Level 7 Senior Leader (MA in Business and Management)

Our new Level 7 Senior Leader (MA) apprenticeship has been designed to offer first-class teaching to executives and future leaders in central London.

Benefits of the programme   

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

The Level 7 Senior Leader Higher Degree 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 in a digital world.  

Underpinned by the MA in Business and Management, this Master’s level apprenticeship will enable learners to become more highly specialised in strategic thinking and leadership in a digital environment. 

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 benefits either an employer or another organisation. 


This apprenticeship follows the Level 7 Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship Standard. On successful completion of the apprenticeship, learners will gain a MA in Business and Management. 

Duration and commitment   

The duration of the apprenticeship will be 18 months with an additional three months to complete the End-point assessment.   

Our Senior Leader MA 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 block face-to-face teaching sessions 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 learning throughout the year and meetings with a dedicated Apprenticeship Advisor every 8-12 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.   


  • Purposeful Leadership and Management 
  • Marketing Strategy, Communication and Reputation Management 
  • Finance, Technology and Risk Management 
  • Change Management and Digital Transformation 
  • Contemporary Strategy 
  • Adding Organisational Value: Techniques 
  • Adding Organisational Value: Major Workplace Project 

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.  

There is also a commercial top-up fee to be paid by the employer of £500, which allows the apprentice to achieve an MA alongside their apprenticeship. 

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. Kent Business School is one of just 1% of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation with EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Our apprenticeship course will: 

  • provide apprentices with a course of academic study in business management (20% of an apprentice’s paid hours to be spent completing off-the-job training) 
  • 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 an MA degree on top of their apprenticeship  
  • support employers with timely registration of apprentices and regular monitoring and reporting of apprentices’ progress and performance.    

Contact Us 

If you would like more information on the Senior Leader Apprenticeship, please book onto one of our upcoming Information Sessions or email us at recruitapprenticeships@kent.ac.uk   

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