Project Management Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)
If you are a professional working within project management and want to boost your career potential then this is the course for you.
This Project Management Degree Apprenticeship combines academic study with workplace learning. We will give you the confidence and skills you need to succeed as a project manager across a range of industries.
York and London
- Duration – 3.5 years full time
- Start date – September 2021
- School – York Business School
This course has been designed to meet the requirements of professional project management bodies, including the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI). Develop your expertise using project management tools and techniques, as well as building essential skills in communication and leadership.
You will learn about the principles and practice of project management, as well as the tools and techniques needed to deliver projects. You will explore strategic and operational considerations, along with people management. Working with others from different industries and backgrounds will allow you to consider issues facing organisations from new perspectives, as you benefit from each others experience and expertise.
Our online lectures are designed to facilitate discussion and help you to develop your critical thinking skills alongside other professional competencies. You will also learn through face to face work shops and participation in active and supportive forums. You will have 24/7 on demand access to learning resources, so you can work on them whenever is best for you.
You will study for the Degree Apprenticeship over 3.5 years alongside your work-based professional development. Completing this course means you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) as well as the APM Project Management Qualification (APMQ). You will also be eligible to become a Member of Professional Association (MAPM).
In your first year, you will study 5 compulsory modules.
Your first year is split into 4 teaching blocks, each consisting of 10 weeks, with a 20 credit module being taught per block.
You will also undertake a skills based module worth 40 credits, which runs across the entire year.
On this module we will provide you with an overview of the concepts and strategies which are central to project management. You will explore the differences between projects, programmes, portfolios and business as usual. You will learn how to define and plan a project, considering the inter relationships between processes. You will evaluate various project structures, such as matrix, functional and pure, and learn to select the right methodologies and frameworks for a particular project.
Project Managers are expected to ensure that their projects are delivered in an ethical and sustainable way. This means ensuring that we consider the triple bottom line in economic, environmental and social terms. On this module you will explore the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society. We will discuss the responsibilities of a project manager in supporting a sustainable approach to business, and consider how design solutions can contribute towards this objective.
No project exists within a vacuum, and the external business environment will impact on your work as a project manager in many different ways. On this module you will learn about the major internal and external challenges facing project managers today. You will investigate enterprise environment factors and organisational process assets, and consider how these impact project delivery. By engaging in environmental analyses on various organisations you will learn about their context, opportunities and challenges, and examine how this can inform decision making at strategic and project levels.
Every project will involve various different stakeholders who each have their own needs and wants regarding the project objectives. On this module you will consider the impact of individual and group behaviours on projects. You will investigate the role of conflict management and evaluate the different management strategies available. We will discuss the importance of appropriate project communication both within project teams and with wider stakeholders. This will include considering the best channels of communication and the appropriate frequency and content of these communications.
The Association for Project Management (APM) requires that its members carry out at least 35 hours a year of approved continuing professional development (CPD) activities. On this module you will learn to assess your own professional competencies and identify gaps in your knowledge, skills and experience which require further development. This fits into a wider focus on setting short, medium and long term career goals in line with your overall development plan. The CPD portfolio you begin to create through this module will continue to be an asset throughout your career.
In your second year, you will study 5 compulsory modules.
This year is split into 4 teaching blocks each consisting of 10 weeks, with a 20 credit module being taught per block.
You will also undertake a skills based module worth 40 credits which runs across the entire year.
On this module you will focus on the key planning processes required for project management, including scheduling, network diagrams and critical path analysis. We will address the important role of estimation in project planning, exploring the pitfalls and risks involved. You will also consider the challenges of effective resource allocation and the importance of monitoring and controlling throughout the project life cycle. You will learn to ensure the integrity of a project baseline through change control and configuration management.
Robust governance practices are essential for the successful delivery of projects. On this module you will consider the regulatory aspects which can impact on project delivery, including:
- Health and safety regulations
- Employment regulations
- Waste disposal
- ISO standards
- Other sector specific requirements.
You will also learn about about the role of the business case in providing the rationale for a project and identifying the benefits it will bring.
On this module you will learn about the process of risk management within projects. This includes investigating the psychology behind our individual approaches to risk. You will consider how risk management can highlight both threats and opportunities, and how these may impact on the objectives of a project. You will learn to differentiate between risks and hazards, evaluating potential sources of risk. Through this we will introduce you to the various tools and techniques available to help identify and analyse risk in project management.
Project managers need to make important strategic decisions about how best to use the resources available. This module will focus on budgeting, financial decision making and control with project management. You will learn about:
- The types of cost that make up a project budget
- The process of establishing a project budget
- Using information about cost behaviour to make decisions
- Financial reporting tools
- Monitoring results to ensure everything is progressing according to your plans.
