Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship

The Level 7 Senior Leader apprenticeship is the ideal next step for those in management positions who would like to formalise their management expertise and gain a highly recognised qualification from our triple accredited Kent Business School.

 A Senior Leader is someone who has senior management responsibility, and this can include formal governance/director responsibilities. They are responsible for direction and vision, providing a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent.   

The Level 7 Senior Leader apprenticeship is an innovative programme that helps managers take their next step into senior leadership roles. During the apprenticeship, the learner develops knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to become transformational leaders and develop an innovative mindset.   

Much of the programme is centred around work-based learning and projects, which means as an apprentice, you will be adding value to your organisation as you work through the programme. 

Pathways and Qualifications

Kent Business School can offer the Senior Leader Apprenticeship with optional MSc top-ups at an additional cost once completing the apprenticeship:  

  • MSc in Senior Leadership in Healthcare
  • MSc in Senior Leadership in Management

Please see the link below for more information on this. 

For those only wanting to achieve the Apprenticeship Award (PGDip), please continue to the information below. 

Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship


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.

Duration and commitment   

The duration of the apprenticeship will be 15 - 18 months excluding the end-point assessment. All apprentices are required to have a contract of employment that covers the full duration of the programme, including the 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 

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. 

Please note that any top-ups to an MSc come at an additional cost which is not funded by the apprenticeship levy. 

Start dates 

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

Contact Us 

If you would like more information on the Senior Leader Apprenticeship, please email us at recruitapprenticeships@kent.ac.uk

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