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PG Dip Senior Leader Apprenticeship - Business Administration

Start date(s):
September, January
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Course duration:
2 years

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About this course

This Senior Leader Apprenticeship programme provides you with the knowledge, skills and capabilities required to be an effective leader.

The programme aims to

  • develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to prepare learners for senior leadership and strategic management roles.
  • provides learners with a holistic view of business using both theoretical knowledge and practical application.  

The central underpinning themes of the programme are transformation; both individual and organisational, and sustainable business practices. In addition, learners’ digital skills will be developed and enhanced to increase impact within these themes and the programme. As such, the curriculum aligns to emerging social and business approaches to maximise the impact learners can make individually, organisationally, and societally.

An important element of the programme is the opportunity it provides for participants to apply their learning to organisational situations. The fact that learning is applied, rather than being purely theoretical, is of crucial importance to learners, since their roles empower them to make a contribution to, and impact on, their organisation. This approach is supported by the sharing of understanding which draws on the group experience. The importance of peer learning, essential for professional and experienced management practitioners, is also developed through the use of action learning sets as a supportive and collaborative approach enabling issues and challenges from the workplace to be discussed and peer reviewed by colleagues on the course. This approach also provides a forum for students to bring ideas, thoughts, issues and actionable remedies to the fore


What is the apprenticeship levy?

The government has introduced a levy on larger employers to fund apprenticeships. If your company’s wage bill is over £3 million your company will pay the apprenticeship levy of 0.5%.

If your company is paying the apprenticeship levy (see details below), you can use these funds to cover Degree Apprenticeships. 

Both levy and non-levy paying employers can benefit from additional payments to support their apprentices in the workplace. 

More information about the levy and funding 

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core modules

Individual Development and Reflection
10 credits

This module is a integrated and holistic part of the first year of the MBA programme and seeks to facilitate personal and professional growth and act as catalyst for reflection on learning from other first year modules and the wider aspects of the programme.

Executive Leadership Theory and Practice
10 credits

The module aims to provide learners with a comprehensive overview of how to practically apply leadership concepts and theory and will encourage learners to build their own personal leadership brand. The module will explore how wider environmental developments in technology, ethical and sustainability awareness and social and cultural shifts have all impacted the role of the leader within organisations. Learners will consider how the role of the leader has developed over time and will reflect on what the future of leadership looks like in an increasingly digital environment. Learners will use critical reflection to consider how they can develop personally and professionally as a leader within their current organisational context.

Strategic Management
20 credits

The module aims to provide an analysis of the theories, concepts and frameworks associated with strategic management. Learners will develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the complexities of creating, evaluating and maintaining ethical and sustainable business growth strategies within a dynamic internal and external environment.

The module will encourage learners to consider the wider societal impact of strategic change as well as the role of new technology and digitalisation in organisational transformation. The authentic nature of the assessment enables students to put their learning into effect in the workplace, to apply their understanding to their own organisational context and to develop practical management skills.

Digital Marketing and Communications
10 credits

This module will critically analyse and evaluate strategic marketing and digital communication approaches by: understanding the nature of contemporary integrated marketing communications; understanding the organisational customer and stakeholder; identifying market strategies for managing corporate brand and reputation; considering ethical practice in sustaining responsible customer and stakeholder relationships.

People: Planning and Engagement
10 credits

Learners will critically investigate the developments in ethical leadership and people management and practice in the context of a continuously evolving business context.

Students will critique a wide range of literature which explores the future world of work which will include the advancement in technology, sociodemographic changes, political and economic impact and influences.

Learners will also explore the role of values, behaviours and organisational citizenship and how this can drive business effectiveness and performance.

System and Process Improvement
10 credits

This module provides learners with an understanding of the fundamental principles of systems and process improvement and how these can support management performance in organisations.

It aims to enable learners to examine the use, application, and impact of systems and process improvement within organisational contexts. To achieve this, learners will examine the range of approaches available and explore how organisations might manage and improve processes to support policy, strategy, and stakeholder needs.

In addition, learners will appraise the application of system and process improvement methodologies and tools within an organisational context to impact outcomes, waste, variability, and cost.

