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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
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The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, offered in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, provides employees with the skills and knowledge to operate successfully in international trade without taking time out to study.

Do you aspire to be a successful leader in international trade? Are you looking to progress your management career without the time and expense of studying?

Our Chartered Manager Trade Degree Apprenticeship has been specifically designed to do just that. This fully-funded, work-based degree is a bespoke programme for you and your employer, tailored to meet the crucial knowledge and skills you require to succeed in international trade management.

The apprenticeship is a flexible alternative to traditional study, enabling employees to earn a full honours degree whilst earning a salary and applying learned theory directly to the workplace.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is a four-year programme of learning, consisting of a two year Foundation Degree in International Trade plus two year full honours degree in Professional Management Practice with the University of Plymouth.

As a Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice with the University of Plymouth your learning journey will be integrated and tailored around your workplace setting. You will study 240 credits of the FdSc International Trade Foundation Degree, which make up the first 2 years of the programme. The final two years incorporate 120 credits from the BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice degree. You will undertake modules in management which are contextualised within your workplace setting and includes a workplace project module and an International Trade elective option.

Suitable for new employees entering into their first management position, as well as aspiring or existing managers already in employment. 

There are three enrolments each year - January, May and September.


Entry Requirements

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C or above, or the new GCSE (2017) Grade 4.

In addition, entry will be considered based on either a minimum of 2 A Levels in a relevant subject area; BTEC National Diploma or QCF Qualification at Pass level (acceptable subjects: business, logistics, supply chain, international trade, economics); Passed a named Access to HE Level 3, including GCSE English and Maths at Level 3 or above; or if candidates have more than three years work experience in international trade. Candidates are interviewed before an offer is made.

Applicants who do not fit the above criteria will be treated sympathetically and dealt with on a case by case approach in which the main criterion will be the student’s potential to benefit from and ability to complete the course.

Based on work experience and/or prior educational qualifications, exemptions for years 1 and 2 of the Degree apprenticeship will be considered. If approved this would require the learner to complete years 3 and 4 only at a cost of £12,000.

All applicants must be in full-time employment within an organisation engaged in international trade activities.


The first two years study consists of the modules from the Foundation Degree in International Trade, followed by the modules delivered by the University of Plymouth:

Core modules

  • Professional Management Practice (40 credits)
  • Sales, Marketing and New Technologies (20 credits)
  • Work Based Research Project (40 credits)

Elective Module
There is a choice of elective modules, the most relevant are considered to be:

  • International Trade Policy and Compliance
  • International Trade Operations and Strategy
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement Management Processes
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Law

End Point Assessment
This is undertaken on successful completion of the degree component. Two types of assessment apply which will include a presentation and an interview with a panel.

Study Commitment

When you make an enquiry regarding enrolment onto the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship our experienced education adviser will be able to take you through the study commitment for this qualification.


Each module is completed by means of a written assessment, usually of 3000 to 4000 words, requiring evaluation, analysis and reflection. The learner will be able to apply the learning to their business, and industry sector, making learning outputs more meaningful. Some assessment will be structured around projects, with project scope agreed with learner and employer.


  • Year 1: £7,500*
  • Year 2: £7,500*
  • Years 3 and 4: £12,000


We can support you in accessing government funding via the apprenticeship levy or provide alternative funding options to minimise up-front cost to your business.


Fully funded
For levy paying organisations. If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million, the apprenticeship training is paid through your levy account - up to the maximum funding available for this qualification band.

For non-levy paying organisations. The government will co-fund the apprenticeship training by contributing 95 per cent of the costs up to the maximum for this qualification funding band whilst you support with the remaining 5 per cent.

*Note that these costs can be reduced if the student can show prior learning or experience in the relevant modules


All study is delivered through Supported Distance Learning, comprising:

  • Specialist Tutor for every module of learning;
  • Online learning campus with written learning materials, presentations, podcasts and virtual lectures;
  • Online learning library;
  • Regular webinars with tutorials

Quarterly: face to face one day learning in the workplace with an academic tutor who is a subject matter expert


To register your interest in the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship please call 01733 404400 or email


To discuss our qualifications:
Call +44 (0)1733 404400




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