Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship with NHS Leadership Academy Rosalind Franklin Award

Senior Leader Apprenticeship with NHS Leadership Academy Rosalind Franklin Award

Level 7


Study level
Part time
1.5-2 years inc. EPA

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You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course Overview

Are you an existing health and care professional looking to develop the skills you need to excel in senior management roles across the sector? Our Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship plus NHS Leadership Academy Rosalind Franklin Award will help you gain all the skills you need to successfully lead large and complex programmes, departments, services, or systems of care.

The Rosalind Franklin programme will fully support you in becoming an outstanding innovator, leader, and team-member in health and care. With a focus on collaboration, compassion, and inclusion, you will develop all the qualities required to provide better care, improve patient, health, and service outcomes, promote efficient practices, and ultimately both enhance and save lives in your community.

Not only will you graduate from this course with extensive management experience, but you will also receive the Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice and Chartered Manager status, helping accelerate your career to the next level.

This course and qualification combination is completely unique to Arden University, giving you the opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills while you continue to work in your current role.   

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals. 

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Course details and modules

Developed in line with the growing needs of today’s health and care sector, this apprenticeship instils the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attitudes needed to successfully implement positive change and improve outcomes. Covering topics including personal and professional development, systems, change, and strategic management, and supporting resilience in yourself and others, you’ll graduate with a skillset and mindset that reflects the sector’s current and future needs. 

You’ll learn how to drive progress in your team(s), inspire your organisation/system to build compassionate, inclusive, person-centred cultures of care, and bring immediate positive and productive changes to your team(s), organisations, services, and service users.

“The Rosalind Franklin programme allowed me to resource the strategy to scale nursing leadership in General Practice in alignment with my vision and evolve collaboratively with my team and within my network.”

Elia Monteiro
North Lambeth PCN Nurse Lead


  • Competitive Strategy
  • Preparing for success
  • Taking stock
  • Creating change
  • When things go wrong
  • Maintaining energy
  • Looking to the future

How do we assess you?


You’ll be assessed on:

  • Ongoing workplace application of your knowledge, skills, and behaviours throughout the apprenticeship programme, and creation of an evidence portfolio.
  • Mandatory attendance at all three developmental workshops and the five facilitated impact groups.
  • Completion of all online content on the virtual campus.
  • Regular contributions to online discussion forums and facilitator provocations.
  • Submission of module assignments including reflective essays, presentations, or evaluation reports.
  • Submission of a 5,000-word reflective essay at the end of the programme demonstrating how you have developed and applied your leadership throughout the programme.
  • End Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is conducted by an external assessment organisation and will be graded as either a pass, merit, or distinction. The End Point Assessment (EPA) organisation for your programme is the Chartered Management Institute. The EPA consists of 2 assessment methods: 1. A 4000-word Strategic Business Proposal, followed by a 20-minute presentation and 40-minute question and answer session with an independent assessor, to further explore the Strategic Business Proposal (50%) 2. A 60-minute Professional Discussion, underpinned by a portfolio of evidence (50%).  

Study options

Liz Stuffins

What I really liked about Arden was its blended approach (whereas other places offered a block release type of approach). I was really pleased that Arden were offering one day a month, which was great and I really liked the online learning aspect as well. 

Liz Stuffins
Senior Leaders Degree Apprenticeship

Delivery Mode

Our blended delivery model consists of:

  • Seven self-guided online modules
  • Two days of back-to-back virtual workshops at the start of Module 3 - Taking Stock
  • A one-day virtual workshop at the end of the programme
  • Five facilitated, virtual impact groups 
  • Regular 1-2-1 virtual Coaching 
  • Quarterly virtual progress reviews

Introducing your Digital Backpack

Once you’ve enrolled on your apprenticeship with Arden you’ll get access to your Digital Backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we’ve put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.
Here are some of the digital resources you’ll have available throughout your course: 

  • Office 365 subscription
  • Integrated zoom video conferencing
  • Careers support available through Arden Futures, your careers platform, to help you throughout your career journey whether you are a Career Starter, Changer or Developer
  • Free online access to our Library Portal, which includes thousands of eBooks and journals, as well as industry databases which we’ve carefully hand-picked to support your studies – all yours for free while you study with us.
  • Subscription to Togetherall for an abundance of mental health support

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection. With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively. 

