Start date(s)
September 2024
Study Mode
Part-time (3 years)
Leeds City Campus

Course overview

This work-based programme is designed to provide the essential knowledge, understanding and skills required to operate effectively and successfully in a business environment in the private and public sectors. Core areas of the programme focus on contemporary business concepts, management and leadership functions, managing people, project and risk management, operations and external context, including legal and ethical issues.

To start this programme, the apprentice will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant role and have the support of their employer.


The Student Contract

About this course

This apprenticeship is suitable for managers and aspiring managers who are currently employed and working for more than 30 hours a week.

It will allow apprentices to combine workplace learning opportunities with university studies, bringing together theories and practices that are relevant to the organisation in which they work.

  • Apprenticeships are designed by industry professionals and are aimed at employees
  • They can be suitable as a way to upskill existing members of staff or as a pathway for new employees
  • Small groups and specially-designed learning sessions will ensure that apprentices get the most out of their time in workshops and lectures
  • Required to include a minimum of 6 hours a week off-the-job learning
  • There are no direct fees paid by the apprentice as the programme is supported through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Successful apprentices will gain a Bachelor's Degree, whilst also having the opportunity to gain a recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute or similar professional body (professional membership fees applies)

Programme duration and delivery

It will typically take three years to complete the apprenticeship, however, there may also be opportunities to join part-way through the programme if candidates have considerable experience in a particular area.

Apprentices will benefit from lectures and seminars, delivered at Leeds Trinity University.

This apprenticeship is delivered through block delivery via a blended learning approach. Apprentices benefit from face-to-face lectures and seminars, and online Virtual Tutorial Cafes (VTCs) to ensure that regular support and contact is provided during the module. All content delivery will be delivered by Leeds Trinity University In addition to this, apprentices will also complete independent research activities which can be undertaken in the workplace.

Successful apprentices will gain a Bachelor's Degree, whilst also gaining a recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute or similar professional body (professional membership fees applies).



Note: This course will only run if minimum student numbers are met.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Year 1

During the first year, the apprentice will study four core modules.

Starting Your Apprenticeship Learning Portfolio (Core)

You'll be introduced to reflective models and theories for apprentices to review experiential learning from work, and you'll create a Learning Journal as part of your Portfolio of Evidence.

The Learning Journal will provide proof of your Degree Apprenticeship Standard competencies.

You'll refine your evidence identification skills throughout the programme, leading to a three-way Negotiated Learning Plan aligned with personal, professional, and academic goals.

Learning Skills for Apprentices (Core)

This module aims to equip you with essential study skills for your higher education journey.

You'll engage in activities that cover academic writing, note-taking, literature searching, presentation skills, and referencing.

Additionally, you will learn how to map workplace activities to apprenticeship standards, fostering reflection and skill development.

Negotiated Learning: Foundations of Organisational Management (Core)

This module will cover Managing People, Sales and Marketing and Digital Business and will also have elements of developing collaborative relationships, awareness of self, communication and decision-making.

The apprentice will hone skills and strategies around recruitment and talent management, marking and sales, segmentation, goal setting, and more. 

They will also learn different approaches to digital technology and innovation, reviewing and analysing the impact of innovation and digital technologies in organisations.

Negotiated Learning: Projects in the Workplace (Core)

Sharpen your awareness of small-scale work-based project stages and processes in this module.

You'll cover work-based project types, ethical data use, project design, stakeholder communication, and more.

You and your tutor will customise your aims and objectives in the Learning Agreement to align with your unique projects and professional context.

Year 2

During the second year, the apprentice will study four core modules.

Apprentice Portfolio Review (Core)

You will align your Apprenticeship Standards' Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours with your degree programme's learning outcomes.

You'll also compile evidence in your electronic portfolio, dynamically linking your apprenticeship, degree, and job role to ensure full compliance with the Standard.

You and your tutor will then reflect, analyse, revisit the Individual Learning Agreement, and plan your programme's next stage.

Designing Practitioner Research (Core)

Apprentices will be introduced to workplace research and ethical considerations of your profession, emphasising the worker researcher's role.

They will learn more about research methodology, data collection, and ethical practices, culminating in work-based research proposal development.

The assessment outcome for this module will be a clear, developed project proposal to support your work-based project module at the end of level 5.

They'll explore qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection techniques, and how to justify work-based research.

Negotiated Learning: Advancing Management and Leadership (Core)

This module will lay the foundation for project management, business finance, sales, marketing, and digital business.

Apprentices will study and practice concepts around inclusive leadership styles, project management, financial management and financial reporting.

Apprentices will dive into analysing project stages, risk models, financial management, sales and marketing theories, and the impact of innovation on organisational development.

Work-based Project (Core)

Sharpen your awareness of small-scale work-based project stages and processes in this module.

The apprentice will cover work-based project types, ethical data use, project design, stakeholder communication, and more.

Work-based projects include rationale, aims and objectives are drawn up by student apprentice as part of the ‘Learning Agreement’.

This project is developed and defined through a collaboration between the apprentice, workplace, and mentor. 

