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Senior Leadership (Senior Leader Apprenticeship) PgDip

Learn to be more effective manager, and graduate with the skills to make an impact on your workplace as you lead with confidence and consistency. 

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Become a more effective manager, and a consistent and confident leader in your workplace.

This PgDip Senior Leader apprenticeship equips you with the skills and knowledge to be an informed and impactful manager, and prepares you to apply your understanding to everyday behaviours in your career. 

Before this course, you'll typically be a mid-level or senior manager who monitors and manages the core business and management goals of your organisation. 

After this PgDip course, students may choose to continue their apprenticeship studies with our MBA Senior Leadership (Top-Up)

This is a new course and we're finalising the detailed information for this page. 

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Degree Apprenticeships



Entry requirements

September 2025 / January 2025 / May 2025 start

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent, including professional qualifications, not necessarily in a business related subject, plus at least 3 years of work experience at a professional or managerial level. Alternatively, applicants without formal qualifications, but with a minimum of 5 years of management experience, are welcome to apply.

  • All applicants to the Senior Leader Apprenticeship course must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass. Please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification, please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification.

  • All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form.

  • All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2024 / January 2025 / May 2025 start)

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £14,000.

Please see our Degree Apprenticeships page for further information.

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.


Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study modules worth the total number of credits needed for this course.

What you'll study

Core modules: 

  • Strategic Management — 15 credits
  • Strategic Leadership & Change  — 15 credits
  • Risk, Resilience and Crisis Management — 15 credits
  • Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurialism — 15 credits
  • Financial Management — 15 credits
  • Corporate Communications — 15 credits
  • Coaching Skills for Leaders — 15 credits

Optional modules: 

  • Strategic People Management — 15 credits

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How to apply

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2023, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

Finalising this course

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.