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Senior Leader Apprenticeship - Level 7

Kickstart your career

On completion, apprentices will achieve an MBA

Course content

A focus on team-based activities, problem-based learning, task-centred investigations and case studies

University support

Our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Typical duration for this apprenticeship is 2 years but can be delivered in a shorter time frame by negotiation.
Start date(s):

Typical start dates are September/October and March/April.

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This 2-year apprenticeship will equip you with the academic skills and practical experience to ensure you are capable of high level leadership roles and you'll receive an MBA for your efforts.

The Staffordshire MBA is delivered by academics and practitioners with relevant research expertise and industry experience. Having been designed for experienced practitioners, our MBA is based on the following core competencies: Strategic Agility, Organisational Agility, Customer Focus, Drive for Results, and Career Ambition.

The apprenticeship includes affiliate membership to a professional body for the duration of the course.

Students will be supported by a Workbased Learning Officer who will visit the apprentice and their mentor in the workplace every 12 weeks and provide support with portfolio development

Who is it for?

Professional strategic leaders in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisation, 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 or a senior military officer.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Apprentices will achieve an MBA* and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma * academic award in development

Course content

You will study a range of modules throughout the duration of this apprenticeship.


Topics include:

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Risk Management
  • Performing in Organisations
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Change Leadership
  • Financial Concepts and Practice
  • Entrepreneurship

Note that some delivery patterns may not run if there is insufficient demand.

Professional accreditation

Eligibility to apply for Chartered Fellow status.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer but may typically be an undergraduate degree. Being based around the post-experience MBA, formal degree level education is not always required. What is essential is experience and ambition.


If you are a levy paying organisation the cost will be paid for from your digital account. The Government has set the funding band for this apprenticeship at £14,000.

Delivery and assessment

Course changes in 2021

While some elements of our course provision for the 2021/22 academic year may vary from those advertised due to changes in government guidance, we will continue to use a combination of virtual delivery and in-person teaching and learning where permitted to offer the best possible student experience within a COVID-secure environment.

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Apprentices will complete three hours per week of online learning and assessments plus they will be required to attend for a one day induction and for blocks of study throughout the Master's Degree. A programme of delivery can be custom made for organisations providing a large cohort of apprentices.Face to face sessions will focus on team-based activities, including problem-based learning, task-centred investigations and case studies.

There will be a strong emphasis on activity-focused learning and the apprentice will be expected to engage actively in all sessions. The face to face sessions will be combined with on-line materials using the university's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). If you choose the distance learning route all materials will be on-line and include pod cast, videos and webinars.


All modules will have a variety of assessments and apprentices will be measured on Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. The tasks focus on producing a variety of work appropriate to the module topic, which are graded and contribute to progression through the Master’s Degree. The assessments include report writing, essay writing, exams, group activities and presentations, and a portfolio will also be compiled over the length of the course. You, as the employer, will be expected to assign a work place mentor who will monitor the development of the portfolio and meet with the apprentice and assessor to discuss progress.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills


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, HE Registrar and Head of Department/Faculty.

To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme, enquire with us today.