Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7)

Duration Typically 24 months to include End Point Assessment.
Discipline Business and Management
Programme delivery Blended learning


Our Level 7 Senior Leader Masters level Degree Apprenticeship is accredited by the Chartered Manager Institute (CMI) and represents an exciting opportunity to gain a prestigious MBA, supported by your employer. You’ll benefit from a flexible MBA apprenticeship which is recognised by a leading industry body and underpinned by an innovative programme designed for leaders with global ambitions, delivered in a blended learning format.

The Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship is underpinned by The Exeter MBA, ranked #1 in the Corporate Knight’s better world ranking 2017, which has been developed for leaders who want to gain knowledge and expertise to create a positive change in the world through purposeful leadership. Individuals studying on the Level 7 Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship will learn about emerging business models and decision science as well as the core components of an MBA including marketing, finance and accounting and strategy.

Why Exeter?

The University of Exeter Business School is one of the UK’s leading institutions, ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Business, Accounting and Finance in The Complete University Guide 2018. Our mission is to deliver outstanding and innovative business education and research that address the major challenges confronting businesses and society. We are accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), EQUIS and are an AACSB Business Education Alliance Member.

The University has also recently been rated Gold for our excellence in teaching and learning in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017.

Who is it for?

Directors and senior managers in the private, public or third sectors. Specific job roles may include: COO, CFO, CEO, CIO, Executive Director, senior armed forces or police officers, and senior civil servants.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Topics covered:

  • Leadership
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Economics
  • Strategy
  • Change
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship for New Business Models
  • Technology & Analytics
  • Decision Science

Entry requirements 2019

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships in discussion with the University. This may involve previous management experience, having undertaken an apprenticeship or qualifications.

English and Maths will be required at a minimum of Level 2 prior to the End Point Assessment.

Learning and teaching

The University of Exeter Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship

  • A prestigious MBA from a Russell Group university.
  • Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) from the start of the course and the CMI qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership on successful completion.
  • Flexible delivery – minimum time away from the workplace.
  • Online delivery using the latest technology to allow individual and group working in any location.
  • Programme specifically designed by an experienced academic team.


  • The Exeter MBA
  • Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship at Level 7
  • CMI Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership

Contact us

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