BA (Hons) Chartered Manager Apprenticeship (Business Management with Business Practice BA)Southwark Campus
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 IfA website.
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, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
- No.3 London Modern University for graduate prospects in Business and Management Studies (Complete University Guide League Table 2018).
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.
- Finance and the Economy This module will introduce you to a range of economic and financial topics and will show how these can be applied to understand the world around us. The module will develop your understanding of the external environment businesses face, and aspects of finance relevant to the business context.
- LSBU Discovery ProjectIn this module you will be utilising business project frameworks, problem solving skills and ideas generation techniques that will support you through the key stages required to complete a small business project from concept to delivery. Throughout the stages of your project, and by incorporating a facilitated coaching process, you will be supported to develop key skills vital to successful leadership and management.
- Data and Decision Making This module examines a range of ways of handling, analysing and presenting quantitative information. The underlying theme is to look at data in a variety of forms, to determine the 'story' that this data is telling, and to use that 'story' to justify decisions.
- Principles of Marketing The module will introduce you to the theories and practices of marketing and provides you with a foundation in the subject of marketing. It acts as an introduction to the fundamental topics in the marketing discipline which can be developed later at levels 5 and 6. These principles include the marketing environment, the marketing mix, marketing research, buyer behaviour and marketplace ethics.
- Management and Organisations This module introduces you to the basic concepts of management in organisations. It gives you an appreciation of the complexities of organisations that affect employee behaviour within them. It will introduce you to human resource management strategies to manage people in organisations. The module incorporates key management, organisational behaviour and people management theories and practices.
- Principles of Strategy This module introduces you to the basics of strategy in an international context. Strategic thinking and he ability to apply strategic evaluation models are important skills for organisational growth. You will be exposed to different elements of strategic analysis, decision making and aspects of strategy implementation in business.
- Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain ManagementThis module demonstrates the importance of operations, logistics and the supply chain while also considering procurement and negotiation strategies and techniques within business services, retail and manufacturing environments. You will analyse best practice in logistics and supply chain management and the effects of disruptive technological and communication developments on business operations. You will critically review the purpose of the supply chain and evaluate the impact of supply chain decisions on the success of the organisation. In addition, you will explore the critical transfer of goods/services across global and local networks, including a critical assessment of ethical elements of supply chain management in view of business logistics.
- Effective Business NegotiationsNegotiation is a core business skill integral to some degree in the vast majority of commercial and even non-commercial business activities. Successful negotiation is a process that involves a number of essential soft skills including effective questioning, effective listening, critical thinking and empathy. In addition, planning, situational analysis and the ability to recognise and evaluate the shared, differing and conflicting interests of the parties involved is key. A vital and integral component of your learning journey is developing your negotiation practice, is the opportunity to apply your learning in a safe environment, through a series of guided, interactive and applied workshops.
- Responsible BusinessThe corporate responsibility agenda of the 90s was about ticking boxes. Now, companies are more progressive with a shift in focus towards social value, and understanding that responsibility is a commercial imperative, embedded in strategy to provide a competitive advantage. This module outlines some of the resources and strategies adapted from management and leadership industries. With a focus on sustainable development, the module introduces you to sustainability narratives and challenges stemming from the scarcity of resources, and the inherent concerns from the complexity of leadership issues involved towards and adaptive and assimilated sustainability planning. This module will provide you with the ability to proactively analyse the ambiguities and problems arising from the new formed changing relationship, that hinder the volatile impact that businesses have on society and the ability to anticipate and to respond to the challenges that emerge.
- Fundamentals of Project ManagementThis module examines the role of project management within the business environment, the project life cycle, and the 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 BoK (Body of Knowledge).
- Managing Business Innovation and GrowthThis module enables you to develop an understanding of the innovation process in organisations and the role of innovation in organisational development and growth. Innovation is the process of bringing products, services, ideas and technologies to market. All organisations whether profit or non profit, private or public sector, need to improve their performance to maintain their competitive advantage. Thriving economies depend on organisations being innovative and on encouraging an innovative and intro/entrepreneurial culture. The module brings together theory and practice through an integrated programme which explores your own organisation and marketplace as well as the work of established innovators.
