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Associate Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship Level 4

All organisations have projects to manage. Regardless of their size, project management involves scoping, defining, implementing and measuring all aspects of a plan and project execution. This apprenticeship is aimed at those wishing to achieve a broad level of knowledge and skills with specific practical topics that include budgeting and cost management, conflict management, communication, earned value management, leadership, negotiation, procurement, sponsorship and teamwork. Candidates will demonstrate how these elements interact and how their project fits into their strategic and commercial environment. Being an Associate Project Manager also demonstrates your ability to support, lead, manage and control situations – credentials that apply to many career paths.

Entry requirements

The target market is existing staff or new staff involved in projects or change management activities who require upskilling or wish to formalise their knowledge across a range of organisational types. It is an apprenticeship which has relevance for many sectors but may be of particular interest for those working in construction, engineering, IT, education, health-care provision or logistics.

You must be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to or exceeding Level 2 in English and maths. This requirement may be met through the achievement of Level 2 Functional Skills, equivalent GCSEs, A-Levels or AS Levels, or an initial assessment which demonstrates the required ability.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:

  • Project Contexts and Environments
  • The Structure of Organisations and Projects
  • Project Life Cycle, Governance & Structured Methodologies
  • Communication, Stakeholder Management, Leadership and Teamwork
  • Planning for Success
  • Scope Management
  • Schedule and Resource Management
  • Risk Management and Issue Management
  • Procurement
  • Budgeting and Cost Control
  • Project Quality Management

Assessment methods

You will be assessed via an end-point assessment comprising a portfolio of work-based evidence, presentation & professional discussion and an APM examination. 


You will gain the following qualifications:

  • Associate Project Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • APM Certificate in Project Management
Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion you could progress on to a degree-level Project Management course. 

Future careers: With additional training, you may be able to progress to Project Management roles across a broad range of industries. 

Additional information

Upon commencement, apprentices may become student members of the Association for Project Management (APM) as the first step of professional membership. Apprentices 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.

A range of guest speakers will supplement the course from a variety of project management experiences and sectors.

There is an additional cost for registration & exam fee £295 per person and books £50 per person. 

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18-24 months Flexible 1 day per month Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street E2366


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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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