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About the course

This digital technology solutions apprenticeship is the latest standard to be offered here at Solent. Higher and degree apprenticeships give you (or your staff) the opportunity to earn a recognised university qualification while making an essential contribution within the workplace. Apprentices are full-time employees at their sponsoring organisation, and spend one day each week completing assignments or attending lectures. A degree apprenticeship lasts between three and six years.

As a digital technology solutions apprentice you will learn skills that are relevant to your specific job role. You’ll be guided by a curriculum that has been developed in association with BT, HP, IBM, GSK and a range of other household name businesses. Depending on which route you and your employer choose, you will have the opportunity to learn valuable industry  knowledge which will prepare you for accreditations from CISCO, the EC-Council, SAS and Oracle

Throughout the apprenticeship, you'll gain core technical knowledge that encompasses project management, business strategy, developing and delivering technology and software solutions, computer networking, and data management.

The apprenticeship offers a number of pathways, depending on where you wish to specialise:

IT consultant - IT consultants require a broad set of skills in areas such as business analysis, solutions development, network infrastructure, data, and cyber security. They use their consulting skills to advise clients on how to best utilise technology to meet business objectives and increase productivity. They also provide strategic guidance with regard to technology, and facilitate changing business processes through enhancements to technology solutions. IT consultants also provide technical assistance and often provide training.

Software engineer - A software engineer needs to be able to design, develop, build and test high-quality software solutions. This role requires apprentices to apply engineering principles at all levels of the software development process. This includes requirement gathering, analysis and design, development and data requirements, while ensuring security robustness is built in. Software engineers typically work as part of a larger collaborative team and will have responsibility for significant elements of software projects.

Network engineer - The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. They need to maintain high levels of network performance and availability for users. They need to understand network configuration, cloud, network administration, and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance. Network engineers must be proficient in technology solutions to be able to analyse system requirements to ensure the network and its services operate to desired levels. They must also understand data traffic and transmission across the network and have a major role to play in ensuring network security.

Data analyst - The role of a data analyst is to collect, organise and study data that can provide new business insight. This data is then compiled and used to inform decision making at all levels of the business. A data analyst is involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregate data across the network infrastructure. They also have a good understanding of data structures, software development procedures and the tools used to undertake standard and custom analytical studies, providing data solutions to a range of business issues.

Business analyst - Business analysts are responsible for assessing the impact of change - capturing, analysing and documenting requirements; and working with stakeholders to deliver projects that meet business requirements. They create detailed analysis of systems to make recommendations for improvement and produce specifications of user requirements that enable software engineers to develop the right software solutions. They require a broad set of skills and knowledge to be able to be effective as their work incorporates all aspects of digital technology systems.

Cyber security specialist - A cyber security specialist is responsible for the implementation, maintenance and support of the security controls that protect an organisation’s systems and data assets, ensuring security technologies and practices are operating in accordance with the organisation's policies and standards to provide continued protection. They are responsible for performing vulnerability assessments to evaluate an organisation's ongoing security and provide visibility to management of the main risks and control status on an ongoing basis. They also respond to security incidents and implement resolution activities across an organisation. Cyber security specialists require a broad understanding of network infrastructure, software and data to identify where threat and hazard can occur.

We currently offer the digital and technology solutions professional pathway aligned to the Institute for Apprenticeships standard.

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This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.
Apprenticeship

Earn a degree while working full-time and graduate without any tuition loans to repay. It works for employers too – get financial support to upskill existing staff or take on new hires.

What does this course lead to?

You will be well supported as you develop your career and prepare to take on more responsibility within the workplace. You’ll leave the course with a nationally recognised undergraduate degree - BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions – as well as your digital technology solutions apprenticeship qualification.

Combined, these qualifications are the ideal way to demonstrate competence for more senior roles within your organisation.

 

Who is this course for?

This degree apprenticeship is suitable for professionals who provide technology-enabled solutions to internal and/or external customers allowing businesses to develop new products and services to increase productivity using digital technologies.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Employers will be expected to enter into a formal contract with the University and support employees fully throughout their apprenticeship. This includes allowing day release for the course and paying contributions towards tuition costs and professional body membership fees alongside the employee’s normal wage.

Under the August 2016 funding proposals, post-levy (from May 2017) levy paying employers (businesses with an annual payroll >£3million) will be able to use funds accrued in their digital levy account for payment of the training drawn from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Non-levy paying business, or those business that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 10 per cent of the cost of the training with the government to pay the remaining 90 per cent.

Information for employers

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

    To study for an apprenticeship you must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. The specific entry requirements will be agreed with your employer.

    Recommended grades:

    • A GCSE grade 9 - 4 (previously A*-C) or equivalent in English and a GCSE grade 9 - 4 (previously A*-C) or equivalent in mathematics.

    Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include three ‘A’ levels (including maths), although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications or experience.

    Example requirements:

    • 96 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP, a BTEC Diploma at MP, or equivalent.

    We will consider mature students who haven't recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience that indicates their ability to complete the course successfully.

    Some employers accept other relevant qualifications or experience, including those from a suitable Level 3 apprenticeship standard.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer or a potential apprentice and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to  admissions@solent.ac.uk or call 023 8201 5066.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships, please see our  apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Programming Through Problem Solving or Object Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Networking - CCNA1 (including preparation for CISCO Network Academy certified modules)
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Cyber Security Essentials (preparation for Certified Ethical Hacker EC Council)

Pathway modules

  • Client-Side Web Technologies (software engineer/IT consultant/business analyst/data analyst)
  • Routing and Switching - CCNA2 (network engineer/cyber security)

 

Year two

Core units
  • Work-Based Project - Business Organisation and Project Management
  • Work-Based  Project - Project Management

Pathway modules

  • Software Engineer
    • Object-Oriented Design and Development
    • Enterprise Database Development
    • Intelligent Agents
    • Developing for the Internet
  • Network Engineer
    • Network Implementation
    • Scaling Networks (CCNA3)
    • Data Communications and Networks
    • Connecting Networks (CCNA4)
  • Cyber Security Analyst
    • Network Implementation
    • Network Security
    • Network Systems
    • Data Communications and Networks
  • Data Analyst
    • Analytics and Business Intelligence
    • Enterprise Database Development
    • Developing for the Internet
    • Digital Marketing
  • IT Consultant
    • Economics and Financial Management
    • Analytics and Business Intelligence
    • Developing for the Internet
    • Digital Marketing

 

Year three

Core units
  • Work-Based Project - Pilot Project
  • Full Work-Based Project - Synoptic Work-Based IT Project and Presentation 

Pathway modules

  • Network Engineer
    • Computer Systems
    • Computer Networks
    • Network Management
    • Internet of Things
  • Software Engineer
    • Web Application Development
    • Engineering Mobile Applications
    • Data Science
    • Human Computer Interaction and UX
  • IT Consultant
    • Creative Business Start-Up
    • Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence
    • Global Business Environment
    • Data Science
  • Cyber Security Analyst
    • Cyber Security Management
    • Network Management
    • Computer Networks
    • Internet of Things
  • Data Analyst
    • Human Computer Interaction and UX
    • Web Application Development
    • Data Science
    • Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence
  • Business Analyst
    • Data Science
    • Human Computer Interaction and UX
    • Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence
    • Global Business Environment

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Mohammed Al-Husban academic profile Mohammed Al-Husban Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Shakeel Ahmad academic profile Shakeel Ahmad Senior Lecturer View profile
Martin Reid academic profile Martin Reid Senior Lecturer View profile
Prins Butt academic profile Prins Butt Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

As an apprenticeship student here at Solent, you’ll have access to our full range of technology labs and software packages. These include our CISCO certified networking and security labs, the E-C Council lab, media technology labs, development centres and usability testing environments.

Just like any other Solent student, you will also have full access to our general facilities. These include a 24-hour library, computer resource centres, bookable study spaces and comprehensive sport/exercise facilities. You’ll also have access to our academic support and career development services.

Choose from a range of pathways – find your specialism or prepare for a specific role within your sponsoring organisation. 

Your future

Graduates will leave the apprenticeship programme with two industry-recognised qualifications: a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree and a degree apprenticeship qualification. This will put you in an excellent position to progress within your current organisation or pursue master’s study.

Typical job titles:

  • software developer,
  • software engineer,
  • software tester,
  • application specialist,
  • business analyst,
  • IT project manager,
  • IT consultant,
  • network engineer,
  • cyber security analyst,
  • database specialist,
  • digital marketing executive,
  • SEO and web analytics analyst,
  • data analyst,
  • digital media technology practitioner, and
  • systems designer.

Industry links

Here at Solent we are proud of our many links to the technology sector. These links can provide you with access to a range of events and extracurricular learning opportunities. In particular, they allow us to offer a high-quality programme of guest speakers. Recent speakers include representatives from:

  • GITHUB
  • Westermo
  • Webdevcon16
  • CleverTouch
  • Etch
  • Zentive

This apprenticeship standard (digital and technology solutions professional degree apprenticeship) was developed in collaboration with a range of household name businesses. They include:

  • Accenture
  • BT
  • Capgemini
  • CGI
  • Ford
  • Fujitsu
  • GSK
  • HMRC
  • HP
  • IBM
  • John Lewis
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Network Rail

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