Our degree apprenticeship courses
Who is this course for?
To be eligible for our apprenticeships, applicants must:
- be aged 16 or over
- be employed as part of an agreed apprenticeship scheme
- meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria
Applicants must also meet the academic entry requirements of the course - see the entry requirements section below.
If you're an employer, we welcome enquiries about our courses. For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:
+44 (0) 207 911 5027
This integrated degree apprenticeship offers the chance to master the art of project management and gain a well-respected qualification in just two years while working.
|Duration||Start date||Location||Entry level|
|2 years part-time day release||September 2021||Marylebone Campus, central London||Level 5|
In a changing, competitive environment, organisations across the public and private sectors increasingly value the skills and knowledge required to minimise risk when delivering projects of all sizes and complexity.
Integrated with a BSc Honours in Project Management, this apprenticeship starts at Level 5, equivalent to the second year of a traditional undergraduate degree. Apprentices must be in work and entry is based on experience and qualifications, which includes progression from our Associate Project Manager – Project Management CertHE two-year apprenticeship.
Apprentices spend a minimum of 30 hours in work each week and 20% of their time learning outside the organisation, supported by their employer to ‘earn while they learn’ without paying course fees.
Our focus on work-based learning means that projects will be tailored to the industry sector and organisation. They will develop the soft and technical skills needed to plan, organise, lead and control both human and physical resources to ensure project goals are achieved efficiently and effectively, applying these in an entrepreneurial and creative way.
This two-year apprenticeship includes a BSc Honours in Project Management. Apprentices must already work in project management or for an employer able to offer this responsibility. Time spent on work and training is split 80/20, meaning the apprentices spend 20% of their time learning, which can include time at the University and work-based training, linked to the apprenticeship, provided by the employer.
Year 1 covers knowledge, skills and behaviour to plan a project. This includes soft and hard skills, such as project scheduling, resource allocation, procurement, strategy, and how to lead projects teams. The work-based learning allows apprentices to apply their learning to real-life projects.
Subjects of study include:
- People and Projects
- Project Planning and Control
- Contracts and Procurement
- Delivering the Right Project
- Planning a Project
Credit level 5
Year 2 moves on to project delivery and introduces the latest trends in the field, such as sustainability and agile project management. The apprentice will take a final 40-credit work-based learning module focused on the actual delivery of a project and how progress is monitored against a plan.
Apprentices will also take the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) exam. Students who have progressed from the Associate Project Manager – Project Management CertHE two-year apprenticeship and have already successfully completed this exam will not need to do so again.
Subjects of study include:
- Contemporary Project Management
- The Skilled Project Manager
- Agile and Hybrid Methodologies
- Working with Change
- Controlling a Project
Credit level 6
On successful completion, apprentices are eligible to become full members of the Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession.
The University of Westminster is an Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) for professional training courses including PRINCE2© and AgilePM©. Apprentices may choose to do one or more of these short courses in their own time at an extra cost.
For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.
To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected].
Entry requirements and eligibility
To be eligible for our apprenticeships, applicants must be aged 16 or over, employed as part of an agreed apprenticeship scheme and must meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria.
Applicants must also meet the academic entry requirements of the course:
- BTEC HND/HNC: Merit profile
In addition, applicants should have:
- GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4
If the applicant’s first language is not English, they will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.
Employers who pay the levy are able to use their available levy funds to cover the training and assessment costs. Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with the government – this is called 'co-investment'. Non-levy paying employers will contribute 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training and the government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum.
Please note, the AMP PMQ qualification is a chargeable extra and is not included in the levy fund.
The course aims to produce graduates who possess the technical, practical and professional skills required for a successful career in project management, across organisations operating in a wide range of sectors.
It supports the development of critical analysis, problem-solving and research skills, so that graduates can make effective decisions, justify trade-offs and provide innovative solutions to complex problems. They graduate as next-generation project managers who are aware of the challenges and are equipped with the necessary skills to lead projects whilst ensuring impartiality, ethics and responsibility.
Dania joined the University of Westminster in 2016 after previously working as a PhD researcher and a teaching assistant at the University of Manchester. Dania has both academic and industry experience working as a project planner, assistant project manager, lecturer and researcher, both in the UK and abroad. She teaches Risk Management for Complex Projects, Project Planning, International Project Management, and Project Management in Practice. Research interests include public private partnership projects, complexity and chaos theories, system thinking, risk management and sustainability.
Teaching and assessment
This is how you can expect to be taught and assessed at the University of Westminster. Your apprenticeship will include additional requirements, agreed in partnership with your employer, designed to develop and evidence your skills in the workplace.
How you'll be taught
Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application.
Learning typically falls into two broad categories:
- Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
- Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
How you'll be assessed
Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.
Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:
- Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts
- Written exams: end of semester exams
- Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertations
Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses.
For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.
We are keen to establish new relationships with employers from a wide range of sectors and welcome enquiries. For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:
+44 (0) 207 911 5027