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Senior Leader (MBA Executive Education) - Degree Apprenticeship

Course Description

The Executive Education Leadership MBA has been designed to equip experienced education managers with the knowledge and skills required to lead a modern academy or group of academies. The programme will provide you with an understanding of operational and marketing issues that face those who lead and manage academies. Graduates will obtain an MBA Executive Education Leadership award. In addition, successful completion of the apprenticeship will require the apprentice to pass an ‘end point assessment’ (EPA) which ensures their suitability and competency for the role.

The degree apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minimum of three years work experience upon graduation. Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship programme and you will be earning a salary at the same time.

You will:

  • Develop the management skills required for success at a senior level
  • Benefit from close links with industry throughout
  • Small cohort sizes provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment

This course is for you if:

  • You have managerial experience and wish to specialise
  • You want to improve your employability
  • You enjoy collaborative learning
  • You like to put learning into practice
  • You are a critical thinker and enjoy problem solving

Course Details

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The university and employer work closely with each other to:

  1. Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace.
  2. To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you.

The programme is relevant for those who have a minimum of three years’ experience of management within an academy, school or education organisation. If you are ambitious, creative, competitive and determined, yet realise the need for collaboration, consensus building and compromise, our MBA is for you.

Visit the website for further information on modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focused. The programme is delivered by academics who are experts in their field but who also have worked in – and maintain strong links with – industry. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by a range of learning activities such as industry visits and guest speakers.

The assessment for the modules involves both formative and summative elements. Normally, a module consists of two pieces of summative assessment. Formative assessments, including class discussions, presentation, report writing, with feedback will be provided which will enable you to develop their knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.

You will need to take an End Point Assessment (EPA) upon completion of the degree programme. This will consist of two distinct assessment methods; a project showcase based on a work-based project (including report, presentation and questioning) and a professional discussion based on review of portfolio.

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays.


The course is specifically designed for those aspiring to work within management and exposes the student to a variety of operational and functional management concepts and practices. This will enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the operational, functional and international aspects of business and management.

Visit the Senior Leader (MBA Executive Education) - Degree Apprenticeship page on the University of Salford web site for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You must be employed full-time in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to sponsor you in order for you to do a higher or degree apprenticeship programme.

Academically, students registering on the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria. The standard admissions requirements of a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business related subject plus a minimum of three years’ experience in a management role within an academy, school or education organisation together with English and maths GCSE grade C/4 or above for this programme will apply.

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