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Public Management and Leadership Level 7 Apprenticeship

Start date
2 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
The Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

Our aim at the Institute of Local Government Studies is to support you to gain the practical knowledge and skills required to be an effective and dynamic leader across the public sector.

The public sector is a changing, challenging, and rewarding environment to work in and for over 50 years the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the University of Birmingham has been at the forefront of the provision of training and critical thinking on issues facing the sector.

This programme builds on our decades of experience to provide a state-of-the-art Public Management and Leadership Apprenticeship. The programme has been designed in close collaboration with employers, and in partnership with the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE), to ensure that learners are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to be an effective and dynamic public sector leader.

The programme is innovative in its design and is at the forefront of best practice, blending interactive online study with campus based ‘face-to-face’ enquiry-led activities, drawing together the strengths of these different platforms to ensure a high quality learning experience. At various points throughout the programme senior leaders from across the public sector will join us to share their experiences and offer case study examples allowing you to benefit from the invaluable experience gained by others.

Why study this course?

  • Flexible delivery through online and campus based study to accommodate learner and employer needs
  • The programme is underpinned by research that is at the forefront of understanding and navigating developments in the sector
  • Enrolment on the programme will enable you to build new networks and connections, develop as public sector service leader and work with new ideas and approaches to solve organisational challenges
  • In addition to your Apprenticeship, the University provides apprentices with membership of the Chartered Management Institute for the duration of the programme and one year afterwards as either Chartered Managers or Chartered Fellows
  • Fully levy-funding compliant with advice and guidance from our Apprenticeships team

Our Public Management and Leadership Level 7 Apprenticeship, aligned to the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Standard, will allow you to gain a PGDip in Public Management and Leadership funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. On successful completion of the PgDip, you will have the opportunity to gain a full Masters. Please contact us for further details.


The programme is also structured in such a way as to ensure that a community of practice is facilitated; providing a strong network of new leaders who will continue learning and supporting one another long after the programme is completed.

You will be required to complete six compulsory (core) taught modules for the PGDip and compile a portfolio of work-based evidence. 

Core modules


The Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

All employers who have a payroll over £3 million pay an Apprenticeship Levy. They can use this levy to fund your enrolment on the programme.

How To Apply

You will need to apply for the Apprenticeship through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria.

For all enquiries relating to this Apprenticeship programme please contact our Degree Apprenticeships Team:


Our Standard Requirements

The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Subject to review of their CV and covering letters, candidates without a first degree may be admitted onto this programme. It will also be at the discretion of your employer whether you meet their requirements for the course.


International Requirements

Typically, taught modules are assessed through a variety of essay-based and task-orientated assignments. Each module will include one or more assignments, equivalent to a total of 4000 words per module. You will have a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance throughout the programme, as well as a practice-tutor who will provide support in your workplace.


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship we will offer the opportunity for learners to achieve a full Masters level qualification via completion of a 60 credit dissertation. The cost of completing the Masters will be £4,000 which can be funded by the employer or individual, or a combination of both. Discounts and scholarships may be applied in certain circumstances, please contact us to discuss.