At a glance
- Enhances best practice in your business through your apprentices' application of new learning
- Enables your organisation to address real-world business challenges, through the programme assignments
- Extends the leadership capability within your organisation, by giving your chosen learner a holistic and integrated understanding of all aspects of business
- Develops and helps retain your organisation's talent
- Subject area(s)
- Strategic Management
- Autumn 2020 intake - £25,500* *Companies nominating less than five individuals will need to supplement the Government Master's Levy allowance.
- Course length
- 30 months part-time including time for End Point Assessment (EPA)
- Suitable for
- Learners typically have a degree and several years of management experience.
By completing this apprenticeship MBA programme learners will have:
- Developed a strategic, holistic and integrated perspective on business, organisations and management
- Been able to integrate theory and practice through an approach that combines academic rigour with practioner relevance
- Worked on their personal development to develop their management capability and capacity to work and lead teams in different situations.
Organisations can choose whether to send learners on a closed, consortium or open cohort. Whichever route you choose, individuals study and share experiences with like-minded professionals from a wide variety of managerial backgrounds and on an open cohort, business industries.
By working in long-term partnerships with our clients, we can help to maximise the value of Levy contributions. We aim to utilise the fund to meet our clients’ strategic objectives and achieve their ambitions for their employees and organisation. Whether you choose to send just one or a whole cohort of apprentices there are benefits to your organisation:
Learners will be working on projects that are linked to real working examples that are part of the organisation's capacity development
It is designed to help the learner develop their management and leadership knowledge and competencies. It enables them to improve their effectiveness and maximise their contribution to the organisation
They are encouraged to think strategically about business and management in a global context
It is a highly engaging programme, which combines personal learning and group work. It emphasises personal development but uses team-based peer learning and support. It is delivered in a format that is based around a learning journey which integrates aspects of leadership and personal development with management capabilities in addressing challenges across different aspects of your organisation.
Price: Autumn 2020 intakes - £25,500*
*Companies nominating less than five individuals onto a cohort will need to supplement the Government Masters Levy allowance .
Please contact the team for more information- +44 (0)1491 418733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Start date - Open cohort||07 December 2020|
|Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by:||10 September 2020|
|If your organisation has not previously sent apprentices to Henley then the Employer Frame Agreement (EFA) needs to be signed by:||10 September 2020|
|Applications open from and to:||14 - 28 September 2020|
Closed cohorts: Organisations are able to choose whether to send large numbers (minimum of 30 and maximum of 64). Programme content can be contextualised around your organisation's objectives and may be taught at location more convenient for your nominated learners. Programme start dates can be planned together.
Consortium cohorts: Henley runs a number of open consortium cohorts where the organisation send a minimum of 5 learners. Organisations may also choose to create a closed consortium cohort working with other organisations of their choosing eg. those within their supply chain or specifically those within their industry where strategic challenges may be aligned.
Open cohorts: These are available throughout the year. This is for organisations typically sending 1 or 2 learners per cohort. Top up fees on these cohorts may apply.
The Henley Executive Diploma in Advanced Strategic Management and Leadership – Senior Leader Apprenticeship
The Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education (IFATE) is reviewing this Standard and we are expecting changes to take place from February 2021. As a result of the change to the Standard, Henley have designed The Henley Executive Diploma in Advanced Strategic Management and Leadership – Senior Leader Apprenticeship. Suitable for learners looking to develop their leadership and general management. We will have multiple cohorts running throughout the year, and are expecting to publish the schedule in January 2021, subject to the IFATE publishing the new Standard in December 2020.
On completion learners receive a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship and their Executive Diploma from Henley Business School, University of Reading. The programme has been designed in such a way that learners will receive academic recognition for their Apprenticeship which will allow them the opportunity to complete the Flexible Executive MBA in the future by purchasing a bridging programme.
For further information on the new Executive Diploma contact the team.
|Course fee:||Autumn 2020 intake - £25,500* *Companies nominating less than five individuals will need to supplement the Government Master's Levy allowance.|
|Duration:||30 months part-time including time for End Point Assessment (EPA)|
|Suitable for:||Learners typically have a degree and several years of management experience.|
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Our Flexible Executive MBA (FEMBA) - Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) programme has a particularly strong focus on themes of personal development and preparing learners for positions as a senior leader with a focus on the application of relevant theory in a real-world context. This is a real hands-on approach to learning; each apprentice learner will work collaboratively with their fellow learners and classes are taught by international academic staff at the cutting edge of their disciplines.
Our MBA programmes combine the best in academic theory with practical, real life projects. This means as well as having an outstanding learning experience, learners will be able to apply this immediately to the workplace.
