How to apply
The potential apprentice will be required to complete an Initial Needs Assessment (INA) with the support of their employer and the University to ensure the apprenticeship programme is an appropriate solution to their skills development needs.
The employer should or can request the Initial Needs Assessment by emailing email@example.com.
The total cost of the Senior Leader masters Degree Apprenticeship - Level 7 is:
There are currently two funding models:
- Fully-funded: Levy paying organisations
- If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account.
- Co-funded: Non-levy organisations (the annual pay bill of your organisation is less than £3 million) and levy paying organisations who have exceeded their levy contribution.
- the government will financially co-support your apprenticeship training contributing 95% of the total cost. The employer will contribute and be invoiced for the remaining 5% of the total cost.
For more information about apprenticeship levy please visit the gov.uk website.
Strategy: This module will provide apprentices with the
knowledge and skills associated with the theory
and practice of leadership, management,
organisation and strategy. Apprentices will gain
a critically informed perspective that enables
them to align organisational goals with team
performance, creating a diverse and
sustainable work-place culture.
decision making: This module is designed to advance knowledge,
understanding and skills for making decisions in
workplace situations using evidence based
practice. It will facilitate apprentices to take a
critical exploration of their own context and
evaluate different collaborative approaches
involving stakeholders and team members in
the decision making process.
building a culture of
shared success: This module is designed to advance knowledge
and understanding of how strategy informs
personal and operational growth and its
symbiotic relationship with the wider working
community. Apprentices will advance their
leadership skills in influencing teams to build
sustainable and inclusive working environments
where a culture of team confidence and trust is
an embedded ethos.
This module will focus on how leaders fit into
organisational communities and influence
organisational environments to foster
innovative/enterprising activities or behaviours.
The relationships between enterprising activity,
well-being and corporate social responsibility
are examined, and consideration given to how
opportunities are identified and how risk
enablement facilitates improved organisational
From evidence to
This module uses a work-based learning
educational approach which employs
apprentices with the opportunity to bring theory
and reality together using knowledge, individual
learning and practice experience to inspire
change and potential growth to the workplace
environment. Apprentices will be equipped with
the tools to lead, focus enquiry and to project
This module is the final synoptic culmination of
the programme which is designed to enable
apprentices to inspire, implement and evaluate
an innovative leadership project under
supervision, and to demonstrate project
development, delivery and evaluation skills.
A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the programme to enable the students to achieve the learning outcomes for each module. This approach illustrated below contributes to achieving an inclusive and equitable assessment strategy.
- Reflective writing/blogs
- Professional Development Profile
- Peer Observation of Practice
- Graphic visual representations of knowledge, information and data
- An observation including viva and professional presentation which form the End Point Assessment (EPA).
Senior Leader master’s Degree Apprenticeship is an exciting work based route
towards developing professionally competent senior managers and leaders. The
Senior Leader Apprenticeship provides you with the skills, knowledge and
behaviours to become a professional leader of the future.
Accelerate your career progression and have the skills, knowledge and confidence to go into senior management and leadership positions in roles such as chief executive, general manager or finance director.
Who is the course for?
It is designed for any individual moving into a senior or strategic management role. This can include General Managers, Senior Managers, Section Leaders, Executives, Directors, CFO, CEO, CIO roles, and senior military officers.
A strategic leader with senior management responsibility, which may include formal governance/director responsibilities. Responsible for setting strategy, direction and vision, for providing a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent.
The programme includes:
- work-based learning which means that the apprentice is in paid employment for the duration of their apprenticeship and receives on the job training and support leading to a relevant masters degree in leadership.
- study collaboratively with peers from other industries, allowing you to gain a wider knowledge base and experience.
- develop leadership, management and innovative capabilities and build expertise in key business areas such as effective decision making, leading projects, business strategy and inspiring change.
- through the above apprentices will acquire the knowledge and skills and prepare for the End Point Assessment with the opportunity to gain Chartered Manager Status (CMgr).
- CMI Membership throughout the duration of the programme, access to the CMI’s Management Direct as well as the Universities own research bank.
- support from Associate Lecturers who are specialists in their industry, they will work with candidates to contextualise the theoretical study and build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate occupational competency.
Areas of specialism
Duration: 30 weeks plus EPA
Hours of study per week: 20% of your contracted working hours released from work to undertake study. As a guide, apprentices should also expect to study for an additional 12 hours per week. Employers are expected to support their apprentice's study by providing a workplace mentor and supporting meetings and assessments.
Delivery type: Blended - predominantly on-line with some face to face.
Entry requirements: All applicants need to be employed by an organisation who will support the individual’s participation in the programme.
A degree at 2:1 or above (or equivalent, including professional qualifications) OR Significant management experience and a strong track record of achievements in business and/or relevant professional qualifications.
Core skills - organisational performance
Benefits to the business
- maintain or improve current skills within your organisation
- develop your own workforce
- improve staff retention rates
- flexible delivery of theoretical teaching
- receive a skills injection to future proof your business.
- address strategic needs of the business through focused learning.
Core skills - interpersonal excellence
Benefits to the apprentice
- undertake learning in a flexible format
- learn from staff and guest speakers with research and consultancy experience, and links with industry
- work on an applied project to deliver practical value for your own organisation by analysing a challenge or opportunity and providing useful recommendations
- use your Applied Learning Portfolio to demonstrate how you’re applying new knowledge and behaviours in a work-based context
- have access to a vast selection of electronic resources, which are available 24/7
- confidence to apply the learning from your theoretical study directly into real live working situations.