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Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship

Senior leader apprenticeship

Take your organisation to the next level with this MBA degree apprenticeship accredited by the CMI. Designed by employers for strategic leaders.

Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7)

The Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship from the University of Gloucestershire offers the triple guarantee of a quality degree, on-the-job experience and a professional​ pathway for senior leadership.

Who is it for?

It is designed for any individual moving into a senior or strategic management role. This can include general managers, senior managers, section leaders, executives, directors, COO, CFO, CEO, CIO roles, and senior military officers.​​

​​​Qu​alification Level

Masters / Level 7


2 – 3 years: End Point Assessment undertaken as soon as possible upon completion of year 2.

Qualifications upon completion

  • MBA (Master's in Business Administration) from the University of Gloucestershire
  • The option to achieve Chartered Manager or Chartered Fellow status (CMgr FCMI) from the CMI

Course outline

Taking real world experience from your business, study and work-based projects will underpin classroom content ensuring learners are able to put theory in to practice from the outset.

​Year 1

​Year 2

Leadership by design
​Project management
Understanding markets and customers
​Choose one of the following:
  • ​International management project (includes 5 day research trip to Milan, New York or Hong Kong)
  • The consultancy intervention research consultancy project with an SME
Business decision making
​Strategic management
Financial tools for business
Innovation and change through design

End Point Assessment

Carried out by the University, the CMI and the employer organisation. Presentation of a learning portfolio and summary project, demonstrating growth in knowledge and professional development.

Undertaken as soon as possible upon completion of year 2

SLMDA key documents

Apprentice support

Looking after students well is a real strength at the University of Gloucestershire but don't take our word for it.

In the Times Higher Education Student Experience survey 2017, students ranked us highly for “good personal relationships with teaching staff" (equal 4th out of 122 universities in the UK), “personal requirements catered for" (equal 17th), and “high quality staff/lectures" (equal 21st).

All apprentices have a personal tutor and module tutors providing advice and guidance for them throughout as well as our Student Helpzone support staff.

As their employer, you will be able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, meaning that you are able to get the best out of your staff and the apprenticeship. A win, win.

Funding sources

There is good news for all sizes of employers. Larger employers will already have a pot of funding through the Apprenticeship Levy introduced in April 2017, which if not used within 24 months will be lost to the employer. For SMEs and employers with a payroll under £3m there is funding support available. See below for more.

Fewer than 50 employees where the apprentice is 16-18 years oldNo cost to employer – government funded. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old
Non-Levy paying employers – payroll is less than £3m

Government funds 90%

Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old

Levy paying employers – payroll is greater than £3m

Comes out of the Levy pot.


Contact us

For a no strings attached assessment of your apprenticeship programme from a member of our dedicated Apprenticeships team, or to simply find out more, contact us on or call us on 01242 715400.

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