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Apprenticeship Postgraduate: PG Dip Management and Leadership (Subject to an additional award fee) Senior Leader

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute


Our Senior Leader Apprenticeship (SLA) course offers an exciting opportunity to develop and hone your leadership skills, make a real impact in the workplace, and support your future career aspirations.

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Course highlights

  • The opportunity to hone and perfect your leadership skills that can be applied to your future career
  • The confidence to initiate and lead strategic change in your organisation
  • The ability to apply theoretical knowledge to workplace practice to enhance strategic awareness and improve aptitude across a range of skill sets

The course is ideal if you are new to a leadership or senior management role and applicable to a wide range of settings across the public, private or third sectors and in all areas of the economy. You will be enrolled onto a Senior Leader Apprenticeship with the option of a qualification, in the form of a PG Diploma. This will be charged at a nominal fee of £550.

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Develop your leadership expertise

ARU Senior Leader Apprentice Joe explains why the course offers him an exciting opportunity to develop and hone his leadership skills, and how this is making real impact in his workplace.

Key facts

An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.

You will be given time for ‘off-the-job’ training (OTJT) during your contracted employment hours*. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSB) needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore is not part of your usual work duties.

The off-the-job learning for our Senior Leader Apprenticeship is delivered through study blocks at corporate venues in Cambridge and Chelmsford, subject to recruitment.

* Number of hours varies depending on the apprenticeship and the apprentice’s initial training plan and is a requirement of the apprenticeships funding but will be a minimum of 20% of a 30-hour week where an apprentice works more than 30 hours per week for an employer.


You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.

You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA). This starts once your employer is content that you are working at or above the occupational standard. The End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) is responsible for confirming gateway eligibility.

The EPA will enable you to demonstrate your competence against all areas of the apprenticeship standard and consists of two elements: a strategic business proposal and a portfolio of evidence.


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Accredited by the CMI

We work with the CMI as our End Point Assessment organisation. Successful completion of the Senior Leader Level 7 apprenticeship will lead to the award of either Chartered Manager or Chartered Fellow status.

This accredited programme also enables apprentices to apply to the CMI for ongoing professional membership of this internationally recognised professional body.


Whether you are aspiring to become a professional manager, or you already have some leadership experience, our Senior Leader Apprenticeship will arm you with the professional skills you need to enhance your leadership career. The content and delivery of our apprenticeship has been designed to equip you with core leadership skills and knowledge to make an increased contribution within your workplace.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course, with a confirmed and assigned mentor
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Skills Scan and completed Initial Needs Assessment discussion/form signed by the applicant's employer
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents*
  • An undergraduate degree from a UK university, normally a 2:1 or above; OR an academic or professional qualification that is equivalent in breadth and depth to a UK honours degree**

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How to apply

To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.

For employers

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.

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