Why study a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship (SLA) at BU?

  • Access local training designed to equip individuals with a strategic mindset and build leadership capabilities.
  • Develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be a successful senior leader whilst continuing your current role.
  • Study in a closed cohort of students all working within the Dorset Integrated Care System
  • Designed to equip individuals with a strategic mindset and build leadership capabilities
  • An emphasis on responsible and inclusive business linking to the UN Sustainable Development goals.
  • Opportunity to Top up to a Full Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification after course completion.

Qualifications gained upon completion: Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Postgraduate Diploma in Business

How the programme is delivered

This is a part-time, blended learning programme with around 22 months of on-course activities. Apprentices are required to study for 20% of their contractual hours which may include the following types of activities:

  • 19 days of face-to-face lectures and workshops
  • Online live seminars
  • Recorded lectures
  • Case studies and discussion boards
  • Action learning sets
  • Mentoring
  • Practical work-based activities
  • Self-study

This programme is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus or Talbot Campus


22 months on course activities followed by a 12-week gateway and end-point assessment (by an end-point assessment organisation)


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Entry requirements:

Entry criteria for the SLA is:

  • Applicants with a first degree (or equivalent) and at least three years managerial experience or
  • At least five years managerial experience for those without a first degree.

Read the full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

  • If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading. For more information see our full entry requirements.