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This Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship is for aspiring and substantive senior leaders and managers within public service organisations who want to make a difference through public service.

This innovative, flexible, work-based postgraduate course is designed to integrate world-leading research insights with students own professional experience to further enhance their leadership capabilities.

Students will draw on their knowledge and experience; engage in discussion and debate on issues and themes of contemporary leadership and management practice in public service organisations and partnerships. During the programme, there is particular emphasis on individual and organisational development and processes and relationships within and between organisations.

Throughout the programme, apprentices will develop their ability to critically analyse behaviour and actions within their organisations; problem solve, plan and employ critical judgement through careful consideration of current and future management and organisational challenges.

On joining the course apprentices become an ‘Affiliate’ member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the full duration of the programme and have access to a range of membership support and benefits. Successful graduates will receive a dual award including a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership and the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager status (CMgr), subject to meeting the professional work experience requirements.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
2 years Part Time

Newcastle Business School

City Campus, Northumbria University


September 2020

Fee Information

The Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with representatives from employers, the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute.

The programme will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver long-term organisational performance in a range of organisational contexts. The programme provides organisational excellence in:

  • Strategic leadership
  • Financial decision-making
  • Innovation and change
  • Leading and developing people and collaborative relationships.

Modules adopt a work-based learning philosophy and enable participants to solve real-world challenges through work assignments and action learning approaches.

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

Our academic team are specialist leadership and management staff who are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world-leading (REF2014).

The programme is delivered via a blended learning approach using experiences of participants, facilitation, case studies, group discussions, self-study, peer learning, simulations and networking, as well as using 360-degree evaluations and reflections. The course also uses a problem-centred approach in contextualising and applying best practice, allowing you to apply practical business lessons to your own context.

The programme sits within Northumbria’s Newcastle Business School, which has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business education in the UK.  We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

Whilst on campus, students will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including social spaces, IT facilities and lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. 

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In partnership with Northumbria University, the organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Both Apprentice and their Line Manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities which provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

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We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study this apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities.  

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent academic or professional qualification with at least three years of work experience.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

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