Associate Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship – C7449

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Course Overview

Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across a diverse range of industry sectors.
Every project large or small needs to be managed to ensure success.

An associate project manager knows what needs to be achieved, how long it will take, and how much it will cost, and works with the project team to achieve the required outcomes.

You will learn to develop your skills in planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication. You will work together with an integrated team, clearly defining reporting lines, roles, responsibilities and authorities. Dependent upon the size of the organisations and the complexity of projects, associate project managers’ job titles will vary, such as: assistant project manager, junior project manager, project team leader. Some organisations use ‘project manager’ as a generic job title.

An apprenticeship is a job with training. You will be employed at least 30 hours a week, with 80% of your working hours in your day-to-day role, and the remaining 20% of your time engaged in training or study.

By enquiring about this apprenticeship you are not applying for a specific role. For current vacancies please take a look at the apprenticeship vacancies page.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will learn:

1. Project governance – different types of organisational structures and responsibilities, functions and project phases on different types of project. How governance can control and manage the successful delivery of projects. The significance of the project management plan (PMP).

2. Project stakeholder management – understanding stakeholder perspectives, different interests and levels of influence upon project outcomes.

3. Project communication – key contexts of a project communication plan, its effectiveness in managing different stakeholders. Factors that can affect communications such as cultural and physical barriers.

4. Project leadership – the vision and values of the project and its links to objectives. The ways in which these can be effectively communicated and reinforced to team members and stakeholders. Leadership styles, qualities and the importance of motivation on team performance. Characteristics of the working environment that encourage and sustain high performance.

Year 2

In year 2 you will learn:

1. Consolidated planning – purpose and formats for consolidated plans to support overall management. Taking account of lessons learnt and how the plans balance fundamental components of scope, schedule, resources, budgets, risks and quality requirements.

2. Budgeting and cost control – funding, estimating, overheads; direct costs, indirect costs, fixed costs, variable costs and an overall budget for a project.

3. Business case and benefits management.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements for their apprentices. Typically candidates will have achieved a grade C or above in at least five GCSEs including English and mathematics, and hold a minimum of 120 UCAS points, or equivalent.

How you will be assessed

Either before or during the apprenticeship, you will be required to achieve level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics prior to taking the endpoint assessment (EPA). You are required to achieve a suitable level of knowledge as part of your development to achieve an IPMA level D qualification, prior to your EPA.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Additional Costs

Cost for EPA resit


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

When starting your apprenticeship, you may become a student member of the Association for Project Management (APM) as the first step of professional membership. You will be eligible for progression to associate membership upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. Full membership can be attained through further experience and professional development.

You may choose to progress onto a management course or start your career in full time employment.

What Happens Next

You can express your interest in this apprenticeship by completing a Leicester College application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site, As with any other job application, if you are shortlisted then you will be invited for an interview at the employer’s premises. You can apply for as many apprenticeship vacancies as you want.

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