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MSc in Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship

For organisations with an active graduate scheme, with a focus on developing leaderships competences for emerging future leaders. Designed for relatively new graduates identified by you their employer as “high potentials” to fast-track into a senior leadership position.

At a glance

  • Developed for organisations with an active graduate scheme
  • Designed for relatively new graduates
  • Develops leadership competences for emerging future management leaders
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Autumn 2020 intake - £18,000
Course length
For those being funded by the Levy this is 24 months, part-time - including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA). For those not being funded by their organisations Levy this will be a 21 month programme with no EPA.
Suitable for
This new programme has been developed for organisations with an active graduate scheme, with a focus on developing leadership competences for emerging future leaders. Designed for relatively new graduates identified by you their employer as “high potentials” to fast-track into a senior leadership position.

Programme Overview

Programme aims

This new programme has been developed for organisations with an active graduate scheme, with a focus on developing leadership competences for emerging future leaders. Designed for relatively new graduates identified by you, their employer as “high potentials” to fast-track into a senior leadership position.

Aims to strengthen your nominated employees appreciation of and ability to effectively cope with the very concrete issues, problems, dilemmas and opportunities faced within more senior leadership roles both in your organisation and beyond.

Organisation options

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 backgrounds and on an open cohort, business industries.

Key Benefits

Price: Autumn 2020 intakes - £18,000. This can be fully funded by your organisations digital levy account.

Key dates

Open cohort start date 2 November 2020
Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by: 5 August 2020
If your organisation has not previously sent apprentices to Henley then the Employer Frame Agreement (EFA) needs to be signed by: 5 August 2020
Applications open from and to: 7 - 21 August 2020

Henley's next available open cohort will be in November 2020. See here for the programme schedule

Cohort options

Closed cohorts: Organisations are able to choose whether to send large numbers (minimum of 30 and maximum of 65). Programme content can be contextualised around your organisations 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 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 maybe aligned.

Open cohorts: This is for organisations typically sending 1 or 2 learners per cohort, with the benefit of learners mixing with others from a variety of organisations and industries.

Course fee: Autumn 2020 intake - £18,000
Duration: For those being funded by the Levy this is 24 months, part-time - including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA). For those not being funded by their organisations Levy this will be a 21 month programme with no EPA.
Suitable for: This new programme has been developed for organisations with an active graduate scheme, with a focus on developing leadership competences for emerging future leaders. Designed for relatively new graduates identified by you their employer as “high potentials” to fast-track into a senior leadership position.

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Our MSc Management for Future Leaders (MiMFL) - Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) programme is taught through a blended learning method. Combining face-to-face with 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.

At Henley, we recognise the individuals 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

Programme assessments and Gateway

Each module on the programme is assessed. In the final stage of the programme each learner will be asked to do their Final Management Project / Research Skills.

Once that 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 MSc in Management for Future Leaders 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.

Support for the learners

Apprenticeship tutor

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.

Personal development

This is woven into the fabric of all Henley programmes. 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.

Employer support

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 MSc in Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship as a whole enable the apprenticeship learner to gain a holistic perspective of business, which will help them understand and prepare for the strategic challenges facing managers and leaders.

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year.

Taught through a blended learning method each module combines face-to-face learning with virtual learning via the Canvas platform with the development of some skills and behaviours also developed and practised at work.

Programme Schedules:

Autumn 2020 - MSc Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Masters Degree

Stage 1: Manging and leading performance

Focuses on leading and managing organisational performance through the application of fundamental concepts, models and techniques in strategic, financial and people management.

As well as the core modules listed below, there will also be a choice between two elective modules.

Optional modules Credits

Strategy is contentious and in addressing the topic, this module explores how and where firms create competitive advantage in their markets. In doing so, it will introduce students to strategy and strategic marketing with well established theories, frameworks and models used by strategists and they will explore how they are applied in practice.

This module challenges the learner to answer core questions which face business leaders today.

  • What is the purpose of an organisation – to maximise shareholder returns or to meet the broader needs of stakeholders?
  • How are successful strategies created – are they the output of a planned approach or do they emerge from within the business?
  • Should a firm’s strategy be a response to opportunities identified in the market or the exploitation of its resources and capabilities?
  • What is value?
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20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to equip the apprentice learner with relevant accounting and financial management knowledge in decision making, especially for those who have little background in accounting and financial management.

