PGDip

Business Administration (Executive) Senior Leader Apprenticeship

The Leeds Business School PG Diploma in Business Administration (Executive) is a post-experience postgraduate course that aims to give mature apprentices a broad-based business and management curriculum, to enhance their credentials on the senior management route.

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Business Administration (Executive) Senior Leader Apprenticeship

Course Overview

  • Attendance


    Part Time
  • Duration


    2 years
  • Venue


    City Campus
  • Cost


    Fees for the course will be a maximum of £14,000 over two years.

The Leeds Business School PG Diploma in Business Administration (Executive) is aimed at prospective apprentices with more than five years’ managerial experience, who would like to add to their existing functional skill set, by studying issues which impact upon a senior manager’s professional role. 

The PG Diploma will prepare apprentices for the transition to senior management and director level by teaching concepts useful for such roles in an organisation.  This will be achieved through the use of various scenarios from the subject areas of strategy, governance, leadership, communications, human resources, enterprise and finance. It is aimed at business apprentices who are working in organisations in England and will be able to meet the standards set for Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeships, by applying knowledge gained on the course to develop skills by evaluating business systems and identify potential solutions.

The apprenticeship comprises on-the-job practical training with academic learning delivered through a number of modules:

  • The Strategic Management (20 credits) module aids reflective practice, evaluating critical incidents for personal development and creative problem solving
  • The Board, the Executive & Good Governance (20 credits) module enables apprentices to understand the current central issues in corporate governance facing directors and senior executive managers, and the roles of the board and directors in ensuring an effective, ethical and good governance practice
  • The Contemporary Leadership (20 credits) module allows apprentices to analyse the role of leadership when organisations are facing contemporary issues surrounding increasing complexity, ethical awareness, organisational resilience, the role and impact of key stakeholders and the social responsibility of organisations
  • The Crisis & Issues Management (20 credits) module provides the theoretical and practical underpinning for global issues management and crisis communication. Apprentices in this module will learn about issues management as a process of facilitating communication leadership in organisations in order to mitigate threats to the organisations
  • The Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Senior Managers (20 credits) module allows apprentices to employ knowledge of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to identify and develop a new organisational proposal that will overcome existing problems
  • The Leading Organisational Development (20 credits) module provide apprentices with the opportunity to evaluate ethical, inclusive, innovative and supportive people development cultures that promote effective organisational development strategies and practices associated with employee engagement, workforce design, and coaching and mentoring arrangements
  • The Financial Analysis (20 credits) module aims to develop key decision-making skills by applying accounting and financial techniques to assist in auditing and planning at management level

Essential information

The course is scheduled to take place in 24 months, combining a blended learning approach of on-the-job training with integrated learning. This blended approach is designed to be adaptable and flexible with a combination of face-to-face university teaching, virtual interactive sessions, online independent research, and reflective practice.

By reflecting on the challenges and learning from experience of employment, leaders can identify how challenges can be addressed using contemporary theory. Furthermore, the course features leaders from a variety of different functional backgrounds and experiences to provide an opportunity for peer-level learning and collaboration to occur. 

As a key feature of successful apprenticeships, tri-partite reviews will be scheduled on a regular basis between the apprentice, the employer representative and course team representative.  These reviews will be structured and monitor the apprentice’s progress, identify additional support if necessary and ensure successful completion of the apprenticeship.  

A UK Graduate 2:2 Degree in Business or similar areas.

5 years’ experience as a manager in an organisation evidenced through a CV and reference from senior personnel in the apprentices’ organisation.

Please note applicants will normally have attained English and Mathematics at level 2 (GCSE) or higher. Applicants who have not attained these will have the opportunity to complete the necessary qualifications alongside their apprenticeship as it will form part of the apprenticeship assessment requirements. Queries regarding arrangements for Maths and English can be directed to the Apprenticeships Team.

Evidence will also be required of the applicant’s eligibility to join an apprenticeship, in line with Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) requirements. This will be informed by the Initial Needs Assessment (INA) of the apprentice and review of their existing knowledge and skills set, to identify potential exemption from parts of the course through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process – details on this will be included as part of the application and admissions process.

