resourcing strategies within organisations.  The module explores the increasing internationalisation of workforces and the resourcing challenges and opportunities organisations face in the light of increased global and cross-border competition; changing working practices; and a more mobile workforce.   Students will have the opportunity to examine ways in which organisations can embrace diversity in the workplace; assess various approaches used to determine current and future resourcing needs; and evaluate approaches to measuring the success of people resourcing strategies in organisations.  

Management and Leadership 15

The pressures on managers and leaders in today’s complex organisations are immense.  The emphasis on performance, efficiency and effectiveness together with the global competition for managerial jobs places a premium on managerial and leadership skills.  This module introduces some of the latest ideas in the field whilst simultaneously evaluating them from a practical, ethical and international perspective. Students will explore the role of power in organisations and critically evaluate how power and influence is exercised in the managerial role. The module is also aimed at helping students to develop some of the skills involved in managing and leading people, thereby cultivating the self-awareness that characterises outstanding managers and leaders.    The aim of the module therefore is to develop informed, critical and responsible managers who have the confidence to lead others in a way that is effective, ethical and consistent with their values.  

Globalisation and Diversity 15

This module introduces concepts of globalisation and cultural diversity and their impact on the international business community.  Topics will include current developments in finance and management including foreign direct investment, foreign exchange markets and new regulation following the financial crisis of 2008.  These topics will be examined alongside the legal, social, and political influences which affect similarities and differences in a range of economic systems.   Throughout the module reference will be made to the UN Global Compact and responsible management practices across the world. The module will include business examples from outside Western practice in recognition of specific business cultural practice in political economies shaped by culture and belief.  The effects of globalization at local community level in terms of inequality, poverty, changing employment patterns, and population growth will also be explored.

Work Based Studies – Applied Project and Consultancy Management 15

This module is designed to allow flexibility of study, to enable employed students to gain credit for work based activities, and to contribute to the continued development of academic and professional skills.  The aim of this work-based learning module is to build on the student’s existing knowledge of Project and Consultancy Management and Project Management documentation. Through undertaking research into their own organisation students will develop both a theoretical and practical understanding of project and consultancy management including; the importance of effective liaison with delivery project managers and management of client expectations. In completing this module students will draw upon learning from other modules, and reflect on how this module can support the students’ professional development and enhance their performance as effective practitioners. The module will encourage students to demonstrate the use of different management and communication styles within a team and project environment.  Students will build upon previous personal and interpersonal skills and assess the impact of their own communication styles and team member’s styles on team dynamics. Students will reflect on the challenges of managing a project for themselves with the view to developing students’ awareness of application in the contemporary business world.

Information Management and Data Analytics 15

Generating the right information and insight for decision-makers is a major challenge for many organisations. The challenge lies in coping with a burgeoning amount of multifarious data, analysing data and ensuring it reaches decision-makers in a timely and meaningful manner. Information Management and Data Analytics encapsulate the challenges faced in deriving insights from data to underpin fact-based decisions. This module examines the different types of systems and data that can flow into organisations. It evaluates the characteristics and value of these different data sources. With an awareness of the nature of data, a model of how data may be creatively integrated and analysed to deliver insights will be explored. Data analytics will then be explored given the demands of decision makers to: segment and target markets, predict the development of markets, assess customer profitability and the lifetime value of customers and to understand social and network relationships.

 

Introduction to Project Management 15

This module teaches key aspects involved in project management. The range of perspectives in project management studies are analysed both in theory and in practice. Students will explore roles and responsibilities of those involved in project management and explore documentation from planning to reporting used and how to deliver a successful project. The module will look at the management of projects including lifecycles and investigate the importance of relationship management focussing on stakeholders and teams.  

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Practitioner Portfolio 15

The Digital & Technology Solutions Practitioner Portfolio is a work-based project that broadly represents the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the standard for Digital & Technology Solutions. The practitioner portfolio will provide substantive evidence from a work-based project to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge.

The final work-based project is typically undertaken alongside the apprentice’s normal duties to their employer. This assessment has two elements; the practitioner portfolio assessment and presentation assessment. Completion of the practitioner portfolio and presentation signify the completion of not only the degree but the overall programme.

The chosen work-based project will normally be set in the context of a sponsoring organisation and be conducted as part of the apprentice’s normal work. The work-based project will take place over a period of around 3 - 6 months, near the end of the programme. The project should relate to the appropriate specialism in the standard. Agreement will be reached between the sponsoring organisation and a supervisor as to what would constitute a relevant work-based project.

