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Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship - Employer Information

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Degree
    A UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification or experience)
  • Further requirements
    Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
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Key dates

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

Flexible IT specialisms according to your organisation's strategic priorities

Your staff will develop leadership and management skills in a technical context

Work-based coaching for professional and personal skills development

Employer Information

Creating leaders in digital solutions

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

Degree Apprenticeship Standard

This programme aligns to the Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist degree apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Qualification

By successfully completing this programme, learners will be awarded an MSc in Digital Technology Solutions. They 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

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £21,000. 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. Aston University students typically achieve:

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

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

Learners 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.
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.

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.

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 learners in the workplace to identify skills gaps and create a plan to advance their 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 apprentices deliver real business value for your organisation while demonstrating the skills and knowledge they have learned through the core taught modules on the programme. Learners 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. Apprentices will 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 their learning.

Each core module takes six months to complete and learners will 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 learners 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 their assignments giving learners some dedicated time for study away from the office.

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

Assessment

There are no examinations for this degree apprenticeship and learners will be graded solely on their assignments and final project. All assignments have a practical focus to help apprentices translate the theory they have learned into practical applications that will have impact in your business. Typically assignments would relate to your business setting or make use of industry case studies.

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

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.

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