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MBA Business Scale-ups (Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

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Course type



Liverpool Business School

Study mode

Part Time (2 years)

About your course

The MBA Scale-ups Degree Apprenticeship at Liverpool John Moores University has been designed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to help businesses to scale up and achieve growth.

  • Focuses on the key areas a business would need to investigate to assess the scale-up potential
  • Addresses an emerging national priority to help business growth, as identified by the Scale-up Institute’s independent report to Government
  • Meets business needs and is tailored to the individual learner, with flexible start dates available
  • Applies proven management and leadership development approaches
  • Benefit from committed, experienced and insightful teaching teams with strong backgrounds in business
  • Enrol on this up-to-date programme equipped for an unpredictable business environment
  • Enjoy learner coaching and regular workplace visits which are built into the programme

Introduction to the School

The Liverpool Business School is a forward looking, professional, business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do.

The School provides responsive business education that prepares graduates for a wide range of business and management careers. We are proud of our approach to providing business education, which emphasises practical knowledge and its application, delivered by supportive and approachable staff.
Throughout its history, the School has served the business needs of the North West through programmes which focus on developing professional capabilities required by a contemporary, dynamic economy. The School emphasises the power of education and practical application of research to improve the employability of people entering private, public and voluntary sectors, boosting the productivity of work forces, generating innovation and growth.


The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool's growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences.

As well as high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and ground floor cafe, the School has a state-of-the-art professional suite, with the capability to host conferences and seminars plus a dedicated postgraduate and research area.

Redmonds Building 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.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Our approach to how managers and leaders learn uses proven management and leadership development approaches.

At the centre of our philosophy is the notion that we learn best from experience and applying our learning, so action learning and coaching are a key part of our programmes.

This approach encourages strong peer learning groups where managers learn from each other in recognition of the fact that management and leadership development is a social and collaborative process.

We take learning from the workplace seriously. Consequently, everybody brings their experience from their area of expertise with them and is encouraged to share how learning has been applied and improved practice in their workplace.

The programme is  personalised to individuals and customised for businesses so that they can apply the necessary management practices to ensure that:

  • learning results in improved workplace performance.
  • skills are practiced and knowledge applied
  • time away from work is kept to a minimum with learning happening in the workplace

A range of  teaching approaches will be discussed with your organisation to design a robust learning process that fits within the culture and direction of your organisation.  Approaches that will be discussed include:

Recognising the workplace as an important place to learn

Learners will apply ideas in the workplace, improving their skills through a range of workplace activities and then reflecting and reviewing this practice with peers on the programme. All the assessments are applied and related to the individuals' own workplace.

Self-development planning

Organisational processes can be applied to ensure that individuals plan to develop their own strengths in line with business competencies and values, and to recognise their own personal needs.

Using 'flipped learning' 

This reverses the conventional process of teaching by providing the content prior to the teaching and learning session using a virtual learning environment, so that the focus of the workshop becomes about active learning and application of theory to practice.

Coaching and peer-to-peer coaching

Coaching not only enables the individual learner to tailor the programme to meet their needs, but it also provides the opportunity for the organisation to propose business critical skills and values which can become a part of the development activities. It is important to develop skills in coaching others, as well as being supported by a coach. Peer coaching is incorporated to develop skills and practice as a coach with a peer on the programme.


Action learning

This will be adopted as a supportive and collaborative approach to learning to manage. Action learning will be used to support personal development, where issues and challenges from the workplace can be discussed. This approach to management learning provides a forum to bring ideas, thoughts and issues and allow a collaborative learning process to develop ideas for action.


For each theme there is the possibility of designing an in-company project or series of projects to ensure that business needs are met. It presents an opportunity for knowledge and skills to be applied to practice by delivering something of value to the organisation


Key note speakers will address current issues, emerging practice and thought leadership. The intent is to foster the need to be continually updating and engaging with the ways in which management in organisation is changing. Depending on the delivery pattern agreed, there is potential for one key note for each of the themes.

Programme outline and structure

A 'scale-up' is an enterprise that is experiencing significant growth rates in employees and turnover, over a number of years ( This programme is suitable for those experiencing growth and wishing to scale what they do, and also for those who consider there are indications of growth which they intend to maximise.

Nationally, scale-up businesses have been identified as a priority area, recognised by the appointment of a scale up champion in Government who aims to increase the number of businesses maximising opportunities to reach their growth potential. This will feed into the government's Industrial Strategy.

Liverpool Business School has developed this MBA, which complements the work that the Scale-up Institute is doing with organisations and supports wider government objectives for scale ups.

