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Entry Requirements and Fees

Prospective degree apprentices will be recruited directly by employers or be in employment and have the following:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent or
  • A graduate level professional qualification
  • Substantial experience in a management or leadership role

Course content

Read our Senior Leader Masters (MBA) Degree Apprenticeship guide. [PDF]

This programme is open to both existing employees and newly recruited staff. On successful completion apprentices will be awarded the Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship which includes the University of Chichester MBA.

This Apprenticeship programme will examine the practice of leadership management informed by an analysis of wider management theory in a changing organisational context.

Aimed at those in strategic leadership roles, apprentices will create a detailed Personal Development Plan whilst studying key areas of management and developing ideas to drive organisational change.

Key facts:

  • Apprentices are employed full time by an employer and attend the university part time in working hours.
  • Apprentices are recruited directly by employers.
  • The programme enables businesses to upskill and motivate existing employees and recruit high-quality, talented apprentices who are trained in the way business works.
  • Degree Apprenticeships help businesses to fill higher-level skills gaps and inject new approaches, research and ideas to improve business.

We have designed our MBA around you. This means that you have choice in how to apply your learning in ways that are meaningful for you today and for tomorrow. You will learn about strategy, HR, finance, marketing, operations etc and apply your new skills in work-based projects, you benefit and so does your employer. You will work on questions about your career goals. Then you will encouraged to make active progress towards these goals. You will learn and practically apply the skills needed in bringing about organisational change, the development of your leadership and your own further reflective personal development. 

Here we will work in a group of not more than 20. In the morning we discuss the theoretical and practical applications of various topics such as strategy, HR, continuous improvement, leadership and so on. Participants will apply and practice these ideas in the group to develop confidence to begin using them in the workplace. As the course progresses participants develop a greater say in shaping the content and delivery of these sessions.

The afternoon typically begins with a ‘reading club’ where a topical paper or book is discussed in relation to the earlier session. The aim is to develop participants’ confidence in engaging with scholarly material. After this we undertake group work to discuss practical application of material in the workplace, typically this will take the form of action learning, but other group processes will be used as well.

Much of the learning and the assignment you will be doing will be in the form of projects, mainly at work. It is important to draw a picture of what these might look like, appreciating that clarity will only fully come in the conversations when you are planning these out with the Faculty and work colleagues. It is important to stress that we are not looking for grand or large projects. Learning is better achieved in smaller clearly defined project work where you can explore inter-connected themes at play with, for example, strategy, leadership culture etc. Successful projects have included:

  • The introduction of a new spreadsheet in a team to record invoicing.
  • Working with a colleague in a different department on a small project to prove a concept.
  • Investigating a new market for a product.

In selecting a project, it is important to stress that you will be encouraged to push yourself beyond your own ‘comfort zone’ towards an area of your own development goals. For example, if you work in HR, an HR project with in your existing team is unlikely to be adequately developmental if it is just ‘business as usual’. Whereas if you were working in a different team, or site or stretching your application of knowledge, this would be encouraged.

The final part of the MBA is a live consultancy project. This covers important elements such as working with the client to develop a clear brief, understanding what is already known about the subject (for example a review of the professional and academic literature) and the methods and techniques that might be required to carry out the work.

This is broad brush and accompanies conversations you need to have with the client to agree a project. Thereafter you will be allocated a supervisor when the specific details and techniques of the work can be agreed and put into place.

Content is delivered by academics that have a proven track record as successful practitioners prior to university life.

You can enquire about our degree apprenticeships by emailing

Our facilities

From September 2021, this course will be taught on the Bishop Otter campus in Chichester. This is so we can balance teaching space across both campuses and ensure our students have the best experience.

Our campuses have modern lecture theatre spaces along with seminar rooms for smaller group work and discussions. Our Learning Resource Centres are at the heart of our campuses, providing students with PC and Mac access areas, journals, books and online resources. Your subject librarian is available to help you find the right resources, guide you through assessments and order in any materials you might need.

The Support and Information Zone (SIZ) will be able to assist with many aspects of University life including:

  • General IT and library support
  • Booking laptops and computers
  • Queries relating to Academic Registry or Finance
  • Arranging appointments to see a full range of dedicated student support services such as careers, academic skills service, disability and dyslexia, and more

Both our campuses have lots of options for drinks, snacks and meal including Otters Restaurants, Costa Coffee and the SU shop.

Take a look at our campus tour page for videos and a virtual tour of all our facilities.

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

We meet one day a month (except July and August) in our Business School in Bognor Regis in the Tech Park.

Tech Park in Bognor Regis

There are eight modules, these are:

Year One

  • Organisational impact: an operational perspective
  • Developing people and teams: operational perspective
  • Understanding self and our wider impact: an operational perspective

Year Two 

  • Organisational impact: a wider strategic perspective
  • Developing people and teams: strategic perspective
  • Understanding self and our wider impact: the strategic view

Consultancy project (6-12 months)

  • Consultancy and business solutions: proposal development
  • Consultancy and business solutions: consultancy project

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

How does the money work?

  • If a business pays the Apprenticeship Levy, the apprentice's tuition fees are paid from its Digital Account.
  • If a business does not pay the Apprenticeship Levy, the apprentice's tuition fees will be joint funded by the business and the Education & Skills Funding Agency.
  • Additional professional accreditation charges may apply.
  • The apprentice is eligible for employee benefits.
  • The apprentice is not eligible for a student loan.

How degree apprenticeships work

This MBA supports participants in completing their Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship. At the end of the apprenticeship the participant is required to undertake two forms of assessment as part of the End Point Assessment, these are:

  • A project showcase. This demonstrates the work that has been undertaken by the participant on their learning journey.
  • A professional discussion. This is based upon the portfolio of work carried out by the participant.

The methods of assessment in the MBA, often in the form of work based projects, contributes to the development of their project showcase and to build the expertise and confidence for their professional discussion.

In summary, the requirements of the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship are woven within the fabric of both the content and the assessments of MBA, they are not stand alone.