Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship for aspiring IT professionals

Digital and Technology Solutions is the most established degree apprenticeship at Aston. It was the first degree apprenticeship offered in the UK and has developed capable professionals at companies including Virgin Media and Capgemini. 

Apprentices will be immersed in a wide range of programming tools, methods and techniques. The course covers applied competence in the application of IT, promotes business awareness and delivers understanding of the issues central to IT for your business.

Apprentices can range from new employees with no previous IT experience to existing professionals who have grown into their role, but lack a formal degree qualification.

Roles can include anything with a significant consultative or development focus.

The apprenticeship is taught at undergraduate level. The first stage starts with on-campus technical training in the foundations of technology solutions. This is followed by work-based learning tailored to the individual role in your business and blended learning, providing a foundation for further university study.

After the common first stage, there are two routes your apprentice can take:

Business Analyst - This specialism has both a technical and a business focus placing particular importance on understanding the management of data.

Software Engineer - This specialism has a technical focus and teaches practical programming skills as well as the foundations of computer science.

First stage topics on offer include:

  • Foundations of technology solutions
  • Problem solving
  • Computer systems and networks
  • Systems development
  • Internet applications
  • Human-computer interaction.


Business Analyst specialism covers:

  • Business analytics
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • System and software analysis.


Software Engineer specialism covers:

  • Maths for computing
  • Software engineering
  • Programming language
  • Operating systems
  • Java programme construction.


Apprentices will then choose from a variety of optional modules tailored to their pathway.

The degree apprenticeship begins with a seven-week technical training block held on campus, delivering core computing and business skills to enable apprentices to become an effective team member in the workplace. 

The course is delivered through blended learning. Most teaching is delivered through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Online teaching gives apprentices the flexibility to study from any location without the need to frequently travel to the Aston University campus.

Each six month block of modules requires attendance at four on-campus teaching days and an additional two days for examinations. As part of the apprenticeship, the candidate will undergo an end-point assessment to achieve the government approved Standard for a Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship.

The course runs for four and a half years. Apprentices can start at various points throughout the year.

You can specify your own requirements in addition to the University’s. 

Aston University students typically achieve ABB at A level or equivalent. Additional entry requirements from the government include:

  • A minimum of Grade C or 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the course
  • Have left full time education when the apprenticeship starts
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Right to work in the UK.

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