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 course is structured around 360 credit points. At each level all students study for 120 credits. The course offers the award name of BA (Hons) Business Management with Business Practice (Apprenticeship) (PT).The End-Point-Assessment (EPA) is not-integrated into the course assessment, there will need to be an independent assessor who judges if the individual has passed their apprenticeship.
Successful apprentices will have the option to apply for professional recognition as Chartered Managers and Members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI) and/or as a member of the Institute for Leadership & Management or other relevant professional body.
The course consists of 17 modules; all core modules, no option modules. All modules carry a 20-credit value each, with the exception of the Final Year Project which is 40-credit.
The degree follows a three-year part-time course (one day a week) over a trimester period. The course structure showing the modules and the nature and weighting of their assessment is as shown below.
The semester of delivery of all modules may change in the future due to timetabling and resourcing requirements.
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the IfA website.
Alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The seventeen goals aim to increase awareness of, and encourage actions around, the need to end poverty, to build robust economies, improve access to education and health, encourage social mobility, and provide decent work. Crucially, the goals seek to realise these ambitions whilst also tackling climate change and environmental protection.
The goals act as a call to all stakeholders, whether they be economic, educational, social or political stakeholders, to engage in these debates and respond with affirmative and proactive responses. LSBU as educator and provider of the BA (Hons) Business Management with Business Practice (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship) has integrated and embedded many of the key goals. For example, in their first year of study (at Level 4), apprentices will engage in debates around the UN goals on gender equality, health & wellbeing, and decent work/economic growth in the modules Management & Organisations and Finance and the Economy. In addition, the module Principles of Marketing includes coverage of the UN goal on Responsible Production and Consumption. At Level 5, the module Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management goes into more depths on these matters, while the UN goal on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions will be discussed within the module Responsible Business which also links to the UN goal on Sustainable Cities and Communities (which is of particular importance for LSBU).
At Level 6, the goal on Quality Education (which includes aspirations towards personal career development) is met within the modules Strategic People Management as well as in Leadership, Strategy and Change, which develop key personal, social and technical skills, and a focus on continuous professional development.
Why Business Management at LSBU?
We’re top 5 for learning community in Management in London (National Student Survey 2020).
We're No.1 for learning opportunities in Management in London (National Student Survey 2020).
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, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
We're 1st for Graduate Prospects* in Business & Management Studies among London Modern universities (Complete University Guide League Tables 2021).
Under UK Government rules, candidates must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and must have the right to live and work in the UK (applies only in England). Candidates cannot be self-employed. The employer must enter into an Apprenticeship Agreement with the student.
All candidates must be employed in a role related to the subject matter of the academic award of the apprenticeship and be sponsored by their employer.
Apprenticeship applicants will have:
A Level BCC worth 104 UCAS points or:
BTEC National Diploma DMM worth 112 UCAS points or:
Access to HE qualifications with pass and 21 Merits or:
Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
Applications can only be made through the sponsoring employer. The university will consider all such applications and will have the final decision whether to accept the candidate for entry to the programme.
Accreditation of relevant experiential learning will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Typically, candidates will be invited for an interview to explore the nature of their apprenticeship, their existing skills, knowledge and behaviours and their individual learning plan (ILP).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The LSBU Discovery Project You will learn how to apply idea generation techniques, and critical thinking to identify key issues and, develop, evaluate, select and communicate solutions to issues within a business project. It will cover key project management techniques and tools such as PID, WBS, Gantt Charts, CPA to a business project. It will enable you to evaluate and reflect upon decisions and actions to respond more effectively to changes in the business environment. The module further aims to enable you to identify, develop and apply effective and appropriate coaching techniques for successful team development and management skills including awareness of personality differences and sensitivity to cultural norms.
Principles of Marketing You will learn how to demonstrate knowledge of marketing concepts and principles and be able to explain the marketing mix. It will enable you to apply introductory level marketing theory to a range of practical examples. You will also understand and explain the basics of marketing analytics, including the impact of data in a contemporary digitalised society.