Issues with regard to confidentiality and/or security will be addressed between the university, employer and apprentice allowing the practitioner portfolio to have business value to be undertaken using real data.

 

Applied Dissertation 15

Students choose either the Applied Dissertation or Consultancy Project.

The module provides the opportunity for students to research an area of mutual interest to themselves and their organisation which is relevant to their studies. The module contributes to the continued professional and academic development of students in the application of research knowledge and skills acquired throughout their programme. As students are required to manage the research project, the dissertation provides a vehicle for them to demonstrate the extent to which they have managed the transition from tutor-led to student-centred learning.

Consultancy Project 15

Students choose either the Consultancy Project or Applied Dissertation.

This module aims to provide the opportunity for students to carry out a consultancy project in a relevant field. The practical project will enable students to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills gained in their programme either with an external organisation, or using an internal client as a detailed case study. Students will be required to work towards a tangible and timely outcome. The students operate in effect as trainee management consultants for their external organisation or internal client and are expected to undertake relevant research and present conclusions and recommendations that are intended to benefit the organisation. Students are expected to take a high degree of responsibility for their own learning and will negotiate the structure of the project with their supervisor, and the organisation, where appropriate.

Business Ethics 15

This interdisciplinary module builds on students’ existing knowledge of business management and corporate social responsibility, by considering the role of ethics in business. The theories, philosophy and practice of business ethics are analysed, discussed and evaluated within the current economic paradigm of capitalism and recent global financial crisis. Analysis of some of the specific assumptions that both inform, and constrain, the practice of ethical business will be undertaken.  Contemporary global examples from both the public and private sectors will be used in discussion.  Consideration is also given to the additional complexity that globalisation has on ethical philosophies, principles and practices, and its impact on business in the 21st century. Discussion will be further enhanced by exploring the wider literature and perspectives on ethical business in order to help students critically examine their own personal, and future corporate, ethical practice.

Managing Change 15

Change is common to all organisations and managers need to understand both the nature of change and the extent to which it can be effectively managed. This module examines the internal and external drivers for change, and the nature of change at the individual, team and organisation-wide levels. Students will explore a range of change management methods and how these might be applied responsibly and sustainably in given situations. Students will also consider the skills needed by managers to be effective in managing change, taking into account the emotional and ethical dimensions of leading people through change.  Students will develop their own self-awareness by evaluating the effectiveness of their own management styles and by assessing how they might need to change in order to meet the demands of the specific change context.

Strategic Innovation Management 15

Successful and sustainable organisations depend upon their ability to create value and competitive advantage through the strategic management of innovation: the development and exploitation of new products, services, processes and business models. The innovative developments within such organisations are supported by clear and highly effective strategic management processes ensuring that the organisation converts innovation concepts into successful products, maximising the economic, social and environmental returns on investment. This module will review the internal innovation process in detail, reviewing and evaluating each key component, as well as the overall management of the process and the design of a supportive organisational culture. The external forces, barriers, trends and fashions will also be factored into innovation management material, ensuring a truly strategic approach.

Sustainable Strategy 15

This module considers the process of strategic management under the aegis of the principles of responsible management.  It includes the analysis of the external business environment; internal competences and cultures; choices available to enterprises, given their cultures and stakeholder expectations and business opportunities; and the implementation of strategic change within organisations.  The module draws upon current academic theories and debates, providing students with a holistic appreciation of the environmental, ethical and economic sustainability issues associated with strategic decision making and a platform for discussion of the conflicting approaches to the management of the strategic process, with a critical appraisal of sustainable management in particular.

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

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.

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

Employer Information

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 funding you are eligible for is determined by the number of people you employ, the annual payroll of your company and the age of the learner.

  • Businesses with a wage bill below £3 million - The Government will pay 90% of the tuition fees for apprentices of any age, for business who will not be paying the apprenticeship levy
  • Businesses with a wage bill above £3 million - From May 2017 organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy contributions towards the cost of tuition fees

Employers who do not have sufficient levy payments to cover the full cost of tuition fees, will also be eligible for the 90% government funding

Additional support arrangements

  • Small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) hiring an apprentice under 19-years-of-age when the apprenticeship commences will pay no tuition fees at all
  • All businesses employing an apprentice under 19-years-of-age, a care leaver up to 24-years-of-age or an adult with additional needs will qualify for an extra support payment of £1,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services. 

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts

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 2 | £500

Printing and binding

Students may be required to pay £10 for the costs of dissertation printing and binding (if applicable).

Mandatory

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.

Key course details

Duration
3-4 years part-time
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester