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

  • Level 7

  • 2.5 years

  • Level up to MSc/MBA

  • Next intake: September 2023

Programme Overview

This is a relatively new apprenticeship, following a consultation period in 2020. Through this new apprenticeship standard, we provide three pathways for apprentices.

The learning to the Level 7 Senior Leader Standard is fully funded by the apprenticeship levy. We are also giving apprentices the option to "level up" for an additional fee, following successful completion of their end point assessment. This enables them to finish with an MSc in Leadership and Management, or an Executive MBA.

Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management

A two-and-a-half-year programme. Ideal for apprentices wishing to enhance their leadership and management skills without a formal academic qualification.

  • Blended learning (2.5 years inc. EPA)

  • Apprenticeship only

  • Fully funded by UK Apprenticeship Levy

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership & 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

MBA Pathway

A two-and-a-half year programme. Complete the apprenticeship, then level up to achieve the MBA. This is an additional 6 months including the final work-based project.

  • Blended learning (2.5 years inc. EPA)

  • Level up to MBA for £10,000

  • Must decide prior to application if taking academic route

Workshop content and timings subject to change

    Apprenticeships at Hult Ashridge

    All of our apprenticeships are developed and regularly reviewed by our expert faculty, to ensure that the latest research and critical thinking is included to tackle the ever-changing organisational landscapes and challenges faced by leaders and their businesses.

    We teach through a combination of live online session, on-site training days and virtual study. All learning materials are accessible to the apprentice 24/7 on MyCourses.

    Throughout the apprentice's time at Hult Ashridge, we hold 12-weekly tripartite meetings between a member of our apprentice support team, the apprentice, and their line manager to discuss progression so far and any additional support needs.

    It has opened my eyes & enabled me to start asking the right questions and see things in a different way. I've developed my strategic skills and feel better equipped to lead sustainable business development, which is critical for us all as we consider our changing world of work.

    Sam Massingham

    Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship (MBA pathway)

    Sam Massingham

    Off-The-Job Training

    This programme requires 6 hours per week off-the-job training.

    This is a statutory requirement that means the learning takes place during the apprentice's normal, paid working hours, for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.

    Funding & admissions

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

    Entry requirements

    • Hult Ashridge works with employers to set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships

    • 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

    • Strong personal motivation and capability to benefit from and contribute to the program

    • Line manager support to undertake work-based assignments and build a portfolio of evidence

    • 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


    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

    Latest Work

    Academic Director

    Paul Griffith

    MEng, MBA, ACGI

    My research and subject interests are around Growth Mindset for executives, Innovation (in particular relating to the space industry where I previously worked), Digital Transformation and Customer Centricity.

    Latest Work

    Roger Delves

    MA (Oxon), FRSA

    Latest Work

    Dr Mike Cooray

    PhD, MBA, MSc, PGCE, DipM

    Latest Work

    Victoria Harrison-Mirauer

    BA (Cantab), MA, MSc

    Latest Work

    Judith Parsons

    BA, MSc, Cert Ed

    The experience of women leaders in the Middle East
    -Generative leadership in healthcare environments
    -Teaching and learning approaches in leadership and executive development that deliver greatest impact*
    -Evaluating learning & development; understanding how to assess value

    Latest Work

    Matt Gitsham

    MA(Hons), MA, PGDip, PhD

    Latest Work

    Brian Worsfold

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

    Latest Work

    Contact Us

    Request a call back from a member of our experienced apprenticeships team. Or, you can call us on +44 (0)20 3936 1185

    Skills Scan

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