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Senior Leader Apprenticeship MBA

What is Senior Leader Apprenticeship MBA?

Upon completion, learners achieve a prestigious MBA from the University of Gloucestershire. Designed for any individual moving into a senior or strategic management role, this programme challenges learners to draw on their own business experiences which are then underpinned with academic knowledge and high-level skills.


Bringing together professionals from a range of industries and both the public and private sectors, degree apprentices work together with other learners to tackle complex business problems. As such, they’re encouraged be adaptable in their thinking and constructively challenging of current practices, theories and ideas within a learning environment.

From day one, degree apprentices are required to apply their learning in their workplace, meaning the impact for their employer is immediate.

Apprentices will have a Personal Tutor and Module Tutors providing advice and guidance throughout their studies, as well as support from our Student Helpzone staff. The employer will be able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, meaning you’re able to get the best out of your staff and the apprenticeship.


Teaching is delivered over two years and learners normally attend university on set days. However, the timing of taught elements can be tailored to suit learner needs. In addition, where we have large groups of learners all employed by the same organisation, we’re also able to offer alternative study locations (for example, we can deliver teaching at your offices).

Degree apprentices develop their knowledge through peer interaction, case studies and business simulation exercises. Assessments are through presentations, independent projects, essays, business cases and business venture proposals.

Degree apprentices also benefit from workshops and events organised by the university involving specialist guest speakers, such as CEOs and senior managers from the public and private sectors. These help learners to further their understanding in specialist subjects, ranging from change management, to corporate finance.


Assignments and work-based projects underpin classroom content, ensuring learners are able to put theory into practice from the outset.

The compulsory End Point Assessment consists of two elements – a project showcase and a professional discussion. The project showcase involves as presentation to the learner’s employer and course tutor, where they’ll set out their research findings and conclusions in relation to a real-world challenge affecting the organisation they work for and/or the sector as a whole. The professional discussion is based on a review of the Degree Apprentice’s learning portfolio (a reflective journal recording the learner’s development). The End Point Assessment takes place after completion of Years 1 and 2.

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Entry requirements

    • Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. Most candidates will have A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications, and English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. English and Maths must be achieved before the End Point Assessment.

      Apprentices should be in fulltime employment (e.g. at least employed for 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of their apprenticeship, and 20% of their working hours should be spent on off-the-job training.

      Employers may wish to set additional entry requirements to suit their organisational needs.

Course modules


Fees and costs

Please contact the business team to discuss fees for this course. when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Industry links

Upon completion, degree apprentices also gain a qualification recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Develop your staff

Developed by today’s experts, for tomorrow’s business leaders – this is a high calibre qualification with immediate business benefits.

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Grow your business

There are opportunities to customise this apprenticeship to meet specific business needs.

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ThreeSixty student consultancy

Students on this course will have the chance to get involved with our new student consultancy, ThreeSixty. Based at our state-of-the-art School of Business, you’ll get the opportunity to develop your graduate competencies and attributes by working with business, third sector and individuals on a consultancy basis, solving their challenges.

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Daniel recently completed his MBA

Previously he’d completed a Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) and a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) – all at the University of Gloucestershire.

“Having left school with a handful of qualifications, when I started working in industry I had little confidence or experience. I undertook the CMS and DMS to develop my business skills but it was the MBA that really sparked my entrepreneurial flair. Now I have so many business ideas I write them in a book! The lecturers interact with you on a personal level and are so keen and enthusiastic – not just about what they teach but also the lives and careers of those they teach. They’re so supportive.

“I wouldn’t be the CEO of BridgeWorx without my MBA. I’ve always had the drive, determination and intelligence – now I have the confidence, knowledge and skills as well.”

Dan Bridges, CEO BridgeWorx

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