Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are going through a period of huge transformational change. Arden University would be very proud to work alongside the various services, to develop the leaders who will provide excellent care to our communities and who are resilient and adaptable to the evolving requirements of an integrated care system as pinpointed in People and Culture Strategy 2019-29. In line with this vision and the requirements as set out above, we are developing a new, Level 7 ICS Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme (MBA) based upon a foundation of academic excellence and understanding of the systems leadership skills required for future partnership working and success. 
 
Title: ICS Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme (MBA) 
 
Summary: The Level 7 ICS Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme (MBA) will provide a comprehensive professional development pathway for ICS leaders to develop their leadership skills and become more effective in systems thinking, adapting to the evolving requirements of the newly integrated care system. 
 
Through this leadership apprenticeship, learners will achieve a Master of Business Administration while they work, applying the knowledge, skills, and positively impact behaviours they develop to support ICS transformation change and improved care outcomes. 
 
This tailored ICA Senior Leader Programme builds on the success of our current universal Level 7 ICS Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme (MBA), launched in January 2019, and our wider apprenticeship products and services. Retention and progression remain high on our current programme with 85% retention, and as of January 21, a 100% achievement rate for assessments submitted at the end of the Oct- Jan 21 delivery blocks. Across all of our degree apprenticeship programmes, our average retention rate is 87%, progression is 90% and our overall module assessment pass rate is 96%. 
 
Completion Awards and Qualifications: On successful completion of the ICS Senior Leader Programme, learners will receive their Senior Leader Completion Certificate. Additionally, Arden University will award the MBA and the Chartered Management Institute will award a professional Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership. These extra awards will be provided at no additional cost. 
 
Start Date: We can be flexible on start dates, offering either a start date in July 2021 or October 2021, or quarterly thereafter to suit the ICS preferences. 
 
Duration: Our typical duration is 24 months plus end point assessment (EPA). Alternative duration options can be made available to suit the ICS’s preferences. 
 
Cost: Charged at apprenticeship levy cap £14,000 
 
Minimum Numbers: To ensure a high quality collaborative learning experience for all participants, we are requesting a minimum of 20 learners for the cohort to run. 
 
Entry criteria: 
Arden University have an academic entry criterion, and an experiential entry criterion to ensure inclusivity and no one is unnecessarily locked out of progressing their education and personal development. To be eligible for this senior leader programme, applicants must have either: 
 
Academic entry criteria: 
A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent, plus a minimum of two years’ management experience. Passes at grade C or above in English and Maths GCSE level or equivalent; 
 
Experience entry criteria: 
5 years’ management experience of either people, large scale projects or an organisational function/area. Passes at grade C or above in English and Maths GCSE level or equivalent; 
 
Level 2 Maths and English: 
In accordance with the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (2018), degree apprentices must hold an appropriate Level 2 qualification in Maths and English by the time the apprenticeship standard is completed. Apprentices will not pass their end point assessments (EPA) unless this requirement is fulfilled. 
 
In line with Arden University’s mandate to widen access to education, learners are accepted onto our ICS Senior Leader Programme without holding recognised Level 2 Maths and English qualifications via the Experiential Entry route outlined above. Arden University will deliver Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths for any learners who cannot evidence these qualifications. The awarding body is Pearson/Edexcel and the Functional Skills are delivered online. The guided learning hours for each qualification is 55 hours. 
 
For students whose prior learning was not taught in English we will require: 
IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element). For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element). 
Visit arden.ac.uk/apprenticeships & register your interest. 
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