Senior Leader (Executive) Apprenticeship

Application deadline: 27 March 2023

Spring start date: 31 May 2023

The aim of the programme is to provide learning that supports strategic leadership, high level decision making and consideration of the future of work. It provides a diverse and novel management knowledge base enabling successful apprentices to improve strategic thinking and develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to solve problems and lead complex change. This programme is aligned to the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard, 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).

Download our Senior Leader Executive Apprenticeship guide.

Who is the apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for professional strategic leaders in private, public or third sector organisations of all sizes and 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.

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 2 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 18 months and includes four subject modules. The teaching time will include five study days per module, which will be delivered in two blocks.

Learning will be offered through a blended approach that will include a series of face-to-face and online seminars, real-world projects, interactive class room activities and simulations. Taught days will be complemented with distance learning and self- directed study.

Final Degree Award

All successful apprentices will achieve:

  • Level 7 Post graduate Diploma in Business Administration(awarded by De Montfort University)
  • Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship

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

 Programme content



Dynamic Leadership for Organisations

30 credits 

Financial Decision Making 

 30 credits

Strategy in Turbulent Times


 30 credits

Reshaping the Future of Work

 30 credits

End Point Assessment 


The programme is designed to enable apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisation and role. There are avariety of assessment methods including; reports, essays, group presentations, reflective diaries and case studies.

All apprentices are required to create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. This will contribute to their End Point Assessment and enable apprentices to reflect, plan and evaluate their development.


“The apprenticeship has provided various benefits to the organisation. For example, it has sparked sustainability initiatives - we have now signed a 3-year green electricity contract.”

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For more information, contact the apprenticeship team on (+44)116 207 8455 or email