An MBA equips a manager to have a broad and rich understanding of business and how to manage effectively. This scale up MBA focuses on the key areas a business would need to investigate in order to assess the scale up potential. The course combines the key management disciplines from the QAA and CMI benchmark statements with recent national research on the drivers of business scale up.

The MBA Business Scale up is structured in four phases:

Phase 1 Accelerating Business Growth - provides an intensive focused range of interventions aimed at realising the potential of growth within businesses.

Phase 2 Developing the Business for Scale – brings together the different strands of scaling up a business investigated in phase 1 and considers how they integrate in order to develop a business. The focus is on the business development needs and strategies for accelerated growth.

Phase 3 Leadership Strategies to Enable Growth - the leadership strategies needed to encourage growth in the business. This emphasises individual leadership and the importance of equipping other leaders within the organisation to enable growth.

Phase 4 Business Growth Project – brings the strands together in to a significant project aimed at impacting the business.

LJMU offers employers a customised programme with in-company delivery options to suit your business needs. Learners will have one three-day block of study per 4-8 weeks.

What you will study on this degree

There are four phases to this MBA.  Please see guidance below on modules for further information on what you will study in each phase. There may be some changes before you start your course.

The first phase focuses on the core themes to accelerate business growth.

Phase 2 draws together the lessons from the first phase into a coherent business development plan, where practices are adapted, applied, and evaluated. It Integrates leadership approaches and strategies needed to enable accelerated growth in the business.

Phase 3 explores the strategies to ensure that the business benefits from research-informed practice and thought leadership to lead in its field and sector, and secondly to generate new evidence-based research from practice to shape future growth. The emphasis is upon discovery of ways in which the business continues to lead in its growth aspirations. 

Finally, a strategic project builds the evidence base for scale up strategies, and addresses a significant and strategic area for your business.

Phase 1 – the core themes to accelerate business growth:

  • Scale-up leadership ( 10 credits)
  • Fast strategy for market access (10 credits)
  • Productivity, talent and performance (10 credits)
  • Finance for Scale-ups (10 credits)
  • Leading Agile Projects and Change (10 credits)
  • Digital and technological Innovation (10 credits)

This first stage is equivalent to a post graduate certificate and focuses on surfacing the key issues and opportunities for accelerated business growth.

Phase 2

Draws together the lessons from the first phase into a coherent business development plan where promising practices are adapted, applied, and evaluated.

  • Business Development ( 30 credits)

Phase 3

Integrates the leadership approach and strategies needed to enable accelerated growth in the business

  • Leading Business Growth (20 credits)

Phase 4

Explores the strategies to ensure that the business benefits from research informed practice and thought leadership to lead in its field and sector, and secondly to generate new evidence-based research from practice to shape future growth. The emphasis is upon discovery of ways in which the business continues to lead in its growth aspirations.

  • Research Strategies for Practice (10 credits)

A strategic project builds the evidence based for scale up strategies, and addresses a significant and strategic area for the business.

  • Business Growth Project (60 credits)

How will I be assessed?

All assignments are applied to the workplace and include reports, presentations, projects and portfolio development.

​In addition to LJMU assignments throughout the course, learners will undertake an end point assessment to ensure they meet the masters level apprenticeship standard. 

​LJMU academic staff will visit apprentices in the workplace at various points throughout the duration of study. This is to ensure that apprentices are building their portfolio and linking learning to their current role.

Staff research interests

Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.

All of our research is driven towards real-world application and measurable business impact. We have the knowledge base, the advanced tools and the expertise to allow regional businesses to raise their game.

Thanks to a strong tradition of working with regional businesses through UK Government sponsored Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), we can provide a framework for collaborating with client organisations to turn research and intellectual property into a viable service or product for local, national or global application.

Entry requirements (Home)

Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme. and have at least two years postgraduate, relevant experience in the workplace, with the typical entrant having substantially more than this.

Given the nature of learning and the assessment of learning, participants would normally be in a position where they undertake important management decisions.  Admission to the programme therefore requires a mix of experience, academic development and intellectual aptitude.  Admission will normally be by interview, after formal application.

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

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.  The programme leader will set a GMAT score from time to time.

English and maths will be required at a minimum of level 2.  This can be obtained during your study if you do not currently hold these qualifications so that you can complete these qualifications prior to your end point assessment.

Where English is not your first language, or your first degree was not taught and assessed wholly in English, an IELTS score of 6.0 must be achieved, with no individual score of less than 5.5.

Will I be interviewed?

​Yes. Applications where an interview is not possible will need to provide additional evidence of experience and aptitude to study.


6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

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International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

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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