Why study this course

Achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership whilst developing your current management career

Achieve a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management alongside a traditional degree, and have the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager Status on successful completion of your apprenticeship

From 95% funding towards your studies through the apprenticeship levy

All modules relevant to your organisation and network with other like-minded professionals

Course summary

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 equips you with the requisite knowledge and skills to respond.

Upon successful completion of the SLA End Point Assessment and presentation of the EPA Certificate apprentices will have the opportunity to enrol onto a complimentary MBA Top-up with BGU at the next possible MBA Top-up start date.

Key facts



Mode of study


Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Course details

About this course

This programme is an innovative alternative to a traditional master’s level programme in Business. This programme places you and your organisation at its core. You will have the power to shape your learning journey and associated experiences through your work within your organisation as part of your role and through the experiences, skills, and knowledge that you develop through the academic aspect of the apprenticeship programme.

This apprenticeship is for those who are either new to a senior management role or have progressed within their organisation and require development as a senior manager. This programme is suitable for aspiring leaders and current managers in any type or size of organisation. Typical roles held by Senior Leader apprentices are Section Leader, Head of Department, Chief Officer, Director or Executive. You will study via a blended strategy, undertaking your study in two two-day blocks equal to four days per module. There will be two further days per module allocated for assignment workshops, writing retreats, academic skills development sessions and tutorials. Furthermore, you will be supported by designated module tutors and will become an integral part of the BGU Business community through your attendance at bespoke business breakfasts, guest lectures and through your attendance at CMI events. Through joining the Business community at BGU you are joining a community that cares about how they do business and who they do business with. In addition, you are immersed into the wider university community and will be challenged to make a positive impact on the societies in which we live and work.

Senior Leader Apprentices (SLAs) will be supported by the Programme Team and the Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT) to develop the requisite study and 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.

What will you 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

Applicants for this programme will need to be resident in the UK and in employment. Entry requirements are outlined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. However, individual employers will set the selection criteria for their SLAs. This will involve previous management experience, having previously undertaken an apprenticeship or qualifications. There are no upper age restrictions, although apprentices on the SLA must be aged over 18 as a minimum.

Potential apprentices should also have achieved qualifications in English and Mathematics at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent (GCSE grade A*/9 - C/4), and also demonstrate Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills at this level. Evidence of this must be collated by BGU. Where this is not the case, apprentices must complete these by the end of the SLA, and this evidence must be provided to the End-Point assessment body (copies of certificates will suffice). The designated ASO will support apprentices with Functional skills development.

Applications for this programme can only be made with the consent of the sponsoring employer, and the employer will be engaged from the outset. In instances where employers may wish to secure multiple places on the programme, 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 with their initial enquiry. In all instances, employers must be engaged in the application process.

Eligibility requirements surrounding funding for apprentices can be located here:


Apprenticeship Training

Costs may be covered by government funding and/or your employer – employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay fees directly through the levy contribution.

Alternatively, businesses who do not pay the Levy may be able to claim 95% of the cost of tuition fees from the Government.

See further information on Apprenticeship Funding.

How to Apply

You will need to complete the below Application Form along with the documents outlined in the Application Checklist. Once complete, please return this to: Admissions, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln, LN1 3DY, or email us at admissions@bishopg.ac.uk

Apprenticeship Application Form

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