- Digital TransformationThis module introduces you to the basic theory, concepts and techniques of digital business transformation. It focuses on developing the thought processes and practical skills needed to identify, analyse, evaluate and apply digital technologies in order to address real-world business problems. In addition, this module will enable you to explore the multifaceted nature of digital transformed business, its models, infrastructure, context, and strategies, developing an awareness and appreciation of the key issues that business practitioners need to grapple with in the 21st Century.
- Marketing and Digital Strategy and PlanningIn this module you will bring together previous marketing learning in order to make digital and data led marketing strategy decisions focused on a sponsoring company. In this live case study, you synthesize relevant data to establish competitive advantage and create value, before considering strategic marketing planning and execution to achieve marketplace objectives using digital and direct business solutions.
- Resourcing and RewardThis module investigates and analyses current practice and developments in employment resourcing with full regard to context. It addresses the breadth of resourcing issues and includes all the activities essential for the acquisition, management and retention of people through the termination of employment. It also considers how reward plays and important part in resourcing strategies and you will learn about decision making in reward and how to put this into practice.
- Contemporary Issues in HRThis module offers you the opportunity to explore two highly pertinent, contemporaneous, and important issues in the field of Human Resource Management - namely the issues of employee engagement and equality, diversity, inclusion in the modern workplace. These issues have received much attention in recent years. Employee (or work) engagement is often seen as the ultimate goal of HR practitioners, as research indicates that engaged employees and workers offer significantly increased positive outcomes for organisations. Similarly, the topic of equality, diversity and inclusion is increasingly acknowledged as a pivotal concern for organisations who seek to embrace and utilise talent, regardless of where and how that talent presents itself. The business case argument for organisations to adopt a strategic approach to both issues is considerable. The module highlights the intersection between equality, inclusion and engagement; addresses key factors which enhance or diminish inclusivity and engagement; and provides a focus on how to develop enabling, engaging, and inclusive organisational cultures.
- Business ResearchThis module introduces you to the academic research process, and covers the approaches, tools and techniques of research within a business discipline. You will study the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent small scale research project, with a business or management focus based on your area of work or industry. The module may also serve as a preparation for academic study at postgraduate level.
- Leadership, Strategy and ChangeThis module examines the scope and nature of leadership, strategic management and change and approaches to establishing organisational objectives. It demonstrates the link between strategy, resources, markets, innovation, technology and finances available. The impact of the size and structure of organisations as well as external factors impacting strategy including globalisation and sustainability are also considered.
- Small Business ManagementSmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent a large share of our economies and a leading force in economic development. This module focuses on such enterprises and explores the distinctive features of management in the SME environment. The module covers the fundamentals of managing SMEs and family owned small businesses in relation to leadership, strategy implementation, product development, innovation management, domestic growth and internationalisation strategies. You will develop an understanding of the theoretical foundations of entrepreneurship. You will also look at the roles and contributions of entrepreneurs and SMEs to economies, and will consider debates around the provision of hard and soft government support for entrepreneurship and SMEs. The module examines the application of entrepreneurship across different domains, including the role of women, family businesses, ethnic minority businesses, and corporate ventures.
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
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.
In recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice, it has Centre of Excellence status: the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world's largest professional body of management accountants offering the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business. The course is also accredited by ACCA.
- Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world's largest professional body of management accountants offering the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business. If you are considering a career in finance and business, the CIMA qualification will open doors with employers all over the world. On completing this course you'll be able to apply for exemptions for papers C02-C05. If you choose module elective 'Management accounting for decision making' you can apply for exemption to C01. With C01-05 you can apply for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) was founded in 1904; the ACCA is the global body for professional accountants offering the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification. This course provides exemptions for ACCA paper F1.
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 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 LSBU Business School 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.
The Apprenticeship will consist of the following elements:
- Successful completion of the modules and assignments which comprise BA (Hons) Business Management with Business Practice.
- Completion of a portfolio evidencing experience gained.
- 3 monthly assessments of competence by a supervisor and counsellor.
- 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.
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.
Business students benefit from a number of facilities and software available within LSBU Business School, 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 - put skills in to practice as a student advisor in the Business Solutions Centre, whilst making a positive impact in the business community.
- LinkedIn Learning - benefit from access to a wide array of courses and materials related to professional and personal development.
- 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 LSBU Business School
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".
Students in their first year of an undergraduate degree will also benefit from our BE 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.
- 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
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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
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
Fees and 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.
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.
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