Senior Leader Master Apprenticeship

Creative Sport & Leisure have chosen Arden University as their higher education partner to deliver the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Industry employers have been part of developing this standard which responds to their workforce needs.

Apprenticeship Overview

A Senior Leader provides direction and vision with a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent. They take into account market trends and environmental influences, identifying longer-term opportunities and risks.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, steering change,financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.

A Senior Leader is also responsible for direction and vision. They are a role model to managers, providing governance to improve productivity and output at all levels.

Qualifications Included

Masters Degree, such as MA, MSc or MBA.

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grade 4 or equivalent) will need to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

As part of the apprenticeship, your Apprentice will build a portfolio of evidence related to your role and requirements of the end point assessment.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer, but may typically include A Levels (or equivalent).

You may also choose to consider applicants based on relevant prior experience.

Programme Level

Level 7


Expected duration of 24 to 50 months

Job Roles

Specific job roles may include: Chief Finance Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer.

Delivery Method

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week, including ‘Off the Job’ Training. The 20% training is delivered by Creative Sport & Leisure, either at the workplace, off-site or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure your apprentices develop the skills they will need to thrive in your workplace, giving apprentices a real advantage with career progression and allow the employer to build a future workforce.


On completion, apprentices can register as full members with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and/or the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), and those with three years’ of management experience can apply for Chartered Manager status through the CMI.

If you are a learner wishing to enrol on this apprenticeship please take a look at all our live vacancies, if there is not anything suitable for you listed please contact our Training Team on

Alternatively if you are employer wishing to upskill your current staff or recruit an apprentice please contact our Operations Team or telephone 01268 552218 who will be able to assist you.