Why study this course

You could achieve; Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership, CMI Level 7 Diploma in Leadership & Management and Chartered Manager Status

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

Delivered via blended teaching, with two onsite teaching days per module

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

Course summary

The business landscape is facing new and emerging challenges in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. The role of leaders and their ability to respond has never been more important.

This programme solves the urgent need for leaders who can drive positive change by providing the knowledge and skills to manage risk, grab opportunities and innovate to shape the future for themselves, their organisations and their industries.

Please note - the closing day for applications to this course for 2022 entry is Friday 12 August 2022.

Key facts


Postgraduate Diploma


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 Senior Leaders who wish to achieve and maximise organisational success. The aim of this module is to equip Senior Leader Apprentices (SLAs) with the requisite knowledge to develop the skills and behaviours needed to effectively lead and develop people in pursuit of organisational excellence.

Effective strategic leadership, coupled with proactive risk and opportunity management, is vital for organisational success. Leaders must be knowledgeable, creative, agile, and resilient to respond to an array of environmental and stakeholder needs in the contemporary workplace.

The aim of this module is to equip Senior Leader Apprentices (SLAs) with the requisite knowledge to develop the skills and behaviours needed to effectively and proactively develop an entrepreneurial response to complex organisational challenges in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environments. Furthermore, SLAs will develop the knowledge and skills required to lead on the development and critical review of operational policies and practices within their areas of responsibility.

A sound working knowledge and understanding of the Finance function, including financial strategies and the application of economic theory to decision making, is fundamental for Senior Leaders to be an effective decision maker within their role. Finance impacts on all aspects of an organisation and has a profound influence on the development and achievement of strategic objectives. The aim of this module is thus to equip Senior Leader Apprentices (SLAs) with the requisite knowledge to develop the skills and behaviours needed to effectively understand the scope, complexity and role of Finance and governance within an organisational context.

For leaders to be effective in complex and dynamic markets and environments they must have an in-depth understanding of strategy and how it can be developed. The aim of this module is to equip Senior Leader Apprentices (SLAs) with the requisite knowledge to develop the skills and behaviours to lead and influence an organisation’s strategic direction through the development of a meaningful strategy.

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: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apprenticeship-funding-rules

What Our Students Say

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

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