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University of Wolverhampton with Arts Connect

Senior Leaders Apprenticeship (Arts and Culture) with MBA (Senior Business Leader) Option

Senior Leaders Apprenticeship (Arts and Culture) with MBA (Senior Business Leader) Option

Starting January 2023

This course offers leadership and management skills combined with business development acumen that will enable you to have a positive impact as a senior leader in the creative and cultural sector.

Who is it for?

The Apprenticeship is designed for individuals who are, or who aspire to be, leaders within the arts and cultural sector with responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of their organisation. 

Studying for the Senior Leaders Apprenticeship (Arts and Culture)

The programme combines face-to-face delivery with blended learning materials which provide a flexible platform for study by senior leaders. Studying for the Senior Leaders Apprenticeship will provide you with a challenging and stimulating programme, allowing you to develop new ways of thinking about strategic direction of your organisation, the wider arts and cultural sector and the way in which you can be part of shaping its future.

On successful completion of the course you will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts and Culture)
  • Senior Leaders Apprenticeship
  • Accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute for Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Level 7
  • Member of CMI (MCM) – Chartered Manager

And if you choose to complete a dissertation/work based assignment:

  • Master of Business Administration (Senior Business Leader) – MBA (Senior Business Leader)

Course Outline

Over a period of just over two years the programme will be based on six learning blocks which cover learning topics within the following specific areas of business management and leadership.

Year 1

  • Leading & Developing People
  • Leadership in the Arts and Cultural Sector
  • Financial & Marketing Strategy
  • Organisational Sustainability

Year 2

  • Strategic Evaluation for Cultural Leadership
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Business Proposal – this learning block is designed to prepare you for the next stage of the course, completion of your individual learning project for the Master of Business Administration (Senior Business Leader) qualification.

The way in which apprentices respond to each one of these learning blocks will be individualised, taking into account their professional context and employer requirements.

At the end of the second year there is the opportunity to complete a substantial individual learning project which would enable apprentices to complete a Master of Business Administration (Senior Business Leader).

To provide a link between the learning blocks and their professional practice each participant will be have a Skills Coach. The Skills Coach will provide practical knowledge, understanding and support throughout the programme and will meet with participants each Block throughout the two years of the programme.

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