At Henley, we recognise the individual's need to develop themselves to prepare for the challenges of business leadership, so within the programme there is a continuous element of personal development to support them throughout their journey.
Everything above is informed by Henley’s eminent reputation in teaching practising managers and in research excellence and application.
Assessments, Gateway and End Point Assessment
MBA assessments and Gateway
Each module on the MBA is assessed and there is a written exam at the end of Stage 1. In the final stage of the programme each learner will be asked to do their Management Research Challenge.
Once the Management Research Challenge is completed learners enter ‘Gateway’ and will then need to prepare for their Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they have met all SLMDA standards. EPA is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the learner will have undertaken so far.
End point assessment (EPA)
As part of the apprenticeship programme, learners are expected to provide evidence of how they have incorporated the classroom and theoretical learning back into the workplace. This evidence of learning needs to be recorded and is used to help develop the learner’s evidence portfolio, which they will use as part of their EPA at the end of their apprenticeship.
The EPA takes place via a 1-1 meeting with an independent apprenticeship assessor. Each apprentice’s portfolio of evidence and work based project will be reviewed in advance of the EPA against specific criteria, which will be applied on a sampling basis. The evidence portfolio will be assessed in relation to whether the SLMDA standards have been sufficiently covered.
The EPA meeting will include a professional discussion based on the evidence portfolio, and the learner will ‘showcase’ (e.g. make a presentation) of the work based project and participate in a Q&A session on this work based project.
In order to complete the EPA, the apprentice needs to meet the following requirements of the gateway:
- The apprentice holds a Level 2 qualification in English and a Level 2 qualification in Maths (or an accepted equivalent)
- The employer and training provider are jointly in agreement that the Apprentice is competent in the role and ready for EPA
- The apprentice has been registered for a minimum of 12 months
- The apprentice has evidenced that they have successfully completed their Flexible Executive MBA Level 7 Degree
- The Portfolio of Evidence and work based project are complete. The Evidence Portfolio should demonstrate how learning has been applied in the workplace, and how knowledge, skills and behaviour have been developed, in line with meeting the SLMDA standards, The work based project will be based on the Management Research Challenge project, which the Apprentice will have completed in Stage 3 of the MBA programme.
Support for the learners
Each learner is assigned a Henley apprenticeship tutor to support the individual learner and their line manager through the apprenticeship journey. Tutors will communicate and meet regularly with the apprentice within their workplace or virtually to provide the learning support, and review and assess the evidence gathered for their evidence portfolios.
This is woven into the fabric of the Henley MBA. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist your career ambitions, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.
Employers provide support to learners as part of the employers’ commitment to their employees. Organisations are contracted by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to give a minimum of 20% off the job training time. Off-the job training is defined by the ESFA as: “training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s paid hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship” This 20% off the job training is not exclusive to class sessions although they do count. Some other examples may include:
- Practical training: shadowing, mentoring and industry visits
- Chairing or attending meetings (outside the learner’s normal job function)
- Learning support and time spent writing assignments
- Meeting with the Apprenticeship Tutor
- Working on the evidence portfolio.
The three stages of the Flexible Exeutive MBA - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship as a whole enable the Apprenticeship learner to gain a holistic perspective of business, which will help them to make better strategic decisions in senior leadership roles.
The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year.
Stage 1: Managing elements within the organisation
The modules studied at the first stage of this apprenticeship enable learners to integrate their thinking across three areas of business, and gain a deeper and broader perspective on decision-making.
There is a written exam at the end of Stage 1.
11 days of workshops plus blended learning component
This module focuses on the key principles that underpin the delivery of goods and services by organisations. It takes a systems and processes approach integrating elements of operations management, information systems and project management.
Processes are viewed as key enablers of business strategy, this module emphasizes the need to understand such processes but in a systematic way. Read more
Key topics cover goods and services delivery in a variety of organizational contexts including:
Practicing managers are enabled to:
Dr. Mona Ashok
This module is designed for the practicing manager, recognising that every aspect of the business has an impact on the bottom line: organisations that do not effectively plan, control and monitor their financial resources are unlikely to achieve their operational targets and strategic business objectives.Read more
As such, this module covers core topics in financial accounting, management accounting, finance and microeconomics. It is is designed to addresses the critical issues of planning, management control to direct the resources available to the organisation in the most efficient and effective manner to enable making the decisions which are essential to achieve the business objectives.
The key objectives are to:
Dr Niran Subramaniam
This covers key issues of how people are managed in order to drive organisational performance. Learners will consider the external and internal contextual factors that impact on managing people and the contribution of the approach to people management at a strategic level in setting and achieving your organisation's objectives.Read more
It addresses the respective roles of the HR function and line management in the processes of resourcing, performance management, reward and development as well as the theories and concepts that underpin the performance of the individual at work.