Data for Decision Making You will learn how to prepare numerical data in a variety of graphical forms. It will enable you to assess the various analytical techniques for solving business problems, to demonstrate the importance of stating assumptions. It will cover compiling data using Excel and analysing data in order to develop and test claims.
Principles of Strategy You will learn how to apply basic elements of business strategy. It will teach how to use strategic tools to analyse the business environment in order to identify issues of strategic importance. You will create an implementation plan of a strategic objective including simple elements of marketing and finance.
Finance and the Economy You will learn how markets and competitors influence business decisions and performance. It will enable you to apply economic ideas, techniques and theories to understand, analyse and explain business situations. It will cover various tools of financial analysis to assess business performance and make judgements about markets and the use of Excel to create graphs & tables for reporting purposes.
Management and Organisations You’ll learn the different approaches to organisation and management within the context of the external business environment. It will enable you to apply the key principles of organisational behaviour in the areas of organisational structure, organisational culture, organisational change, work motivation, job satisfaction, psychological contract, working in groups/teams, and leadership. It will also cover the key principles of human resource management in the key functional areas of employee resourcing, development, rewards and relations.
Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management You will learn about and apply the general principles and techniques in global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. It will enable you to discuss current practice in logistics and supply chain planning and operation. You will evaluate a range of theories, frameworks and principles relating to contemporary supply chain issues. It will teach you how to critically analyse current trends in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, identifying and evaluating organisational infrastructures and environmental constraints that shape the scope of operational effectiveness. You create plans for sourcing goods and services, using communication and negotiation techniques to select and source business resources.
Effective Business Negotiations You will demonstrate the theory and psychology of negotiation and negotiation styles. It will enable you to evaluate negotiation situations and practice appropriate, ethical, and principled negotiations. It will teach you how to evaluate and use your own most effective negotiating style(s). You will reflect and critically assess their own performance and that of their team in a variety of personal and business situations with the aim of continual improvement.
Responsible Business You will identify key ethical issues facing contemporary business. It will enable you to analyse the implications of business decisions on society. You will learn how to analyse the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategies and actions. You will explain the primary ethical theories such as utilitarianism, Kantian and virtue ethics. It will enable you to explain the importance of effective corporate governance, ethical theories to a specific dilemma in business. You will demonstrate skills of research, analysis and written / oral communication.
Fundamentals of Project Management You will develop and evaluate a range of project management skills, techniques and tools for selecting, planning, executing and evaluating a project. It will enable you to demonstrate knowledge of the roles for structuring projects into phases, within the scope of the firm and the project processes in practice. It will teach you how to evaluate and reflect on the technical feasibility aspects of project scenarios and processes. You will develop, synthesise, and evaluate a project’s relationship between change control and configuration management in reflexive practice. You will learn how to evaluate a variety of practical approaches and performance measures to monitor project progress, project evaluation, and the identification of key lessons learnt.
Managing Business Innovation and Growth You will explain the nature and processes of managing the business and innovation by applying various concepts in new business creation and growth. It will enable you to ddemonstrate an understanding of incremental and disruptive digital transformations. It will teach you how to ccritically examine the business environment to identify the impact of incremental and disruptive digital transformations on business innovation and growth. You will develop and pitch business cases using identified opportunities for growth. You will apply theoretical concepts to practice identifying avenues for business growth.
Digital Transformation You will discuss and apply the concepts of digital transformation and digital technologies. It will enable you to assess the role of digital transformation in business in developing sustainable business models and creating competitive advantage. It will teach you how to critically analysis when, why, and how digital transformation should be considered a problem-solving strategy from a business perspective, evaluating appropriate types of digital transformation. You will apply analysis and critical thinking to evaluate the use of digital technologies as solutions to real business problems, reviewing the appropriateness and effectiveness of digital transformation strategies, concepts, processes & functions.
Leadership, Strategy and Change You will assess the relationship and the need for compatibility between strategic management and functional management policies. It will enable you to explain and critically analyse the concepts of leadership and management and their application in an organisational, social, environmental and multicultural context. You will learn how to critically evaluate the need for flexibility in strategic management and the practical limits of quantifying corporate strategy. It will teach you how to identify and analyse the internal and external influences on organisational objectives and strategy, and the relevance of creativity and innovation in business. You will demonstrate self-awareness of change management strategies to support the business in gaining competitive advantage.
