Apprenticeship Courses

Executive MBA

The Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise is delighted to add to the portfolio of UCLan degree apprenticeships the Executive MBA Degree Apprenticeship.

This vocational degree programme was designed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside national and local companies. This course is aimed at individuals in senior positions within an organisation and the course will enhance knowledge, skills, and personal development enabling employees to progress their career prospects

What is the Executive MBA Degree Apprenticeship*?

A Degree Apprenticeship is a degree you study for while working with an employer and is paid for by your employer and the Government. The course and the apprenticeship are designed to a national standard for a job role and often come with professional qualifications and accreditation.

Why study this Executive MBA degree apprenticeship course?

Individuals on the course will study a range of modules on a part-time basis and be able to put the theory into practice through work-based projects. The assessments will be agreed with their employer, to ensure that the course is fully integrated within their workplace and benefits both the employer and the participant. All UCLan degree apprenticeships fully meet all the standards outlined by the Government.

What does the course lead to?

The Executive MBA Degree Apprenticeship has been designed to provide access to development opportunities for strategic thinkers and senior managers who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of higher-level management skills further. On successful completion, apprentices may also choose to register as members with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership & Management, to support their professional career development and progression.

What qualification do I receive at the end of the course?

*At the end of your course, successful individuals will achieve an MBA from the University of Central Lancashire and upon completion of the End Point Assessment, participants will also receive the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship. The programme will equip you to create a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge, skills and competencies as applied in your workplace. Successful individuals may be eligible for Chartered Fellow or Chartered Manager member status depending on their management experience. In addition, successful individuals may be eligible for membership or fellowship of the Institute of Leadership and Management subject to requisite management experience

By integrating academic theory with practical work experience, you will become more confident as you develop new organisational and interpersonal skills, becoming an asset to a wide variety of roles in any organisation, including Senior Leader, Section Leader, Executive, Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer, Senior Military Officer and any other role with significant strategic leadership or managerial responsibilities.

The programme will be assessed in a variety of different ways.  There will be skills audits, reflective portfolios, business case studies and learning contracts.  Group-based problem solving activities are assessed from both a process and output perspective.  Presentations, group reflective reports, and individual learning journals, in addition to developing functional plans will assist in the assessment of transferable skills. The work-based assessments will be agreed with your employer to ensure that it is relevant and that it meets the needs of the business.

Entry Requirements

A first degree in a Management related subject area (minimum 2.2) and Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. This may involve previous management experience, having undertaken an apprenticeship or qualifications such as a first degree in a Management related subject area

English and Maths (grade A*- C) will be required at a minimum of Level 2 prior to the end point assessment

Non Standard entry

Applications from candidates with non-standard qualifications, e.g. relevant work experience and/or formal qualifications from other subject areas, will be considered on a case by case basis

The Modules you will study will include:

  • Strategy (20 credits)
  • Innovation and Change (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and Risk (20 credits)

  • Finance (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Development (20 credits)

  • Developing collaborative Relationships (20 credits)
  • Work Based research project (60 credits)

Please note: This course is subject to final approval and the apprenticeship standard is currently in development and its contents are subject to change.

Throughout the duration of the course you will also complete a Business portfolio which will form part of the end point assessment criteria.

Course delivery

The course will be delivered on a part-time blended learning approach. Students will be expected to attend during the University’s teaching weeks in:

  • Semester 1 (September to January)
  • Semester 2 (January – May)
  • Semester 3 (June – August) – Students continue with work-based learning.

Students will engage in learner-centred activities that focus on employability and personal development such as skills audits, role-plays and presentations, together with encouraging both peer self-analysis and evaluation will enable continuous personal and professional development.

The typical duration of the programme is 2 – 2 ½   years, depending on previous experience

How to Apply

The first step is to apply direct to an employer offering an apprenticeship position or approach an employer with the course information and ask if they are interested in the scheme. If you are already in employment then talk to your employer about the course and how your company can utilise the Apprenticeship Levy to join it.

Your employer or potential employer should then contact to begin the process of drawing up a contract and welcoming you to the University.