Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship

The BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship at De Montfort University is designed to ensure learners become competent and efficient IT professionals who can deliver efficient business transformation through digital and technology solutions. By integrating academic learning with practical training in the workplace, learners have an increased understanding of their organisation’s unique business needs.

The DTSP programme is aligned to the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship standard (Level 6), which provides learners with a core set of key knowledge, skills and behaviours, while offering the opportunity to focus on one of three specialisms, enabling tailored learning to specific business needs.

Pathways offered:

  • Data Analysis
  • Network Engineering
  • Software Engineering

This blended work-based programme is delivered over 42 months, (39 months on-programme, plus 3 months to finish the EPA) and includes modules taught at DMU Leicester campus, as well as two modules completed at the workplace and a final year work-based project.

This standard is allocated a Funding Band of £27,000 by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Please contact us directly for the price of this apprenticeship.

Download our Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship guide.

Who the apprenticeship is for?

DTSP is designed for professionals looking to earn whilst working towards a BSc (Hons) degree qualification. Similarly, the degree apprenticeship offers employers the opportunity to upskill existing employees, or recruit new talent in to a role relevant to the programme, such as Software Developers and Testers, Data Analysts, Data Scientists, IT Project Managers, Network Engineers, Database Specialists or Systems Designers.

Entry requirements

All applicants need to be employed by an organisation in the UK (not self-employed) in a role that provides them with the experience and exposure to a range of relevant business areas. This will ensure that learners can complete all elements as required by the standards.

Entry criteria

Five GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus

  • 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points or
  • T Levels Merit

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

Delivery model and assessment

Learners will be taught in blocks of one week at a time, each comprising 4 days of teaching followed by 1 day of revision. Learners may be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, laboratory sessions, practical sessions and self-directed study. Learners must also create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the programme and in the workplace.

Learners will undertake a range of assessments at the end of their academic modules. Assessment and how assessments are weighted is varied across modules. Our assessment practices reflect the best practices in teaching methods deployed by academic members of staff each year.

Learners will complete a work-based project in their final year which will bring together their accumulated knowledge. The final DTSP Synoptic Project EPA is a substantial piece of work, typically taking around 3 months to undertake alongside the learners’ normal duties to their employer.

Course modules

Learners in all pathways will study the same core modules. In the first year, modules that provide solid grounding in foundational computing topics are studied:

Year 1 modules (core)

  • Computer Programming
  • Devices, Networks and Emerging Technologies
  • Requirements Engineering
  • The IT Professional
  • Information and Data Management
  • Work Based Learning 1

Year 2 modules (core)

  • Agile Thinking in Project Management
  • Business Structure and Operations
  • Work Based Learning 2

Year 3 modules (core)

  • Digital Technology Economics
  • Enterprise Security and Privacy
  • DTSP Synoptic Project EPA

Specialist Pathway Modules

From the second year, learners will begin work on their chosen specialism. The three different specialisms offer unique options in addition to the core content:

Data Analyst: Collect, organise and study data in order to make recommendations to improve business performance

Year 2 modules (specialist)

  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Non-Relational Databases
  • Relational Databases and Big Data
  • Data Analytics in Python

Year 3 modules (specialist)

  • Data Mining
  • Legal and Ethical Information Management
  • Advanced Database Management
  • Data Visualisation

Network Engineer: Design, install, maintain and support communication networks within and between organisations

Year 2 modules (specialist)

  • Routing and Switching
  • Cloud and Edge Computing
  • Networking Quality of Service

Year 3 modules (specialist)

  • Enterprise Networks
  • Mobile Communication Systems and Infrastructure
  • Concurrent and Parallel Computing
  • Cyber Events Management

Software Engineer: Design, build and test high-quality software solutions to meet business needs

Year 2 modules (specialist)

  • Software and Information Security Management
  • Object Oriented Development
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Principles of Network Development

Year 3 modules (specialist)

  • Functional Software Development
  • Rigorous Systems
  • DevSecOps
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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