By the end of the module it is expected that programme members should be able to:
Dr Washika Haak-Saheem
The Leadership and Personal Development module is an integrated and holistic part of this programme. It supports and challenges managers in all aspects of their growth and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules on this apprenticeship programme.Read more
There are four ideas at the heart of the Personal Development activities at Henley:
Dr Chris Dalton
Stage 2: Understanding context and stakeholders
At the second stage of this apprenticeship, learners will gain perspectives on international business, considering strategy, strategic marketing, and reputation & responsibility. Examining these topics enables them to look outwards at the external environment, the context within which they and your organisation are operating, and understand how to manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
10 days of workshops plus blended learning component
This module enables your practicing managers to develop an understanding of current thinking and approaches to strategy and the field of strategic management. Your apprentices will learn to think organisationally and address complex managerial challenges.Read more
Learners will also:
As a result your employees will be able to:
Professor Marc Day
The module is designed to answer the question: ‘How can an organisation derive value from a marketplace?’ It enables practising managers to understand the underlying theoretical perspectives of the strategic management of markets across a range of organisational situations, and to make informed choices regarding the selection and development of marketing activities. Participants are taken through the cyclical activity of analysing a market; identifying value opportunities; and creating and delivering marketing programmes. Understanding what value means to customers is a core element of this module: value exploration, value creation and value delivery are all covered. Furthermore, the module emphasises the need for rigour in marketing metrics and the monitoring and evaluation of the outputs and ultimate return of the marketing investment to the organisation.
The module aims to:
Dr Anne Dibley
The Reputation and Responsibility module explores the identification, development and management of reputation, corporate responsibility and stakeholder relationships critical to organisational performance. It focuses upon the strategies and choices in organisational relationships, the values that underpin these choices and the integrative as well as analytical thinking demanded of managers if strategic decisions are to be operationalised in a transparent, purposeful and accountable manner.Read more
Dr Anastasiya Saraeva
The International Business module is designed to provide key theoretical insights and analytical tools for practising managers who face the opportunities and challenges of a global business environment.Read more
Designed for practicing managers to be able to:
Dr Peder Greve
Stage 3: Making an impact
Alongside an elective of the learner's choice, this programme culminates in their Management Research Challenge, an applied, evidence-based project which addresses a live challenge within your organisation. The research they conduct will lead them to draw conclusions and make actionable recommendations which can have a lasting impact on your company.
5 days of workshops plus blended learning component
This places your organisation's practicing managers at the centre of their development as effective change leaders. They will be faced with real dilemmas and choices about courses of action. Through the exploration of the links between leadership, the change context, organisational culture, leadership values and behaviours and change practice. They will be able to make informed decisions about how to utilise the leadership and change resources at their disposal (individually and collectively).Read more
The module is designed for practising managers who aspire to understand and develop their leadership capability and strengthen their change leadership expertise.
The key objectives are to:
Dr Stephen Simister
The Management Research Challenge (MRC) is a major project that offers the apprenticeship learner the opportunity to demonstrate practical research skills in identifying a significant organisational issue, problem or gap in management knowledge. They will design an appropriate data collection and analysis process and present the supported recommendations for practice.Read more
It aims to:
Dr Ana Graca
Dr Lynn Thurloway
In stage 3 there is an elective module with a choice between the following examples:
Corporate Finance, Brand Strategy, Managing International HRM, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, Digital Marketing
The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.
How to nominate your employees
Learners on this programme must have a degree and a minimum of three years management experience or, 5 years management experience if no prior degree.
Before they are able to apply, to join any of Henley’s Apprenticeship Levy Degree programmes they need to be formally nominated by you their employer. In addition a three-way agreement needs to be put in place, this triangular agreement includes: Henley Business School, University of Reading, you the employers and the employees (individual learners).
The contractual process
Employer framework agreement (EFA):
This is the contract between the University of Reading and your organisation. NB: The organisaton that you work for maybe different to the one that signed the contract with the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as you may work for a subsidiary of a larger company.
Once the EFA is signed you are able to submit your cohort form. This is where you the employer, formally nominate the individuals you wish to send onto the MBA-SLMDA (and other programmes). Key questions are asked that allow us to check that individuals are eligible to be funded by the Levy.
Once the cohort form is completed, the nominated learners will be sent a base line assessment to establish the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to develop as part of their apprenticeship. They will then receive their online application link. Typically there is a two week gap when their application needs to be completed.
