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MSc in Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship

At a glance

  • This programme is now under review in line with the Government changes to the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree apprenticeship standard. The re-design of this programme is underway. Please register above to receive more information as it is released.
  • Created for organisations with a graduate scheme
  • Designed for relatively new graduates
  • Develops leadership competencies for emerging future management leaders
  • Nurtures valuable graduate talent
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Attendance
Part-time
Fee
£18,000 (can be fully funded by your organisation's apprenticeship service account)
Course length
24 months, including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA). For those not being funded by their organisation's Levy, this will be a 21 month programme with no EPA
Suitable for
Graduates identified by you, the employer, as 'high potentials' to fast-track into a senior leadership position

Overview

This programme is now under review in line with the Government changes to the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree apprenticeship standard. The re-design of this programme is underway. Please register to hear more information as it is released.

The MSc in Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship is designed to fast-track high potential employees into senior leadership positions. It was created for organisations with an active graduate scheme.

Your nominated employees will develop their leadership skills as well as their ability to effectively cope with the challenges and opportunities faced by those in more senior leadership roles, both within your organisation and more generally.

Key benefits

Before they can apply to join any of our apprenticeship degree programmes, learners need to be formally nominated by you, their employer. A three-way agreement also needs to be put in place between Henley Business School and the University of Reading; you, the employer; and the apprentice.

The contractual process

Employer framework agreement (EFA)

This is the contract between the University of Reading and your organisation. Please note that the organisation that you work for may be different to that which signed the contract with the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) where the employer is a Group of companies.

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). At this stage we will check that these individuals are eligible for the apprenticeship and to be funded by the Levy.

Once the cohort is reviewed, the eligible nominated learners will be sent a baseline assessment to establish their knowledge, skills and behaviours. They will then receive their online application link. Typically there is a two-week timeframe for their application 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.

Qualifications

Nominated learners must have obtained Level 2 equivalent qualifications (Grade C or above, GCSE or equivalent) in English and Maths. Employers will be asked to ensure that applicants can provide evidence of these qualifications before including them on a cohort form. The Government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their certificates.

Applicants are also expected to have a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent from a UK or internationally recognised university.

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.

Dates for the Autumn 2021 intake are still to be confirmed. Please contact our business manager for further information.

Cohort options

You can opt for your organisation to join open, closed and/or consortium cohorts:

Open cohorts (max. 9 learners per organisation) are available throughout the year. These enable a small number of learners from an organisation to join with others from a range of organisations and backgrounds. Top-up fees on these cohorts may apply.

Closed cohorts (30-64 learners) allow the programme content to be contexualised around your organisation's objectives and may be taught at a convenient location for your nominated learners. Programme start dates can be planned together.

Consortium cohorts (min. 5 learners per organisation) enable you to partner with complementary organisations working on similar strategic challenges. You may choose to join one of our open consortium cohorts, or create a closed consortium cohort working with other organisations of your choosing e.g. those within your supply chain or from within your industry.

Course fee: £18,000 (can be fully funded by your organisation's apprenticeship service account)
Duration: 24 months, including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA). For those not being funded by their organisation's Levy, this will be a 21 month programme with no EPA
Suitable for: Graduates identified by you, the employer, as 'high potentials' to fast-track into a senior leadership position

The MSc Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) programme is taught using a blended learning method that combines face-to-face workshops* with online and on-the-job learning. Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from international academic staff at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

At Henley, we recognise the individual's need to develop themselves to prepare for the challenges of business leadership. Throughout the programme there is a continuous element of personal development to support apprentices on their journey.

* Due to COVID-19, face-to-face workshops are currently delivered live-online. Find out about our remote education offer for apprentices

Assessments, Gateway and End Point Assessment

Assessment takes place throughout the programme, culminating in a Final Management Project.

Once the Final Management Project is completed, learners enter ‘Gateway’ and will need to prepare for their End Point Assessment (EPA).

End Point Assessment (EPA)

EPA is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they have met all Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship standards. EPA is separate from any qualifications or other assessments that the learner will have undertaken so far.

As part of the apprenticeship programme, learners are expected to provide evidence of how they have incorporated their learning back in the workplace. This evidence needs to be recorded and is used to help develop the learner’s evidence portfolio, which they will use as part of their EPA.

