Senior Leader Development Programme Apprenticeship

Level: 7

Course duration: Typically 29 months including End Point Assessment

Available start dates: January 2022

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


The Senior Leader Development Programme Apprenticeship is an intensive and demanding course designed for those employees who you have identified as having potential to be in senior positions but who have not yet accrued significant management experience. 

The Senior Leader Development Programme 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. The programme has been designed specifically to enable apprentices to undertake the duties identified in the Senior Leader standard as typical of those in Senior Leader roles.

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 a full MA in Senior Leadership (at additional cost).

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Who is it for?

Proactive organisations looking to develop 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. 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.

Entry criteria and costs

Entrants will normally need:

  • a good degree (or GPA equivalent); or
  • a professional qualification that is regarded as equivalent to a degree, from an approved and recognised body; or
  • at least 7 years’ relevant supervisory or professional experience if no relevant qualification is held

as well as:

  • two written references
  • English and Maths Level 2, equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
  • eligible to join an apprenticeship scheme.

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

How to apply

Employers should contact the University Apprenticeship team by completing the expression of interest form. We’ll arrange a conversation with you and carry out an initial assessment to ensure the apprenticeship is suitable for the candidate and employer. A contract and commitment statement will need to be agreed prior to signing up an apprentice.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop strategic leadership and management skills, knowledge and behaviours
  • Develop ability to undertake key duties appropriate to senior leadership posts
  • Eligibility for CMI and ILM member status
  • Eligibility to top up to the MA Senior Leadership in an additional 12 months (additional fee applies)

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 and intensive blocks on-campus. Progress in the workplace will be 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
  • 120 academic credits
  • Eligibility for CMI and ILM member registration as a Senior Leader
  • Top-up route to the Oxford Brookes MA Senior Leadership

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.

Top up to the Oxford Brookes MA Senior Leadership

After the apprenticeship has been completed, there is the option to continue learning and making an impact by topping up to the MA Senior Leadership. For an additional fee of £1,000, you would study the remaining 60 credits comprising:

  • research methods
  • the capstone final project or dissertation.

This is typically completed over 12 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.
  • Extensive experience of delivering flexible programmes designed for busy working professionals.
  • Collaboration is a key feature of the Senior Leader Development Programme 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

We work with the following employers to deliver a high-quality Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship programme. Going forwards, we welcome new employers to work with us on our newly validated Senior Leader Development Programme Apprenticeship.