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This four-year degree programme underpins the Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship standard.
The BSc (Hons) in Management has been developed with, and for employers and is delivered as a blended course. Most material is in the form of directed self-learning via the university’s e-learning platform, Moodle, on- and off-site academic support, and face to face block teaching throughout the length of apprenticeship.
This programme can support individuals wanting to progress their career within SME and global organisations.
The University of Kent is at the forefront of providing higher and degree apprenticeships. We are one of the few universities to provide a management-aligned degree programme for the Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship standard. Our expertise in e-learning delivery, together with flexible entry points, means that the programme can be delivered with the least disruption to the business.
The University of Kent has delivered higher apprenticeships since 2011, working with industry-leading employers including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novartis and Unilever.
Kent launched the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in 2016 to build on this experience. The Centre works in partnership with regional and national employers to develop apprenticeships tailored to their needs. The Centre also has an important role to play within the University, supporting academic schools on all aspects of delivering apprenticeship training.
We help to devise a tailored programme of study that complements activity in your workplace, underpinned by our leading academic programmes.
Our School is proud to be in the top 1% of business schools globally to hold accreditations from three large business organisations:
Kent Business School (KBS) has a strong research environment. Following the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, business and management at Kent was ranked 25th in the UK for research intensity by the Times Higher Education. An impressive 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality, placing us in the top quartile of the UK’s business schools. We provide a friendly, student-focused environment, which helps you to make the most of your studies.
You are more than your grades
At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.
Apprenticeships are also offered to up-skill the existing workforce, therefore if you are an applicant without the traditional qualifications listed below; and have prior learning and skills developed from your workplace, please contact the university and we will consider applicants on a case by case basis.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Exemptions will be considered in accordance to the University’s regulations. Applicants who do not meet the degree/professional qualification requirement may be admitted subject to interview. A substantial period of business experience (>5 years) is required to compensate for lack of qualifications.
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you have to have the right to work in England.
ABB at A-Level, IB 34 points (16 at Higher)
GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English grade C or above.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
34 points overall or 16 points at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 4 years
This four-year part-time programme comprises 360 credits upon successful completion of the course.
Stage 1 - Year One: 105 credits
Stage 2 – Year Two: 75 credits
Stage 2 – Year Three: 90 credits
Stage 3 – Year Four: 90 credits
Please refer to the Apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers for information on what costs can and cannot be included within the apprenticeship cost.
Please note that attendance for block teaching sessions held over the length of the apprenticeship by Kent Business School will not be covered by the cost of the apprenticeship, and will come at an additional cost.
The maximum amount of funding the government will contribute towards this apprenticeship is a funding cap of £22,000, including the end point assessment. As each apprenticeship is tailored to the needs of the employer, please contact with Centre for Higher & Degree Apprenticeship for full costings.
The university is working with levy and non-levy employers to provide apprenticeships and welcome inquiries from interested organisations.
Acquisition of outcomes is achieved primarily through use of e-learning materials via the university's e-learning platform Moodle. Theoretical content in the form of storyboards; video; links to related reading; and activities with feedback provided. The emphasis of the programme is to link the knowledge and learning to work-based learning and employment wherever possible.
This includes practical skills but also broader skills including: numeracy; IT and communication. Practical experience in the workplace is essential to develop and enhance these skills. Blocks of face to face teaching are used to provide more "hands-on" techniques/skills that are not available at work or locally.
A number of methods are used for both formative and summative assessment including: practical tests or assessment at the University or in the workplace; reports or other documents; computer-based assignments; oral plus written presentations and project plans.
Formative assessment includes: progress tests; reports; short essays; and presentations. Progress and attainment of learning outcomes are determined by a variety of summative assessments including: unseen written examinations (three times a year in the workplace), some as Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s); essays; written exams; and presentations.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme is more ambitious in scope than a traditional business programme, aiming to develop a new kind of business professional for the 21st century, as mindful of their social responsibilities to the community as well as to the needs of their investors, shareholders or employers. In the digital age of pervasive social media, this is a commercial as well as an ethical imperative, and one with which students on the programme will be fully acquainted.
The aim of the course is to produce learners who understand the role and interrelationship between strategic management, human resource management and operations management, including performance management, quality management, supply chain management and logistics in the delivery of goods and services and who can effectively pursue operational line management positions in a range of diverse organisations.
Learners will have an appreciation of the global challenges facing managers from both an operational and a strategic perspective and will be sensitive to the need for mainstreaming of business ethics and corporate social responsibility into management policy and practice. They develop their leadership skills in relation to decision making, problem solving, team working, negotiation, employee performance management and are also be sensitive to issues relating to cultural/inter-cultural diversity and equality.
The programme syllabus is guided by the QAA’s Business and Management Subject Benchmark Statement (Feb 2015) as well as the Leadership and Management Standards (2015) endorsed by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
Over 86% of final-year Business, Management and Marketing students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, The Guardian University Guide 2019.
For graduate prospects, Business, Management and Marketing at Kent scored 89% in The Guardian University Guide 2019 and ranked 22nd in The Complete University Guide 2021.
Of Business Studies graduates who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations, over 94% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE, 2017).
A Chartered Manager is someone who can take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success, with the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.
Occupation /Profile: Professional managers in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisation. Specific job roles may include: Manager; Senior Manager; Head of Department; Operations Manager; or anyone with significant management responsibilities.
Successful apprentices will become chartered Members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI).
This forms part of an apprenticeship and cannot be applied for as a standalone programme - see the apprenticeships website for more info and a full list of current apprenticeships
Get in touch with our dynamic team for support and advice on all aspects of employing, training and assessing an apprentice.
T: 01634 888459 or 888467