Accredited by The Institute of Leadership and Management
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.
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.
Our Senior Leader Apprenticeship uses our unique expertise to develop leaders and managers who are equipped to face the future and create thriving initiatives in challenging times.
Exceptional leadership and management are critical to success. Our Senior Leader Apprenticeship is a dynamic course designed to help develop your key leadership and management capabilities within a professional, work-related context.
The programme will enable you to continue to earn while learning and to apply your knowledge to improve your leadership skills within the workplace. It also offers you the additional benefits of becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). As well as learning while you earn, the benefits of studying this course include:
Upon successful completion of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship (including the PG Diploma) you have the option to top up your award to a Masters; this will possible by completing a final work-based project.
This work-based project will require you to choose a subject area which has direct relevance and ‘real life’ impact in the context of your workplace. The chosen subject will need to be discussed and approved by your employer.
This top-up qualification is in addition to the Senior Leader Apprenticeship and will need to be self-funded or funded with the support of your employer. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the strategic knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore are 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.
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.
The apprenticeship is accredited by The Institute of Leadership and Management, the UK’s top leadership and management qualifications specialist. This offers you the additional benefits of becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management which includes access to ILM resources, content and tools as well as access to over 30,000 like-minded individuals to share ideas and challenges.
"What appeals to me about the Senior Leader apprenticeship is the ability to immediately put into practice the skills and knowledge I will gain during the qualification."
Senior Leader Apprentice
"The most enjoyable element of the apprenticeship was definitely the moment when the academic learning suddenly fell into place in a real-life work situation. The apprenticeship really helped build my confidence and it is the reason I got my new job!"
Senior Leader Apprentice
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.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
*If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the course. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
**We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, and are well-supported by your employer, with the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
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.
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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