Management and Leadership Practice BA (Hons)

Apply now

Designed in collaboration with a range of employers and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Appropriate for employees at different levels of management, from aspiring and new managers to senior managers and those who have achieved a relevant level 5 qualification.

Download the course brochure


This programme has been designed in collaboration with a range of employers and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to ensure it meets the needs of a wide range of businesses. It is the ideal degree apprenticeship if you want to work in a management or leadership role in your organisation, or if you want to improve your effectiveness in an existing role.

You will gain a BA (Hons) Management and Leadership Practice, CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership and upon successful completion, Chartered Manager Professional Status with the Chartered Management Institute.

Why us?

  • Businesses cite cost and lack of effective management and leadership training as key barriers to growth
  • Businesses which experience high levels of growth have made substantial investment in management and talent development
  • Chartered Manager is ranked by managers as one of the top three most effective management development options
  • Chartered Managers generate a substantial return on your investment (average £390k) per CMgr - CMI)
  • Businesses can develop their talent pipeline and also ensure effective succession planning
  • Our Business courses were ranked 3rd overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • Our Business courses were ranked 4th in the UK for Assessment and, 2nd in the UK for Retention and Progression, and 3rd in the UK for Employability in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey

Course structure

Delivered over three years for apprentices following the full undergraduate degree. Experienced managers may be able to start at stage 2 or 3 in recognition of their prior equivalent professional and/or academic learning. Typically, apprentices attend one day per week.

The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach by experienced tutors using lectures, seminars, coaching, group work, computer-based learning and independent study. Throughout the programme there is a strong element of work-based learning and project work. We'll work closely with you to ensure that modules are relevant to your business and that there are flexible study arrangements in place to fit with work commitments.

Apprentices complete a range of assessments designed to test the necessary attributes for successful management and leadership in the workplace. Tri-partite meetings between the learner, academic tutor and employer are held to review progress against the individuals learning plan. Please check our vacancies page for any opportunities with our employers.

Stage 1 – Level 4 – Principles of Management – 120 credits

  • Personal and professional development
  • Managing and leading people
  • Managing business operations and services
  • HRM and talent management
  • Accounting and finance
  • Marketing management

Stage 2 – Level 5 – Operational Management – 120 credits

  • Intro to work-based project, research and critical thinking skills
  • Management and organisational excellence
  • Managing entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
  • Ethical responsible business
  • Digital business
  • Work-based project

Stage 3 – Level 6 – Strategic Management and Leadership – 120 credits

  • Introduction to professional project
  • Leading the dynamic organisation
  • Managing and leading organisational change
  • Strategic management
  • Professional project
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

    Library Services - general


The programme is work based and, as such, there is a strong element of work-based learning and project work.

Entry requirements

The programme is work based and, as such, is subject to the apprentice being employed by an organisation throughout the duration of the programme. The employer must confirm apprentices comply with the apprentice eligibility criteria including funding requirements. Apprentices may be eligible for direct entry onto stage 2 or 3 of the programme; this is subject to accredited prior learning and/or prior experiential learning. Employers and/or potential apprentices should contact the University direct for further information.

If you’re looking to start an apprenticeship, it is the employer that will advertise this opportunity, not the University. To search for apprenticeships offered by employers in your area go to:

Fees and finance

There are different ways for the employer to fund the costs of higher and degree apprenticeships, which may include government levies already paid for by the employer or specific funding opportunities which may be available. For a discussion around your specific requirements please contact:

0191 515 3361 /

You are viewing entry requirements for visitors from United States. Not from United States? Change your country preferences.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

Student in the Sunderland Futures department


Our degree apprenticeships can be the start of your exciting new career. They will enable you to gain a degree, while also gaining invaluable 'on the job' experience. Studying an apprenticeship means:

  • Working full time with an employer that values staff development
  • Gaining in-depth industry-relevant skills and experience
  • Support to plan and realise your future careers aspirations
  • Achieving nationally recognised degree awards
  • Studying at a University that puts you at the heart of provision, providing holistic and effective support
  • No exams – you'll complete a blended range of assessments
  • Government funding for large and small employers
  • Work-based learning and tutors with industry experience

Meet the team

Sign up to receive more information

Sign up to receive emails about your subject area.

Keep me up to date relating to my interest in the University of Sunderland via:


You may unsubscribe at any time.

Oops! You've not opted in to receiving other useful information about the University of Sunderland.


Using Your Personal Information
The University of Sunderland is collecting this data in order for you to receive information on your chosen subject(s). Your information will be stored securely in our Customer Relationship Management system which is provided by a 3rd party and used only for the administration and provision of this information. Should you choose to opt in to further communications we will also use your information to facilitate other useful marketing information based on your preferences. Further information on how your data is stored and used can be found in our Privacy notice - marketing.