Degree Apprenticeship MSc

Leadership and Management for Healthcare Practice (Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship)

School of Health and Society




Three year

Next enrolment

January 2021


In a nutshell

This leadership and management course is designed to give you the confidence to try new and creative approaches to the workplace, deal with complex leadership situations and provide effective patient/client and service outcomes. As an apprenticeship student you will study on the programme with non- apprenticeship and full-time international students, providing you with a rich and varied learning experience.

Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship programme and you will be earning a salary at the same time.

The programme is 3 years for the academic side and up to 6 months for the End Point Assessment. 

You will:
  • Learn how to deal with complex leadership situations and provide effective patient and service outcomes
  • Transform patient and service outcomes at a local level
  • Understand your organisation and become an effective leader
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence policy which impacts on patient and service outcomes
  • Benefit from apprenticeship funding via your employer and/or the Government

This is for you if...


You have a hard-working approach


You are a healthcare professional who wants to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities to be an effective healthcare leader


You are looking to develop a range of transferable skills

Course details

All about the course

If you want to implement quality improvements that are locally lead, patient-centred and clinically driven, this Masters course will help you:

  • Transform patient and service outcomes at a local level
  • Understand your organisation and become an effective leader
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence policy that impacts on patient and service outcomes
  • Understand yourself as a leader and enhance your knowledge, skills and qualities
  • Develop the skills to manage change in complex and changing health care settings
  • Develop project management skills
  • Implement a change management project
Year 1

The 'Me' in Leadership for Health Care Practice (30 credits)

Understand yourself as a leader and improve your personal leadership knowledge, skills and qualities. The module covers areas such as leadership and management approaches, narrative analysis, emotional intelligence and effective leadership.

Leading and Managing in Complex Organisations

You will be able to explore your organisation and the context within which you work. Areas covered include "what is leadership?" and understanding your health care organisation as well as theories of leadership and management including governance, strategic management and stakeholder engagement.

Year 2

Leading Change for Patients and Service Improvement

On this module you will plan for real and sustained change to bring about patient and service improvement within your health care organisation; learn how to inspire and create an environment for people to make change.

Project Management and Methods of Inquiry

This module helps you develop the skills needed in developing practice and policy. This module will develop your skills in different project management methodologies and methods of inquiry, enabling you to construct a business in relation to service improvement.

Year 3

Work Based Research Project

Work based project based on a real issue within your organisation. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

How will the programme be taught?

There is a minimum requirement of 20% off the job training. This course is delivered on a modular basis. You will attend study days throughout the duration of the module. You will be provided with opportunities to contextualise all leadership learning to your own organisation.

The course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking, and include:

/ Written assignments

/ Patchwork text assessment

/ Presentations

/ Writing of a business case

/ Viva voce (presentation and justification of the business case)

/ Critical commentary to understand own leadership and management personal development

As an apprentice you will also complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) as part of your final work-based module (EPA includes independent verification of the apprenticeship registration portfolio, a project-related oral presentation and a practical based assessment).

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What about after uni?

Upon completion of this programme, you will achieve the MSc Leadership and Management for Healthcare Practice as well as a Senior Leader Master’s degree apprenticeship. 

A taste of what you could become

Healthcare Leader



You must be employed and individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Academically, students registering to the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria.

A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK university or an equivalent academic or professional qualification (if applicable) from the UK or elsewhere i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at honours level as so deemed by the Board of College or a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate from a UK university

You will also need to have your certificates for your GCSE or equivalents for English and Maths at C or above. 


Application deadlines


Please be aware of the application deadlines below for each of our intakes. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake.

September 2020 – Friday 31 July 2020

January 2021- Monday 30 November 2020


The total cost of this apprenticeship is £18,000. 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.


Additional costs


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 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 5%. 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.

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You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

January 2021

September 2021