Level 6 CMDA for Schools

Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) for Schools

Serco Education, in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), has developed a bespoke Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) for Schools, which is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

The CMDA for Schools apprenticeship is open to school professionals including those who already have graduate qualifications in disciplines other than business. School professionals based in England of any age who are responsible for managing projects, tasks or people, may be eligible to join the programme.

So if you are looking to further your managerial career - plus achieve a degree and chartered status - then this really is the qualification for you.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone currently undertaking an apprenticeship or DfE funded programme of study will not be eligible for a higher apprenticeship until they have completed their current apprenticeship/studies.

Full programme information and application form links can be found on our sister website here

Programme details

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) for Schools is an opportunity like no other!

The CMDA for Schools may take up to 3 years to complete (timescales may vary depending on prior learning) and is open to school business managers (or similar) at all levels.

The programme will include face-to-face sessions with online and work-based learning, covering a wide range of management and leadership skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours.

The CMDA for Schools will include modules on:

  • Project management in schools
  • Operations management in schools
  • School business leadership
  • Transforming schools
  • Change management in schools
  • Strategic financial management in schools

There are 18 Modules in total.


For more information or to apply?

Please visit our sister website here to read through the Key Documents and discuss with your employer/line manager the commitment you will be making, you can then download your application pack here or via the sister site to start the application process (The link will open an Excel Document for you to work through prior to returning to us).

Please note that there are a number of different sections to the application that will require you to gather information to support your application.  The most important of these sections is to ensure that you have available apprenticeship funding in order to start, this is something that we can advise on should you not be sure where to go to check, but we are unable to find out this information for you.

The next application window is now open for the cohort starting February 2024 with applications deadline of 8th January.

Key Documents

  • ISBL (professional association for SBMs)


Our Programmes

Aspiring School Business Managers

School Administration Foundation Certificate (SAFC)

Level 4 School Business Professional Apprenticeship

Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers (CSBM)

Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders (DSBM)

Level 7 Senior Leader Masters

ILM Accredited

We are an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Approved centre to deliver the Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers