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If you have an enquiry about any of the apprenticeships at the University of Plymouth, please complete the below form.
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How to apply

The potential apprentice will be required to complete an Initial Needs Analysis (INA) with the support of their employer and the University to ensure the Apprenticeship programme is an appropriate solution to their skills development needs. On completion of the INA the University will assess the information provided and determine the next steps.
The employer must request the Initial Needs Analysis by emailing

Applications for September 2024 will open on Monday 8 January 2024.
Deadline to apply for September 2024 is 30 June 2024
For more information or to express your interest please complete our online enquiry form.
Applicants are required to be employed and have a minimum of three years relevant postgraduate work experience upon entry, applicants with less experience may be considered at the Programme Leaders discretion. 
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C or above, or grades 4-9 from 2017 onwards.
A recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. Entrants who have acquired a high level of experience through work or other means and have not gained an undergraduate degree will be considered. Applicants in this category will need to demonstrate that they have the ability to succeed in the programme through their Initial Needs Analysis (INA). 
Each potential apprentice will be assessed individually for their abililty to study at this level and their appropriate work setting and job role and support in the workplace. 
Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.  
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 website.
If you need any further information about the fees and/or funding for this apprenticeship please do not hesitate to contact us at or call +44(0) 1752 583625.
Equip yourself with the skills and capabilities required for a strategic role in HR on this MA programme. Through lectures informed by active research and opportunities to gain important work-related competencies, you develop the necessary skills for contemporary HR management. The programme involves ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’ learning which is supported by an Academic in practice lead. This model allows for work-based learning and development within the apprentices’ organisation which is contextualised to the needs of the individual. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will obtain professional membership to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 
Who is the programme for?
The programme is designed to satisfy the needs of those who are either seeking a career in HR or management, as well as for those who have already started their career in these areas and require a professionally recognised qualification as well as an academic award. The programme attracts students from all sectors of the labour market, public, private and not for profit. Full time, part time and apprenticeship students learn together which greatly enhances the learning experiences of all individuals.

Areas of specialism

Course facts:

Duration: The programme is studied on a day release basis by apprentices in employment, integrating work with study over two and a half years to complete.
Hours of study per week: A minimum of 6 hours per week study, consisting of a delivered session from  1-4 pm per week  and directed independent study.

Delivery type: Blend of work based learning and taught classes. This flexible learning environment which offers a blend of online, campus based and one-to-one support.
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Core skills

Assessment Methods

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.
  • Coursework
  • Reports
  • Reflective writing/blogs
  • Professional Development Profile
  • Peer Observation of Practice
  • Portfolio
  • Graphic visual representations of knowledge, information and data
  • An observation including viva and professional presentation which form the End Point Assessment (EPA).

Benefits to the business

  •  An apprenticeship that provide a contemporary approach to HRM that will enable apprentices to develop and learn from each other across a range of sectors. 
  •  Opportunity for each apprentice to consider the learning in the context of their own organisation, which in turn affects their own learning experience as they develop their work-based practice.
  •  The development of this apprenticeship has been driven by a range of employer and apprentice needs that enable a personalised learning journey for the apprentice, and a programme that can demonstrate a positive impact in performance for the employer.   
  •  Opportunity to strengthen and improve the current skills within the workforce.
  •  Offers a flexible and progressive training route for employees through Apprenticeship Levy funding.
  •  A CIPD approved training route for aspiring HR professionals, providing a valuable fresh talent pipeline for the employer.
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Benefits to the apprentice

  •  Opportunity for further professional development whilst remaining in employment.
  •  The achievement of professional membership to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development alongside MA in Human Resources.
  •  Obtain postgraduate development at no cost to the apprentice.
  •  Protected time to undertake study.
  •  Flexible training through blended delivery complimented with work-based learning.
  •  High quality learning resources and skilled academic support to enable active learning.

Masters of Human Resource Management Apprenticeship staff