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Management Level 4 & 5 Higher Apprenticeships

There are a number of components that make up a Management Higher Apprenticeship. Here you will find an outline of the qualifications you will achieve and the units and vocational areas you will cover throughout your training as well as other important information such as timescales, funding and what this qualification can lead to.


Qualifications; Higher Apprenticeship in Management, which includes: Units;

  • NVQ Level 4 or Level 5 Diploma in Management
  • Technical Certificate – Level 5 ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

The apprenticeship is made up of mandatory units which cover the essential skills required for working in a Management position, such as developing operational plans, providing leadership and direction, planning change and working productively with colleagues and stakeholders. There are then a variety of optional units to choose from which focus on the specific tasks you carry out within your role which could include:

  • Risk management
  • Promoting the use of technology
  • Customer focus
  • Managing quality
  • Market analysis
  • Managing budgets
  • Project management
  • Networking

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About The Training

Assessment method: There are various methods available that can be tailored to suit your needs, such as:

  • Observation
  • Examination of case history
  • Product evidence
  • Witness testimony
  • Questioning

All teaching, learning and assessment for the qualification will take place in the workplace. There is no requirement to attend college.

Want More Detailed Information?

View the NVQ standards here. View the Technical Certificate standards here.

What About The Future?

Higher apprentices, with support and opportunities in the workplace, can progress onto:

  • a range of Management and other Professional Qualifications at level 6 and above
  • higher education to undertake management, business or other qualifications, including Degrees or Masters in Management & Leadership, Business and Business Management
  • further employment opportunities within their current job role/alternative job roles
  • specialised qualifications providing additional technical knowledge
  • possible membership of professional bodies, including the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership & Management

With additional training, Higher apprentices may be able to progress in their careers to Senior Management or Director level roles and, in time, to Chief Executive positions.

Further Information

Entry requirements: You must be employed in a business environment carrying out management responsibilities for at least 16 hours per week. Progression into this Higher Apprenticeship may be from a wide number of routes due to the varying backgrounds and past academic and work related experiences of apprentices. The Higher Apprenticeship has been designed to be suitable for candidates from any sector or industry and as such, is a suitable progression route from almost all Advanced Apprenticeships. Such routes will include having:

  • achieved an Advanced Apprenticeship or Higher Apprenticeships in a wide range of sector specific areas, such as Retail, Business & Professional Administration or Healthcare
  • achieved the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Management
  • achieved the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Management to progress on to Level 5
  • achieved QCF Awards, Certificates or Diplomas in Management or sector specific, non-management areas
  • achieved GCSEs or A levels.

It is expected that Higher apprentices will have significant experience of working at a middle management level to ensure they have the suitable foundations on which to further build their knowledge and skills. Learners who do not have any management experience may be better suited to the Team Leading Intermediate Apprenticeship. Learners who have only limited prior experience in a management role may be better suited to the Management Advanced Apprenticeship. All individuals will be judged on their own merits, experiences and capabilities to ensure they are enrolled in the most appropriate Apprenticeship framework.

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