Course details

Course length

2-2.5 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Face-to-face sessions will be delivered in blocks and we can be flexible, arranging them to fit around the workplace.

Course description

An alternative to a traditional MBA, this masters-level apprenticeship is for leaders who want to develop their direction and vision, learn how to take account of market trends and environmental influences, and identify longer-term opportunities and risks.

You will explore inclusive leadership and learn to develop ethical, innovative and supportive cultures that deliver results.

Which pathway?

You can choose to complete either an MSc in Strategic Leadership or a Professional MBA. If you already strategically head up a discipline or department, the MSc route will be best for you. If you are more operationally-focused and need to develop a greater understanding of the strategy across all disciplines and departments, choose the MBA route.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

This apprenticeship runs over a minimum of two years. You will be completing on-the-job learning and uploading evidence of this to an e-portfolio, at the same time as studying for either an MSc Strategic Leadership or a Professional MBA.

This academic study will make up 20% of the course and is delivered through 'blended learning' - a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Face-to-face sessions will be in blocks and online learning can include group webinars, independent activities or reading for half a day per week between the block study sessions.


You will be assessed on projects you complete for your employer, which must have real impact - for you and for your workplace. Your employer will help us design these assessments. 

Your employer will be able to track your progress through an online portal.


Benefits to employers

Your apprentices will:

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 fees will be paid for by the employer.

More information for employers

The cost of this apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £18,000, 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. If you don't, generous government subsidies are available - talk to us to find out more.

How to apply

You will need to apply through your employer. However, you can find out more from us - please see below for contact information.

Contact us

Apprenticeships Hub +44 (0)800 001 5500

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