PgDip Business Administration (Senior Leaders Apprenticeship)

Start date(s)

January 2022

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

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About this course

This Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship programme provides an opportunity to gain business skills whilst in employment.

  • Delivered in blocks for extra flexibility and to fit studies around existing commitments. 
  • Assignments investigate real issues in your own workplace to ensure they are relevant.   
  • opportunity to self-fund a top-up MBA qualification upon completion of this programme. 

This Senior Leaders Apprenticeship (SLA) is designed to transform participants into confident and strategic leaders. It focuses on the practice of leadership and management, has a real-world focus and is delivered by staff who are respected experts, researchers, consultants and business practitioners.

This programme has been carefully crafted to cluster the knowledge, skills and behaviour standards into a set of facilitated modules over 4 semesters (years 1 and 2).  The second part, if you choose to undertake it, is a supervised strategic business project to top-up to an MBA.


Reflecting on and showing evidence of a strategic learning journey and skills development is a key part of the apprenticeship philosophy and good leadership and management development practice.

Throughout the learning phase (semester 1-4), you will need to complete a portfolio evidencing how you have met the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard. 

You will also prepare a strategy business case proposal with a presentation and professional discussion about your portfolio for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) End Point Assessment.

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Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

On graduation from this programme you will see a marked improvement on employee day-to-day performance, confidence and learning in the workplace, as well as improvements in your ability to demonstrate new skills learned during the course.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Scholarly Business Practice
10 credits

Students will gain a critical insight into the nature of scholarly business learning and applying practice at masters level.  You will learn how to apply conceptual frameworks to learning, gaining skills and confidence in studying at masters level. You will learn to critically examine organisational situations and the impact this can. 

Leadership, Engagement and Development
20 credits

You will explore theoretical perspectives of leadership and will critically reflect on your own leadership. Effective leadership is a key contributor to organisational success, and this module will help you to gain a deeper understanding of this. You will also consider psychological and behavioural factors in a leadership context and will consider the impact that this has on others. Your ability to motivate, foster collaboration and communicate with colleagues, teams, and other stakeholders to achieve organisational success will be enhanced by your learning in this module. 

Exploring Strategy for Organisations
30 credits

[You will develop an understanding of strategic vision, strategic planning processes and behaviours that create value in sustainable and high performing organisations. You will develop the ability to analyse internal capabilities and resources to respond to the external environment, taking into account global perspectives, social, technological and policy implications to build a robust strategic plan.

Operationalising the strategy
30 credits

You will assess the relationship between strategy and practice in operationalising a business opportunity. You will study a variety of operational activities such as financial management, communications and operations and will develop a holistic approach to understanding the application of strategy. You will learn the importance of a systemic approach to identify, understand and analyse challenges and opportunities for operationalising strategies across key business functions in an integrative manner.

Transforming Organisations
20 credits

You will identify and develop opportunities to enhance performance and initiate transformational change within organisations. Studying a variety of related areas, including innovation, change management and digitalisation, and develop strategies to apply them to improve and transform their organisation.

Applied Business Research
10 credits

You will develop an understanding of how to design and produce applied business research by working as a scholarly-practitioner on projects. This module supports and provides the foundations for the applied business consultancy project.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Each module has three full days of teaching, delivered in a block of consecutive days. 

Teaching methods

Our flexible delivery approach involves face-to-face teaching and facilitation, blending online support activity, with the facility to introduce live online sessions and individual and group tutorials. 

Action learning provides a forum to bring ideas, thoughts,issues and actionable remedies to the fore. It is also a supportive andcollaborative environment for working with peers, facilitators and colleagues.

The university’s Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas) gives you access to teaching and materials wherever you study and itprovides a means for you to maintain contact and submit assignments.  

Applied learning

We work closely with participants to support their work on real-world projects and gathering evidence for the portfolio. This includes using assignments, work-based project examples and witness testimony to demonstrate the participant’s strategic development journey. A strong emphasis is placed on the workplace as a place to learn; participants integrate key concepts and theories, assessing the impact of these on their own working environment.

The ability to analyse organisational issues and apply recommendations supported by a theoretical framework is fundamental and is assessed in all elements of the programme.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

Admission to the programme is conditional on the applicant meeting the Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) requirements.

Mature entry

The course team has a strong commitment to widening participation and positively welcomes non-standard applicants. Candidates with significant management experience (>2 years) and a demonstrated aptitude for study can be accepted without previous experience of higher education. 

Overseas qualifications

Applications where an interview is not possible will need to provide additional evidence of experience and aptitude to study. This will normally be achieved by taking up employment references and a score in the recognised international admissions test for management programmes, GMAT.

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Where English is not your first language, or your first degree was not taught and assessed wholly in English, an IELTS score of 6.5 must be achieved, with no individual score of less than 6. The programme complies fully with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

For mature students, admission will normally be by interview after formal application.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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