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Durham University

Organisation Development

Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship


This strategic course focuses on encouraging and enabling senior managers to develop and improve performance through organisational strategy.


By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills required by a senior leader
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications.


The modules cover a range of topics, including: strategic leadership, performance management strategies, a strategic management project, implementing organisational change strategies and strategic human resource planning.


  • Participants will gain a knowledge of team leader skills
  • Achieve the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Standard Certificate and Level 7 Diploma Strategic Management & Leadership.


Tutor led workshops involving individual and group participation.

Who is the course suitable for?

This apprenticeship has been designed for any individual moving into a senior or strategic management role or a strategic leader with senior management responsibility, which may include responsibilities for setting strategy, direction and vision, for providing a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent.

Which of the 'Job Family Core Skills' are supported by this programme?

Which of the 'Realising Your Potential Approach' Behaviours are supported by this programme?


The programme will commence mid-late September and it's duration is between 18 months - 2 years. You are required to achieve a minimum of 80% attendance on the programme.

Application Process

You should discuss with your line manager whether this programme is the best way to support your development needs. If you wish to apply for a place the Apprenticeship Levy application form should be completed which can be accessed here. Please note an approval process will be followed and completing the form does not guarantee you will receive a place on the programe.


The cost of this programme is funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, further information can be found here.