Senior Leader Apprenticeship

Level: 7

Course duration: Typically 29 months including End Point Assessment

Available start dates: March 2022, September 2022

Mode of delivery: Intensive online and face-to face block study

 Announcement 2022 entry for all apprenticeship standards will go ahead unless government restrictions and social distancing requirements around Covid-19 make the delivery of the programme unfeasible. Detailed information on programme changes would be sent to pre-enrolled students and their employers prior to confirming their place on the apprenticeship.


The Senior Leader Apprenticeship is an intensive and demanding course designed for the rising stars in your organisation wanting to fit studying around their busy working lives. The Senior Leader Apprenticeship will broaden their knowledge and encourage it to be applied in a range of situations. Delivered by an experienced team of tutors, this apprenticeship will broaden, integrate and stimulate knowledge in a range of situations and prepare participants to meet the challenges of the increasingly dynamic international business environment.

Studying alongside mainstream MBA classes, Senior Leader Apprentices gain the benefit of learning with the Oxford Brookes Global MBA community. Apprentices will make a direct impact on your organisation's future by applying their learning in the workplace, including developing a board-level strategic business proposal as part of their studies. There is also a top-up route to achieve the full Oxford Brookes Global MBA, accredited by AMBA (at additional cost).

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Who is it for?

Proactive organisations looking to develop aspiring and existing leaders to strengthen their strategic leadership capabilities. Investing in a Senior Leader Apprenticeship is a valuable addition to talent management programmes, providing a route to retain, enthuse, develop and maximise the potential of individuals and improving organisational performance.

“The main reason for selecting this apprenticeship is the ability to work whilst further developing both personally and professionally. This course has exceeded my expectations and more!”

Scott Cocks is Senior Leader apprentice, working at DAF Trucks and studying at Oxford Brookes University

Steve Cocks, Senior Leader apprentice

Entry criteria and costs

  • The cost for the Apprenticeship for 2022 entry: £14,000 (drawn down from the monthly employer levy)
  • A good undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification
  • Three years' relevant managerial or professional experience, or seven years if without a degree
  • English and Maths Level 2, equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
  • Eligible to join an apprenticeship scheme

English & Maths Level 2 are discretionary for entry if not already held; however, both must be completed by gateway of the End Point Assessment.

How to apply

We welcome employers and individuals to contact the Apprenticeships team by completing the expression of interest form below. Once submitted the Apprenticeships team will be in touch to outline your next steps and/or arrange a meeting with the faculty.

Learning outcomes

  • Development of skills, knowledge and behaviours underpinning successful strategic leadership and management
  • Equip participants with a creative approach to applying holistic business knowledge required to manage organisations in a complex world
  • A positive investment in developing staff - fully funded by the Apprentice Levy (or funded to 95% for non-levy payers)
  • 80 postgraduate credits - awarding a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Senior Leaders Business Administration

Teaching overview

The duration of the course is agreed with the employer and apprentice during the sign-up. Typically learning is delivered over 24 months followed by the End Point Assessment. Apprentices study the equivalent of one day a week in 'off-the-job' training through a combination of online study, intensive blocks on-campus and attendance at one residential workshop. Progress in the workplace will be monitored through regular contact between the employer, apprentice and tutors.

Study modules

  • Global Business Environment
  • Market Supply and Analysis
  • Entrepreneurial Behaviours and Practices
  • Developing Leadership Capability
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Global Strategy and Innovation
  • One residential workshop
  • Personal and Professional Development

See the programme structure. Please note that whilst a minimum of one module (plus the residential workshop) must be studied face to face, it is possible to study the remainder of the programme online, subject to module availability.

Apprentices complete

  • Orientation and induction
  • A portfolio of evidence demonstrating key skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of a senior leader
  • An End Point Assessment including a board-level strategic business proposal to create efficiencies or generate revenue
  • PGCert Senior Leaders Business Administration (80 academic credits from the AMBA accredited MBA)
  • Eligibility for CMI and ILM member registration as a Senior Leader
  • Top-up route to the Oxford Brookes Global MBA, accredited by AMBA (at an additional cost)

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment must demonstrate that the apprentice has the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a senior leader. The End Point Assessment is typically taken over 5 months and is externally assessed. It comprises of:

  • Strategic business proposal and presentation with questioning
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.

How does the Oxford Brookes Global MBA top up work?

After the apprenticeship has been completed, there is the option to continue learning and making an impact by topping up to the AMBA accredited Oxford Brookes Global MBA, ranked 4th in the UK (QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2020). For no more than 50% of the cost of the MBA, you would study the remaining 100 credits comprising:

  • two optional modules
  • residential workshop 2
  • Critical Approaches to Business
  • the capstone final project or dissertation, typically completed over 18 months.

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • Oxford Brookes Business School has a long history of working with business of all sizes and sectors, developing key services, and connecting individuals and organisations to world-class expertise and research.
  • Our Oxford Brookes Global MBA programme, 80 credits of which are studied as part of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship, has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) which is widely recognised as the global standard for MBA programmes.
  • Extensive experience of delivering flexible programmes designed for busy working professionals.
  • Collaboration is a key feature of the Senior Leader with project-based assignments, one-on-one coaching and individual personal support all geared towards helping you develop strategies to work with and lead diverse groups of people from different backgrounds.

Employers we work with

Below are some of the employers we are pleased to work with to deliver our high-quality Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship programme. We also welcome the opportunity to work with new organisations who may be interested in partnering with Oxford Brookes.