Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship

Our Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Apprenticeship provides you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to become a professional leader of the future.

A senior leader is someone who has senior management responsibility which may include governance or director responsibilities. They will be responsible for direction and vision and providing strategic drive, analysing market trends, influences and identifying opportunities and risk.

Who is it for?

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. The apprenticeship is suitable for potential leaders and current managers in any type or size of organisation. Typical roles held by apprentices are Section Leader, Head of Department, Chief Officer, Director or Executive.

How is the apprenticeship delivered?

Our apprenticeship is delivered in block delivery, primarily at our Cranfield campus in Bedfordshire. There may be some learning off site, including in London. The duration of the apprenticeship is approximately 24-30 months - this includes End Point Assessment.

Apprentices will take their learning from the classroom into their organisation and apply it through workplace practice, evidencing their new-found knowledge, skills and behaviours as part of their portfolio of evidence.

There is the opportunity to have delivery of a closed apprenticeship programme for a single employer or a consortium using our Business and Strategic Leadership MSc, based in company, with 25 apprenticeship or more.

Why choose Cranfield University as your apprenticeship provider?

One of the most powerful ways you can generate value from your Apprenticeship Levy is to upskill your existing workforce.

At Cranfield, we’re passionate about providing education tailored for industry. As one of the first universities in the UK to offer degree apprenticeships at master’s level, we understand what is needed to develop industry-led apprenticeship standards and have the expertise to deliver that training.

Cranfield's apprenticeships will provide a widening portfolio of master’s level apprenticeship training required by industry.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have previous management experience with a minimum of two years; this increases to three years for the Executive MBA option. Apprentices on Level 7 apprenticeships in England are required to provide evidence of attainment in English and maths in the form of an accepted qualification at level 2 or above.

You can see the list of acceptable qualifications and equivalents by visiting the UK Government's website and opening the document entitled ‘Apprenticeship standards: list of acceptable current and prior qualifications for English and maths requirements in apprenticeship standards at Level 2 and above’. Please ensure you select the ‘Level 3 Apprenticeships’ tab for the correct list of acceptable qualifications. If your qualification is not listed, unfortunately it will not be accepted by the EPA organisation at gateway.

For more information about entry requirements, please see the Information for Apprentices page.

Qualifications underpinning the standard

Business and Strategic Leadership MSc

The Cranfield Business and Strategic Leadership MSc is a unique opportunity for employer organisations to sponsor high-potential managers through a highly-regarded MSc programme, customised to the organisation’s strategic agenda.

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Executive MBA

Our unique Executive MBA programme, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton, combines the best of academic insight and commercial application. We’ll use this to help you develop your leadership and management skills with a specific focus on business growth and innovation.

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Executive MBA (Defence Export)

Created specifically for the defence community, the MBA Defence programme has been developed out of a growing interest both within the UK defence sector and the international defence community for management education. The programme does not just allow students to improve their skills and techniques in general management, but in addition we help our students to build the confidence, emotional intelligence, decision-making and team-working qualities that make for inspirational leaders.

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc

Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc has been co-designed with senior professionals and is delivered by one of Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculties. This postgraduate course provides you with the knowledge and skills in logistics and supply chain management to help you make a significant difference in the global marketplace.

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Management and Leadership MSc

This practical management postgraduate course, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton – one of the world’s leading organisations of independent professional services, will help you develop your leadership and management skills with a specific focus on leading-edge insights, commercial application and effective management frameworks. It offers a real-world business education which can be applied directly back into the workplace.

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Marketing and Leadership MSc

Our MSc in Marketing and Leadership will develop your marketing and leadership skills. This practical master’s course enhances your strategic marketing talent and ability to lead change in order to meet constantly evolving customer needs and requirements. You will gain leading-edge insights into marketing and business practice which you can apply in within your organisation.

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Operations Excellence MSc

A world-leading programme developed by Cranfield through a unique partnership with Rolls-Royce and the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. Designed for industry professionals to fit around demanding careers, the course has been designed to develop the skills to lead change in business.

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The Senior Leader Standard has a funding band of £18,000. All our qualifications, excluding the Executive MBA, offered under this standard are charged at £18,000, inclusive of End Point Assessment.

Our Executive MBA qualification fee is £27,000. Eligible organisations will be able to use £18,000 of their Apprenticeship Levy towards the overall cost, with the remaining £9,000 payable by the company to Cranfield over two years.