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Chartered Manager Apprenticeship - Business Management with Business Practice BA (Hons)

Overview

Show them who’s boss

Are you ready for a career in business? This apprenticeship will grant you membership of the Chartered Management Institute for the duration of the course and earn you a BA (Hons) in Business Management with Business Practice.

This apprenticeship could take you to the starting line. You’ll develop knowledge and skills across several business disciplines, focusing on the study of organisations, management and the changing environment in which they operate.

The course is relevant to all industries and to both new and existing staff. You'll learn to take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success.

The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the Government website.

Apprenticeship Employment Guidelines
Apprenticeship Evidence Pack Guidance

Why Business Management at LSBU?

We’re No.1 London Modern University for business, management and marketing (Guardian League Table 2016).
No.1 University in London for Teaching, Organisation and Management, Learning Resources and Personal Development in Business (National Students Survey 2016).
Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
No.3 London Modern University for graduate prospects in Business and Management Studies (Complete University Guide League Table 2018).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Apprenticeship
Duration
3.5 years
Start Date
September
Location

Case studies

Modules

The course has been created to combine theory with current industry practice. This way, you can develop an understanding of the relevant knowledge and skills you need to apply for business management roles. This course covers professional competencies, people and organisations, business economics, management and information systems, e-business, business ethics, market research, e-commerce, social media and entrepreneurial finance.

  • Financial accounting fundamentals You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of the regulatory framework of accounting together with the qualitative characteristics of useful accounting information. The module will also develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and methods used in the recording of financial data and preparation and presentation of financial statements.
  • Strategic management and leadership
    This module provides a final year integrative course in strategic management and leadership. The module is structured around three components of strategic management; firstly internal and external strategic analysis, secondly business and corporate Level strategy formulation, thirdly leadership issues in the implementation of strategy. As befits an integrative strategy module; its learning, teaching and assessment strategy is organised around the use of management case studies.
  • Fundamentals of project management
    This module examines the role of project management within the business environment, the project life cycle, and various techniques of project and work planning, control and evaluation to achieve project objectives. The tools currently available to project managers are illustrated in this module through the use of Microsoft Project software and various other tools that are followed by the PMI and APM Body of Knowledge.
  • Resourcing & reward
  • Marketing strategy & planning
  • Managing innovation & growth
  • Managing business relationships
  • Managing business logistics and negotiations
    This module demonstrates the importance of logistics and the supply change while also considering procurement and negotiation strategies and techniques within business service, retail and manufacturing environments. You'll gain a clear understanding of the importance and scope of the procurement function and will explore the critical transfer of goods/services across global and local networks, with a critical assessment of ethical elements of supply chain management in view of business logistics.  You'll develop a broad understanding of the negotiation process and the development of negotiating strategies for procurement and logistics that is a vital element of moving goods and resources globally and locally.
  • Managing e-business
    This module provides you with an introduction to the business, technological, ethical and societal issues pertaining to the emergence of the Internet as a medium for the online trading of goods and services. The module examines the growth and development of the Internet as a business tool and explores how organisations have adapted (and continue to adapt) to this recent and continually developing digital business environment.

Employability

All the way through the course, employability skills are promoted – with guest speakers from industry, business insights, graduate start-up and entrepreneur schemes. Jobs directly related to a degree in Business Management include:

  • Retail manager
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Human resources officer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Management consultant
  • Operational researcher
  • Risk manager
  • Human resources officer
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Sales executive
  • Systems analyst

Employability Service

By completing the apprenticeship route, you’ll have the advantage of having real-world work experience, working in a role related to your area of study. This will give you a competitive edge among other graduates when you complete your apprenticeship standard.

During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, who can help you develop your skills through the Careers Gym workshops and presentations. Our JobShop advisers support students and graduates with finding the right job for them.

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Placements

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Your learning materials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment so you can access them any time. Seminars make use of group-work and discussions, workshops and computer lab work. And you'll have a Personal Tutor (at level 4), who will help you plan and review your progress, as well as the dedicated Information adviser and the School of Business to help you find the resources you need.

Currently, for all apprenticeship standards, the amount of off-the-job training is a minimum of 20% or equivalent.

Assessment

The Apprenticeship will consist of the following elements:

  1. Successful completion of the modules and assignments which comprise BA (Hons) Business Management with Business Practice.
  2. Completion of a portfolio evidencing experience gained.
  3. 3 monthly assessments of competence by a supervisor and counsellor.
  4. An end point assessment which is the final requirement for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This is a substantial assessment and will typically take between 3 and 6 months to complete.

