Warburtons Degree Apprenticeship
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
Warburtons are hiring two Degree Apprentices to start in October 2019, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain managerial experience in a brilliant family run business that has consistently been named in the top 25 best big companies to work for. As part of the Degree Apprenticeship you’ll study a fully funded BA (Hons) Business Management Degree one day a week at Pearson Business School and work four days a week at Warburtons.
Why choose this course
- A fantastic opportunity to work, earn money and study at the same time.
- Work for one of the UK's largest and most impressive bakeries
- Warburtons will pay all of your course fees and you will earn a salary
- After 4 years you’ll have completed your apprenticeship, gained your honours degree, plus you’ll have a CV full of experience!
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- Course title: Warburtons Degree Apprenticeship
- Degree programme: BA (Hons) Business Management
- Location: London
- Start date: October 2019, Degree Apprenticeship to start in January 2020
- Salary: Competitive
- Duration: 4 years
- Course format: 4 days work (at Warburtons), 1 day study (Friday)
An apprenticeship combines work-based and off-the-job learning and the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship includes special modules which have been designed to allow you to achieve academic credit through work-based consultancy and research projects.
These modules are designed to be flexible and to enable you to incorporate your learning in the workplace with your academic learning in the classroom. In Introduction to Research, you will develop essential research skills which you will apply in the workplace on a project agreed with your academic mentor and your company mentor.
The Self-managed Learning modules allows even greater autonomy. In conjunction with your company mentor and academic mentor, you will design a work-based project which will give you the opportunity to demonstrate the use of your initiative and a level of autonomy by applying your skills and knowledge to a specialist area related to your work.
Throughout all your modules, you will also be collecting evidence of your knowledge, skills and behaviour in your e-portfolio. The work-based learning modules are marked below with an asterisk*.
Principles of Business 1 & 2 (Spring and Summer terms 2020)
Principles of Business is made up of two 30 credit modules which complement each other: Principles of Business 1 and Principles of Business 2. These modules have been designed to give learners a holistic introduction to business.
In Principles of Business 1, learners will be made aware of the many interconnected core areas of business (such as strategy, finance, organisational behaviour, people management, and marketing) that need to be considered in successfully running an organization. The assessment for this module is by an assignment and an exam.
In Principles of Business 2, students will develop an integrated understanding of the operations of a business in the context of real organisations, to inspire them with a real interest in the discipline at the beginning of their degree study. This module proceeds in two parts. The first part consists of an experiential project, and in the second part, students will need to consider and reflect upon the key issues around strategy, leadership, governance and the ability to function as a team. The assessment for this module is by an assignment and a group presentation.
- Introduction into Research (30 Credits) (Spring term 2020)
- Self Managed Learning (Summer term 2020)
- Work on ePortfolio (Autumn term 2020)
You will study the following modules in order to build an understanding of the central functions within an organisation.
- BM5001 Operations & Project Management (15 credits) (Spring term 2021)
- BM5002 People Management and Leadership (15 credits) (Spring term 2021)
- IL5002 Self-managed learning (30 credits) (Summer term 2021)
- BM5003 Strategic Marketing (15 credits) (Autumn term 2021)
- LW5006 Introduction to Contract Law (15 credits) (Autumn term 2021)
- IL5004 Consultancy Project (30 credits) (Autumn term 2021)
- Work on ePortfolio (Spring term 2022)
By this year you will have developed a thorough understanding of the principles of business and will have had lots of exposure to real organisations, industry case studies and working practitioners.
- IL6002 Self-Managed Learning (30 credits)* (Summer term 2022)
- BM 6001 Strategic Management (15 credits) (Autumn term)
- BM6002 Strategic Innovation Management (15 credits) (Autumn term 2022)
Your final year in 2023 is focused on bringing everything you have learned together to develop your strategic view of business.
You will study two further 15 credit modules from the following list, the choice to be made in conjunction with your employer:
- AF6001 Advanced Financial Management
- BM6003 Brand Building and Management
- BM6005 Industry Studies 3
- BM6007 Innovative Marketing Strategies
- BM6004 International Business Regions 3
- BM6010 Sustainability
- BM6008 Predictice Analytics and Big Data
- AF6002 Transnational Economics and Financial Markets
A Final Project will also be put forward as your work-based project for assessment in the apprenticeship End Point Assessment.
- IL6004 Final Project (30 credits)* (Summer term 2023)
For further information please see the module specifications.
How will your work be assessed?
Each module contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback. Formative assessments are developmental and do not count towards your overall module mark.
Here is the assessment breakdown for the modules:
- 80% coursework
- 10% written exams
- 10% oral assessment*
- 73% coursework
- 15% written exams
- 12% oral assessment*
- 75% coursework
- 25% oral assessment*
*this percentage might be higher as some modules offer alternative forms of assessment. See individual module specifications for full details.
Apart from receiving feedback for your formative assessment, you will also receive feedback for your coursework and presentations, and upon request, for your written examinations.
In order to progress to the next stage (from first to second year, and from second to third year), you will have to achieve 120 credits at the end of the academic year.
For further information, including pass marks and progression rules, please see the Student Handbook.
The final part of your degree apprenticeship is a successful completion of the End-point Assessment.
Gateway to the End Point Assessment
A gateway process is used for the College to confirm to the End Point Assessors that you have met the pre-requisite requirements of completion of the degree, portfolio and work-based project before you move to the End Point Assessment.