On this module you will focus on developing the soft skills in communication and interpersonal skills which are required of a project manager. While the tools and techniques you will become familiar with in other modules are also essential to your work, these skills are equally important. You will explore the collaboration and influencing strategies which will help you to confidently lead a project team and engage with stakeholders. We will also discuss the importance of emotional and cultural intelligence.
In your third year, you will study 5 compulsory modules.
This year is split into 4 teaching blocks each consisting of 10 weeks, with a 20 credit module being taught per block.
The final 40 credits are completed within a 6 month period and form the End Point Assessment (EPA). You will be supported throughout this by a supervisor.
On this module you will gain a detailed understanding of the key concepts and principles of leadership. You will learn how leadership can be used to promote innovation and change within organisations, and how these theories relate the particular changes of project leadership. We will approach leadership as fundamental to organisational development, exploring how the behaviour of a leader can influence both individual and organisational performance. This will include considering the challenges for projects managers who do not have line management authority and must rely on persuasion and influence.
Project managers need to have a basic understanding of contract law and the various contracting arrangements commonly used within the supply chain. On this module you will consider contract types and contracting strategy. You will learn to evaluate the appropriateness of various contracts and decide when they should be selected. We will also discuss some of the contracting issues you may face as a project manager, and how you may tackle them. Through this you will learn about dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation.
The procurement of goods and services through the supply chain is a crucial aspect of project management. It is also an area which provides opportunities to maximise benefits and efficiencies through the project. On this module we will cover the key aspects of procurement, including the pre-qualification and selection of suppliers. We will introduce you to the procurement cycle and consider the different approaches you may take. You will also learn about:
- Supplier relationship management
- Appropriate payment systems
- Sustainability and ethical considerations in supply chain management.
Organisation strategy refers to the actions needed to achieve long term goals. This could include securing or retaining competitive advantage, accessing new markets or improving efficiency. Projects and programmes will often be designed to deliver key objectives within this wider strategy. On this module you will study the theories, models and practice of organisational strategy across a various different business sectors. You will learn about the decision making processes behind the selection of projects and programmes, and how these contribute to an organisation’s overall goals.
This Project Management Qualification (PMQ), is an internationally recognised qualification developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of how various different elements interact within project management. You will also need show an understanding of how your project fits into the wider strategic and commercial environment.
This module represents half of the End Point Assessment which is the culmination of both your Project Management BSc (Hons) and your Project Manager Level 6 Integrated Degree Apprenticeship. You will complete a work-based project report which relates to your own working environment. This is an account of a project which you have been involved in. It should include a critical appraisal of the project, along with a review of your own achievements within it. The project should be formally agreed with both your employer and your academic supervisor.
This module represents half of the End Point Assessment which is the culmination of both your Project Management BSc (Hons) and your Project Manager Level 6 Integrated Degree Apprenticeship. To complete the module you will review a portfolio of artefacts which you will have gathered throughout your course. These artefacts will provide evidence of your competence in each of the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours to the standard required for a Degree Apprenticeship. You will present this to a Professional Review panel, which will be followed by an interview.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and learning
All of your modules will be delivered using a combination of face to face and online teaching sessions. This will include:
- Video lectures
- Interactive presentations
- Online study groups
- Campus based workshops.
You will be expected to commit around 1 day per week to your studies, although this will vary to suit each individual. As you work through each topic we will provide formative feedback to inform your work and help you prepare for the summative assessment.
You will work in online study groups to allow for virtual socialisation and peer support throughout the course. You will also receive support from your tutor through online tutorial sessions.
Alongside your academic study you will be learning in the workplace. This will include:
- Undertaking continuous professional development
- Observing best practice
- Taking part in mentoring sessions
- Undertaking performance reviews and building evidence of performance.
This combination of theory and practice will mean that you develop a detailed understanding of all aspects of project management.
We will help you to prepare for the assessments that contribute towards your final grades through ongoing staff, peer and self assessment.
Assessment for the IPMA Level D qualification (APMQ) will be through an online examination which will be scheduled towards the end of your second year.
Your future with a degree in Project Management
This course will help those already in employment to further their career. Learning the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by project management professionals will put you in a strong position for future development. Through your study you will be able to bring new tools, techniques and solutions to your organisation.
Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.
Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:
- Employer events
- LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
- Workshops on application writing and interview skills
- Work experience and volunteering opportunities
- Personalised career advice.
This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.
Fees and Funding
This course is for those who are already employed in a relevant role. Your employer will sponsor your degree through their apprenticeship levy. This means you are likely to be offered a salary by your employer while you complete the degree apprenticeship, and will not need to pay any fees yourself.