Please note applications are submitted through the relevant employer, not directly from applicants.

Before starting an apprenticeship, applicants will be required to sign a “Commitment Statement” which details key information regarding the apprenticeship such as learning requirements, responsibilities of the apprentice, employer and university, assessments, delivery schedule, etc, some of which are detailed below. Further information on this, and general apprentice admissions requirements, may be sought from the Apprenticeships Team:

Email: apprenticeships@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 4500

The course is scheduled to take place in 24 months, combining a blended learning approach of on-the-job training with integrated learning. This blended approach is designed to be adaptable and flexible with a combination of face-to-face university teaching, virtual interactive sessions, online independent research, and reflective practice.

By reflecting on the challenges and learning from experience of employment, leaders can identify how challenges can be addressed using contemporary theory. Furthermore, the course features leaders from a variety of different functional backgrounds and experiences to provide an opportunity for peer-level learning and collaboration to occur. 

As a key feature of successful apprenticeships, tri-partite reviews will be scheduled on a regular basis between the apprentice, the employer representative and course team representative.  These reviews will be structured and monitor the apprentice’s progress, identify additional support if necessary and ensure successful completion of the apprenticeship.  

A UK Graduate 2:2 Degree in Business or similar areas.

5 years’ experience as a manager in an organisation evidenced through a CV and reference from senior personnel in the apprentices’ organisation.

Please note applicants will normally have attained English and Mathematics at level 2 (GCSE) or higher. Applicants who have not attained these will have the opportunity to complete the necessary qualifications alongside their apprenticeship as it will form part of the apprenticeship assessment requirements. Queries regarding arrangements for Maths and English can be directed to the Apprenticeships Team.

Evidence will also be required of the applicant’s eligibility to join an apprenticeship, in line with Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) requirements. This will be informed by the Initial Needs Assessment (INA) of the apprentice and review of their existing knowledge and skills set, to identify potential exemption from parts of the course through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process – details on this will be included as part of the application and admissions process.

Please note applications are submitted through the relevant employer, not directly from applicants.

Before starting an apprenticeship, applicants will be required to sign a “Commitment Statement” which details key information regarding the apprenticeship such as learning requirements, responsibilities of the apprentice, employer and university, assessments, delivery schedule, etc, some of which are detailed below. Further information on this, and general apprentice admissions requirements, may be sought from the Apprenticeships Team:

Email: apprenticeships@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 4500

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Course Details

Information for employers

Employer benefits

  • Meet the unique needs of your business – with degree apprentices learning at work, they are able to develop the knowledge and occupational competencies demanded by specific job roles and meet the unique needs of your business
  • Fill your higher-level skills gaps – higher-level skills are vital to business performance and economic growth. Through degree apprenticeships you can fill your higher-level skills gaps efficiently and effectively by tailoring the learning
  • Develop existing staff – you can develop your existing staff by allowing them to undertake a degree apprenticeship or enabling them to work with a degree apprentice in the workforce, through mentoring opportunities and more

Employer requirements

  • Every apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement. This is a contract of service between the apprentice and the employer, confirming the apprenticeship and the standard being undertaken. This will be supplemented by a ‘Statement of Commitment’ signed by the employer, provider, and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involved in the apprenticeship
  • The apprentice must be already employed or specifically offered a position associated with the apprenticeship opportunity. In this case the employer will be responsible for the recruitment of Degree Apprentices. However, we can work with you to promote your opportunities via our website
  • The employer pays Degree Apprentices at their normal rate whilst they are studying. Apprentices must be paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role
  • Apprentices require a mentor in the workplace who will oversee their learning and coordinate with the university
  • Apprentices spend a minimum of 20% of their working hours completing study for the course

Funding

Organisations with a wage bill in excess of £3 million can fund the course fees using their Apprenticeship Levy.

If you are a non-levy paying organisation the government will co-fund your apprenticeship training by contributing 95% of the costs and you will pay the remaining 5% of costs.

For further information on apprenticeship funding visit the Government website.

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