End Point Assessment
Following the successful completion of the Gateway, the final synoptic End Point Assessment (EPA) takes place that is made up of a number of elements and is assessed by a panel of assessors including:
- An independent assessor (Chair)
- A representative from Pearson College London
- A representative from the employer organisation.
The EPA is specifically made up of the following:
- Review of the portfolio – to confirm that there is sufficient evidence that your learning has been applied, and that you have demonstrated all the skills, knowledge and behaviours against the standard
- Review of work-based project - to confirm that there is sufficient evidence that your learning has been applied, and that you have demonstrated all the skills, knowledge and behaviours against the standard
- A 15 minute presentation on the work-based project
- A panel interview – to clarify and assess behavioural and skills competences in greater depth.
Through mentoring, portfolio development, workshops and mock assessments, you will be appropriately prepared by Pearson College London for the End Point Assessment.
The CMDA Assessment Plan can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeship’s website.
Apprentices must be released by their employer from 20% of their working hours, in order to participate in off-the-job training, according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s requirements. This training will be divided between teaching sessions and independent learning.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes both academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.
As a CMDA apprentice you will attend classes at Pearson Business School on one designated day of the week during term time. However please note that you may be required to attend assessments on dates which do not fall on your teaching day.
Independent learning plays an important role in your academic and professional development. When not attending lectures or seminars you are expected to learn by self-study. Typically, this will involve reading books and journal articles, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
You will have access to a variety of materials to aid you in your learning. At the start of your programme, you will attend a workshop on Good Academic Practice. In addition, our OLE platform offers an online module focused on improving your study and research skills and academic writing. Finally, the Online library also offers an extensive range of literature on both study skills and academic writing.
For further details, go to our Learning Resources page. Students with additional needs or disabilities are supported by the Student Services team.
As Degree Apprentices, you will be studying a self-managed learning module and a research-based module at each level of the programme i.e. in your first, second and final year of study. Each of these modules will be based on your activities taking place in your job training.
Your overall average study workload will be approximately 37 hours per week. Typically, you will spend 6-7 hours in combination lectures, seminars, and assessment practice, all of which will fall on your one designated teaching day. In addition, you will generally spend 1 hour on pre-recorded online lecture. You will also need to spend approximately 29 hours on independent learning, approximately half of which will be based on your work related activities, but you will need to spend some of your own time, outside work and class time, on preparation and assessment activity.
You will also have the opportunity to attend four industry workshops per term, but these are not compulsory and will not generally take place on your designated teaching day.
- Eligible to study in the UK
- English Language and Maths GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent)
- Have achieved or have predicted 120 UCAS points (or relevant equivalent qualifications. Relevant professional experience may also be considered)
- Passion for business
- Aged 18+
- If you are studying A levels or completing further education you must be due to complete your qualification(s) in 2019. We are unable to progress applications for students that are part way through their current studies.
Stage 1 - Application
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Stage 2 - Core Abilities
The Core Abilities test is 15 minutes long and contains practice questions followed by 6x Verbal, 7x Numerical and 7x Abstract Reasoning questions. If you are eligible for the Degree Apprenticeship then we will be sending you a link to the Core Abilities test.
Stage 3 - Professional Workshop
If your application is successful, you will be sent an email invite with a specific date and time for you to attend a Warburtons Selection Event. You will have an opportunity to meet some of the Warburtons team and find out more about working with Warburtons. A Professional Workshop consists of a Group Task, Written Task, Interview and Critical Thinking Test. These will be held at Pearson College London, week commencing 10th of June.
Stage 4 - Company interview
Congratulations on making it this far! The final stage will be an invitation to visit Warburtons Bakery in Enfield for a chance to see their state of the art manufacturing facility, meet the team and take part in a final round of interviews. Warburtons interviews will take place from week commencing 1st of July. Before the final interview, Warburtons would like to connect over the phone with a selection of candidates from the Workshop, phone calls will take place from the 18th of June onwards, so please be aware that you may receive a phone call from an 'unknown number' around this time.
On an apprenticeship, your tuition fees are paid and you will therefore not be eligible to obtain a tuition fee loan.
Apprentices also receive a salary, out of which you will need to budget for your living costs and some other costs associated with your studies. Apprentices are not eligible for maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company.
An additional re-attendance fee of £750 per 15 credit module may be charged if you need to repeat a module.
Pearson Business School has a “bring your own device” policy: you will need to have your own laptop or tablet computer to access the learning materials on the Online Learning Environment, as well as the books, journals and databases available from our online library. The cost of a laptop or tablet varies according to your personal preference but we have prepared some guidance on the specification to choose.
At our Midtown campus you will have the benefit of access to free printing and photocopying facilities. However, you will have to purchase, notebooks and other ordinary stationery items. You may wish to purchase your own copies of the recommended textbooks, but please note that all textbooks are available to students in electronic editions.
If you will not be living at home, you will need to pay for accommodation. For up to date details of Pearson College London's accommodation partners and estimated rental costs, visit our accommodation pages. You will incur transport costs travelling to your classes and to events, such as industry workshops, which may take place elsewhere in central London. Details of public transport costs are available from the Transport for London website. There may occasionally be an optional opportunity for you to attend an event outside central London for which you would need to pay the transport costs, should you choose to attend.