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ApprenticeshipSenior Leader Apprenticeship

Course overview

Develop the knowledge, tools and techniques to accelerate your career into senior management with this innovative apprenticeship, building on your existing experience and professional specialities – and even incorporating the high-level learning and internationally recognised value of an MBA in an apprenticeship format.

Learn how to influence strategy, embrace innovation and maximise the impact of your decisions. And explore the decision-making process itself, improving not just your self-awareness and understanding but also the quality of your own management decisions – and develop ways to communicate with and motivate staff in line with your objectives, helping create a culture that’s adaptive, collaborative and highly effective.

The course also allows you to fit your studies around your existing work through weekend tuition – and gives you essential management tools you can adapt to your chosen industry or organisation.

Supported by tutors and academic mentors to develop your leadership and enable impactful application of your learning, you will explore the interconnections of management and business, developing a holistic, strategic direction which will benefit both you and your organisation.

Accredited by:

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Funded by:

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Solent Business School awarded:

CMI outstanding partner of the year winner 2022

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Email: 023 8201 5066

For employers

Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:

  • Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
  • Drive an increase in productivity.
  • Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
  • Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
  • Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
  • Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
  • Scale your business with the help of an increasingly skilled workforce.

For apprentices

Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:

  • A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
  • A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
  • A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
  • A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
  • An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.

What does this course lead to?

On completing the apprenticeship you will be well placed to progress your career into senior and leadership roles within your current or other organisations, taking on senior management responsibility, including formal governance/director responsibilities. You will have the skills to deliver direction and vision, providing a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent as a leader, senior manager, or member of the c-suite.

Who is this course for?

This course is relevant across business and a wide range of industries, for senior managers aspiring to further their careers at the highest level and define strategy and direction for their organisations.


Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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    Meet the team

    All academics on this programme have extensive experience at senior level in industry – bringing their real-world experience to bear in guiding apprentices to realise their potential.

    The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

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