Level 7 Senior Leader (with MSc Top-up) Apprenticeship

Designed for executives, entrepreneurs and future leaders of business who seek to develop to the knowledge, skills and strategic mindset that are required for senior leadership roles

    The course is aligned with the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard and enables managers to become highly specialised in strategic thinking and leadership, while continually adding value to the business and tackling the challenges face by businesses.

    This version of the Apprenticeship offer the option to top-up to either an MSc Senior Leadership in Healthcare or an MSc Senior Leadership in Management.  This top-up comes at an additional cost and can be decided at application or upon completion of the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship. Please contact us to find out more

    Benefits of the programme   

    Studying with Kent Business School, one of just 1% of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation with EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB, you can choose to achieve a recognised master's qualification alongside your apprenticeship.   

    The Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship has been designed for executives and future leaders of business who seek to develop to the knowledge, skills and strategic mindset that are required for senior leadership roles.   

    A unique and significant element of this course will consist of workplace projects, designed to add value to both the individual and their organisations through a combination of self-development, mentorship and tuition. Through a combination of taught and independent learning it will require learners to undertake a research project which delivers meaningful impact to their organisation. 


    This apprenticeship follows the Level 7 Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship standard. On successful completion of the apprenticeship, learners will gain a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Senior Leadership.

    Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, learners can opt to continue their studies and gain either an MSc Senior Leadership in Healthcare or an MSc Senior Leadership in Management at an additional cost.

    Duration and commitment   

    The duration of the apprenticeship will be 15 - 18 months excluding the end-point assessment. Please note that all apprentices must have a contract of employment that covers the entire duration of the programme, including end-point assessment.  

    Our Senior Leader apprenticeship will be delivered in central London and bring together leaders from different industries, ensuring that there is opportunity for peer-to-peer learning. 

    The delivery of this programme will through blended learning. Apprentices will complete 8 modules and for each module there will be block face-to-face teaching (around 3 days per module) at our Marble Arch location. This location offers good transport links, spacious teaching and independent learning spaces and access to local amenities. Face-to-face teaching is supported by online resources throughout the year and meetings with a dedicated Apprenticeship Advisor every 10-12 weeks.  

    Entry requirements   

    Apprentices enrolling on this programme are expected to have a good honours degree from the UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. In addition, applicants are required to have a minimum of three years of full-time relevant managerial work experience. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree can still be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Apprentices also need to hold a GCSE in English and Maths at grade 4 (C grade) or work towards this alongside the apprenticeship.   

    Apprentices need to have lived in the UK three years prior to starting the programme, have the right to work in the UK and spend at least 50% of their time on programme in England. 


    • Leadership Today
    • Sustainable and Ethical Leadership 
    • Financial Responsibility and Leadership
    • Strategic Leadership in a Global World
    • Leadership and Marketing
    • Leading Change through Collaboration and Teamwork
    • Leading People 
    • Research and Consulting Methods
    • End-point Assessment 

    You will need to take a further 60 credits to complete the MSc Senior Leadership in Management or MSc Senior Leadership in Healthcare on payment of an additional fee.

    Fees and funding   

    The maximum funding for this apprenticeship is £14,000, which can be covered by the Apprenticeship Levy or by government co-investment.  

    To complete further studies and gain an MSc a further cost of top up will be required.  This fee can be paid by employer or learner, as a commercial fee. Please contact us for further details on this. 

    Start dates 

    This programme starts in September each year. Please contact us for application cut-off dates.  

    Partner with the University of Kent and Kent Business School 

    Kent Business School, a large and thriving division of the University, prides itself on championing sustainable innovation through high-quality research and education that impacts business and society in a positive way. Our apprenticeship course will: 

    • provide apprentices with a course of academic study in business management 
    • provide apprentices with one-to-one support, self-directed learning activities and assignments, block teaching sessions and other activities to enhance the learning experience 
    • offer apprentices the opportunity to gain a master's degree after completion of their apprenticeship  
    • support employers with timely registration of apprentices and regular monitoring and reporting of apprentices’ progress and performance.      

Next Steps

Employers and Employees

Our team are there to offer support with developing apprenticeships in your organisation, be it upskilling existing employees or recruiting for new roles.

Contact us by emailing recruitapprenticeships@kent.ac.uk or by calling 01634 888467 (9:30am - 4pm Monday to Friday).

Students and Prospective Apprentices

Apprenticeships are available to those already employed in a relevant position and require the support of an employer to take part. If you are not already employed in a relevant role, please visit our please visit our Becoming an Apprentice page.  

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