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Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship plus MBA (CMI)

Senior Leader Apprenticeship plus MBA (CMI)

Level 7


Study level
Part time
2-2.5 years inc. EPA
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

Do you have stand-out leadership qualities and feel ready to take your business management skills to the next level? Would you also like to keep earning while you study? Then this Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship course could be perfect for you. Accelerating you to the next stage of your career, this course will help you to expand and formalise your management experience with a professional senior leader apprenticeship and MBA qualification.  

Covering modules such as implementing business strategies and ethical leadership, this course will refine and sharpen your existing skills, giving you everything you need to succeed in the modern workplace. While you continue to work in your current senior management or executive role, you’ll study for your apprenticeship with full flexibility, giving you the chance to put what you learn into action straight away.

Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you'll also be awarded an MBA qualification and accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute, offering you the opportunity to obtain the professionally recognised status of Chartered Manager.

What makes a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship different is that the delivery of your course is blended into your day to day work. You’ll attend live sessions with academics and you’ll have an assigned professional coach who will have virtual meetings with you to help support you in turning workplace experiences into learning experiences for your employer.

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Course details and modules

Designed for anyone who wants to move to the next stage of their career with support from their employer, this course will provide you with the fundamentals of leadership and business management, giving you the scope to take on any challenge in your professional life. Whether you’re a new or existing employee, studying Arden University’s flexible Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship course will boost your career potential and give you an in-depth understanding of strategic thinking in all areas of business.

Skye van Heyzen

Arden was recommended by our HR team as a suitable fit for me and the company. After investigating what Arden had to offer, I realised it would be perfect for my circumstances... I’m excited to implement more of the skills that I have learnt from my apprenticeship into my daily work.

Skye van Heyzen
L7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship Plus MBA


Your Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship will typically take you between 2 and 2 and a half years to complete. However, the duration of your course will depend on your previous experience.

  • Personal & Business Transformation
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Managing within a Competitive Environment
  • Leading Transitions
  • Implementing Strategy
  • Sustaining the Business
  • Workplace Project

How do we assess you?

During an apprenticeship, students will use their own workplace to ensure that real life work scenarios are being assessed whilst working towards Level 7 and MBA qualifications. The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways while still fulfilling your job. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Workplace based assessments
  • Assignments
  • Reports
  • Audits
  • Case studies
  • Work-based project
  • Presentations
  • Professional discussion
  • Portfolios
  • 6 weekly coaching sessions

You'll have a dedicated personal support officer, as well as meeting regularly with your line manager, so that they can keep you on track with your progress. 

Study options

This apprenticeship course is run primarily online, with a quarterly face-to-face full day masterclass. Arden provides an ideal combination of online learning and scheduled face-to-face sessions, either at your workplace or at one of our study centres, arranged by your employer.

Rob Wyatt

It’s been absolutely brilliant. The development days allow us to bounce ideas off each other and gain experience from people with different backgrounds. It really brings our online learning to life. I really look forward to attending these.

Rob Wyatt
Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship

Delivery Mode

The Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship is delivered in 12-week blocks continuously throughout the year.

Each quarter, our blended delivery model consists of:

  • Flexible online learning
  • Scheduled virtual academic sessions
  • Scheduled monthly masterclass (mix of virtual & face-to-face)
  • 6-weekly virtual 1-2-1 coaching
  • Quarterly virtual progress review

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.


Learners enrolling on this degree apprenticeship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in employment in a job with responsibilities aligned with the apprenticeship standard
  • Have evidence of funding eligibility from their employer
  • A degree equivalent to UK second class honours standard and at least two years of relevant management and leadership experience.
  • For those who have not previously achieved a degree equivalent to UK second class honours standard, you will require 5 years management and leadership experience
  • Have proficiency in the English language if any prior learning has not previously been taught in English (IELTS6.0 / TOEFL iBT 80 or equivalent)
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the apprenticeship

Level 2 English and Maths requirements

It is a condition of apprenticeship funding, at any level, that all applicants are able to evidence GCSE English and Maths passes at grade A*- C/9-4 or commit to completing Functional Skills Level 2, in addition to the programme. If required, this is provided at no additional cost

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

It’s never too late to get another qualification under your belt. This Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship has been designed for people who want to accelerate their career and take the next step up from their current leadership role. Or, if you’re looking to formalise your experience as a senior leader with a qualification - this apprenticeship will suit you perfectly.

What can a Senior Leader Apprenticeship do for me?

While studying, you will: 

  • Get 1:1 support and advice from an experienced coach that will have a direct impact on your success in the workplace. 
  • Develop skills, knowledge and behaviours that will elevate your performance in your current senior leader role
  • Be fully equipped with current, appropriate and ethically sound knowledge, procedures and processes
  • Enhance and expand your industry knowledge and experience

What's more, individuals who successfully complete the full programme will receive at no extra cost: 

  • A Master's in Business Administration from Arden University
  • A CMI accredited Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership

Industry skills






Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors. 

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.