The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future positions with your current organisation, or others in the future, as well as academic achievement.
The Senior Leaders Masters Degree Apprenticeship uses a work-based learning approach, which both informs, and is informed by, teaching, learning and assessment approaches. The programme combines a progressive structure to strategic management and leadership, with a continuous on-the-job focus through agreed off-the-job learning. This takes place during the equivalent of one-day per week away from everyday duties and responsibilities, either at the University, your own premises or an agreed neutral venue.
Given the focus on work based learning through a Masters apprenticeship, there is an emphasis on personal coaching; and on active learning where attendees are invited to participate in learning activities, and also to reflect on their learning process.
The learning development of each attendee is kept in line with Individual Learner Plans agreed with you (and if relevant, your employer), and discussed through visits by a qualified apprenticeship coach, to the workplace to complement the study-based sessions.
Open programmes will have three entry points during the course of the year; September, January and April. Each week there will be a three hour session (2pm-5pm) with other Masters Degree Apprentices to inform your off-the-job learning, and a three hour session (6pm-9pm) to complete the 'taught' component of the programme.
You are taught through a combination of action-learning sets, group discussions, lectures, seminars, presentations, visiting speakers, and e-learning.
Through your associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute, you will have access to a range of dedicated resources, designed by experts to support delivery of the apprenticeship, as well starting your journey towards the professional status of 'Chartered Manager'.
In a typical week you will have around 7 contact hours with a tutor/ facilitator / apprenticeship coach, scheduled over an afternoon and an evening, or via private study using the Virtual Learning Environment. This will be designated as your off the job learning, a requirement of all apprenticeships. Alternative delivery models e.g. block delivery, can be arranged for bespoke 'closed' programmes, in discussion with employers.
Independent learning, which will be a feature of your time spent 'off-the-job', is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the needs of the Masters Degree apprenticeship, and who have experience in engaging with employers and those in employment. The team therefore includes professional practitioners, consultants, and trainers, as well as academics and researchers.
Our teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and we like our tutors to remain active through professional engagement. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Formative assessments are developmental and do not contribute to your overall module grade. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and do count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include reports, presentations, reflective journals, and personal development audits.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with tutors/ assessors/ your apprenticeship coach as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.