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Digital and Technology Solutions BSc (Degree Apprenticeship)

Our longest running degree apprenticeship will launch your career in the IT sector. Choose from two specialist pathways: Software Engineering or Business Analytics and benefit from our employer network.

Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Work-based degree

Course format

No placements

Duration

4.5 years of blended work-based, distance and on campus learning.

UCAS code(s)

n/a

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Overview
Why explore a Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship at Aston University?

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"My degree apprenticeship proved to me how determined I am and showed me how I can tackle any subject and succeed. I believe this has taught me to be more resilient and I know that if I put the hard work in I can achieve anything. I've come a long way since I started at Capgemini and I'm now working at a senior level managing graduates. I credit this to the attitude I developed through the apprenticeship programme."

Elle Hornby
Degree apprentice graduate, Capgemini

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"My degree apprenticeship proved to me how determined I am and showed me how I can tackle any subject and succeed. I believe this has taught me to be more resilient and I know that if I put the hard work in I can achieve anything. I've come a long way since I started at Capgemini and I'm now working at a senior level managing graduates. I credit this to the attitude I developed through the apprenticeship programme."

Elle Hornby
Degree apprentice graduate, Capgemini

Course outline and modules

For students

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

You’ll be trained in a wide range of programming tools, methods and techniques,allowing you to add value to your organisation straight away. The course will help you develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need for a career in the IT sector.

The course covers applied competence in the application of IT, promotes business awareness anddeliversunderstanding of the issues central to IT organisations.

This course has been developed as part of Aston University’s contribution to the Institute of Coding (IoC) –a family of businesses and universities, funded by the Office for Students and collaborating organisations, dedicated to developing the digital skills that learners need to take advantage of the opportunities that computing and increased digitalisation are bringing. In addition to the networks of expertise that the IoC has enabled us to bring to bear on creating the course, the course tutors have been funded through the IoC.

For employees

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

You’ll be trained in a wide range of programming tools, methods and techniques, allowing you to add value to your organisation straight away. The course will help you develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need for a career in the IT sector.

The course covers applied competence in the application of IT, promotes business awareness and delivers understanding of the issues central to IT organisations.

For employers

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

Your apprentices will be trained in a wide range of programming tools, methods and techniques, allowing them to add value to your organisation straight away.

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?

For students

If you are an aspiring IT professional who wants to gain new skills and a formal degree qualification, this degree apprenticeship is for you. The course is designed to develop graduates who are creative, innovative and want to become future technical and business leaders.

For employees

If you are an existing professional who wants to develop their career in the IT profession, gain new skills and a formal degree qualification, this degree apprenticeship is for you. The course is designed to develop employees who are creative, innovative and want to become future technical and business leaders.

For employers

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 course is designed to develop employees who are creative, 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, known as the boot camp. Our boot camp is designed to give students the skills in software engineering needed to work on live projects when they return to the workplace.This is followed by work-based learning tailored to their role in the 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 focuses 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 one

The first stage of the apprenticeship is taught at Level 4 over 16 months and includes;

  • Foundations of Technology
  • Solutions
  • Professional Practice
  • Problem Solving
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Systems Development
  • Introduction to Business Organisations
  • Internet Computing.
Stages two and three

The final two stages are taught at Level 5 for 18 months and then Level 6 for 18 months. This is where apprentices will specialise their degree.

  • 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

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.

 

Real-world learning

Students spend most of their time doing a full-time job as well as studying for their degree part-time through a combination of online seminars outside of office hours and occasional sessions on campus. Everything is structured to fit around the job and is designed in partnership with employers.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for a degree apprenticeship role or already be employed in a job in England with responsibilities aligned with the degree content. Please see the how to apply section below for more information.

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.You will need:

You will need:

  • Three A Levels at CCC or above including a Mathematics based subject and a STEM subject, or equivalent BTECs.*
  • Have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering related subject.

*Please note:

  • Employers may specify their own entry criteria that can exceed this.
  • Candidates who do not have three A Levels at CCC may be considered on a case by case basis with aptitude and experience taken into consideration.

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

How to apply

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.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning, teaching and assessment

For students

This apprenticeship is delivered through blended work-based learning,Youwill begin your apprenticeship with a seven-week technical training block on campus, known as the boot camp, 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 four days on campus every six months where you can meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics.You can get an idea of what online learning sessions are like by watching our taster webinars:

Your apprenticeship is designed in partnership with your employer, so you don't need to worry about your work and study commitments clashing.

For employers

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 straight away.

The rest of the course is delivered through blended work-based 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.You can get an idea of what online learning sessions are like by watching our taster webinars:

In addition to online sessions, apprentices will need to attend on-campus teaching for four days per six month block

Assessment

For students

By successfully completing this programme, you will be awarded a BSc in Digital Technology Solutions.You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction.

Each six month block of modules requires up to two days for examinations. Your employer will know about these days well in advance and will give you study leave so you can prepare. You will also be assessed through coursework, project reports, group projects and presentations.

As part of the apprenticeship, you will undergo an end-point assessment to achieve the government approved Standard for a Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship.

For employers

Each six month block of modules requires up to two days on campus for examinations in addition to teaching days.Apprentices will also be assessed through coursework, project reports, group projects and presentations.

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.

Fees and scholarships

You will not have to pay tuition fees as a degree apprentice 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.

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £25,000. This is the full cost of your apprenticeship which will be paid for using your employer's apprenticeship levy.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions Block

Why study a Digital and Technology Solutions – Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship at Aston?

Aston’s great links with industry and experienced teaching staff will help you to develop the specialist professional skills alongside your practical work experience in order for you to excel your career.Our longest-standing degree apprenticeship is a Tech Industry Gold accredited programme and has been developed as part of Aston University’s contribution to the Institute of Coding (IoC) too, which is dedicated to developing digital skills.

You’ll be immersed in a wide range of programming tools, methods and techniques and covers applied competence in the application of IT, promotes business awareness and delivers understanding of the issues IT organisations face.

Graduate with experience, a formal degree qualification and no-debt, whilst propelling your future career within the IT sector.

Why Aston University for an apprenticeship?

Aston University has been ranked 15th in a Top 50 list of the UK’s best apprenticeship training providers (RateMyApprenticeshipAwards, 2019).We also have a history of providing our students with skills that help them to excel in their chosen careers, as well as really value our network of employer links which inform and shape our courses and teaching.

Why partner with Aston University for a degree apprenticeship?

At Aston we work really closely with our employer network, not only to ensure courses fit around the roles that apprentices have, but also to ensure the skills and knowledge they develop fit the needs of their organisation and add value to their business.

Aston University has been ranked 15th in a Top 50 list of the UK’s best apprenticeship training providers (RateMyApprenticeship Awards, 2019.) We also have a history of providing our students with skills that help them to excel in their chosen careers, as well as maintain good working relationships with employers.

 

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