Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship


Next start date: spring 2019

The Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship provides the key skills and technical knowledge to ensure graduates become competent and independent IT professionals who can deliver appropriate and efficient digital solutions.

Integrating on‐the‐job practical training with academic learning also means that graduates have an increased understanding of their organisation’s unique business needs.

The programme is based on the Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeship standard which provides apprentices with a core set of skills whilst also offering the opportunity for them to focus on one of six specialisms.

Tailored Specialisms

Cyber Security Analyst ‐ Able to identify, assess and provide recommendations to protect a business against current threats and hazards.
Indicative knowledge:
Common attack techniques, risk assessment, OS security, Network Security, Penetration Testing

Data Analyst ‐ Able to collect, organise and analyse data to improve business performance.
Indicative knowledge:
Data mining, time series forecasting, industry standard tools, data protection and legal
requirements, data structures and database design

Software Engineer ‐ Able to design, build and test high‐quality systems by applying engineering principles to all stages of the software development lifecycle.
Indicative knowledge:
Contemporary software development languages, agile development approaches, code reviews, functional and unit testing

Network Engineer ‐ Able to design, install, maintain and support communications both within and between organisations.
Indicative knowledge:
Fundamental building blocks and typical architectures, routing and internet protocols, network performance analysis

Business Analyst ‐ Able to assess the business impact of change, identify and analyse requirements to create recommendations for improvement.
Indicative knowledge:
System modelling, requirements engineering, business/organisational analysis

IT Consultant ‐ Able to advise clients how to best use technology to meet business objectives, overcome problems and increase productivity.
Indicative knowledge:
How to objectively define business problems, how to present problems and achieve user buy‐in, how to recommend options based upon business processes

Who the apprenticeship is for

This degree apprenticeship is designed for people and organisations looking to develop a broad understanding of the computing domain with a detailed knowledge of the selected specialism, and how this fits into the wider business context.

Core Skills

All apprentices will study a core set of modules covering the following topics: System design and development, Information Systems, Data collection and analysis, Computer and Network infrastructure, Cyber Security risk and threat assessment, Business Organisation and IT Project Management.

Apprentices will be addressing situations where they can develop fluent written skills, concise and engaging presentations, people management skills, and analytical and critical thinking skills.

Entry Requirements

All applicants need to be employed by an organisation in a role that provides them with the experience and exposure to a range of relevant business areas. This will ensure that apprentices can complete all elements as required by the standards.

Each applicant will be individually assessed on their eligibility, qualifications and work experience.

Delivery Model

This blended work‐based programme is taught over three years and includes 12 compulsory modules with related assessments, including a final year work‐based project.

The modules are taught through a day‐release scheme whereby apprentices attend the university campus for lectures and tutorials with our expert teaching staff.


The apprentices will undertake a range of assessments at the end of their academic modules. Apprentices must also create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge and skills developed through the programme and in the work‐place. They will complete a work‐ based project in their final year which will bring together their accumulated knowledge. The portfolio and project will contribute towards the apprentice’s End Point Assessment for apprenticeship standard.

Final Degree Award

The final degree award will be a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions.


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