Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A Levels
    Three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • Further requirements
    Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
  • Employment
    You'll need to be in a full time paid role that is relevant to the apprenticeship. This could be an existing job role you are in or a new degree apprenticeship position you are applying for.
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Course summary

Aston's longest running degree apprenticeship designed to launch your career in the IT sector. You'll choose from two specialist pathways: Software Engineering or Business Analytics. We offer degree apprenticeships in partnership with organisations including Capgemini, CGI and The Economist.

Key information and entry requirements


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.  

Duration of programme

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

Start date

September, November, March and June.

Tuition fees

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.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for a degree apprenticeship role or already be employed in a job 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.

Typically employers require:

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent BTEC) at CCC or above.* We do not require specific subjects at A-level but if a student is applying for admission on the basis of an A-level in Computing and/or Maths, we require a grade of C or above.
  • At least Grade 4/C GCSE Maths and English.

*We consider cases where borderline applicants can produce strong evidence of appropriate technical expertise (e.g. industry-relevant software development experience, involvement with commercial projects in a functional role, etc.) that is fully supported by the employer.

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.
Course outline

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 Capgemini, Virgin Media and CGI. 

You will be trained in a wide range of programming tools, methods and techniques allowing you 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?

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, 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 you the skills in software engineering you need to work on live projects when you return to your workplace.

This is followed by work-based learning tailored to your 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 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, teaching and assessment

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, 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:

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.



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.

Professional accreditation

Aston University's Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship is a Tech Industry Gold accredited programme.

Institute of Coding

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.

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Programme Directors

Alina Patelli

I joined Aston University as a PhD student, in January 2012, and progressed from young researcher to Programming Support Officer to Teaching Fellow on the Degree Apprenticeship Programme, to my current job of Lecturer in Computer Science. Before that, I obtained my first PhD degree, in Systems Engineering, from the Department of Automatic Control and Applied Informatics, at the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania. I got my BSc in Applied Science at the same university, in 2008.

I maintain an active research profile, with focus on urban technologies, specifically traffic data analysis and prediction for smart cities, evolutionary computation with applications in self-adaptive systems and metaheuristic design patterns. At the opposite end of the teaching-research spectrum, my most extensive experience comes from delivering the fundamentals of computing to degree apprentices. I have also taught, and continue to do so, an assortment of computing modules to on-campus students. In line with the university's strategy, I place a particular emphasis on company engagement. My expanding portfolio consists in providing academic expertise to the Midlands SME sector.

Andreas Schroeder

Andreas’s research and teaching interests lie in the systems and strategies needed to help businesses grow through the use of information technology (IT). He began his career as a project manager for process engineering in the chemical industry in Germany. His work led him to be involved in the design and specification of IT systems for business processes, and he decided to pursue the topic to study a Masters Degree and PhD in Wellington, New Zealand.

Andreas’s research specialties have focused on understanding how businesses select and acquire the IT systems they need, and then how to integrate them into the business to get the most value from them. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules on e-commerce, databases, business management and the global management of IT at City University in Hong Kong, The Open University and the University of Buckingham.

How to apply

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 frequently. 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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Information for employers

If you are an employer or you want to send information about this degree apprenticeship to your manager, take a look at the course page dedicated to employers.

What's it like to be a degree apprentice?

"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
What's it like to be a degree apprentice?

"My degree apprenticeship has informed my knowledge and my practice, particularly giving names to things I might have done instinctively before. I've also gained a lot of experience and confidence and this has progressed my career much faster than if I wasn't on the apprenticeship scheme."

Philip Hardwick
Degree apprentice graduate, Capgemini
What's it like to be a degree apprentice?

"Doing an apprenticeship has helped me learn on the job and given me confidence in myself. I now have six years of industry experience and a first class degree, the opportunities are endless."

Pallavi Boppana
Degree apprentice graduate, Capgemini

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