Pearson Senior Leaders Master's Degree Apprenticeship
Pearson are pleased to provide Senior Leaders Master's Degree Apprenticeship for their employees.
The Senior Leaders Master's Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) is a postgraduate programme designed to develop authentic leadership, financial fluency, agility and a thorough understanding of risk–based management throughout a team; essential skills for modern leaders.
Created for those who aspire to senior executive functions within an
organisation, it's an ideal programme for talent development, including but not limited to Senior Manager, Head of Department, Senior Executive and Director.
Below you will find more details on the progamme.
- Course title: Senior Leaders Master's Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA)
- Salary: Employer Dependent
- Location: MidTown Campus
- Start dates: September or January (subject to contract and minimum numbers)
- Fees: See below
- Duration: 18 months
- Study mode: Full time (block release)
In this course, you will be studying the following modules:
Adding Organisational Value 1: Techniques - 30 credits
This module is a precursor to the rest of the programme and seeks to prepare you for the research and work-based project elements of the programme. In particular it examines the process and techniques that will be required to carry out a research-based project for an organisation in the follow on module.
The main focus of the module will be around project management and advanced research techniques in preparation for bespoke organisational projects. Due to the extended workplace project requirements of the other modules on the programme, there is no workplace project in this module.
Contemporary Strategy - 30 credits
This module will enable you to develop a broad understanding of strategic thinking which brings together many of the elements of a successful organisation. A core strand of contemporary strategy is innovation, particularly in a digital context, and this module will help enable you to understand and apply innovation methodology to specific organisations.
This module will bring together established and emerging strategic thinking with the latest practice and thinking in innovation. The module will explore contemporary strategic thinking and the role that innovation has played in the success of high growth organisations. Significant corporate failures since the credit crisis will also be analysed. The module will also cover core aspects of the innovation process before building to current techniques.
Purposeful Leadership and Management - 30 credits
Leadership is a personal journey and not necessarily reflective of an individual’s position in an organisation. This module will enable you to personally reflect on your authenticity as a leader and develop techniques to improve your effectiveness as a leader. Linked to this primary aim, the module will require you to consider the concept of purpose at both an individual and organisational level.
The primary objective of this module is to develop a systematic understanding of senior level leadership and management through practical application. The module will focus on personal effectiveness skills as a leader and interpersonal excellence skills as a leader, manager, and team player. Special emphasis will be given to contemporary communication skills, particularly through the use of technology, to help further develop engaging and persuasive style, unique to each student.
Finance, Technology and Risk Management - 30 credits
This module will enable you to have a contemporary understanding of, and the ability to apply, the skills required of senior leaders in three inter-linked areas which are crucial to the sustainability and competitive advantage of successful organisations. In particular you will develop a risk-based approach to operations and strategy, a financial fluency and a conceptual understanding of forms of technology that will underpin business over the next decade: blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.
Change Management and Digital Transformation - 30 credits
This module will enable you to develop the capacity and knowledge to effect meaningful change in an organisation. In particular the module will focus on the substance of digital transformation within organisations and facilitate reflection on how successful transformations occur.
The primary objective of this module is to further develop change management knowledge and skills in a digital world and equip you with the tools to manage it. Both macro (organisation) and micro (individual) levels of change will be covered. Special emphasis is to be given to the human/people aspect of change and digital transformation. Through use of case studies
and workplace project, you will learn how to lead change through your actions and through others and devise change management plans best suited for organisation and type of change. Your leadership styles will be explored from change angle and this course hopes to raise the level of empathy students demonstrate to others during the process of change.
Adding Organisational Value 2: Major Project - 30 credits
This module is the culmination of the programme and will enable you to demonstrate your ability to design and carry out a self-directed piece of research-based work that directly contributes to the strategic objectives of a specific organisation.
This module follows on from Adding Organisational Value 1, which focuses on the skills and techniques required to carry out the requirements of this module.
This module aims to allow you to independently identify organisational, industrial or consumer based problems, opportunities or issues that require a substantial level of structured research activity in order to draw significant conclusions/recommendations, in the form of a contemporary research project. The module will allow you to contextualise real life problems or opportunities, applying the knowledge, skills and understanding to address a selected issue.
For more information about the modules, please see the module specifications page.
You will be assessed mainly by two methods – coursework and presentation
Assessments for certain modules will take the form of work produced in non-time pressured conditions. Your tutors will provide information and support during the completion period of this type of assessment.
It is really important that you develop high quality oral presentation and communication skills. Many employers will expect you to have excellent communication skills, and therefore we ensure that as part of the course you will have the opportunity to develop these. For certain modules, you will be required to present your research findings and conclusions orally on set
topics, either individually or with members of your peer group. You will have the opportunity to practise your oral communication skills in the relevant module before you are assessed on them. In some cases, the oral presentation may be supported by other materials, which may take the form of standard text, presentation slides or other visual aids. These will be graded in accordance with the general criteria for oral presentations.
Using a multi-dimensional approach is beneficial as it assesses both oral and written communication skills, alongside your capacity to work in a team and individually under pressure. Therefore a combination of assessments will normally be adopted for each of the modules.
