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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)

Offered by the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds, the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) aims to strengthen the leadership and management skills of new and existing managers.

By studying the CMDA you will develop your understanding of both the theory and practice of business management, whilst focusing on the specific challenges of your workplace. This will prepare you to progress onto more senior management and leadership roles. 

The course uses your experience and the latest research to expand your skills and knowledge of fundamental business concepts such as project management, business finance, and marketing. You’ll explore the functional, operational and strategic aspects of management across five themes: consultancy, leadership, skills, innovation and decision-making.  

The BSc (Hons) Business Management and Leadership, studied as part of the apprenticeship, is designed to complement your role, enabling you to apply your learning and make an impact and you could also achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) status, the gold standard for the profession. 

The CMDA benefits both the apprentices completing the course and their employers. It gives employers the opportunity to develop their staff. During the course, apprentices will: 

  • develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to their business which can be applied from day one. 
  • improve forward planning, time management, general communication and reporting 
  • increase confidence with technical and managerial abilities  
  • enhance strategic thinking, focus, engagement of others and ability to implement new ways of working 
  • deliver individual projects and assignments relevant to the apprentice's department or organisation, designed to benefit their business 

The difference the CMDA has had on our employees is phenomenal. For such a large Local Authority, it is vital we support and develop strong Managers and Leaders. This apprenticeship programme has helped prepare our future workforce by enabling them to contribute to the authorities objectives as a strategic level; improving their abilities of solving complex problems; enhancing innovation, creativity and critical thinking skills.

We have seen a fantastic achievement rate with around 80% of apprentices achieving First Class Honours results on the Degree and the same amount achieving Distinctions at End Point Assessment, which is testament to the skillset and experience of the staff at the University.

- Gemma Haynes, Employment and Skills Senior Manager, Leeds City Council and CMDA graduate

Who is it for?

The CMDA is relevant for a range of colleagues in a variety of management roles and varied levels of experience – however, the course is aimed at those with line management responsibilities. Full entry requirements are available on the CMDA course overview page. Colleagues in the Lifelong Learning Centre can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.  

When does it next run and how can I apply?

The CMDA next runs from February 2024. The deadline to apply is 5pm on 1 October 2023.  

If you are interested in applying you can view the course overview page for the CMDA for more details, contact Jo Bates and Andy Richardson for an informal chat about the course or book on to an upcoming event. 

View the CMDA course overview page Contact the CMDA team to discuss the CMDA

What are the fees for University of Leeds staff?

For colleagues from the University of Leeds the fees for the course are paid by the University. More information is available on the CMDA course overview page.

Events to find out more about CMDA:

Student information sessions - 17 July 2023

These online student information sessions give you the chance to hear from existing CMDA students about their experiences throughout their study. During the session you can ask questions of either the students or the CMDA Team. The following are the upcoming sessions: 

Book your place on 17 July information session

Campus tour - 18 September 2023

This campus tour event is for those who have applied and been accepted for the course starting in February 2024. It gives prospective students the chance to meet the teaching and support teams for the CMDA. You will be shown around campus and have a chance to find out more about the course. This session will run on the following date. 

Book your place on 18 September Campus Tour