Strategic People Management You will gain the ability to critically analyse the concept of leadership and its application in a diverse context for enhancing individual, team and organisational performance. It will enable you to identify the impact of resourcing policies and decisions for organisations and the individuals within them. You will learn how to demonstrate an ability to use effective techniques of analysis when working on case study materials and resource-based problems. It will teach you how to synthesize, evaluate and analyse arrange of people management strategies and tools. You will design of an employee engagement survey; and develop a comprehensive understanding of how it can be applied in real-survey exercises. You will act as a coach or mentor and/or support others when acting as coaches or mentors.
Marketing and Digital Strategy and Planning You’ll learn how to apply academic research methodologies for digital and direct strategy formulation and how to conceptualise a research problem contextualised within the literature; and design and plan a methodology to meet the defined research objectives, collect and synthesize data to develop theoretical and managerial implications. It will enable you to execute research using appropriate data collection and analysis techniques to write strategic plans incorporating digital direct and database marketing techniques. It will cover how to develop, implement and manage projects autonomously working to deadlines to prepare written and oral reports in which recommendations are underpinned and justified by data analysis.
Small Business Management You will develop an understanding and critically evaluate how SMEs secure and deploy resources in traditional and international contexts. It will enable you to select, evaluate and apply concepts, tools and techniques to the effective running of SMEs to make informed management decisions for domestic and international growth. You will learn how to critically evaluate SMEs and family-owned small businesses characteristics, behaviour and motivations and arrive at informed conclusions about business opportunities and threats in domestic and international business contexts. It will teach you how to demonstrate fine grained knowledge about the peculiarity of SMEs and family-owned businesses in terms of people, cultures, business and management. You will develop enterprise management skills and demonstrate an opportunity recognizing and effectuation mind-sets to successfully manage SMEs in domestic and international business contexts
Work-based Projects You will critically evaluate different theoretical approaches to business research and be able to select a work-based project topic appropriately, carry out a work-based project and identify stakeholder issues, risks and resource implications. It will enable you to collect, interpret, analyse and present work-based project outcomes effectively. You will learn how to identify a suitable work-based project problem, define its boundaries and select, evaluate and justify an appropriate approach for the project. It will teach you how to critically analyse the student’s own strengths and weaknesses in the conduct of the research and evaluate the research findings in the context of established theory. You will apply analytical and critical thinking and use effective written communication of work-based project outcomes and recommendations.
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.
All the way through the course, employability skills are promoted – with guest speakers from industry, business insights, graduate start-up and entrepreneur schemes. Business managers lead on the creation and execution of a business strategy. They recognise and respond to business opportunities and customer requirements through a range of platforms (such as websites and brick & Motar). They actively employ business management principles, and financial and analytical tools, to deliver successful initiatives that meet the needs and aspirations of their organisation.
Jobs directly related to a degree in Business Management include:
Chartered management accountant
Corporate investment banker
Human resources officer
Human resources officer
Logistics and distribution manager
The course offers the award name of BA (Hons) Business Management with Business Practice (Apprenticeship) (PT).
The End-Point-Assessment (EPA) is not-integrated into the course assessment, there will need to be an independent assessor who judges if the individual has passed their apprenticeship.
Successful apprentices will have the option to apply for professional recognition as Chartered Managers and Members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI) and/or as a member of the Institute for Leadership & Management or other relevant professional body.
LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.
As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.
Teaching and Assessment
Lectures, seminars and workshops:
Lectures will deliver key topic areas across the academic levels. Guest speakers from business and academia will bring specialist knowledge into the classroom.
Interactive seminars and workshops support the lectures with a strong focus on small group activities to encourage the active participation of students, develop peer learning, and the sharing of knowledge and support amongst our diverse student body.
An integrated formative and summative assessment and feedback process is a key component to a student’s independent acquisition of knowledge and understanding in every module on this course.
