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Victoria Sherwood, Impact and Partnership Development Manager

Senior Leader Apprenticeship

Senior Leader

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship is suitable for current or aspiring professional managers and leaders who are capable of managing complexity and delivering impact at a strategic level, with management and leadership responsibility for setting and delivering organisational objectives through a wide range of functions.

Through this programme, apprentices will use principles of problem-based and inquiry-led learning to demonstrate managerial effectiveness using skills such as critical thinking, negotiation, innovation and creativity.

Apprentices develop well-rounded management skills by looking holistically across the business functions (leading people and organisations, managing performance, strategy and innovation, developing leadership behaviours) through applying new knowledge to deepen their understanding.

Our syllabus is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Successful completion of the programme will result in the award of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship, a University of Exeter Post Graduate Diploma in Management, and a CMI Strategic Leadership Diploma. There is an optional additional two modules to top up learning to an MBA for an additional fee.


Delivered via blended learning enabling apprentices to be full-time employees of your business and gain a University of Exeter qualification over two years through:

  • Two to three day Masterclasses in Exeter or online, or at host employer’s premises, totalling appox. 18 days over two years.
  • Weekly distance learning comprising of online classes and workshops, interactive exercises and recorded lectures.
  • Work-based learning, assessing projects undertaken in the workplace.

Approximately 20 per cent of the apprentice’s time will be given over to study, our model is designed to be flexible around the needs of employers and workloads. No weekly day-release is required, mitigating disruption on the apprentice’s daily role and meaning we can work with employers across the country.

Our dedicated partnerships team liaise closely with employers throughout the programme; we can assist you with recruiting, education support and administration. Each apprentice is allocated an Academic Mentor to ensure their successful completion of the programme.

Tuition fees for this two-year programme are £14,000.

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay these fees directly through that contribution.

Business who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of tuition fees from Government. If you employ fewer than 50 people and recruit an 18-year-old or a care leaver, up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available.

See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding.

Employers must pay their apprentices at least a salary consistent with national legislation and cover the costs of any travel and accommodation required to attend any face-to-face teaching.

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