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Senior Leader (The Salford MBA) Degree Apprenticeship


School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the Government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required. Please note, due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded (by the government and the employer), apprentices will not be eligible for student finance - this includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.

Start Dates(s): September; January; June


The apprenticeship programme will be delivered across 2.5 years with a minimum of 20% off the job training.

In Brief:

  • Fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) – one of only 43 in UK and 2% of Universities world-wide
  • Small cohort sizes provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment
  • The Degree Apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time as well as taking advantage of employer and government funding.
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

The Salford MBA (Master of Business Administration) is our flagship programme, a fully AMBA accredited degree that concentrates on developing the wide ranging leadership and business management skills that you need to thrive at a senior level, whatever sector you work in.  The AMBA accreditation is your guarantee of the quality of the programme, the teaching and the outcomes.

Studying on the Salford MBA programme means you are part of a small student cohort who work together in a supportive and collaborative environment where academics and students share their learning and build their knowledge.  

You will draw on your previous management experience to join in discussion with tutors and fellow students, then use the scholarship and research to reflect your learning back into the workplace. Our broad range of modules and unique business partnerships make this programme an ideal option for ambitious executives who are seeking to improve their knowledge across a full range of advanced skill sets.

The Strategic Leadership Pathway is our generalist career development programme aimed at motivated professionals who wish to broaden their business knowledge and reach for a senior position.

The programme will provide students with an advanced, integrated and applied research informed leadership and management curriculum appropriate to global contemporary business environments. This programme aims to develop students who refl ect on their leadership style and practices and how they contributing to organisational success. Students will be able to contribute strategically to the leadership and management of an organisation from an operations or functional management perspective.

The apprenticeship is a combination of an academic programme and work-based learning. The University is responsible for the degree programme, and the employer is responsible for delivering the work-based learning.

Please note, due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded (by the government and the employer), apprentices will not be eligible for student finance - this includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.

"The Salford MBA has completely changed my way of thinking and attitude towards work. It has provided me with a new insight into how to view and run a business from top to bottom and to appreciate all aspects of it."

Basil Mohammed, MBA, 2015

Course Details

The programme will be delivered through a blended delivery model with a mixture of block delivery and online learning.

Modules will be delivered over a 12 week block with students attending taught sessions for 2 days each month.

Core Modules                                            

This module covers:                                                                                        
  • Evaluation of microeconomic theory and understanding of the macro-environment.                                                                                                              
  • Critical analysis of financial data and the impact of financial decision making on stakeholders.                                                                                                              
  • Evaluation of the principles and practice of financial management.                                                                                                              
This module covers:                                                                                        
  • Evaluation of existing ideas and themes in the broader field of marketing.                                                                                                              
  • The synergies between marketing and operations management in order to evaluate critically, the most contemporary frameworks for effective working.                                                                                                              
  • Analysis of the alternative methods and techniques for marketing and operations in manufacturing, service and international settings.                                                                                                              
This module covers:                                                                                        
  • Evaluation of theory, behaviour, people management and leadership within an organisational context.                                                                                                              
  • Critical appraisal of decision making and change management in diverse, complex and multicultural stakeholder contexts.                                                                                                                
  • Development of evidence-based critical thinking.                                                                                                              

You will then study the following module:                                          

This module covers:                                                                                      

  • Evaluation of strategic choice framework for successful change.                                                                                                        
  • Review of leadership principles in a range of organisations and demonstration of leadership skills through reflective analysis.                                                                                                        
  • Identification and evaluation of the issues that impact strategic decision making.                                                                                                        

You will finish your degree with the unique Business Innovation Project    

This module enables students to:                                                                                        

  • Undertake a rigorous and critical business project either in the UK or overseas.                                                                                                          
  • Understand and apply theory and practice to business/organisational issues by using appropriate research and problem solving processes.                                                                                                        
  • Develop and demonstrate critical analysis, rigorous enquiry, clear expression, independent judgement and reflection using relevant theory.

Entry Requirements

You must be employed full-time in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the apprenticeship programme. Academically, students registering on the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria. The typical entry criteria for this programme is a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business related subject as well as a minimum of 3 years full-time work experience with evidence of managerial responsibility. Please note: evidence of level 2 English and Maths qualifications will be required at application stage.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Unfortunately we are not able to recruit international students onto our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programmes. We do however accept international qualifications.

Suitable For

The course is specifically designed for those aspiring to work within management and exposes the student to a variety of operational and functional management concepts and practices. This will enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the operational, functional and international aspects of business and management. This programme is suitable for graduates of any discipline with three or more years’ work experience featuring a significant level of responsibility at a supervisory level. The modular structure of the programme provides good levels of flexibility to allow candidates to continue their commitment to employers or the demands of their own business.

Applicant profile

To create bold leaders we require committed students who want to grasp the opportunities that we provide. As well as on-campus learning, you’ll do some self-directed study and research outside of the classroom.  If you are ambitious, creative, competitive and determined, yet realise the need for collaboration, consensus building and compromise, our MBA is for you.

We are not looking for recent graduates for this course, it is designed to meet the aspirations of those who are in management, possibly at a modest level, who want to progress to pivotal organisational roles such as the CEO, CIO, CFO or COO of an internationally or nationally significant organisation. Alternatively, our MBA students are already running or are looking to establish their own innovative and forward-thinking business.


Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focussed.  The programme is delivered by academics who are experts in their field but who also have worked in – and maintain strong links with – industry. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by a range of learning activities such as industry visits and guest speakers. The course includes a one week international study trip to develop your awareness of national and international business.


The assessment for the modules involves both formative and summative elements. Normally, a module consists of two pieces of summative assessment. Formative assessments, including class discussions, presentation, report writing, with feedback will be provided which will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.

All apprentices will need to take an End Point Assessment (EPA) upon completion of the degree programme. This will consist of 2 distinct assessment methods; a project showcase based on a work-based project (including report, presentation and questioning) and a professional discussion based on review of portfolio.


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s beautiful Peel Park campus, just minutes from Manchester city centre.  Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

Salford MBA students are based in the MBA suite in the nearby Maxwell building.  This customised study space is available for use on a 24 hour/ 7 day basis.  Maxwell also has a selection of food and drink outlets.

The University’s library is open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year and offers a wide range of study support including 360,000 books, 600,000 electronic books, silent study areas, collaborative working areas, PC suites and lap top loan. You also have 24/7 access to study and computing facilities at the MediaCityUK campus.


The programme structure will be delivered to degree apprentices on a part-time, block delivery basis over a 2.5 year period, subject to agreement by the employer and the university. Students will attend university for 2 days each month with the rest of the content being delivered online. 

Apprentices may start at any one of three points in the year – September, January and June. 


The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 90% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 10%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Senior Leader standard has been allocated the following funding band:

Funding band: 12
Funding band maximum: £18,000

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