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PGDip Strategic Leadership

Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship (leading to Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership)

Leadership in an uncertain and ambiguous world is essential. This apprenticeship develops globally responsible and locally connected business leaders.

It gives them the strategic skills, insight and resilience to lead in a global context.

Apprentices graduate with a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship PGDip in Strategic Leadership.

Who is it for?

This is a vocational programme that will develop established and aspiring business leaders, giving them transformative skills.

We welcome professionals from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Students will explore and pioneer solutions to global challenges in their workplace and community.

Programme structure

The programme runs over 19 months on a vocational blended learning basis. There are monthly study blocks of up to 2 days per month during teaching time.* Before study blocks, students will engage with programme and module blended learning materials.

*Information is subject to change and will be in accordance with national guidelines.

Entry requirements

Candidates applying through the apprenticeship route will need to satisfy employer requirements.

Employers need to provide apprentices with a minimum 6 hours off the job time for course activities. Apprentices may need access to organisational data. You may need to stretch project opportunities beyond the scope of their current role. Employers should provide a workplace mentor. The University will support this mentor, as appropriate.

Fees and funding

The total cost of the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship is c. £14,000.

Organisations can fund £14,000 of the fees through their apprenticeship levy. Non-levy paying employers, such as SMEs, can request funding through the Apprenticeship Service. If accepted, this involves co-investment. The employer pays 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training (£700). They can apply to the Government to cover 95% of the levy funding maximum of £13,300.

Learners who complete the PGDip in Strategic Leadership have the option to progress to the Strategic Leadership MSc at an additional cost of £4,000. This is not part of the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship and therefore it is not eligible for Apprenticeship Levy funding. The apprenticeship and progression to Master's study can be completed in 24 months.

Learners can access the programme as a Strategic Leadership MSc through a non-apprenticeship route. The learner pays the course fees, through a scholarship or by their employer directly.

How to apply

Applications open now for a September 2023 start

Please email to progress an application with our Apprenticeship Partnership Manager.

Both the employer and the applicant will need to complete a short form as part of the application process.