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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To successfully complete the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, apprentices must successfully complete the Professional MBA pathway qualification and the End Point Assessment (EPA). The apprentice will complete the off the job training in a practical period, which is usually 24 months, after this practical period the apprentice will be at the end point assessment gateway period. At this point, they will need to demonstrate the following to go onto complete the EPA:

  • Notification of Successful completion of Professional MBA qualification
  • Achievement of English and Maths at level 2 is required (GCSE A*-C or equivalent)
  • Completion of a work based project
  • Hold a portfolio to evidence achievement of knowledge, skills and behaviours

Modules of study:

Foundation - 10 Credit Modules 

  • The Global Business Environment
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Governance and Risk
  • Finance Fundamentals
  • Information Systems and Management 

Application - 20 Credit Modules

  • Improving Supply Chain Operations
  • Strategic Financial and Performance Management 
  • Critical Perspectives in Strategic Management and Leadership 

Independent Work Based Project - 60 Credits

Whilst studying on these modules you are building an e-portfolio of evidence of knowledge, skills and behaviours for your End Point Assessment. 

To successfully complete the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, apprentices must successfully complete the MSc Strategic Leadership pathway qualification and the End Point Assessment (EPA). The apprentice will complete the off the job training in a practical period, which is usually 24 months, after this practical period the apprentice will be at the end point assessment gateway period. At this point, they will need to demonstrate the following to go onto complete the EPA:

  • Notification of Successful completion of the MSc Strategic Leadership qualification
  • Achievement of English and Maths at level 2 is required (GCSE A*-C or equivalent)
  • Completion of a work based project
  • Hold a portfolio to evidence achievement of knowledge, skills and behaviours

The MSc in Strategic Leadership will embrace the QAA benchmarks listed above. The overarching Programme Learning Outcomes given below are based on those which have been agreed by the University of Derby, for work based learning, which is pertinent to this specific programme.

Modules of Study:

Core Modules - 30 Credits:

Year 1 

  • Leading and Developing People
  • Leading Strategy 
  • Enterprise and Risk

Year 2

  • Leading Innovation and Change
  • Independent Work Based Project - 60 Credits

Year 3

Whilst studying on these modules you are building an e-portfolio of evidence of knowledge, skills and behaviours for your End Point Assessment 

  • End Point Assessment 

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.

Assessments

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

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.

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.

Contact us

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Apprenticeships Hub apprenticeships@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)800 001 5500

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