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Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

IT Degree Apprenticeship

I worked on projects in 5 cities, and had the satisfaction of delivering multiple successful projects for clients.

James Gee
Degree Apprentice


Entry requirements

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
  • In paid employment in a relevant role

The degree apprenticeship for aspiring IT Professionals. Choose from two routes - Business Analytics or Software Engineering.

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Flexible IT specialisms according to your needs
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No student fees
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Get a full honours degree alongside relevant and practical work training
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Develop applied competence in the interpretation and application of IT

Qualification

By successfully completing this programme, you will be awarded with a BSc in Digital Technology Solutions.

Duration of programme

Four and a half years of blended work-based, distance and on campus learning.

Start date

Apprentices can start at various points throughout the year.

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees to pay for degree apprenticeships, as the costs are met by the UK government and your employer*. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.

* Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for or already be employed in a role with responsibilities aligned with the degree content. Entry requirements are set by the hiring business and not Aston University so they vary between organisations. Apprentices are selected based on their applications, an interview and an assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

Typically employers require:

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • At least Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English.

You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:

  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course 
  • Have left full time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start 
  • Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria.

Other routes

This course is also delivered as BSc Computer Science through the traditional university route.

Find out more

Programme overview

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. 

You 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 organisations.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

This degree apprenticeship is for aspiring IT professionals as well as existing professionals who want to gain new skills and a formal degree qualification. The programme is designed to develop graduates who are creative and innovative and want to become future technical and business leaders.

Programme content

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.

The second and third stages are split into two specialisms:

Software Engineering 

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

Business Analyst 

This specialism has both technical and business focus and places particular importance on the understanding and management of data.

The programme is split into three stages with stage one common for both specialisms.

Stage 1

  • Foundations of technology solutions
  • Professional practice
  • Problem solving
  • Computer systems and networks
  • Systems development
  • Introduction to business organisations
  • Internet computing.

Stage 2

Topics for both specialisms:

  • Group project
  • Professional and social aspects of computing
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Internet applications and techniques.
Topics for the Business Analyst specialism:
  • Business analytics 
  • Introduction to accounting
  • Introduction to business economics
  • System and software analysis.

Topics for the Software Engineer specialism:

  • Mathematics for computing professionals
  • Software engineering
  • Programming language concepts
  • Operating systems
  • Java program construction
  • Data structures and algorithms with Java.

Final Stage

  • Individual project
  • Information security
  • Software project management
  • Data mining
  • Strategic management - Business Analyst specialism only
  • Testing and reliable software engineering - Software Engineer specialism only
  • Interaction design - Software Engineer specialism only.

You will also have the opportunity to select some optional modules. Topics may include: 

  • Advanced database systems
  • Enterprise computing strategies
  • Managing people
  • Effective management consultancy - Business Analyst specialism only
  • International operations - Business Analyst specialism only
  • Mobile development - Software Engineer specialism only
  • Enterprise application technology - Software Engineer specialism only
  • Geographic information systems - Software Engineer specialism only.

Learning and teaching

This apprenticeship is delivered through blended work-based learning, You will begin your apprenticeship with a seven-week technical training block on campus where you will develop the core computing and business skills needed to become an effective team member in the workplace.

Then you'll spend the majority of your time in the workplace doing a real full-time job as well as studying part time. Your learning will be made up of a combination of online seminars that take place outside of office hours as well as occasional sessions on campus where you can meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics.

Study time is structured to fit around your job, as are exams. Your apprenticeship is designed in partnership with your employer, so you don't need to worry about your work and study commitments clashing.

Assessment

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.

Dr Harry Goldingay

Hr Harry Goldingay is a lecturer in the Computer Science group at Aston University, which he joined in 2010, having completed his PhD in Aston's Non-linearity and Complexity Research Group.

Dr Victoria Uren

Dr Victoria Uren has worked at Aston University since September 2011.  Before joining Aston she worked as a senior researcher on several collaborative projects and as an information scientist.

I am not employed in the industry

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are listed below and are updated on a regular basis. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

Find out more about applying for degree apprenticeships

I am already employed in the industry

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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