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The Senior People Professional Higher Apprenticeship is an innovative work-based programme delivered part-time on a flexible and blended delivery pattern, providing an excellent learning and development platform for aspiring or existing senior managers and leaders.

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Senior People Professionals are the in-house experts in people, work and organisations. They champion the people agenda to create working environments and cultures that help get the best out of people and, as a result, build resilient and sustainable high performing workplaces.

Apprentices joining the programme will learn about the strategic management of people, including how to develop strategies and practices to enable performance in employees as well as the development of their own business acumen. Our programme while offers a range of challenging, reflexive self-development opportunities within the context of the Senior People Professional Higher Apprenticeship standard, and is designed around three pathways which are chosen by the apprentice to enable you to specialise in an area that is aligned to the needs of your organisation and your development the most. Senior People Professionals may specialise in either Human Resources (HR), Learning and Development (L&D) or Organisation Development (OD). This Apprenticeship takes a core and options approach. All apprentices will complete the core modules and are required to select the most appropriate specialism to their role from HR, L&D and OD. This programme is also designed to enable an optional pathway to the MA Human Resource Management, upon completion of the apprenticeship (subject to validation, and fee).

The Senior People Professional Higher Apprenticeship provides a route to CIPD Chartered Member status. Upon completion, and passing the apprenticeship, you may choose the CIPD as your End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), or any other appropriate EPAO at that time. The EPAO is selected by you as the employer, with our support, and is independent and will not have been involved in delivering the apprenticeship programme of learning.

Potential apprentices will need to be employed within Human Resource Management and Development (HRM/D) at an appropriate level, either in a new role or in progressing their career path, and will bring their own experiences from the workplace to underpin the learning experience and to inform future personal and professional practice. Through a structured learning strategy, apprentices will embark on a learning journey that values applied learning and a critically reflective approach to developing leadership and management skills and behaviours. Through Northumbria’s curriculum design and assessment strategy apprentices will have opportunities to reflect on their own performance and behaviours. Apprentices will emerge from the Senior People Professional Higher Apprenticeship as critical thinkers and reflexive practitioners who are self-aware; who can deal with complexity and ambiguity; and who are primed and ready to undertake the final stages of the MA (which you may choose to select).

Apprenticeship programmes at Northumbria University are designed to support apprentices in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviour and retain the integrity of the apprenticeship standard as defined by IFATE. For further details please consult the IFATE Apprenticeship standards / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education webpage here

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
24 months part-time

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2023

Fee Information

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Entry Requirements 2023/24

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or at least three years of relevant work experience within Human Resource Management and Development (HRM/D) with responsibility for HRM/D delivery.

Other subject qualifications, including lower level professional qualifications such as the CIPD level 5 Certificate, or other related work experience such as Business Partner, will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with substantial senior-level HRM/D experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

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 http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

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 www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

All information is accurate at the time of sharing.

Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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