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

Our Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship develops globally responsible and locally connected business leaders.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Our Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship (leading to Strategic Leadership PGDip) is an employer-led programme which combines workplace training with study. It will develop established and aspiring business leaders, giving them transformative skills.

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

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What you'll learn

This work-based, vocational programme supports individuals as they build leadership competencies, with a focus on workplace performance.

Learners on this apprenticeship will graduate with a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship alongside a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

You'll focus on developing key Knowledge, Behaviours, and Skills. These will allow you to tackle business challenges and seize opportunities.


  • Shaping organizational mission, culture, and values
  • Organization structures, business modelling, diversity, and global perspectives
  • New market strategies, changing customer demands, and trend analysis
  • Innovation, disruptive technologies, drivers of change, and sustainability
  • Systems thinking, data management, research methodologies, and program management


  • Work collaboratively, empowering and delegating
  • Take personal accountability based on clear values
  • Embrace curiosity and innovation, finding creative solutions
  • Value diversity and champion inclusivity
  • Seek continuous professional development for yourself and your team


  • Use horizon scanning and conceptualization for high-performance strategies focused on growth and sustainability
  • Set strategic direction and gain support from key stakeholders
  • Undertake research, critically analyse and integrate complex information
  • Lead change, foster innovation, and drive continuous improvement
  • Respond effectively in crisis situations using risk management techniques
  • Act as a Sponsor/Ambassador, championing projects across organizational boundaries, including sustainability and UK Net Carbon Zero targets

Progression routes

Learners will have the option to progress onto the full Master’s level Executive MBA or Strategic Leadership MSc as a progression route after completing the apprenticeship, at an additional cost. This can be completed in 24 months.

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 80 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, national and international leaders
  • over 34,000 alumni in our network, spanning over 150 countries
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is the gateway to Newcastle Helix - an innovation hub and community that brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers.

Our facilities include:

  • flexible conference room with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing over 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and over 25 seminar and teaching spaces, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • dedicated Student Hub and Quiet Space, providing a balanced mix of study space for group work or quiet, individual study
  • contemporary café
  • employability hub to support your career aspirations
  • Bloomberg Room to give you a real feel for the trading room floor
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab, a state-of-the-art research facility for conducting studies in experimental economics and economic psychology

The Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle Helix also offers further study and learning spaces. This includes a 750 seat auditorium – the largest in the University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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