Duration

3 years plus 6-9 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA). The course will be delivered in three 14-week blocks per academic year so that the part time degree element takes 3 years encompassing levels 4, 5 and 6. The end point assessment which awards the apprenticeship may take place outside this period subject to agreement between the employer and the independent assessor.

Extracurricular activities

Business students benefit from a number of facilities and software available within the School of Business, but are also host to a whole number of extracurricular activities that help prepare students for the world of work.

Below is a list of extracurricular activities which students can get involved in, utilising the facilities which we have available, to make the learning process at LSBU much more practical and hands-on.

  • MyMathLabGlobal – a global online learning tool that enables students to learn online, undertake tutorials and assessments, ultimately encouraging student success.
  • The BE Programme – our BE programme provides a whole range of activities
  • Institute of Directors (IoD) – our close relationship with the IoD results in regular networking events with senior IoD members, entry into the Young Director of the Year award, membership with the IoD, and access to all of their great resources.
  • Business Solutions Centre - Students of LSBU’s School of Business offer a free drop-in service to local businesses.
  • Live Projects – students benefit from live projects with real businesses who present problems and students have to suggest solutions. In 2017, they worked with London Met, and this year they worked on a English heritage clothing company, just to name two.
  • Hackathons – an event, which brings students together to solve a business problem over a short period, you will need to think fast and work as a team to come up with an innovative solution!
  • ILX courses – We provide a number of accredited courses, which prepare students for project management, a crucial skill respected within the business sector.
  • Learn a language – students will have the opportunity to learn another language, an invaluable skill in a global city. Another language is just another skill we can support you with, supporting you for future career success.

Find out about our HEAR programme in the School of Business

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate Business student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.  

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a semester for 30 minutes throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email.

Coaching

Students in their first year of an undergraduate degree will also benefit from our coaching programme.  This programme is a proactive approach to student development that draws out our students' potential through a process of self-analysis, reflection, planning and action, enabling students to discover and decide upon their required needs.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BCC or
  • BTEC National Diploma - DDM
  • Access course: Pass with 21 merits;
  • Plus English and Maths GCSE (C or above), or equivalent

Employers should contact the Course Director to discuss the eligibility of candidates who do not meet these requirements.

The Degree Level Apprenticeship requires commitment from the employer, the apprentice and the learning institution. The programme lasts three to four years and it is not expected that the apprentice will take a break from their studies during this period. An apprentice must receive at least the minimum wage rate and work for at least 30 paid hours a week. The apprentice must be paid for time spent training or studying for their qualifications, whether at work or at a learning institution. Please take a look at How to Apply for more information on the requirements of applying for an apprenticeship.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Apprenticeship
Duration
3.5 years
Start date
September
Application code
5048
Application method

An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll  need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.

If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:

You are welcome to submit an application via our online application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.

If you are not employed:

  • You will need to find a job role related to the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, with an employer who is happy to support you. If you would like to find an employer to support your apprenticeship with LSBU, you can search which employers are currently advertising Apprenticeships via the National Apprenticeship Service website searching for ‘London South Bank University’ as keywords.
  • If there are no search results, this means there are currently no vacancies. We update our vacancies regularly, so please do check back regularly.
  • Many employers advertise their apprenticeship vacancies on their websites or via other portals. You could search for ‘find an apprenticeship’ online.
  • When you’re ready to apply, see the government's advice on how to write a winning apprenticeship application and make your application using our online application system.

Further information for apprentices

If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.

Further information for employers

If you’re an employer, you can find information about the employer commitments and further related information on the related pages for business.

Fees and funding

Funding

The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers

The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.

Bands

Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.

Incentives

Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.

Cost

You can find out the funding band for an Apprenticeship Standard on the Government website. To find out how much we are charging, please get in touch with us at apprenticeships@lsbu.ac.uk

Field trips

Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students   are required to contribute towards the cost.  If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the New Students: Apprentices section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.

Suggested reading list:

  • Baines, Fill and Page (2014), Marketing (Third edition) Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Begg and Ward (2010) Economics for Business, McGraw-Hill, London
  • Mullins (2013) Management and Organisational Behaviour (10th edition), Pearson Education, Harlow
  • Wood and Sangster (2011) Business Accounting Volume One, Pearson, Harlow
 
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