Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship plus Executive MBA (CMI)

Senior Leader Apprenticeship plus Executive MBA (CMI)

Level 7


Study level
Part time
2.5-3 years inc. EPA
Faculty of Business

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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

Do you have stand-out leadership qualities and feel ready to take your business management skills to the next level? Would you also like to keep earning while you study? Then this Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship course could be perfect for you. Accelerating you to the next stage of your career, this course will help you to expand and formalise your management experience with a professional Senior Leader Apprenticeship and Executive MBA qualification.  

Covering modules such as managing digital transformation and innovation, and leading global teams and organisations, this senior leader apprenticeship will refine and sharpen your existing skills.

Once you've successfully completed the programme, you'll be awarded an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) qualification, and the Chartered Management Institute Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice. Successful completers will also receive accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute, offering you  the opportunity to obtain the professionally recognised status of Chartered Manager.  

What makes a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship different is that the delivery of your course is blended into your day to day work. You’ll attend live sessions with academics and you’ll have an assigned professional coach who will have virtual meetings with you to help support you in turning workplace experiences into learning experiences for your employer.

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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

Designed for anyone who wants to move to the next stage of their career with support from their employer, this apprenticeship will provide you with the fundamentals of leadership and business management, giving you the scope to take on any challenge in your professional life. Whether you’re a new or existing employee, studying Arden University’s flexible Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship course will boost your career potential and give you an in-depth understanding of strategic thinking in all areas of business.

Skye van Heyzen

Arden was recommended by our HR team as a suitable fit for me and the company. After investigating what Arden had to offer, I realised it would be perfect for my circumstances... I’m excited to implement more of the skills that I have learnt from my apprenticeship into my daily work.

Skye van Heyzen
L7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship Plus MBA


Your Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship will typically take you between 2 and a half to 3 years to complete. However, the duration of your course will depend on your previous experience.

  • Competitive Strategy (20 credits)
  • Leading Global Teams & Organisations (20 credits)
  • Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Marketing Communications Planning (20 credits)
  • Managing Digital Transformation & Innovation (20 credits)
  • Project Analytics (20 credits)
  • Business Transformation Project (60 credits)

How do we assess you?

During an apprenticeship, students will use their own workplace to ensure that real life work scenarios are being assessed whilst working towards Level 7 and EMBA qualifications. The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways while still fulfilling your job. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Workplace based assessments
  • Assignments
  • Reports
  • Audits
  • Case studies
  • Work-based project
  • Presentations
  • Professional discussion
  • Portfolios
  • 6 weekly coaching sessions

You'll have a dedicated personal support officer, as well as meeting regularly with your line manager, so that they can keep you on track with your progress.

Study options

You will access your modules through our virtual classroom, iLearn and complete all the module lessons. Throughout each study block you will attend your scheduled teaching and learning sessions during working hours, attend your 1-2-1 coaching sessions and undertake your workplace assignment and coach led activities. Your coach will guide you to ensure you are effectively applying and evidencing your new knowledge, whilst developing and demonstrating the skills and behaviours considered essential for success in your role.

Skye van Heyzen

Arden was recommended by our HR team as a suitable fit for me and the company. After investigating what Arden had to offer, I realised it would be perfect for my circumstances... I’m excited to implement more of the skills that I have learnt from my apprenticeship into my daily work.

Skye van Heyzen
L7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship Plus MBA

Delivery Mode

The Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship is delivered in 12-week blocks continuously throughout the year.

Each quarter, our blended delivery model consists of:

  • Flexible self-guided online learning
  • Scheduled virtual teaching sessions
  • Regular virtual 1-2-1 Coaching
  • Quarterly virtual progress review 

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.


Learners enrolling on this apprenticeship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in employment in a job with responsibilities aligned with the apprenticeship standard 
  • Have evidence of funding eligibility from their employer
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the apprenticeship  

In addition, apprentices enrolling on the Senior Leader Apprenticeship and undertaking the Executive MBA must meet the following criteria: 

  • A degree equivalent to UK second class honours standard and at least two years of relevant management and leadership experience. For those who have not previously achieved a degree equivalent to UK second class honours standard, you will require 5 years management and leadership experience 
  • Have proficiency in the English language if any prior learning has not previously been taught in English IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90 or equivalent

Level 2 English and Maths requirements

It is a condition of apprenticeship funding, at any level, that all applicants are able to evidence GCSE English and Maths passes at grade A*- C/9-4 or commit to completing Functional Skills Level 2, in addition to the programme. If required, this is provided at no additional cost.

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

Professor Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

It’s never too late to get another qualification under your belt. This Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship has been designed for people who want to accelerate their career and take the next step up from their current leadership role. Or, if you’re looking to formalise your experience as a senior leader with a qualification - this apprenticeship will suit you perfectly.

What can a Senior Leader Apprenticeship do for me?

You’ll gain a wide range of leadership and management skills by completing this course. Best of all, because the focus is on adopting broader perspectives and taking a wider view of business issues, you’ll find these skills are transferable to a range of different roles. Whilst studying, you will:

  • Demonstrate that you can apply your knowledge and skills at a strategic level
  • Complete projects and tasks which have a positive impact on organisational strategies
  • Develop confident communication skills and adapt these to a variety of settings and contexts
  • Use problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to business challenges
  • Develop in-depth knowledge combined with confidence in your chosen specialist area


  • Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship Qualification

Apprentices who complete the Executive MBA within the Level 7 Senior Leader apprenticeship, will also be awarded with:

  • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
  • CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

This course awards a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice*

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. 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. With 140,000 members, the institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect like-minded professionals.

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. 

Upon completion of this CMI-accredited course, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice. This recognises you have the skills needed to be an effective manager, helping you stand out from the competition and start your management career journey - with a CMI qualification and a clear pathway to full Chartered Manager status.

*Upon completion of your course, the CMI award and level of chartered status awarded will depend on your level and length of study, whether you entered your course with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or if any compensation is applied on your modules throughout the duration of study. If this criteria applies to you, you may receive one of the 2 different levels; an Award or Certificate. 

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) membership.

Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.

Business Graduates Association (BGA) 

The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.

As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.