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Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship - Employer Information

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A Levels
    Three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • Further requirements
    Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
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Key dates

  • Programme start dates
    September, November, March and June
  • Open Days
    Our next Open Day is taking place on:
    Saturday 23rd November

Flexible IT specialisms according to your strategic priorities

Starts with a technical boot camp to create work-ready apprentices with business and coding skills

90% of graduates have achieved a first class or upper second class degree

Employer Information

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, CGI 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 an understanding of the issues central to IT for your business.

Key information and entry requirements

Degree Apprenticeship Standard

This programme aligns to the Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional degree apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Qualification

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

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

Entry requirements

You can specify your own requirements in addition to the University’s. We require students to have CCC or above at A level or equivalent. Additional entry requirements from the government include:

  • A minimum of Grade C/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.
Who is this apprenticeship for?

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.

Course outline

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.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

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.

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

Assessment

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.

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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Information for prospective apprentices

If you are considering undertaking a degree apprenticeship yourself, or you want to pass on information to a colleague who might be interested, take a look at the course page dedicated to prospective apprentices.

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

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