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Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship


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Start date(s)
April, October

30 months

Blended learning

Home and EU students can apply

Entry requirements

Work experience

Candidates must have at least three years’ postgraduate work experience, which can be from any industry, including both private and public sectors, and charitable organisations.

Academic and professional achievements

You should have a good first degree awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a relevant professional qualification. If you do not have a first degree or professional qualifications you will need to demonstrate significant management or business leadership experience (normally eight years). We will also consider an academic recommendation based on interview.

The University welcomes applications from all potential students and most important in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme. Consideration of applications will be based on a combination of formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.
Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience.

All applications are considered on their individual merits and will be assessed using a collective approach, which takes into account professional status and work experience as well as academic achievement.

Numeracy and literacy competencies

We will require evidence of numeracy and literacy competencies, and you may be required to complete an authorised online aptitude test such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or School equivalent: The Bradford Test.

Apprentices must achieve English and Maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills, before taking the End Point Assessment. If you don't have the required GCSEs (or equivalent qualification) you may be asked to take tests in English and Maths.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we may need evidence of your proficiency in English through a recognised test (IELTSTOEFL or PTE-A). You will be required to achieve a minimum score of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
  • Internet-based TOEFL:
    • For EU, non-UK applicants: 94 overall, with minimum scores of: Listening – 17, Reading – 18, Speaking 20, Writing – 17
    • For International, non-UK/EU, applicants (UKBA requirement): 94 overall, with minimum scores of: Listening – 21, Reading – 22, Speaking – 23, Writing – 21; or
  • PTE-A (Pearson Test of English Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »

Learning and assessment

The programme is based on a blended learning model. Students are required to engage in self-directed learning, through consulting module study books and online resources before the delivery of the module.

Classroom sessions will allow students to revisit/reinforce their understanding of key theories and ideas, and to analyse and evaluate organisational and situational cases against taught theory. During classroom sessions, students will be expected to undertake personal research, work in groups, manage and coordinate team activities, and develop and communicate solutions based on sound analysis and logical argument using a range of media.

Students will later attend a series of online tutorials, where they will have the opportunity to discuss the specific theories and concepts with their module leader and fellow students.

Each module is assessed individually, using strategies based on the nature of the module's learning outcomes.

Assessment will typically require students to demonstrate an understanding of key managerial theories and concepts, and an ability to apply critically and creatively the various theories and frameworks to organisations and/or case-based scenarios.

All written assignments are submitted for evaluation through Turnitin - a facility within the institutional VLE.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.