10 credits

Building on innovation theory and best practice, this module aims to develop your ability to think and act innovatively in a range of organisational contexts. You will learn how to identify, evaluate and exploit opportunities and consider strategies to support and promote innovative practices in your organisation.

Finance, Data and Decision Making
10 credits

The module aims to provide learners with a detailed understanding of how financial management theories, concepts and techniques are used to support transformational business strategy and operations. It will provide learners with a grounding in the financial tools used for decision-making and data analysis and consider how these can be used to meet complex organisational challenges.

Learners will use critical analysis to consider the limitations of financial tools and will evaluate the role of values, ethics and sustainability in creating appropriate financial reporting structures. In the module, learners will critically reflect on their own experience as well as that of their peers to enhance their personal understanding of financial practice.

On completion of this module, students will have developed into more successful, financially literate senior business practitioners and will be able to apply their learning to their current role.

Work-Based Change Project
20 credits

This module will have action learning at its core and learners will take responsibility for convening and managing the action learning process.

Learners will begin the module by identifying a focus for the change project through negotiation with key stakeholders within their organisation and spend time refining the parameters of their project across two semesters using peers to both support and challenge their focus. They will also identify theory and models that will inform their analysis and deploy a suitable research strategy to produce quality results and detailed reporting of their findings.

Tutor support will be provided to monitor progress and refine the parameters of the identified project. Canvas will be used to provide appropriate resources and support materials.

Applied Business Research
10 credits

The module will provide learners with an understanding of how to design and produce applied business research scholarly-practitioner projects. Learners will be provided with the knowledge and tools to be able to effectively design organisational/business/management research projects that apply to their own organisations or organisations which they are familiar with - learners will have a better awareness of how to become 'scholarly practitioners'. 

The module will support and provide foundations for the final element of the programme, either the 'Strategic Business Proposal' (for Senior Leader Apprentices) or the MBA/MSc final consultancy project module (for those undertaking master's degree programmes).


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Teaching will be a hybrid model, offering self-directed online module delivery alongside residential and face-to-face workshops and tutor support to provide peer learning and the exploration of best practice through comparing experiences and contexts in relation to theory. Days of teaching will be broken down into 2-3 hour sessions.

Learners will be expected to undertake work on their own and, given the applied approach to assessment, this will demand a degree of self-management and resilience to manage a full time senior leader work role with part-time study.

What support is offered?

There is a strong apprenticeship team at LJMU to support the learner and employer. And there is a strong academic programme team to support the academic side of things. All learners have a personal academic tutor. All apprentices also have a university learning mentor.

Teaching methods

Our flexible delivery approach involves face-to-face teaching and facilitation, blending online support activity, with the facility to introduce live online sessions and individual and group tutorials. Action learning provides a forum to bring ideas, thoughts, issues and actionable remedies to the fore. It is also a supportive and collaborative environment for working with peers, facilitators and colleagues. The university 's Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas) gives you access to teaching and materials wherever you study and it provides a means for you to maintain contact and submit assignments.

Classroom sessions are devised as an interactive, learner-centred experience with group activities playing a large part in the learning experience. 

Work-related learning

A strong emphasis is placed on recognising that the workplace is an important place to learn. Learners will integrate key concepts and theories, assessing the impact of these on their own working environment and reporting back on their findings.

In addition, the teaching approach will utilise a ‘flipped learning environment’ as well as technology, when appropriate, to maximise learning opportunities. The flipped learning environment allows for the face-to-face teaching experiences to probe learning and development through facilitation suited to the executive education experience.



How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Assessment methods on this programme include:

  • the creation of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating apprenticeship standards throughout
  • coursework
  • undertake an End Point Assessment at the end of their 2nd year to gain the SLA award

Where specific software packages are used, there is an expectation that these will form part of the assessment submission, whilst other skills will be embedded in specific modules. The core management competences of allocating priorities and time management are supported by clear submission deadlines, with protocols for extenuating circumstances. 

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Liverpool Business School is based in the Redmonds Building and 4-6 Rodney Street, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool 's growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU 's Student Life Building and Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies. 

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Alternative qualifications considered

Students enrolled on the Senior Leadership Apprenticeship programme code 36698 only can be enrolled onto this programme. Admission to the programme is conditional on the applicant meeting the Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) requirements.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU Degree Apprenticeship form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.