Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Degree
    A UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification or experience)
  • 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.
More information

Key dates

  • Programme start dates
    March and September

Flexible IT specialisms according to your career path

Develop leadership and management skills in a technical context

Work-based coaching for professional and personal skills development

We offer an accelerated pathway for those with relevant professional experience

Course summary

This masters level degree apprenticeship is designed to transform graduates into digital solutions leaders. Split into two key specialisms, Software Engineer and Data Analyst, learners will build a core of leadership and technology management skills before honing their expertise in their chosen specialism.

Key information and entry requirements

Qualification

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

Duration of programme

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

Start date

April and September

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 £21,000. 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:

  • An honours degree in a related subject (or equivalent qualification)
  • At least Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English.

Candidates without a background in computing may also be suitable for the programme but would need to complete additional training agreed with Aston University and their employer prior to beginning this degree apprenticeship.

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

Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist is a level 7 degree apprenticeship to train technical professional into leaders in their specialism. Apprentices will build their leadership and technology management skills while deepening their knowledge of their chosen specialist route.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

This programme is suitable for graduates with a background in computer science looking to advance their careers in the tech and digital sector by studying for a masters degree. It also provides junior data analysts and software engineers a pathway for career development by honing their technical skills into specialisms.

Programme content

The Digital and Technology solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship is taught at masters level and will give learners the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become specialists in their field through practically orientated learning sessions.

The programme is split into two specialist streams:

  • Software Engineer – This specialism has a technical focus and teaches the development, implementation and evaluation of complex software solutions.
  • Data Analyst – This specialism focuses on the investigative and interrogative skills required to work with big data.

Stage one:

In stage one apprentices will study three core modules alongside a personal and professional development programme.

  • Technology Management
  • Leadership and change
  • Either Software Engineering or Data Analysis

The Professional practice module runs throughout the duration of stage one. Beginning with a skills audit, a development coach will support you in your workplace to identify skills gaps and create a plan to advance your personal and professional competencies and evidence them in a skills portfolio.

Stage two:

The final stage of this degree apprenticeship is an extended project. This project module is designed to help you deliver real business value for your employer while demonstrating the skills and knowledge you have learned through the core taught modules on the programme. You will be supported by an academic tutor throughout the project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

This programme is taught predominantly through online distance learning using our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. You’ll log in to this platform to watch live and recorded lecture content, take part in activities and access a wealth of online academic resources to support your learning.

Each core module takes six months to complete and you’ll be expected to attend two one-week face-to-face teaching blocks on campus per module. Typically this would be one session in the middle of the module and one towards the end of the module. These sessions will give you the opportunity to work with our academic experts in person, take part in discussions and joint work with the cohort of apprentices on this programme. This time will also be used to work on your assignments giving you some dedicated time for study away from the office.

The Professional Practice module is taught through work-based learning. You will be assigned a professional supervisor who will visit your workplace and support your professional and personal development in the context of your business.

Assessment

There are no examinations for this degree apprenticeship and you will be graded solely on your assignments and final project. All assignments have a practical focus to help you translate the knowledge you have learned into practical applications that will help you advance your career. Typically assignments would relate to your own business setting or make use of industry case studies.

As part of the apprenticeship, you will undergo an End Point Assessment to achieve the government approved standard for the Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship.

Programme Director

Dr Harry Goldingay

I am a lecturer in the Computer Science group of Aston University, which I joined in 2010, having completed my PhD in Aston's Non-linearity and Complexity Research Group.

I am the Associate Dean for Degree Apprenticeships in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and have been involved with degree apprenticeship programme creation.

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.

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