The module covers relevant topics in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management, with a focus on the ability to understand the importance of accounting and financial information in decision making and critical evaluation of the use of relevant information in decision making.


To build on a student’s knowledge of management by examining the role and techniques of accounting and financial management.

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Professor Liang Han
15 [7.5 ECTS credits]

Talented people are your company’s most valuable asset and, bottom line, the key to success. However, it takes sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills to deliver this. It needs a deep understanding of people in an organisational context. This module provides the tools and frameworks to allow you to thrive in the world of Managing People and Organisations.

Every business decision has an impact on its workforce. Talented people are an organisations most valuable asset and, bottom line, one of the main keys to success.

The aim of this module is to give learners the confidence to challenge existing workplace thinking by using good theoretical understanding and practical reasoning. They will engage with real life business cases and learn how to assess factors shaping Managing People and Organisations, which may include:

  • Contextual factors
  • Strategic talent management
  • Digitisation
  • Well-being or climate of inclusion.

However, it takes sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills to deliver this. It needs a deep understanding of people in an organisational context.

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15 [7.5 ECTS credits]

The Personal Development for Future Leaders module is an integrated and holistic part of the MSc Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship and is split over the 3 stages of the programme.

It seeks to support and challenge future leaders in all aspects of their growth while studying and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules and aspects of this programme.

The module aims to equip the apprenticeship learner to reflect upon their own learning, performance and achievement, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

This module is delivered throughout the three stages of study; each stage address specific areas of personal development:

Stage 1 – Leading Self

  • Understand the role of personal development and personal development planning in their career
  • Gain self-awareness by exploring their values, personality, skills and competencies
  • Reflect on their development and performance
  • Commit to own development and leadership behaviour.

Stage 2 – Leading Others

  • Reflect on their impact on others, their roles and responsibilities
  • Understand context and systems exploring their role in the broader organisation
  • Appreciate individual differences and diversity at work, discuss how to engage others
  • Practice advanced communication skills including coaching, mentoring and feedback skills
  • Develop strategies to promote a positive environment for performance.

Stage 3 – Leading with Impact

  • Explore an authentic professional brand as a future leader
  • Understand the conditions to develop agility and adaptability in a changing environment
  • Understand the role of well-being and a healthy work environment in performance and career development
  • Reflect on the programme’s learning and next steps.
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Stage 1: Module electives

In Stage 1 the apprentice learner will have a choice of either Managing projects or Managing service delivery.

Optional modules Credits

This module is designed for the apprenticeship learner to:

  • Identify the characteristics of projects and the implications for their management
  • Describe and evaluate different project methodologies
  • Analyse their organisation’s approach to project management, including managing multiple projects.

Projectification is the term used to describe the growing importance of projects and project-like work in the modern economy. At the same time, recent years have witnessed the rapid rise of agile approaches, challenging established forms of project work. The Managing Projects elective engages with the resulting complexities of the world of projects by examining different forms of project management along with the challenges of managing multiple projects. In doing so, it provides the theoretical and practical foundation for critical appreciation of project management today.

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10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module enables the learner to:

    • Identify the characteristics of service operations and the implications for service delivery
    • Select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to design, manage and improve service processes
    • Evaluate their own and their organisation’s design and management of service delivery
    • Formulate appropriate approaches to improving service delivery.

The economic contribution of services exceeds that of other sectors in an increasing number of countries worldwide. In addition, the growth of servitization means that services have become increasingly important, even to manufacturing companies. The Managing Service Delivery elective module responds to the resulting opportunities and challenges by focusing on the key principles that underpin service delivery in order to provide a theoretical and practical grounding for those aspiring to manage and lead the provision of services to their organisation’s internal and external customers.

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Nigel Spinks
10 [5 ECTS credits]

Stage 2: Leading in action

Stage 2 of this programme applies critical leadership concepts and helps identify and understand the drivers of effective leadership behaviour in driving innovation and change in a global context.

As well as the core electives listed below, the Personal Development module will have a second workshop and there will be an elective module.

