Business Management


Senior Leader MBA

Leaders. Responsible for the direction and vision of some or all of the business, they must drive strategic intent and provide a clear sense of purpose to others. By identifying market trends they can recognise good long-term opportunities and are also responsible for developing an inclusive and supportive culture. With the Senior Leader MBA, these qualities will be strengthened and expanded.

The Senior Leader MBA apprenticeship has been developed with professionals in mind and is suitable for individuals who lead, manage and direct organisations of all sizes, from the public, private or third sector. The MBA will accelerate the development of leaders, expanding and enhancing their knowledge and understanding of strategic business areas, as well as boosting their organisational performance.

Specific job roles may include; General Manager, Senior Manager, Section Leader, Executive, Director, COO, CFO, CEO, CIO, and Senior Military Officer.

Delivery Model

This work-based programme is taught over 18 months and includes eight compulsory modules, a four-day outdoor residential, and a 60 credit work-based project. Each module is delivered in a two-day block approximately every six weeks, during which participants will gain valuable input from academics, practitioners and industry guest speakers all who are experts in their field.

The programme will commence with a two-day induction that will introduce participants to the programme team and will provide valuable insight into individual modules.


The typical duration is 2 – 2 ½   years, depending on previous experience.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. 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 endpoint assessment.

Successful apprentices will achieve a Master’s degree in management [either MA, MSc or MBA].

Course Breakdown

If you’d like a more detailed breakdown of the skills and knowledge you’ll gain over the course of the apprenticeship, just use the tabs below.

    • Knows how to shape organisational vision, culture, and values. Understands organisational structures; business modeling; diversity; global perspectives; governance and accountability; the external environment, social, technological and policy implications. Understands new market strategies, changing customer demands and trend analysis.
    • Understands innovation; the impact of disruptive technologies (mechanisms that challenge traditional business methods and practices); drivers of change and new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people and culture and sustainability.
    • Knowledge of systems thinking, knowledge/data management, and programme management.
    • Knowledge of ethics and values-based leadership; regulatory environments, legal, H&S and well-being and compliance requirements; corporate social responsibility; risk management, environmental impact, and cybersecurity. Understands competitive strategies and entrepreneurialism, approaches to effective decision making, and the use of big data and insight to implement and manage change.
    • Understands financial strategies including scenarios, modeling and identifying trends, application of economic theory to decision-making, and how to evaluate financial and non- financial information. Understands financial governance and legal requirements, and procurement strategies.
    • Knowledge of organisational/team dynamics and how to build engagement and develop high performance, agile and collaborative cultures. Understand approaches to strategic workforce planning including talent management, learning organisations, workforce design, succession planning, diversity, and inclusion.
    • Understands large scale and inter-organisational influencing and negotiation strategies. Knowledge of the external political environment and use of diplomacy with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders. Understands working with board and company structures. Knowledge of brand and reputation management.
    • Use of horizon scanning and conceptualisation to deliver high-performance strategies focusing on growth/sustainable outcomes.  Sets a clear agenda and gains support from key stakeholders. Able to undertake research, and critically analyse and integrate complex information.
    • Initiates and leads change in the organisation, creates an environment for innovation and creativity, establishing the value of ideas and change initiatives and drives continuous improvement. Able to manage conflict. Manages partnerships, people and resources effectively, and measures outcomes. Acts where needed as a Sponsor, championing projects and transformation of services across organisational boundaries.
    • Challenge strategies and operations in terms of ethics, responsibility, sustainability, resource allocation, and business continuity/risk management. Application of principles relating to Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance, Regulatory compliance. Drives a culture of resilience and supports the development of new enterprise and opportunities.
    • Oversees financial strategies/management, results and setting organisational budgets, and challenges financial assumptions underpinning strategies. Is accountable for decisions based on relevant information e.g. Key Performance Indicators/scorecard. Uses financial data to allocate resources.  Oversees procurement, supply chain management and contracts.
    • Uses personal presence and “storytelling” to articulate and translate vision into operational strategies, demonstrating clarity in thinking and using inspirational communication. Creates an inclusive culture, encouraging diversity and difference. Gives and receives feedback at all levels, building confidence and developing trust, and enables people to take risks.
    • Enables an open and high performance working, and sets goals and accountabilities for teams and individuals. Leads and influences people, building constructive working relationships across teams, using matrix management where required. Ensures workforce skills are utilised, balancing people and technical skills and encouraging continual development.
    • Manages complex relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders. Builds trust and rapport, with the ability to positively challenge. Leads beyond the area of control/authority, and able to influence, negotiate and use advocacy skills to build a reputation and effective collaborations.
    • Has high levels of self-awareness, emotional and social intelligence, empathy and compassion, and able to identify mental well-being in others. Works collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation. Acts with humility and authenticity is credible, confident and resilient.
    • Takes personal accountability aligned to clear values. Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to challenge when making decisions and solving problems. Instils confidence demonstrating honesty, integrity, openness, and trust.
    • Is confident and brave, willing to innovate, seeks new ideas and looks for contingencies. Manages complexity and ambiguity, comfortable in uncertainty, and is pragmatic.
    • Engaging with all – is ethical and demonstrates inclusivity, recognising diversity, championing, and enabling cultural inclusion. Empowers and motivates to inspire and support others.
    • Reflects on own performance, demonstrates professional standards in relation behaviour and ongoing development. Advocates the use of good practice within and outside the organisation.
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