Course details

Course level

Level 7

Next course date



24 months


Blended learning

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Face-to-face sessions will be delivered in two-day blocks.

Course description

This Level 7 apprenticeship offers apprentices an in-depth personal and professional development programme designed to transform them into confident and informed business leaders. Apprentices will gain a broad knowledge of business management, covering topics such as organisational strategy, financial performance, managing operations and delivering customer value, with the option to progress from the Postgraduate Diploma to our MBA.

On successful completion of the programme, apprentices will be awarded an apprenticeship certificate from the IFA (at pass, merit or distinction) subject to their successful completion of the End Point Assessment (EPA).  Additionally, apprentices may be eligible for Fellowship of the CMI or ILM.

In addition, apprentices have the opportunity to achieve a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (at pass, merit or distinction), derived from the first 2 stages of the University of Derby MBA Professional programme.

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Key Characteristics:

Structure, certificates and assessment

The programme curriculum and structure is designed to enable learners to undertake a level 7 Senior Leader apprenticeship that includes the opportunity to achieve an PG Diploma (non-mandatory) in Management (derived from the MBA Professional ). All apprentices will undertake the learning activities associated with the modules for the PG Diploma.

Prior to commencing the formal programme delivery, all apprenticeship learners will undertake an initial assessment (see admissions section), including a skills scan, this will highlight areas of experience and potential areas for development. The information from the skills scan will inform the Individual Learning Plan for each learner and contribute to the portfolio building.

An induction programme will be undertaken by all apprentices, which will include preparation for study at L7.  This is of particular importance given that it is anticipated that some apprentices are likely to have been out of formal education for a time, given their employment status and position. Induction activities will also include the processes, procedures and structure of the apprenticeship standard.

What you will study

The below modules are all related to the apprenticeship course.

  • Understanding HRM
  • Information Systems for Sustaining Competitive Advantage
  • Introduction to Business Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • The Sustainable Global Business Environment
  • Marketing in Organisations
  • Governance and Risk
  • Improving Supply Chain and Logistics Operations
  • Strategic and Financial Performance Management
  • Critical Perspectives in Strategic Leadership and Management

Apprentices will be awarded the PG Diploma after successful completion of the illustrated modules (total 120 Credits), there is a step off award if an apprentice decides not to complete the full programme:

To successfully complete the apprenticeship,  apprentices must successfully complete the End Point Assessment (EPA). Prior to undertaking the EPA apprentices must pass through the EPA Gateway as specified in the apprenticeship standard.


Benefits to employers

Your apprentices will:

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Entry requirements

Employment requirements

You must currently be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week and your employer must cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Academic requirements

Employers usually set their own selection criteria and entry requirements and we can work with them on this. However, typically an applicant for Senior Leader might be expected to have a recognised bachelors-level degree - such as a BA, BSc or BEng - or the equivalent, plus management experience.

Fees and funding

The additional fee to top up to the MBA Professional qualification will be funded separately by either the employer or apprentice

More information for employers

The cost of this apprenticeship is £14,000, but we will consider individual agreements, depending on student numbers and your involvement - If you pay into the Apprenticeship Levy, this funding will be used.

Generous government subsidies are also available that reduce the fees for SME's to under £800!

How to apply

Apprentices will need to apply through their employer. Employers can find out more by contacting the Apprenticeships Hub - please see below for contact information.

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