Leadership Practice (Apprenticeship Pathway)

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  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Part time 24 Months

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • Flexible blended delivery fits your studies around your work, home and family commitments, with digital learning and in-person sessions covering a range of themed module content.

  • Successful completion of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship leads to the award of a Lancaster University Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Practice.

  • Option to top up to a Lancaster University Executive MBA or Master's in Leadership Practice upon completion.

Develop your strategic leadership capabilities through our Senior Leader Apprenticeship, with learning that has impact on practice from day one.

You will advance your practice of leadership, learn how to get the best from your team through talent management and nurturing high performance, embrace strategic thinking and behaviour, gain vital knowledge on ethical and sustainable practices, and develop the management of innovation and change.

Your studies are tailored to meet Senior Leader Apprenticeship standards and will lead to a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Practice. Tuition fees are funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Our digital delivery means you will learn flexibly, to fit around workplace realities, while gaining new knowledge and skills that can be applied in your professional role. Residential workshops provide in-person interaction and learning alongside a valuable network of fellow apprentices from diverse sectors and organisations.

Upon successful completion of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship, you can choose to top up to Lancaster University’s Executive MBA or Leadership Practice MSc. This requires a further six months' study, to be completed within five years of completion of the Apprenticeship, and with fees paid separately.

Programme Content

All members of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme will benefit from:

  • Facilitated and flexible digital learning that works alongside your professional role;
  • 12 days of in-person teaching in four blocks across the two years, supplemented by optional in-person and blended delivery;
  • Individual one-to-one support from a university apprenticeship mentor and an academic learning coach;
  • Modules delivered by experienced practitioner-teachers;
  • Peer learning within and across organisational boundaries;
  • Study support for students new to higher education, or those returning to HE after a long break.
  • Access to Lancaster University amenities, including the Library, Careers, health and wellbeing services and sports facilities.

Course Duration

The full Senior Leader Apprenticeship programme takes two years, including an End Point Assessment. Some participants may complete the Apprenticeship more quickly by claiming module exemption based on previous academic, professional or experiential learning.

The next programme will start in September 2023. Applications must be submitted by 15th May 2023.

The optional Executive MBA or Leadership Practice MSc top-up pathways require a further six months of study, to be completed within five years of completion of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship is suitable for current and aspiring senior leaders in public, private or third sector organisations. You will typically have a first degree and a minimum of 3 years’ management/leadership experience. Admission to the programme is dependent on aptitude and experience; prior qualifications are not always necessary.

A minimum of Grade C/4 in GCSE English and mathematics (or Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent).*

Admission to the Executive MBA pathway requires a first degree and five years’ relevant management/leadership experience.

* Applicants who do not meet the maths/English entry requirements will be considered on a case by case basis, for exceptional entry. If admitted, Apprentices must achieve Functional Skills Level 2 in both subjects by the end of the programme.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Apprenticeship levy fees:

The £14,000 fee for the Senior Leader Apprenticeship is funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Organisations with an annual payroll of more than £3 million pay 0.5% of their payroll into the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy, which they can use to fully fund apprenticeship training costs. Smaller organisations can also benefit, as the Government will subsidise 95% of apprenticeship costs for organisations that do not pay into the levy.

If you have further questions about your organisation’s eligibility for the levy, please contact us.

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

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Learning while Leading

Leaders often find themselves in leadership roles with little prior experience or training to prepare them to take charge. Our Apprentice Partnership Director, Dr Paul Irvine, explains how these leaders can learn a lot from programmes like the Senior Leader Apprenticeship while leading.

Learning while Leading
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Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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