Senior Leader Apprenticeship

There is always more to learn about being a great leader, which is where the Level 7 Senior Leader apprenticeship comes in. Our faculty - experts in leadership and organisational development - teach vital leadership and management skills to high potential employees.

At a glance

  • Open and closed cohorts available

  • 2.5 years

  • Level up to MSc/MBA

  • Next intake: May 2024

Programme Overview

With over 65 years of expertise in delivering leadership and management training, we are ideally placed to deliver this apprenticeship and help organisations develop their leaders of tomorrow.

Our faculty go beyond teaching the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the apprenticeship standard, enabling apprentices to grow in confidence, learn to think innovatively and make bold decisions.

The learning to the Level 7 Senior Leader Standard is fully funded by the apprenticeship levy.

We believe world-class education should be accessible, which is why we also offer options to level up to an MSc or MBA from one of the most pioneering business schools in the world. The qualifications outlined below are available to all apprentices, provided they successfully complete EPA and can fund the top-up fee.

Diploma Pathway

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership & Management

A two-and-a-half-year programme, ideal for apprentices who want to level up to an academic qualification. The Postgraduate Diploma runs concurrently with the apprenticeship at no additional cost. Must complete PGDip to have option to Level Up to MSc.

  • Blended learning (2.5 years inc. EPA)

  • Fully funded by the apprenticeship levy

  • Must complete Diploma to level up to MSc Pathway

MSc. Pathway

Master's in Leadership and Management

A two-year programme, ideal for apprentices who want to level up to an academic qualification. The Postgraduate Diploma runs concurrently with the apprenticeship at no additional cost. Must complete PGDip to have option to Level Up to MSc.

  • Blended learning (2.5 years inc. EPA)

  • Level up to MSc in Leadership & Management for £4,000

  • Can decide to level up at any point throughout apprenticeship

Executive MBA Pathway

MBA Pathway

Complete the apprenticeship, then level up to achieve the MBA. This is an additional 6 months including the final work-based project.

  • Blended learning (3 years including EPA and final project)

  • Level up to MBA for £10,000

  • Must decide prior to application for apprenticeship

Workshop content and timings subject to change

    Studying at Hult Ashridge

    We take a blended approach to learning at Hult Ashridge. We place a strong emphasis on networks, and providing the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the learning of your peers.

    The Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship is delivered via a hybrid model of face-to-face workshops with colleagues on your cohort, live online lectures and self-directed study through our virtual learning environment (myCourses) and other resources such as our very own Leadership Live platform.

    Ashridge House provides an inspiring backdrop for learning to take place, with on-site accommodation, cafes, nature walks and a state-of-the-art lifestyle centre.


    Luis Preto is a Level 7 Apprentice at the Shangri-La. In this short video he talks to us about his experience on the MBA pathway so far.

    Let's Talk

    We work with employers to find the best learning solution for your business. Whether you have one employee to send to an open cohort, or you’d prefer a closed cohort for your entire middle management, we can help.

    Off-The-Job Training

    Off-The-Job training is a mandatory requirement of all apprenticeships. Apprentices must be able to demonstrate at least 6 hours per week of off-the-job training for the duration of their apprenticeship.

    Funding & admissions

    This programme is fully funded under the UK apprenticeship levy for employers in England.

    We work with employers to set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. A strong personal motivation to benefit from and contribute to the programme is essential. The support of a line manager is vital in the success of the apprentice, providing access to off-the-job training, time to complete work-based assignments and regular progress reviews.

    Entry requirements

    • Skills Scan - to be completed by all applicants and their line managers

    • A levels (work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications)

    • Candidates will typically have five GCSEs at Grade C or higher, including English and Maths, and hold a minimum of 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)

    • Funding rules require individuals to be employed and working at least 50% in England

    • Provide proof of achievement for English and/or Maths qualification at Level 2 with a Grade C or above

    Programme Funding

    Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management Programme Fee + End Point Assessment Fully funded through Apprenticeship Levy (Funding band 14,000 GBP)
    Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership & Management Programme Fee + End Point AssessmentFully funded through Apprenticeship Levy (Funding band 14,000 GBP)
    Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership & Management + Level Up to Msc4,000 GBP top up fee
    Executive MBA pathway10,000 GBP top up fee

    Application Processs

    To ensure we match candidates with the right apprenticeship, we go through a pre-application process with employers before we take applications.

    01 Talk to your line manager

    If you are an employee wishing to study this apprenticeship, the first step is to talk to your line manager.

    If we are not already working with your employer, we will need to set this up before you can apply.

    02 Attend an Information & Guidance Session

    Now that we are working with your employer to deliver this apprenticeship, the next step is for you to attend an IAG. This is a session for employees to talk to Hult Ashridge, explore the apprenticeship in more detail and make sure it is right for you.

    03 Skills Scan & Suitability Check

    Both you and your line manager will complete a Skills Scan, which will identify how much new learning this apprenticeship will provide. By mapping the apprenticeship against your job description and career goals, we can ensure that you are eligible to receive the funding for this apprenticeship.

    04 Gather your evidence

    Before embarking on the online application process, it is worth making sure you have all of the certificate and evidence to demonstrate your eligibility. This may include:

    • GCSE (or equivalent) certificates for English and Maths
    • Your CV
    • Degree or qualification certificates
    • Job description

    05 Complete an online application

    Provide your personal, employment and education details on our application platform, and upload the evidence you have gathered in the previous step.

    06 Sit back and wait

    Our faculty and admissions team will review your application, alongside the funding rules and eligibility criteria.

    We may as you for more information if needed.

    Once your application is accepted, you will receive an offer letter from our admissions team, as well as guidance on next steps.


    Our apprenticeship faculty are practitioners first, academics second. They have real, lived experience of business and boardrooms, as well as a commitment to academic rigour and research.

    Associate Dean and Academic Director

    Hari Mann

    PhD, MSc

    Academic Director

    Paul Griffith

    MEng, MBA, ACGI

    Roger Delves

    MA (Oxon), FRSA

    Dr Mike Cooray

    PhD, MBA, MSc, PGCE, DipM

    Victoria Harrison-Mirauer

    BA (Cantab), MA, MSc

    Judith Parsons

    BA, MSc, Cert Ed

    Matt Gitsham

    MA(Hons), MA, PGDip, PhD

    Brian Worsfold

    MA (Oxon), ACIB, Dip.FS, MBA

    Talk To Us

    If you have any questions about our apprenticeships and how they can work for your organisation, our apprenticeships team are here to help.

    Skills Scan

    The Skills Scan is a vital part of the apprenticeship application process for apprentices and line managers.

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    Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust is registered on the list of approved apprenticeship providers. UK PRN 10008899