Optional modules Credits

Finding your leadership DNA places practising managers at the centre of their development as effective change leaders, faced with real dilemmas, and choices about courses of action. Through exploration of the links between leadership, the change context, culture, and change practice, they will be able to make informed decisions about how to mobilise the leadership and change resources at their disposal (individually and collectively). ​

Key themes covered include:

  • Concepts, theories and models of leadership and their relevance to organisational change circumstances
  • The challenge of change and the key organisational and people factors impacting on its nature and enactment
  • The role, nature and impact of values and culture in both pursuing and responding to change and its leadership
  • The core skills and techniques required to enable, enact and evaluate effective change.​
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Professor Andrew Godley
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The apprenticeship leaner develops an awareness of the contemporary global trends and developments and gain a critical insight into their implications on current and future business scenarios. Students learn to identify potential challenges and prospects for business and society relevant to their context and propose suitable solutions.

Students gain an appreciation of the complex and dynamic nature of global business developments faced; the variety of factors influencing the choices and compromises that have to be made in international businesses, and the implications of those for the future viability and effectiveness of the organisations concerned.

The module covers various aspects of the global business environment including:

  • Geopolitics
  • Trade and investment
  • Global value chains
  • Advanced technologies
  • Climate change.

Looking at their impact upon business operations and strategy.

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15 [7.5 ECTS credits]

The module enhances the apprentice learners innovation skills by by developing innovative ideas in their organisation. The module brings together insights, concepts and managerial tools from the field of entrepreneurship and innovation studies.​

We develop theoretical and practical understanding of the function of entrepreneurship and the nature of the innovation process from idea to changing products, processes, teams, organisations and markets.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Create an environment for innovation and creativity in their organisation
  • Establish the value of ideas and change initiatives to drive continuous improvements.
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Stage 2: Elective modules

In Stage 2 the apprentice learner will have a choice of either:

Leading the digital organisation
Principles of marketing.

Optional modules

Stage 3: Leading with impact

Stage 3 provides research skills to the learners so they can identify and address a management challenge within your organisation. This brings together the knowledge and skills acquired in stages 1 and 2 to create tangible impact in your organisation.

This stage is made up of one new core module, plus the continuation of the Personal Development for Future Leaders Module and one elective module. As well as the Final Management Project.

Optional modules

Corporate responsibility and ethics have become a major topic of debate and concern in contemporary society, but also an area of managerial importance for organisations and their leaders.

This module allows practising managers to:

  1. Gain an understanding of; current corporate responsibility debates and issues, and of corporate responsibility concepts, tools and strategies, and their practical application
  2. Appreciate the importance of ethical conduct which ensures corporate responsibility.
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The Final Management Project (FMP) is a major project. Here the learners have the opportunity to demonstrate practical business research skills in identifying a significant organisational issue, problem or gap in management knowledge, design an appropriate data collection and analysis process and present supported recommendations for practice or contribution to knowledge.

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Stage 3: Elective modules

In Stage 3, the apprenticeship learner will have choice of the following modules:

Risk management.

Optional modules

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

Before your employees can 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 at the 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.

Cohort form:

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 MSc Management for Future Leaders - 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 this programme typically already have a degree and some work experience. 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.

Baseline assessment

Once the cohort 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.

Online application

As well as their degree, typically learners have only a few years work experience. However, on an individual learners’ applications they will need to demonstrate the following qualifications.


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.

Applicants are expected to have at least a 2.1 degree, or equivalent, from a UK or an internationally recognised university; not necessarily in a related discipline.

Applicants without a degree but who have additional relevant experience or a professional qualification will be considered on their overall suitability for the programme on a case-by-case basis. Professional experience includes a graduate internship programme with one or more employers.

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.

Closed cohorts

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 maybe more convenient for your staff, if you do not wish to use your organisations facilities.

Open cohorts

For those on the open cohort options, the MSc in Management for Future Leaders - 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's Management for Future Leaders Masters 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.
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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 we 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.

Contact us

Henley Apprenticeship Levy Team

Contact the team for more information about Henley's apprenticeship levy programmes and service.

Telephone: 01491418733

It was immediately clear that Henley’s approach was going to be radically different from anyone else we were considering.