Year 3

During the third year, the apprentice will study three core modules.

Advancing Your Portfolio Towards End Point Assessment (Core)

This module guides apprentices in consolidating learning and workplace experiences, introducing them to Gateway and End Point Assessment requirements.

Through reflection and gap analysis, apprentices build a project proposal, aligning outcomes with occupational standards, and ensuring comprehensive coverage.

Emphasising learning articulation, progression reflection, and project proposal creation, this module prepares apprentices for the Work-Based Project module.

Work-based Learning Project for Apprentices (Core)

Work-based projects include rationale, aims and objectives are drawn up by student apprentice as part of the ‘Learning Agreement’.

This project is developed and defined through a collaboration between the apprentice, workplace, and mentor. 

Apprentices will sharpen their awareness of small-scale work-based project stages and processes in this module.

You'll cover work-based project types, ethical data use, project design, stakeholder communication, and more.

Negotiated Learning Managing and Leading for Strategic Direction (Core)

Apprentices will cover organisational strategy, finance, procurement, and sales and marketing.

They will evaluate theories of organisational strategy, linking to their organisation and providing developmental strategies.

On this module, apprentices will discover the importance of financial planning, legal requirements, and the commercial context in which their organisation sits.


Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


Throughout the programme, apprentices are assessed via various methods including:

  • reports
  • presentations
  • professional discussions
  • assignments
  • work-based projects

Apprentices will also create a portfolio of evidence throughout the programme to allow them to demonstrate how they have achieved the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship Standard.

Evidence may include summative assessments produced throughout the apprenticeship period and work-based evidence accumulated throughout the apprenticeship period (reports, presentations, training videos, meeting minutes, email trails, and witness testimonies).

Work-based projects are research and development projects directly related to the apprentice’s work. Projects might make the case for a change in practice or be concerned with the development of a new product or the implementation of new procedures or new processes in their specific work context. Work-based projects modules occur at the end of each academic level and should provide you with the opportunity to focus on areas within your KSBs that require evidence. As you progress through the academic levels your involvement in the work-based projects should be greater and show a substantial impact to the organisation.

Upon completion of the degree, each apprentice will undertake the End Point Assessment. The End Point Assessment will consist of a work-based project report and presentation, a portfolio of evidence mapped to the Apprenticeship Standard KSBs and a competency-based interview.  This has been designed to enable the apprenticeship to be completed in accordance with the Degree Apprenticeship Standard. An independent assessor will assess this.

About Negotiated Learning:

All apprentices will work with their employer to agree on the central theme of their work-based learning for Negotiated Learning modules. These themes will be based on the Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Apprentices, Employers, and Mentors will come together and agree upon the preferred Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) that the apprentice will focus on during each module.

Throughout all the Negotiated Learning subject specific modules you are required to utilise a wide range of sources, demonstrate ethical principles and professional codes of conduct, and demonstrate reflective practices. Where the modules specify evaluation in relation to organisations, the content provided needs to link to the apprentice's organisation as well, providing clear and detailed examples.

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Apprenticeship Student Admin team who will be happy to advise you.

Applicants must:

  • Must hold a level 2 qualification in English Language and Maths Grade 4/C or above
  • Provide evidence of the highest achieved qualifications
  • Be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant role and have the support of their employer
  • Live and have the right to work in England (ID will be requested)

Once a completed evidence pack is received applicants will undertake an initial assessment interview and skills scan with the programme lead to establish their suitability for the apprenticeship.


We offer extensive support to all of our apprentices - whatever your background or academic experience.

This includes access to our Peer Support Champions and the Learning Hub, which offers tailored support for academic skills.

Fees and finance

Costs of programme

The cost of the full degree apprenticeship programme is £22,000.


Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer if their wage bill is over £3 million each year.

The government will fund up to 95% of the apprenticeship’s course fees, up to the relevant funding band, if the organisation has spent all its levy or has an annual wage bill below £3 million each year. Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy contribute 5% towards the total cost of the apprenticeship, the ESFA will contribute the other 95% directly to the University. Employers must have an account with the Apprenticeship Service Account to be able to reserve Government funding for an apprenticeship. This reservation ensures that funds will be available to pay for the training from the point the apprenticeship starts.

Read more about how levy payments work from the UK Government website.

How to apply

Whether you’re looking to develop your skills with us as an apprentice, or you’re an employer looking for more information on using Leeds Trinity University as a training provider, please complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss your options.

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About Leeds Trinity University

Our professional Apprenticeships combine part-time study at Leeds Trinity University with workplace training. We've been providing outstanding provision in higher education for over 50 years and have significant experience of delivering work-based learning programmes. We're proud to offer a personal and inclusive university experience that gives everyone the support they need to realise their potential. Our teaching staff have extensive and relevant professional experience.

The module tutors at Leeds Trinity University were passionate and supportive. Their guidance and feedback ensured I was able to perform to the best of my ability throughout the programme and provided me with the tools I need to progress in my career.

Ehsan Hussein
Project Engineer at Nufarm, and Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship graduate