Degree Apprenticeship MBA

MBA Executive Education Leadership (Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship)

Salford Business School




Two and a half year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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In a nutshell

The Executive Education Leadership MBA has been designed to equip experienced education managers with the knowledge and skills required to lead a modern academy or group of academies. The programme will provide you with an understanding of operational and marketing issues that face those who lead and manage academies. Graduates will obtain an MBA Executive Education Leadership award. In addition, successful completion of the apprenticeship will require the apprentice to pass an ‘end point assessment’ (EPA) which ensures their suitability and competency for the role.

The degree apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minimum of three years work experience upon graduation. 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.

You will:
  • Develop the management skills required for success at a senior level
  • Benefit from close links with industry throughout
  • Small cohort sizes provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment

This is for you if...


You have managerial experience and wish to specialise


You want to improve your employability


You enjoy collaborative learning


You like to put learning into practice


You are a critical thinker and enjoy problem solving

Course details

All about the course

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The university and employer work closely with each other to:

(1) Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace.

(2) To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you.

The programme is relevant for those who have a minimum of three years’ experience of management within an academy, school or education organisation. If you are ambitious, creative, competitive and determined, yet realise the need for collaboration, consensus building and compromise, our MBA is for you.

Core modules

Economics with Financial Management

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.

Marketing with Operations 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.

Organisational Behaviour and Change

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.

Executive Education Leadership

This module covers:

  • Leading and managing organisational change in response to contemporary issues.
  • Evaluation of the various factors - political, economic, social, cultural and technological - that influence academy/school leaders in developing, implementing and reviewing strategic and operational goals.
  • The impact of sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility within an academy/school context and the application of business analytics within an academy/school leadership context.

MBA Business Innovation Live 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.

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.

What Will I be Doing?


Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focused. 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 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 you to develop their knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.

You will need to take an End Point Assessment (EPA) upon completion of the degree programme. This will consist of two 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.

School Overview

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Our Facilities

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.

Teacher Profile

Dr Jonathan Lord, MBA Director 

"I am a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and MBA Director for Salford Business School. I have previously been an HR Director, Manager and Consultant, working across all public, private and not-for profit sectors. Specifically, I have worked within the transport and construction industries, as well as carrying out HR projects within the public and voluntary sector.

I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the British Academy of Management and Industrial Law Society.

My specialist research area focuses on labour law and how this is governed as well as how it developed over many centuries. I am proud to have been Chairman of OPAL, a charity that advocates for adults with learning difficulties, for the last 14 years."



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What about after uni?

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.

A taste of what you could become

A leader of an Academy Trust

A school leader

And more...


What you need to know

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 2019 – Wednesday 31st July 2019

January 2020 – Friday 29 November 2019

What qualifications do I need?

The pre-checklist

In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment in a school or Academy Trust (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. You will need to be in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the programme. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see

Standard entry requirements

You must be employed full-time in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to sponsor you in order for you to do a higher or degree apprenticeship programme.

Academically, students registering on the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria. The standard admissions requirements of a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business related subject plus a minimum of three years’ experience in a management role within an academy, school or education organisation together with English and maths GCSE grade C/4 or above for this programme will apply.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also considered for partial fulfilment of entry criteria.

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?

The total cost of this master's level 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.


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.

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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Additional costs

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

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