Rewarding you for your service and making sure you’re developing at the right pace is deeply important to us: that’s why we’re clear about what we offer, and how we plan to help you progress here.

Programme  progression

Starting in your first year on a minimum salary of £18,750, you’ll be able to work your way up to a potential salary of £31,000 by the end of the course, with regular increases in salary and potential benefits as you successfully complete different steps of your training, and are promoted through the company.

Programme benefits

Benefits - tuition fees

Tuition fees


The full costs of your tuition fees are covered by McDonald’s and the government – so no debt.

Benefits - top qualifications

Top qualifications


When you complete your BA (Hons) Business Management Professional degree in Retail, you’ll also be recognised as a Chartered Manager by the Chartered Management Institute.

Benefits - world-class teaching

World-class teaching


You will be taught by research-active staff with experience informing government policy, providing consultancy services, and supporting entrepreneurs. 

Benefits - applied learning

Applied learning


You’ll be supported by an employer mentor and university tutor. Together, they’ll help you apply learning to the workplace.

Benefits - uni facilities

University facilities


You’ll have access to all the services at Manchester Met, including a state-of-the-art library and student support and careers services – most of which can be accessed online.

Benefits - career progression

Career progression


Here, performance drives progression – work hard, perform well and you’ll make it far. We’ve laid out a clear route for progression at McDonald’s, with increased responsibility – and rewards – as you develop with us. 

Benefits - performance review

Performance reviews


We’ll regularly review your performance to make sure you’re on the right track and have all the tools and support you need to support your development.



McDonald's benefits

Working for one of the world’s most iconic, best-loved brands is only part of the reward of working here. At McDonald’s, we take genuine care in offering our people outstanding opportunities for development. And, what’s more, we also offer all our employees a wide range of benefits – including holiday pay, discounts at high-street retailers, a pension scheme, childcare vouchers, free meals and more. You can discover more about the benefits of being a McDonald’s employee here.



MMU is AACSB accredited

Manchester Metropolitan University is a double-accredited business school, having gained the prestigious AACSB accreditation to provide excellence in global management education. This places them among the top 5% of business schools worldwide to have secured this accreditation, and means your degree is internationally recognised.

Chartered Management Institute

The BA (Hons) Business Management Professional in Retail is accredited by the CMI. In order to obtain the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership you can register with the CMI and achieve Chartered Manager status upon completion of the CMDA-Retail programme.

Apprentice (Level 3)

As part of the course, you will complete your Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision.


Who’s eligible to apply?

To be eligible to study, you must: 

  • Have the right to work in England for the duration of the programme 
  • Be one of the following: 
    • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) (including other countries determined within the EEA, or those with bilateral agreements), or have the right of abode in the UK, having been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined within the EEA, or those with bilateral agreements), for at least three years prior to the first day of the programme 
    • A non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK (not for educational purposes), having been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the three years prior to the first day of the programme

What are the entry requirements?

We look for 104–112 UCAS points at A2 – usually BCC or BBC. You could also have an alternative, like a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, or Extended Diploma at Grade 3 (with grades DMM).

You’ll need GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Maths, and (preferably) ICT.

I don’t have the minimum entry requirements – can I apply anyway?

Please do! We consider non-standard applications on a case-by-case basis.

How much will it cost?

You won’t have to pay tuition fees. These are covered by McDonald’s, and by government contributions. Please see the government apprenticeship website for more information.

All of the books you’ll need for the course are available from the Manchester Metropolitan University library. The university also has a laptop loan service. However, many students buy at least some core textbooks and a laptop of their own. This will cost around £300 for a computer, and roughly £100 per year for textbooks and printing. 

Can existing employees apply?

Yes. As long as they meet the entry requirements or have suitable work experience they can apply for the programme. There is no age limit.

How long will I spend at Manchester Metropolitan University each year?

On average, you will spend twelve days a year studying in Manchester, split into three to four sets of three days.

Do degree apprentices work when the University is in recess?

Yes. Degree apprentices are full-time employees and perform duties in accordance with the employers' needs as with all apprenticeships.

Interested? You’ve probably got lots of questions. We’ve included some key information here, but if you want to know more then please get in touch with us at

Application Process


Step 1

Fill in an online application (this takes about an hour), which you can find at the link below. To complete this, you’ll need to submit your CV, personal statement and projected grades.


Step 2

If we like what we read, we’ll ask you to carry out an online assessment, where you’ll complete our Apprentice Strengths and Numerical Reasoning tests.


Step 3

If you pass the assessment, our Resourcing team will get in touch to conduct a telephone interview with you.


Step 4

Next, we’ll invite you to an assessment day at our head office in London, which will involve role play, case study and team activities, as well as an interview with our Resourcing team.

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Step 5

If you pass the assessment day, we’ll invite you to a restaurant to try working with the team and for an interview with the Operations Manager. 

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Step 6

If all goes well, we’ll make you a conditional offer for a place on the programme.