Senior Leader Development Programme Apprenticeship

Level: 7

Course duration: Typically 29 months (2 years practical training plus 5 months EPA)

Next start date: September 2022

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


The Senior Leader Development Programme (SLDP) Apprenticeship is designed for rising stars within organisations identified as having potential for senior positions, but who have not yet acquired significant management experience.

Delivered by an experienced team of tutors, this apprenticeship will integrate knowledge in a range of situations and prepare participants for the challenges of dynamic business environments. The programme specifically enables apprentices to undertake the duties typical of those in leadership roles.

Apprentices will make a direct impact to organisations 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 a full MA Senior Leadership (at additional cost).

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Who is it for?

Newly appointed managers with high potential to strengthen their strategic leadership capabilities. Typically, such apprentices will be recent graduates or newly promoted from supervisory or technical roles.

For employers, investing in a Senior Leader apprenticeship can be a proactive addition to talent management programmes - providing a route to retain staff, maximise the potential of individuals, and improve organisational performance.

Entry criteria and costs

The cost of the apprenticeship for 2022 entry: £14,000 (drawn down monthly from the employer levy).

Entrants will normally need:

  • a good undergraduate degree from a recognised UK / overseas institution; or
  • an equivalent professional qualification; or
  • seven years relevant experience in a supervisory or technical role, if without a first degree-level qualification

as well as:

  • hold 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, we will be in touch to outline your next steps and/or arrange a meeting with the Faculty.

Learning outcomes

  • 120 postgraduate credits - for which apprentices can claim a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Senior Leadership

  • Eligibility for CMI and ILM member status
  • Develop strategic leadership and management skills, knowledge and behaviours
  • Develop ability to undertake key duties appropriate to senior leadership posts

Teaching overview

Core learning is typically delivered over 24 months. Apprentices study the equivalent of one day-a-week in 'off-the-job' training through a combination of online study, on-campus intensive blocks and attendance at one residential workshop. Progress in the workplace is monitored through regular contact between the employer, apprentice and tutors.

Study modules

  • Leadership Roles
  • Operations, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Strategy

See the programme structure. 

Apprentices complete

  • 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
  • Eligibility for CMI and ILM member registration as a Senior Leader
  • 120 academic credits from our MA Senior Leadership (from which apprentices can claim a PGDip)

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment (EPA) brings together evidence demonstrating that apprentices have the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a senior leader. Typically taken over 5 months, the EPA is externally assessed and comprises:

  • A strategic business proposal and presentation with questioning; and
  • Professional discussion, underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.

MA Senior Leadership top-up

After completing the apprenticeship, there is option to continue learning and making an impact by topping up to the Oxford Brookes MA Senior Leadership.

Typically completed over a further 12 months and for an additional fee of £1,000 (funded outside the Levy), apprentices study the remaining 60 credits comprising:

  • Research Methods
  • the capstone final project or dissertation.

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • Oxford Brookes Business School has a long history of working with businesses of all sizes and sectors, developing key services, and connecting individuals and organisations to world-class expertise and research.

  • Extensive experience of delivering flexible programmes designed for busy working professionals.
  • A collaborative learning environment - utilising project-based assignments, one-on-one coaching and individual personal support.
  • Programmes which give focus on developing 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 Apprenticeship. Going forward, we welcome new employers to work with us on our new Senior Leader Development Programme Apprenticeship.