An Insight into the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship

Written by Katie Fiddaman, Chartered Management Degree Apprentice at Pearson College London


I chose the CMDA programme because I believe that I will stand out from students following a traditional pathway upon completion as I will not only have a degree, but also work-based management experience and Chartered Manager status.

Since starting my CMDA, I haven’t looked back. To have the opportunity to work and study alongside other professionals undoubtedly brings huge benefits. Whereas sometimes at school it was hard to relate work to the real world, it is now clear how classroom business theories can be applied to the workplace; and I can use my work experience to critically analyse academic literature in class.

This programme has benefited me in so many ways: I have been able to enrich my knowledge in the marketing area of business whilst producing academic work that correlates. Within my role, I have been exposed to content creation and marketing, website and search engine optimisation, social media marketing and public relations, to name a few!

Aside from this, I have had the opportunity to join the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) to talk to young people who are unsure about their higher education options and to present them with the CMDA as an alternative to the traditional degree.


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The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is a Trailblazer Apprenticeship that has been developed by a group of employers led by Serco, in liaison with a number of Higher Education Institutions and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as the only body that can award Chartered Manager status.

The CMDA is a higher level apprenticeship that includes business education, work-based learning and professional development through to Chartered Manager status. It is based on the published CMDA Standard and Assessment Plan, developed by the employer to suit the role.

So, for example, in my case I will qualify with:

  • BA (Hons) Business Management Degree
  • Level 6 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Eligibility for a level 5 Diploma award from the CMI

In order to achieve this award, the learner must build a portfolio of work-based learning over the period of their apprenticeship to present to a panel from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to prove that they should be accredited with this status. They  then are graded on a pass, merit and distinction basis.

From a learning perspective, this means I work Monday-Thursday for Pearson College London, and then study for my Business Management degree within Pearson Business School on a Friday for my 20% off-the-job training. The Fridays over Christmas and Summer are for independent dedication to the CMI portfolio. In some cases, companies release employees in ‘blocks’ whereby they will do a full week of learning once a month for example.

I would truly recommend the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship to both the learner and companies because it is a fantastic way to build a skilled workforce for the future that is loyal, productive and competitive.

Pearson College London

Interested in finding out more about degree apprenticeships? Find out  more information about Pearson College London’s degree apprenticeship programmes on their website.

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