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Bupa: Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Business Administration

Upskilling our staff to help meet Bupa's strategic vision

At Bupa we are delighted to continue working with Henley Business School on this programme. This is a once in a career transformation piece that is a great platform for personal and organisational growth. The Senior Leader programme is great for individuals as it hones leadership skills, fosters strategic thinking and enhances decision making.

“For Bupa it ensures a pipeline of exceptional leaders, promotes a resilient leadership culture and contributes to long term organisational success by aligning leaders with our company’s goals. This programme cultivates a skilled leadership cadre crucial for navigating complex business landscapes and helping us towards our goal of being the most customer centric healthcare company in the world.”
Martin McDonald, Apprenticeships Delivery Partner Talent, Development & Inclusion Team

Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Business Administration (+MBA)

Suitable for Bupa employees graded at D or E with a minimum of three years of good managerial experience (*or five years of management experience if no prior degree) who are currently leading organisations, teams, people and projects with a strategic influence.

Starting in Autumn 2024 you'll work through Henley's Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Business Administration and achieve:

  • Henley's Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Strategic Management & Leadership
  • Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship
  • CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice
  • Chartered Manager Status

This programme will be taught using a blended learning method that combines face-to-face workshops with online and on-the-job learning. It provides strategic skills, leadership and management acumen and work-based learning exposure, to help you develop your confidence.

Find out more about the programme structure

“Completing the senior leadership apprenticeship has really changed my role. It's really helped me to, take a different lens on the way we do everything…I’ve actually been able to step back and look at things in a very different way. It has enabled me to really grow as an individual and a leader has helped me to develop my team as well”
James Willis, Bupa

Meet the Programme DIrector

Key dates

Programme start date

2 July 2024

Bupa application deadline

27 March 2024

Contact the Bupa or Henley teams

If you have any questions related to this Bupa development programme, then please reach out to Martin through

If you wish to talk to the Henley team, please contact

Frequently asked questions

What if I don’t have Level 2 qualifications in English and maths/can't find my certificates?

To successfully complete their apprenticeship learners must hold Level 2 qualifications in English and maths.

The government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their exam certificates. If you need to obtain these qualifications before starting the programme, the Apprenticeship Engagement Team ( can help you via a short programme before you start. If you obtained your qualifications overseas, please send your certificates to the Apprenticeship Engagement Team so they can be checked against the National database.

Find out more about English and maths requirements

Why is there an interview?

The apprenticeship programmes are bound by apprenticeship rules which state that all applicants must be interviewed. This is an important step in order to create your individualised learning plan.

How often will I be expected to attend face-to-face workshops at Henley?

The programmes require learners to attend workshops for each module. In total there are 8 days plus blended learning component across the whole15 months programme.

*Programme schedules detailing specific dates will be shared prior to the programmes starting.

What is off-the-job learning?

Download our essential guide to find out more about what off-the-job learning is, how much is required, and how Henley apprenticeship tutors can work with you and your line manager.

Contact us

Apprenticeship Engagement Team

For those thinking of undertaking an apprenticeship, contact the Apprenticeship Engagement Team.

Telephone: 0118 378 4030