This part-time programme meets the requirements of the L6 Chartered Manager Apprenticeship Standard. Eligible organisations are able to use £22,000 of their Apprenticeship Levy to fully cover the programme tuition fee. This course is award bearing meaning that successful completion will result in achieving a BSc (Hons) Degree in Business and Management as well as a Chartered Manager Member status (CMgr, MCMI).

Created with business for business, this programme will equip your talent pipeline with an entrepreneurial mindset, the ability to lead change, and an enthusiasm for future technologies, all of which they learn to apply in a variety of organisational contexts.


  • Start date October
  • Duration of programme36 months + EPA
  • QualificationBSc (Hons) Business and Management 
  • LocationMilton Keynes/online
  • Study typePart-time
  • Delivery Blend of in-person and online
  • Degree apprenticeship standard Fulfilling the requirements of the Level 6 Chartered Manager apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Who is this for?

This degree apprenticeship will transform managers into future leaders and innovators, possessing entrepreneurial mindset, the ability to lead change and enthusiasm for innovation. The nature of this programme means that it can cater for those who have no experience of working in management roles as well as those who are already working in the field but are looking to upskill their managerial expertise. They may be looking to join the programme straight from school, re-train from their existing career or to extend their existing management skills further. An interest in management and adaptability is what is important.

Why this MK:U course?

The programme is delivered by academics and experts from industry to ensure relevance to the current management landscape. Learning focuses on designing and implementing business ideas, digitising business and effectively managing people, processes and resources to enable businesses to grow sustainably through innovation.

This apprenticeship has been designed with industry, for industry. Our course covers a top-down approach to learning, working end-to-end on real-world problems and case studies. Our distinctive focus on developing an entrepreneurial and innovation mindset, along with the ability to drive change successfully, all within the context of new technological developments, makes our degree apprenticeship unique. The digital, entrepreneurship, professional skills and management themes are at every level of the programme, providing essential scaffolding from start to completion. These themes are key in enabling apprentices to develop into a well-rounded managers who can support business transformation and growth in an evolving environment.

Entry requirements        Fees

Modules and subject areas

Level 4 modules 

  • The Digital World
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Managing Finance
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Skills 

Level 5 modules

  • Leading Change
  • Managing People, Processes and Resources
  • Digital Business and New Technologies
  • Developing Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Skills 

Level 6 modules;

  • Strategy in Action
  • Managing Strategic Customers
  • Business and Management/Entrepreneurship Electives
  • Digital Electives
  • Business Process Analysis 
  • Growing International Business
  • Professional Project

Learning and assessment


At MK:U our education style is different from other universities. Instead of traditional lectures and exams, our entire curriculum uses problem-based learning (PBL) as our core educational approach. PBL is an experience-based educational approach where learning is driven by the posing of open-ended, yet meaningful, problem scenarios that apprentices solve through working together in small interdisciplinary groups.

The benefits of PBL:

  • Develops more effective collaboration and communication skills;
  • Improves organisational skills through allocating roles and tasks;
  • Facilitates individual skills and ways of working, promoting diversity of approach;
  • Encourages interdisciplinary views;
  • Produces more powerful understanding and application of knowledge;
  • Shown to increase engagement and performance.


At MK:U you will not have any closed-book time-constrained exams (except where required by accrediting bodies or they can be justified as in the best interest of the students). Instead you will engage with a broad range of authentic assessments focused on problem-based learning and applied project work. Examples of these assessments are:

  • Individual and group projects,
  • Presentations,
  • Practical assessments,
  • Reflective portfolios.

Next steps


Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.