Seminars and workshops encourage student development in this area with the application of knowledge to business case studies and practitioner-driven live cases to develop critical evaluation of relevant information and problem-solving skills. In-class debate allows the sharing of ideas amongst peers and the evaluation of opinions within a diverse student body to enable students to develop and evaluate logical argument. At Level 4 in particular, support is given to basic cognitive skills development and student research practice via the Management & Organisations module. Research skills are further developed at Levels 5 via coursework application and extensively through live case study analysis and the project module at Levels 5 and 6.
The key practical skills are embedded in module delivery and built throughout each level demonstrating progressive development. As students move through the programme their ability to evaluate and synthesise information, and their problem-solving skills are developed through their application to rather more complex case study problems through which independence of thought and practice are developed.
Methods are to be interactive and practical by nature, for example, group work based upon case study and in-class presentations are used across all levels. Spread sheet, planning and problem-solving techniques are delivered in workshops and taught via application to case study problems and the synthesis of data, and emphasis is placed at all levels on the presentation and communication of data with a storyline.
Where possible teaching, learning and assessment is applied using case studies and practitioner-driven live cases to develop real life problem-solving skills, ideas and solutions.
Self-managed & independent learning:
Self-managed learning activities to supplement and consolidate classroom-based activity constitutes about 70% of the study hours, and these include: reading recommended texts and relevant journal articles, application of knowledge to additional problem-based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion, review of key topics and examination preparation where appropriate. Many of these activities are supported in the virtual learning environment (VLE).
The development of intellectual skills will be delivered via a structured and progressive strategy of support, delivered over the length of the programme.
The self-managed learning activities supplement in-class leaning and include the reading and critique of academic journals and especially at Level 6 their application to problem-based exercises and peer debate. Links to core journals will be available via the VLE to encourage debate and discussion of key issues. Engagement with coursework and examination preparation are also key strategies to develop these skills.
Reflective practice is an important component of the academic journey, enabling students to evaluate a situation, gain insight and consider multiple perspectives in order to develop and learn. Throughout their course, students will be provided with opportunities to reflect on their experience from both a personal and professional perspective. Students will be supported to make decisions and resolve uncertainty, critically review their own behaviour and contributions to group work and consider the process of their own learning. They have a variety of mechanisms to support them with this, including coaching which has been embedded within the curriculum as well as the use of reflective frameworks in assignment components to consider their learning and contribution within various modules. Students are encouraged to develop a growth mind-set to establish a foundation for life-long learning.
The End –Point –Assessment (EPA), involves a range of assessment tools i.e. a review of portfolio of evidence, review of work-based project and presentation and interview.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is involved in the end-point assessment of each apprentice so that all apprentices following the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship standard are assessed consistently.
LSBU’s well-stocked library provides a range of study environments for individual and group/social learning, course materials, online information resources as well as library staff who are dedicated to the School of Business to provide support for effective researching.
Free computer access is available for all students across the University, and a Bloomberg lab with 12 Bloomberg terminals is available for the dedicated use of the School’s students. Printing, scanning, photocopying, and wireless internet access facilities are available, along with specialist online support and training. The library provides bookable group rooms and laptop computers for loan. Part-time students receive additional support from the library. Current students can find more information here.
Virtual Learning Environment
Digital technology is used to increase academic support for students and improve the efficiency of the teaching and assessment processes - eventually to transform student learning so that the student experience becomes truly ‘blended’ and extends well beyond the use of the VLE as merely a document repository.
Research and Enterprise
The school’s Student Enterprise Strategy details the enterprise engagement opportunities available to all students, which will help develop and demonstrate skills in innovation, creativity, and enterprise initially in the following areas:
Business Solutions Centre, a student led consultancy service for clients within the university, student run start-ups and small businesses within the local area.
Links with societies, in particular student membership of the Institute of Directors and the Enterprise Society and the Student Advisory Committee.
Induction, the School of Business supports the Enterprise Centre in a range of activities for induction, including the fresher’s fair.
Extra-curricular activities, the school runs a series of extra-curricular activities focused around developing the entrepreneurial capability and entrepreneurial effectiveness of students.
As an undergraduate student in LSBU Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions which will be designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".