EPA takes place via a one-to-one 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. 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. The learner will also present their Work Based Project and participate in a Q&A session.

In order to complete the EPA, the apprentice needs to meet the following requirements of 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 Portfolio of Evidence 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

How we support learners

Apprenticeship tutors

Each learner is assigned an apprenticeship tutor who will support them and their line manager through the apprenticeship journey. Tutors meet regularly with the apprentice, either within their workplace or virtually, to provide learning support and review and assess the evidence gathered for their evidence portfolios.

Personal development

We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to the high level of individual support apprentices receive while studying at Henley, they can also benefit from coaching, networking, mentoring, and access to recruitment resources.

How the employer supports learners

As the employer, you will also need to provide support to your apprentices as they progress through the programme.

Organisations are contracted by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to give apprentices 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. Other examples of off-the-job training 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

Stage 1: Manging and leading performance

In Stage 1 learners will focus on leading and managing organisational performance through the application of concepts, models and techniques relating to strategic, financial and people management.

In addition to the core modules listed below, students will choose one of two elective modules.

Compulsory 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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Dr Andrew Hull
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.

Aims:

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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Dr Washika Haak-Saheem
15 [7.5 ECTS credits]

The Personal Development for Future Leaders module is an integrated and holistic part Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders) and is split over the 2 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.
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Dr Tatiana Rowson
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Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth
10
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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Nigel Spinks
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

During Stage 2 learners will apply critical leadership concepts and understand how effective leadership behaviours drive innovation and change in a global context.

In addition to the core modules listed below, students will choose one of two elective modules.

Compulsory 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 learner's innovation skills 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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Dr Maksim Belitski
15 [7.5 ECTS credits]

The Personal Development for Future Leaders module is an integrated and holistic part Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders) and is split over the 2 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.
Academic authors
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Dr Tatiana Rowson
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Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth
10

Elective modules:

  • Leading the digital organisation
  • Principles of marketing

Stage 3: Leading with impact

Stage 3 gives learners the research skills needed to identify and address a management challenge within your organisation. This brings together the knowledge and skills acquired in Stages 1 and 2 to create a tangible impact within your organisation.

In addition to the core modules listed below, students will choose one of two elective modules.

Compulsory modules Credits

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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Dr. Filipe Morais
10 [5 ECTS credits]

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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Dr. Filipe Morais

The Personal Development for Future Leaders module is an integrated and holistic part Senior Leader Apprenticeship (Future Leaders) and is split over the 2 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.
Academic authors
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Dr Tatiana Rowson
Liz Houldsworth Staff Profile Photo
Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth
10

Elective modules:

  • Sustainability
  • Risk management

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.

Closed cohorts

For clients wishing to run a closed cohort, we have the flexibility to deliver the programme at locations nationwide. If you do not wish to use your organisation's facilities, we are happy to arrange an alternative teaching venue that may be more convenient for your staff.

Open cohorts

Open cohorts are currently taught at our Greenlands campus near Henley-on-Thames. Set in sweeping parkland on the banks of the River Thames, this beautiful campus provides an inspiring and reflective environment for focused work and study.

Find out more about our facilities and how to find us

Why choose Henley?

For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders.

Our apprenticeship programmes deliver:

  • A high-quality education rooted in the latest business thinking. We are triple-accredited for the quality of our provision
  • A direct contribution to business value through learning which focuses on live strategic issues. We work with you to identify the people who will benefit most from the programme and whose participation will have the greatest impact on the organisation
  • A blended learning experience - all our apprenticeship programmes feature face-to-face learning*, enhanced and supported by our mobile digital platform. This gives participants access to learning wherever they are and allows the cohort to collaborate outside the classroom
  • A flexible approach - in addition to our open cohorts, we offer closed cohorts that can be delivered at locations nationwide* and contextualised to your organisation
  • Individual membership of our alumni network, which includes over 80,000 alumni across 150 countries

* Due to COVID-19, face-to-face workshops are currently delivered live-online. Find out about our remote education offer for apprentices

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our apprenticeship programmes, please contact:

Email: apprenticeships@henley.ac.uk
Telephone: 01491 418733