Engineering Leadership and Management Executive Apprenticeship - Employer Information

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Engineering Leadership and Management Executive Apprenticeship

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Degree
    A UK honours degree (or equivalent) or a degree-level professional qualification.
  • Plus
    At least 3 years’ relevant post-graduation work experience.
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Key dates

  • Programme start date
    January and October

Employer information

Engineering your leadership talent

This innovative Executive Apprenticeship is focused on preparing engineering specialists and engineering managers for more senior leadership roles in your organisation. As well as developing management and leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours, this masters programme has an emphasis on enhancing engineering competencies, enabling your organisation to benefit from enhanced capability in this vital field. 

With a focus on decision making, strategic thinking and leading people, this Executive Apprenticeship covers essential management and leadership theory and explores this through an experiential learning approach within the context of an engineering business or function.

Key information and entry requirements

Degree Apprenticeship Standard

This programme aligns to the Level 7 Senior Leader degree apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.


By successfully completing this programme, apprentices will be awarded an MSc in Engineering Leadership and Management. On completion of an external End Point Assessment, the apprentice will also achieve a level 7 apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

Duration of programme

The duration of the apprenticeship is two and a half years.

Start date

Presently there are two entry points: January and September.

Tuition fees

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £18,000. This is the full cost of the apprenticeship which will be paid for using your apprenticeship levy.

Entry requirements

For direct enrolment onto this Executive Apprenticeship, candidates will need one of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree, or 
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or 
  • A degree-level professional qualification. 

In addition, all candidates will need:

  • At least five years’ work experience within a supply chain function by the time they start the apprenticeship.

Admission outside of these guidelines will be considered at employer request for exceptional candidates who may have extensive work experience but who do not have the required graduate level qualifications.

Employers can specify their own entry requirements for the apprenticeship in addition to those of the University.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

Executive apprentices will be working within an engineering business or function and will have a desire to further their knowledge, develop their careers and to progress to leadership positions.

Apprentices will work full-time and will complete the MSc over a 30 month period through study of block taught modules at Aston University, independent study and workplace learning.

Apprentices can range from new employees (with prior work experience) to existing staff who have grown into their role. Responsibilities can include leading people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term results. 

Course outline

Modules are taught at postgraduate level and have been structured to contribute towards achievement of the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship Standard as well as to enhance knowledge and skills specific to engineering management.

Employers benefit from the increased capability of apprentices to perform more challenging work as they gain knowledge, skills and experience throughout the programme.

Topics on offer include:

  • Mastering strategy
  • Strategic financial management
  • Developing leadership and management capability through enquiry
  • Engineering programme management
  • The business landscape
  • Research methods.

Apprentices will also select two optional modules to further deepen their knowledge of specialist areas. This is where they can tailor their apprenticeship to meet the needs of your business. 

Example optional modules include:

  • Operational effectiveness
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainable engineering
  • Customer engagement
  • Human resource management.

The course concludes with a Major Employer Project focused on a particular area of your business. The output is a workable solution or approach to a challenge or issue your company is facing.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and learning

The first two years of the programme are delivered through a block teaching approach, with candidates studying four modules each year. Teaching will be based at the University and will be in small blocks, totalling approximately 24 days per year, and using around half of the 20 per cent off the job training time that employers should allocate apprentices when studying for a degree apprenticeship. 

While at the University, apprentices will learn through formal lectures, tutorials and interactive workshops led by our industrially experienced teaching staff. We work in small cohorts that enable students to study with fellow specialists, network and learn through discussion of current industry issues. Through our experiential learning approach, apprentices will be able to apply their new skills and knowledge straight away in their workplace.

Teaching will be supported through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where candidates can engage with module content, participate in live seminars and communicate with their peers. There is also an extensive online library of content to support their studies. 

For the final six months of their programme, executive apprentices will undertake a major project based on a current challenge in their workplace.


Modules are assessed by the University for the MSc degree award through individual assignments for each module and the major employer project. Assessments have an emphasis on application of taught material within the workplace setting to deepen learning.

Throughout the programme, candidates will amass a portfolio designed to evidence development of their skills, knowledge and behaviours. On achievement of the MSc award, they will undergo an end-point assessment with an external assessment organisation to demonstrate achievement of the Institute for Apprenticeships approved Standard for a Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.

Information for prospective apprentices

If you are considering undertaking a degree apprenticeship yourself, or you want to pass on information to a colleague who might be interested, take a look at the course page dedicated to prospective apprentices.

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