Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Master of Business Administration (Executive) MBA

Degree Apprenticeship

Senior Leader - Level 7

The Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA), Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship has been designed to provide development opportunities for strategic thinkers and senior managers who wish to develop both their theoretical and practical understanding of higher level management skills and career prospects.

On completion, successful graduates also qualify to register as members with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership and Management, to support their learning journey and continued professional development.

Specifically, the competencies developed include;

Leading people including;

  • Building engagement within organisational and team dynamics
  • Create and develop high performance, agile and collaborative team cultures
  • Approaches to strategic workforce planning including talent management, learning organisations, workforce design, succession planning, diversity and inclusion.

Developing collaborative relationships;

  • Understand inter-organisational influencing and negotiation strategies.
  • Gain knowledge of the external political environment and use of diplomacy with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Understand working with board and company structures.
  • Develop your knowledge of brand and reputation management.

The course aligns to valuable on-the-job experience whilst also developing academic knowledge and learning to produce highly skilled MBA, Senior Leaders and professionals.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification alongside the degree.
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professionals

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Industry led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

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What does the programme lead to

A 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. They take into account market trends and environmental influences, identifying longer-term opportunities and risks. Through inclusive leadership, they are responsible for developing ethical, innovative and supportive cultures with the ability to deliver results.

They are a role model, with responsibility for those in senior positions/significant organisational budgets.

Professional strategic leaders in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisation, who lead, manage and direct organisations.  

Job Roles

Senior Leader, Section Leader, Executive, Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer, Senior Military Officer, HE Registrar, Head of Department/Faculty. and any other role with significant strategic leadership or managerial responsibilities.

Professional qualifications

Apprenticeship. Successful graduates also qualify to register as members with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership and Management, to support continued professional development.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 7
START DATE: September
LOCATION/CAMPUS: Preston or Burnley
DURATION: 24 Months

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

A first degree (minimum 2:2).

English and maths (Grade A* - C) will be required at a minimum of Level 2 prior to the end point assessment.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. This may involve previous management experience, having undertaken an apprenticeship or related qualifications.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships.

Course Content

Level 7

The Executive MBA consists of eight level 7 modules;

  • Leadership and Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • The Reflective Practitioner

  • Managing Innovation and Change
  • Operations Management
  • Work Based Project
  • Strategic Management


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

The MBA Structure

The structure of your programme reflects the aims, objectives and learning outcomes. The MBA is divided into five Stages. Stage 1 is completed during Semester 1 that runs from September to December; Stage 2 is completed during Semester 2 that runs from January to May. Stages 3 and 4 follow the same pattern.

What distinguishes this apprenticeship from other master’s level study programmes is the employer-defined knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSBs) outcomes that are integrated and assessed, underpinned with a management master’s degree, and the potential to achieve professional recognition. Students have the opportunity to complete an ‘end-point assessment when they are deemed to have satisfied certain ‘gateway criteria’. Successful completion of the end-point assessment will result in the applicant gaining professional accreditation.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods; a project showcase, based on work-based project, including report, presentation and questioning and a professional discussion, based on review of portfolio.

Read further information about EPA

Andy Rhodes

Andy Rhodes

Master of Business Administration, 2004

UCLan Master of Business Administration graduate, Andy Rhodes, has enhanced his professional development and leadership abilities to become Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary.

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Senior Leader - Read more
LEVEL: Level 7
FUNDING BAND: up to £18,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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