Why study this course

Focussed weekend study to fit around your current work role and other commitments

Option to progress onto Complimentary MBA top-up module upon successful completion of end point assessment

Delivered via a blended teaching module with two onsite teaching days per module (four modules in total)

Led by business practitioners, all the learning is relevant to your role within your workplace

Course summary

Develop your strategic leadership skills, enhance your knowledge, hone your management skills, boost your career aspirations and grow your business. Whatever your motivation, the MBA (Strategic Leadership) degree has you covered.

Businesses and organisations are facing new and emerging challenges in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world and leaders must be equipped to respond. This programme is designed to develop your strategic leadership skills and equip you with the requisite knowledge and skills to enhance and embrace your role in leadership within ever-changing environments.

Key facts


Postgraduate Diploma


Up to 2 years

Mode of study

Part-time blended

Start date

September, January & May

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Course details

About this course

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship (SLA) is an innovative alternative to a traditional master’s in Business, placing you and your organisation at its core.

Who is it for?

The SLA is ideal for new senior managers or those who have progressed within their organisation and require development as a senior leader.

How is it delivered?

This blended work-based apprenticeship is delivered over 24 months and includes four modules, assignment workshops, writing retreats, academic skills development sessions and tutorials. Each module is delivered in blocks of two days onsite and two days online.

You will be supported by the Programme Team and the Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT) to develop the academic skills needed for success. Furthermore, SLAs will be encouraged to take advantage of the business facilities and services offered by Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre (LORIC) and BG Futures, BGU’s onsite Business and Enterprise Centre and Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team.

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Why become a Senior Leader Apprentice?

This apprenticeship is an innovative alternative to a traditional master’s level programme in Business.

You and your organization are at the core of this apprenticeship. You will have the power to shape your learning journey and experiences through your work within your organisation and through the experiences, skills, and knowledge that you develop through the academic aspect of the apprenticeship.

Benefits to organisations

  • All learning and assignments are relevant to the workplace and skills can be applied immediately
  • Close the skills gap
  • Boost staff retention
  • Cost effective career development offering
  • Effect culture change
  • Create leaders who, in a climate of deep uncertainty, think strategically about how the external environment impacts your business 
  • 70% of employers report that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service*
  • The cost of apprenticeship training pays for itself within one or two years of completion, through the increased productivity of the former apprentice*

Benefits to individuals

  • Develop your knowledge and gain skills
  • Network with like-minded professionals
  • Gain a degree with no debt, while continuing in your current employment
  • Study while retaining work/life balance
  • Those completing an apprenticeship at level 4 or above could earn £150,000 more on average*

*’English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision’, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, HM Government, 2015

What you will study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:

The ability to enhance organisational performance through the dynamic and effectual leadership and development of people is fundamental for Leaders who wish to achieve and maximise organisational success. The aim of this module is to equip learners with the requisite knowledge to develop the skills and occupational competence needed to effectively lead and develop people in pursuit of organisational excellence.

The aim of this module is to equip learners with the requisite knowledge to develop the skills needed to effectively and proactively develop an entrepreneurial response to complex organisational challenges in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environments. Furthermore, learners will explore how to set and deliver sustainable strategic goals.

Learners will explore how to critically assess methods for analysing financial data and information required to make strategic decisions. Learners will also develop their understanding and knowledge of financial governance and legislative requirements.

Learners will critique the factors which drive the development of organisational strategy and appraise approaches to successfully develop strategy. The module culminates in learners developing an organisational strategy to achieve a business goal. To complement this activity, learners will propose an approach to implement and monitor the strategy developed to ensure its sustained success.

This module provides learners with the opportunity to initiate, plan and produce a unique and independent piece of work that showcases and further builds on the knowledge, skills and mindset developed throughout the programme to date.

Learners are encouraged to self-select a format for their final project that best suits their career ambitions and overarching goals for their MBA. Learners may opt to complete a business dissertation, applied corporate project, or produce a business plan.

Entry requirements

  • Must be resident in the UK and in employment.
  • Must be aged over 18.
  • Minimum of level 2 or equivalent qualifications in English and Maths
  • Ability to demonstrate Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills at level 2.

Where evidence is unavailable, apprentices must complete these requirements by the end of the Apprenticeship and evidence must be provided to the End-Point assessment body. The designated Apprenticeship Support Officer will support apprentices with Functional skills development.

Entry requirements are outlined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. However, individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Senior Leader Apprenticeships.

Applications can only be made with the consent of the sponsoring employer, and the employer will be engaged from the outset.

If the employer wishes to secure multiple places on the apprenticeship, they may be the initial enquirer as opposed to the proposed apprentice(s) and thus, all relevant information will be shared with the employers for them to determine whether to proceed. In all instances, employers must be engaged in the application process.

Eligibility requirements surrounding funding for apprentices can be accessed here:


How you will be taught

A blended approach is used for delivering teaching and learning, with some sessions delivered on campus and others remotely. All campus and online classes take place over a weekend meaning you can study around the needs of your business or employment.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods, ranging from traditional coursework to more practical assessments such as the creation of Vlogs and Podcasts. Throughout, an emphasis on self-reflection is also present, with you being encouraged to consider how you will apply learning within the workplace. You will be encouraged to self-select a format for your final project that best suits your career ambitions and overarching goals for your MBA. You may also opt to complete a business dissertation, applied corporate project, or produce a business plan.

What Our Students Say

Discover what life is like at Bishop Grosseteste University from our students.

Fees & Finance

The course can be studied and paid for on a modular basis. More information on this can be found on our Tuition Fees page.

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Whether you aspire to be a senior leader, business owner or are simply looking for a new challenge, our MBA is designed and taught by industry experts and academics

Dr James Silverwood
Senior Lecturer

Why Bishop Grosseteste University?

As a leader in Teaching excellence for 160 years, BGU is a unique and prestigious provider. We offer small cohorts led by Business Practioners. The SLA has been designed specifically as an apprenticeship as opposed to an adapted degree programme, and is fully aligned with the needs of organisations and professionals.

Our apprentices benefit from dedicated resources and outstanding levels of support. BGU’s intimate and peaceful, centrally located campus provides the perfect setting for busy professionals to focus on their study.

What our Senior Leader Apprentices say

‘I started this Apprenticeship wondering if it was the right decision, being in a busy management position. It was the best decision and certainly one of the best courses I have done. I would fully recommend this course.’

L.W. - Children’s Health Locality Manager, Lincolnshire County Council

‘It puts your career on a different trajectory. The level of support is phenomenal. The learning is up to date and relevant, I've applied the learning at work already and it’s helped the team progress’

DM, Change, Programme and Performance Manager, West Lindsey District Council

‘It’s a great way to get Academically recognised. Its helped me grow into my role. It's accessible, no jargon. The diversity in the cohort widens your world, extra perspectives help develop you as a professional’

RL, Head of International Operations, Lincoln College