Senior Leader Apprenticeship

Application deadline: 6 March 2023

Spring start date: 11 May 2023

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship from De Montfort University (DMU) can accelerate development for strategic leaders. It will expand knowledge and understanding of strategic business areas, and enhance organisational performance. This programme is aligned to the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard (2021), designed by employers in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This standard is allocated Funding Band 12 (£14,000) by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) .


Who is the apprenticeship is for?

It is suitable for professional strategic leaders in private, public or third sector organisations of all sizes, for individuals who lead, manage and direct organisations. Specific job roles may include; General Manager, Senior Manager, Section Leader, Executive, Director, COO, CFO, CEO, CIO and Senior Military Officer.

Download our Senior Leader Apprenticeship guide.

Find out more about the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).


Entry requirements

The programme is designed with professionals in mind, and this is reflected in the entry requirements. All applicants need to be employed by an organisation who will support the individual’s participation in the programme. Applicants require:

  • A minimum of two years management experience and a degree at 2:1 or above.


  • Significant management experience (3 years minimum), and a strong track record of achievements in business and/or relevant professional qualifications. 

Delivery model

This blended work-based programme is taught over 24 months and includes eight subject modules, a 360 degree feedback process, team building event and the End Point Assessment.

Each module is delivered in a two day block approximately every ten weeks, during which participants will gain valuable input from academics, practitioners and industry guest speakers, who are all experts in their field. In addition, apprentices will need to complete their work-based assignments away from the university.

The programme will commence with a two day induction that will introduce the programme team and provide valuable insight into individual modules.

Final degree award

All successful apprentices will achieve:

  • Post Graduate Diploma, Management (Senior Leader), Level 7
  • Senior Leader Apprenticeship, Level 7

There will also be the opportunity to gain Chartered Managerstatus (CMgr) at the End Point Assessment.

Programme modules

Year 1

Global Strategy

15 credits

Change Management

15 credits

Workforce Planning

15 credits

Managing Risk

15 credits

Performance Measurement and Management 

15 credits

Year 2

Developing Collaborative Cultures

15 credits

Enterprise and Innovation   15 credits
Relationship Management  15 credits
End Point Assessment


This post graduate programme is designed to enable apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisation and role. There are a variety of assessment methods including; reports, essays, group presentations and podcasts.

All apprentices are required to create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and demonstrated in the workplace. Portfolio software will be used to capture all information and training will be provided to all apprentices on how to use the software.

Apprenticeship End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment is made up of two components:


  • A professional discussion based on the Apprentice’s portfolio of evidence
  • A presentation based on a 4000 word project proposal with a Q&A session

Running in parallel to the academic modules, there are a range of support interventions to prepare each Apprentice for their EndPoint Assessment. Apprentices will undertake their Gateway meeting once they have completed their portfolio.

Apprentices then have approximately 4 months after the end of the academic programme and Gateway meeting to complete theirproject proposal and complete their End Point Assessment.

Benefits To Business

Research shows a Chartered Managers average added value to their organisation is £301,443*.

There are opportunities for bespoke programmes to meet employer requirements subject to a minimum cohort size, andalignment with the Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard.

*Findings taken from the CMI report ‘Professionalising Management: the impact of Chartered Manager’



"Our Senior Leaders from a variety of clinical departments are benefiting from being able to access training and develop professional credibility through the programmes at DMU and by using our apprenticeship levy funds we are able to support learning and development opportunities that they would not have had access to before."

Liz Allison, Training and Development Manager, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


For more information, contact us by completing our online enquiry form.