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Degree Apprenticeship

Senior Leader

Upon successful completion of this level 7 apprenticeship, learners will have the opportunity to complete a prestigious Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) – the qualification of choice for leaders looking to build resilience.

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About the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship

This programme is designed for those looking to move into a senior or strategic management role, and we are one of the few providers who still offer the option of an MBA award as part of our programme.

Management is an area that is critical for every organisation in every sector, and one which is constantly evolving. This programme brings together learning professionals from a range of industries, as well as from both private and public sectors, who work together to tackle complex business problems.

Throughout this programme there is an emphasis on real-world challenges and workplace application, and apprentices will develop their knowledge through peer interaction, case studies, and business simulation exercises.

Teaching is delivered over three years via block release. Upon successful completion of the end point assessment, learners are conferred chartered manager or chartered fellow status of the CMI depending on prior experience.

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.

Clare Taylor

Meet the lecturer

Clare Taylor, programme leader

Clare has more than 15 years’ teaching experience covering both further and higher education. Her subject specialism is HR and she has delivered a range of programmes accredited by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Most recently, she worked for the University of Worcester, where she was Course Leader for Business. Before entering academia, Clare had an extensive career in industry, working for Thomson Reuters. Clare joined University of Gloucestershire in June 2023.


Optional MBA

Master’s in Business Administration

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship programme and end point assessment, learners have the opportunity to complete an MBA project, consisting of a proposal and report, at no additional cost to the learner or the employer.

This project is completed over the course of around six months. Learners are allocated a dissertation supervisor to support their studies, and the project can be an extension of the proposal developed for the EPA.

Upon successful completion of this piece of work, learners achieve a prestigious MBA.

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Case studies

Employer perspective

I’m more than happy with the standard and quality of teaching and course content provided by UoG, and particularly value the way I am engaged in the learning journey alongside my apprentices.

This is invaluable development that isn’t readily available routinely in the workplace, so enables our staff to really enhance their skillset and ability to impact the organisation longer term.

John James,
Strategic Intelligence Manager, Gloucestershire County Council

Learner perspective

Completing the Senior Leadership programme has helped me in various ways. One of the main aspects is around the legitimacy of being a senior manager and having a qualification that matches that.

In terms of my career, I knew that I wanted to progress. I was a Chief Operating Officer at that time, and the likelihood was that if I progressed my career that it would be into a Chief Executive role, and I knew that I would need an MBA to do that.

Lynette Barrett,
CEO National Star, and Senior Leader graduate

Gloucestershire Business School

This apprenticeship is delivered at our £18 million, state-of-the-art Gloucestershire Business School on Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.

This centre for business opened in 2018 and facilities include a business incubation centre, a Thomson Reuters trading room, a moot court room, board rooms, a consumer behaviour lab, and equipment on par with that of a global headquarters.

The space also encompasses Gloucestershire’s flagship Growth Hub. The Growth Hub offers fully funded business support for every growing Gloucestershire business. Having helped more than 10,000 businesses since 2014, the Growth Hub’s team of experts are on-hand to help Gloucestershire business grow through a blend of one-to-one expert support, training and events.

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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

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