Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship MA

Postgraduate (2 years part-time, work-based)

Blended learning, Cambridge

January, September

Course update July 2020
The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship Level 7 Standard is currently being reviewed by the UK Government. As we await the results of the review we have taken the decision to temporarily close this course to new applicants. If you have any questions regarding our SLMDA course please contact us at


Study a high-level university qualification and achieve Senior Leader status with our Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship. You’ll gain a Leadership and Management MA while you work, with no tuition fees.

Full description


Whether you’re aspiring to become a professional manager or you have leadership experience, our Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship will arm you with the professional skills you need to enhance your leadership career.

The content and delivery of our degree has been designed to equip you with core leadership skills and knowledge to make an increased contribution at work.

The work-based project gives you the opportunity to focus on topics relevant to your employer, and to make recommendations for improved business performance.

Modules & assessment

The modules for this course are currently under review


The End Point Assessment comprises of two assessment areas:

  1. Project showcase, based on a work-based project, including a report, presentation and questioning
  2. Professional discussion, based on a review of your portfolio

Throughout the apprenticeship there are a range of assessment activities including a strong emphasis on work-based projects as well as presentations, case studies, reports, critical reflection and written assignments based on your work environment.

You will also be completing an online development portfolio which will contain evidence of your workplace learning demonstrating the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) assessed by the professional discussion. Evidence may include reports, minutes, stake-holder/customer comments, performance reviews and presentations.

The topic of your work-based project will be agreed with your employer and supervising tutor to ensure that it is of benefit to the business and relates to both the academic and KSBs.

There are no traditional examinations.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are funded by your employer and the Government


Entry requirements

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  • 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.
  • You will also need GCSE English and Maths at grades C or above.
  • If you have relevant work experience in a post of management or professional responsibility over an extended period of time but do not hold an academic or professional qualification, we still encourage you to apply as all applications are considered on an individual basis.
  • Degree Apprenticeships are financed between the Government and employers, so you will need to be employed under a permanent contract by an organisation to apply for this course.
  • You’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; OR you can provide satisfactory evidence that you have been taught and examined through the medium of English.

ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications are mandatory.

Course offers can only be made if approved Level 2 certificates are provided prior to the start of the course.

For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements download this document from the website