To be eligible for this apprenticeship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in employment in a job within health and care with responsibilities aligned with the apprenticeship standard. 
  • By completion of Arden University’s skills scan, you must demonstrate this programme provides significant new learning.
  • Complete Arden University’s Maths and English initial assessments.
  • Have evidence of funding eligibility and commitment for the required off-the-job hours from your employer.
  • Have proficiency in the English language. If no prior learning has been taught in English, IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90 or equivalent.
  • Be a UK/EEA resident for at least three years prior to starting the apprenticeship.

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

Dr Stephanie West

Stephanie West joined Arden University in November 2020 as Head of the School of Health and Care Management. In addition to her wealth of healthcare industry experience, Stephanie has held a number of Senior Academic and Leadership positions in Health, Social Care and Applied Science faculties at a variety of universities across the UK. Stephanie will provide leadership to the School of Healthcare Management, ensuring that it delivers high quality academic provision and student satisfaction across all courses.

Dr Stephanie West
Head of School - Health and Care Management

Career prospects

This course provides you with not only a Senior Leader apprenticeship certificate, but the CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice and Chartered Manager status, and the NHS Leadership Academy’s Rosalind Franklin Award. Through this you will gain key qualifications and the professional competence in health and care management to take the next step in your career.

Completing this apprenticeship with Arden University means you have the best of both worlds – being in employment while acquiring new professional skills and expertise. With the industry knowledge, experience, and professional qualification you’ll work towards throughout the course, you’re guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.

What will the Senior Leader Level 7 Apprenticeship with NHS Leadership Academy Rosalind Franklin Award do for me?

This programme is specifically targeted at those in the critical connecting leadership roles: Those who are leaders of leaders and provide the crucial link between the strategic and team levels of leadership. 

The Rosalind Franklin Programme shapes the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours of clinical or non-clinical mid-tier leaders to enable their development as outstanding leaders.

Programme benefits

As a participant on the programme, you will: 

  • Develop a deeper and clearer sense of who you are, your strengths and development areas – strengthening your existing leadership practice through cutting edge theory, evidence, and practice.
  • Improve your personal impact to help you drive progress in your team(s) and inspire your organisations/system to build compassionate, inclusive, person-centred cultures of care.
  • Understand more about your team and how to work in and with it more effectively.
  • Develop new ideas about how best to work with others through change – understanding different leadership approaches, challenges related to change, and your relationship to them.
  • Bring immediate positive and productive changes to your team(s), organisations, services, and service users in areas such as increasing staff morale, improving service user experience, effective service redesign, reduction of waste, and more efficient use of resources.
  • Understand where you and your services are located in the wider health and care system and gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of people who access them.
  • Work with several analytical tools to more deeply understand the challenges you are currently facing.
  • Build a powerful support network of influential leaders.
  • Increase adaptability and readiness to meet the demands of senior leadership within the challenging, transforming environment of the health and care system.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the concept of being a systems leader and how that will require you to behave differently.

What can I do after Arden University?

On completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll have all the qualifications, knowledge, and practical skills under your belt to take the next step in your leadership career.

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 

This course awards a CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice as well as Chartered Manager status.

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 like-minded 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.

NHS Leadership Academy

The NHS Leadership Academy sits proudly within the NHS People Directorate, NHS England. The Academy aims to help everyone in the NHS discover their full leadership potential and achieve the highest standards in health and care. All Academy leadership programmes, lifelong learning and talent scheme offers are designed to deliver the NHS People Plan and People Promise. 

Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM)

This course is endorsed by the Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM), whose aim is to create a supportive professional body that is relevant in its activities and modern in its approach, and holds sector leaders in the NHS, social care, third sector, and private healthcare amongst its members. The IHSCM works with Arden University to contribute to curriculum development and delivery. You’ll have free membership during your studies, giving you access to a diverse range of events, conferences, workshops, and networks as well as opportunities for mentoring and coaching. 

Skills for Health

Skills for Health is the UK's leading authority on skills and workforce development for the health sector. NHS and healthcare employers across the UK collaborate with Skills for Health to develop skills, roles, competencies, and strategies that provide better patient outcomes. They champion the entire workforce.

The Quality Mark is the UK’s benchmark for exceptional healthcare training and development. Being endorsed by the Quality Mark ensures that an organisation's training is world class and has passed a rigorous review process of its delivery, strategy, and quality assurance practices.

Business Graduates Association (BGA) 

Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA).

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.