Entry requirements for the individual
Learners on our Henley MBA programmes typically have several years of management experience already. However in their baseline assessment they will need to demonstrate the need for new learning of the knowledge, skills and behaviours as outlined in the apprenticeship standard. On their online application for the MBA, they will need to demonstrate they have the necessary management experience.
Once the cohort form is completed, the nominated learners will be sent a baseline assessment to establish the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to develop as part of this apprenticeship. They will then receive their online application link.
Learners on our Henley MBA programmes typically have several years of management experience already. However, on an individual learners’ applications they will need to demonstrate the following qualifications and management experience.
To complete an Apprenticeship programme, it is mandatory that individuals have obtained Level 2 (Grade C or above G.C.S.E or equivalent) qualifications in English and Maths. Employers will be asked to ensure that applicants can provide evidence of Level 2 before including them on a cohort form to start the University application process. The Government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their certificates.
For the MBA a good first degree or the equivalent professional or international qualification is normally required plus a minimum of 3 years management experience; However, we do welcome applications from candidates with exceptional management experience who may not meet all the formal criteria for admission. If nominated learners have a minimum of 5 years’ experience at a senior or strategic level with no degree, we would be happy to consider an application. Our Admission Panel reviews all non-standard applications for suitability.
Applicants need to demonstrate through their CV and personal statements that they meet a minimum of three of the below:
- An involvement in strategic planning and decision-making the objectives and effects of which are measured outside of standard operational activities
- A responsibility for co-ordinating the work of others in a team whether internal or external to their working environment and whether corporate, project or event based.
- A responsibility for meeting financial targets, managing or working with budgets the outcomes of which may be determined by the efforts of more than one person. Demonstrate how their specific input has shaped these outcomes.
- A responsibility for developing and improving the performance of people, innovation, creative output, processes or technology whether for internal or external application.
- A responsibility for managing specific projects or teams both within or external to the organisation. Clarify the size and nature of the tasks, and how they have managed or directed others.
- A role that primarily achieves results through influencing others (internal or external stakeholders /customers) rather than through direct authority.
- Experience of working internationally or of relevant multi-cultural exposure.
Need CV's and personal statements to be reviewed before completing the online application? Henley's Apprenticeship team are happy to help. Email: email@example.com
Current teaching arrangements
Due to social distancing guidelines and the size of all our apprenticeship cohorts, the face-to-face scheduled workshops are currently taught live online, through interactive sessions with academics. Our Greenlands campus provides a great learning environment that we know our students are keen to return to. However, the welfare of our students, staff and wider community remains a top priority and we need to ensure we follow relevant guidelines.
The apprenticeship team are to answer any queries you may have.
For clients wishing to run a closed cohort we have the flexibility to deliver the programme at a nationwide set of locations. We are happy to arrange an alternative teaching venue that may be more convenient for your staff, if you do not wish to use your organisation's facilities.
For those on the open cohort options, the Flexible Executive MBA - Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) is currently taught at our Greenlands campus. This beautiful campus is set on 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire . We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: they have the space and surroundings required to stretch their mind and think away from the pressures of the office.
Classes are delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion.
Resources include the Library that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space. Although these materials are also available online through the virtual learning environment.
Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.
Proud to be triple accredited
We are proud to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.
Our triple-accredited status provides reassurance to our apprentice learners and organisations that we work with, of the quality and high standards of our courses and academic staff.
Each of the accreditation bodies exists to raise the standards of business education and we go through a rigorous process with each of them, which covers aspects including learning experiences, faculty and research.
The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK that is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Over 130,000 managers use its services on a daily basis and CMI has constantly been at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking.
On successful completion of the Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) MBA, learners will receive the following awards:
- Henley Flexible Executive Master of Business Administration Degree
- CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership
- Chartered Manager status (This will be granted on successful completion of the End-Point Assessment (EPA))
- Level 7 Apprenticeship Certificate.
Why choose Henley?
Working with you
By working in long-term partnerships with our clients, we can help to maximise the value of Levy contributions. We aim to utilise the fund to meet our clients’ strategic objectives and achieve their ambitions for their employees and organisations. At Henley we empower the individual learners to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Working with their Apprenticeship Tutors they will be encouraged to utilise the new learning to benefit both the teams within which they work and the wider organisation.
Henley's support to you - the employer
Each client is assigned an Account Director or Manager to support them with the on-boarding of new learners onto this apprenticeship programme and others. The team will work with you throughout the application and enrolment process.
The Henley alumni network
Individual learners will meet with others both on their cohort and likely those on other cohorts from previous years. Together they can form an invaluable network. From day one, they join Henley’s alumni association, a group of over 80,000 spread across 150 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information.
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Head of Sales Operations, Fujitsu Digital - Flexible Executive MBA, Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship