Senior Leader

Key information

Award MBA Senior Leadership
Duration Typically 2 years 
Location Lancaster
Study hours 30 hours per week 

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The Senior Leadership Higher Level Apprenticeship will allow you to build on previous experience and acquire a sound theoretical background in business and management. You'll acquire more management expertise, leading to a widening of responsibilities, and learn about the sustainable issues in business, which are applicable to private, public, and third sector organisations. Successful completion of the Apprenticeship will lead to the award of an MBA, which is often used as a stepping stone to other management roles at a more senior level within their organisation.

This is a 24-month full-time apprenticeship programme where students are released by their employers one day a week. The modules are all independent and scheduled over two years.

Towards the end of the programme, you'll carry out an independent project based on your professional experience and/or the industry sector you have been working in.

Areas of study

About the apprentice

This course would suit professional strategic leaders in all sizes of organisation in the private, public or third sector, who lead, manage and direct organisations. Specific job roles may include: Senior Leader, Section Leader, Executive, Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer, Senior Military Officer.

The ideal candidate will be working at least 30 hours a week, and committed to studying above their contracted hours at levels 4 and 5. They will be able to attend university one day per week, or alternatively for weekly blocks of study, supported with extensive work-based learning.

Further information

How to apply

To apply for the apprenticeship, the employer and the individual must submit a joint application form. Please contact us at for the application form and further guidance.

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Entry requirements

Programme entry criteria

  • 1st or 2nd class honours degree (not necessarily in a business related subject) or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of experience at managerial level
  • The desire to move to more senior management responsibilities

Equivalent qualifications other than those listed above may be accepted on a case by case assessment including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.  We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.

Funding criteria

Government funding rules require that an apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK, must be in employment, paid at least the legal minimum wage and have a written and signed agreement for the apprenticeship with their employer. The minimum duration periods for an apprenticeship set in each Apprenticeship Standard, is based on an apprentice working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Funding for the apprenticeship is provided through the Employment and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is paid in the following way:

  • Levy paying employers with sufficient funds in their digital account – 100% funding
  • Non Levy payers – 95% ESFA funding, 5% Employer co-funding. 

Where will the training be delivered?

The work-based competencies will be met within your workplace.

The university sessions will be delivered from our campus in Lancaster.

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If you have any questions about our apprenticeship programme, get in touch.

Phone (Employers): 01228 888 740
Phone (Apprentices): 0845 606 1144

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