Here is the assessment breakdown for each of the modules:
Adding Organisational Value 1: Techniques
- Coursework - 85%
- Presentation - 15%
- Coursework - 50%
- Two presentations - 50% (25% each)
Purposeful Leadership and Management
- Coursework – 70%
- Presentation – 30%
Finance Technology and Risk Management
- Coursework – 70%
- Presentation – 30%
Change Management and Digital Transformation
- Coursework – 60%
- Two presentations – 40% (15% and 25%)
Adding Organisational Value 2: Major Project
- Coursework – 85%
- Presentation – 15%
You will have the opportunity to receive constructive and developmental formative feedback, typically as part of the teaching for each module, typically in seminars and over the duration of the work-based projects. You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on summative assessments once grades have been released.
End Point Assessment
The final part of your degree apprenticeship is a successful completion of the End Point Assessment.
Gateway to the End Point Assessment
A gateway process is used for the College to confirm to the End Point Assessors that you have met the pre-requisite requirements before you move to the End Point Assessment. These are: completion of the degree, completion of a work-based project and holding a portfolio.
End Point Assessment
The EPA consists of 2 distinct assessment methods:
1. Project showcase, based on work-based project, including report, presentation and questioning (50% of the mark)
2. Professional discussion, based on review of portfolio (50% of the mark)
The SLMDA Assessment Plan can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeship’s website
Your overall workload will be divided between teaching sessions and learning achieved mainly through work-based project. All modules, apart from the first and final one, consist of three days of intensive class teaching, followed by a 4-6 weeks long work-based project, which is followed by a final two day intensive teaching.
The first module (Adding Organisational Value 1: Techniques) will consist solely of four days of lectures and interactive seminars. The final module (Adding organisational value 2: Major) will consist of one day of class teaching, followed by a 6-10 weeks long work-based project, which is followed by a final one day teaching.
The teaching element will consist in a combination of lectures and seminars.
Lectures provide an introduction to each topic area, contextualising your pre-reading and drawing out interesting points of academic interest in a practical, business context.
Seminars provide a forum for students to practise techniques, explore and apply theory to problems and case studies, developing your skills and deepening their knowledge in the process.
They also provide a forum for collaborative and individual reflection, particularly after the work-based element of each module.
Seminars will be led by a module tutor. The maximum seminar group size will be 30 learners.
The work-based projects for this course will take place over a minimum of 4 weeks in a workplace setting under regular mentorship from the module tutor and the company mentor.
This element will help enable unique opportunities for self-development, workplace and academic feedback and peer to peer reflection back in the classroom.
During this phase of learning you will be mentored on a regular basis by academics to help enable reflection during the projects.
Examples of work-based project assessments:
- Contemporary Strategy - Strategic review project
- Purposeful Leadership and Management - Personal leadership strategy
- Finance, Technology & Risk Management - Risk Assessment exercise
- Change Management and Digital Transformation - Internal change project
- Adding Organisational Value 2 - Major research project linked to an organisation’s strategic objectives.
In preparation for the End Point assessment, you will need to create a portfolio during the on-programme period, with evidence demonstrating knowledge, skills and behaviour outcomes. Evidence can be in the form of reports, minutes, emails, stakeholder/customer comments, performance reviews, presentations etc.
To aid you in your journey, you will have an access to a variety of materials to aid you in your learning. At the start of your programme, you will attend a workshop on Good Academic Practice. Moreover, our OLE platform offers an online module focused on improving your study and research skills and academic writing. Finally, the Online library also offers an extensive range of literature on both study skills and academic writing.
For further details, go to our Learning Resources page. Students with additional needs or disabilities are supported by the Student Services team.
We will always aim for the block teaching to start on Monday (for example, Adding Organisational Value would run Mon-Thurs, Purposeful Leadership and Management Mon-Wed and Mon-Tues), however there might circumstances where this won’t be possible. Should this happen, we will be able to tell you the teaching days at least two months in advance.
On an apprenticeship, your tuition fees are paid and you will therefore not be eligible to obtain a tuition fee loan.
In addition to your tuition fee you will need to budget for your living costs and some other costs associated with your studies. An additional re-attendance fee of £2,100 per 30 credit module is charged if you need to repeat a module.
Pearson Business School has a “bring your own device” policy: you will need to have your own laptop or tablet computer to access the learning materials on the Online Learning Environment, as well as the books, journals and databases available from our online library. The cost of a laptop or tablet varies according to your personal preference but we have prepared some guidance on the specification to choose. See PC requirement.
At our Midtown campus you will have the benefit of access to free printing and photocopying facilities. However, you will have to purchase, notebooks and other ordinary stationery items. You may wish to purchase your own copies of the recommended textbooks, but please note that all textbooks are available to students in electronic editions.
If you will not be living at home, you will need to pay for accommodation. For up to date details of Pearson College London’s accommodation partners and estimated rental costs, go to our Accomodation page. You will incur transport costs travelling to your classes, work and to events, such as industry workshops, which may take place elsewhere in central London. Details of public transport costs are available from the Transport for London website. There may occasionally be an optional opportunity for you to attend an event outside central London for which you would need to pay the transport costs, should you choose to attend.