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About the course

As a Digital Technology Solutions apprentice you will be guided by a curriculum that has been developed in association with BT, HP, IBM and GSM to develop the skills relevant to your specific job role. 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 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 must also 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. Network engineers 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 specialistsrequire 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?

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 level 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
  • Systems designer

Who is this course for?

This degree apprenticeship gives 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 full-time degree apprenticeship lasts just over three years.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs. 

The programme cost for 2021/22 is not yet available. For guidance the 2020/21 programme cost was £25,000.

Information for employers

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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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.

    You must have Level 2 GCSE (or equivalent) English and Mathematics at level C or above.

    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 modules
  • Problem Solving though Programming
    This module introduces you to software implementation through the process of understanding how to solve problems using programming. Currently we use Python. 
  • Introduction to Networks and Security
    This module develops the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications.  It considers the basic design of a network infrastructure and addresses issues arising from the pre-installation and implementation stages of its development.
  • Introduction to Databases
    In this module you are introduced to the skills and concepts required for developing a basic relational, SQL-based database application solution and will apply them by using web-based, enterprise-level database software tools.
  • Systems Analysis and Design Work Based Project
    Systems analysis is a project-driven process that ensures that information systems are designed, developed and maintained in ways that provide optimum value to companies and clients.

Options

  • Routing and Switching
  • Web Technologies
  • Software Testing and Reliability Engineering
  • Data Analysis Tools and Application
  • Data Structures, Algorithms and Mathematics
  • Cyber Security Essentials

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year two

Core modules
  • Work Based IT Project Management
    This module develops an understanding of project management in organisations and the IT processes that are involved. An understanding of the requirements of effective project management includes the need for good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills.

  • Work Based Business Organisation and Project Management
    Work based organisation management allows critical analysis and understanding IT services management in business and organisation. A well-reasoned business insight will be emphasised using up-to-date developed technology solutions.

Options

  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Network Security
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
  • Network Engineering
  • Introduction to AI
  • Web Application Development
  • Object Oriented Design and Development
  • Threat Intelligence Analysis
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Enterprise Networks
  • Economics and Financial Analysis
  • Digital Marketing
  • Network Systems Automaton

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Industrial Consulting Project
    The module will deliver ‘Real-world’ learning which is an important part of Solent University’s Academic Framework which guides us in how learning is designed and delivered. ‘Real-world’ learning involves interaction with employers and external organisations to allow you to prepare, rehearse and reflect on their experiences.
  • Synoptic Work Based IT Project and Presentation
    The module is designed to develop the student’s research and evaluation skills by undertaking a pilot study which will then lead onto a larger scale study in the Synoptic Work Based Project module which embraces knowledge and skills gained from the workplace.

Options

  • Cyber Ops
  • DevOps
  • Immersive Technologies
  • Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
  • UX Strategies
  • Machine Learning
  • International Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Contemporary Web Applications
  • Data Science 
  • Network Management

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

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

Jennifer Muskett academic profile Jennifer Muskett Head of Subject View profile
Martin Reid academic profile Martin Reid Course Leader View profile
Mohammed Al-Husban academic profile Mohammed Al-Husban Senior Lecturer View profile
Prins Butt academic profile Prins Butt Senior Lecturer View profile
Warren Earle academic profile Warren Earle Senior Lecturer View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile
Craig Gallen academic profile Craig Gallen Associate 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.

Industry-recognised professional qualifications available such as CCNA Routing & Security, CCNA Security, PCAP Python, Cisco Cyber Security Essentials.

Industry links

The course team run a guest speaker program called ‘Happy Hour Digital Industry Talks’ designed to offer an insight into working in the tech and digital industries. Talks are mostly focused on students, "early career" or how to get into the industry with speakers presenting their journey into the industry and professional practice.

Thanks to the academic teams close links with industry, you will have access to a range of events and extracurricular learning opportunities such as guest lectures to further develop your knowledge. Recent speakers have included representatives from:

  • GITHUB
  • CISCO
  • 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

We also guide and encourage students to get involved in attending local tech meet-up and Hackathons.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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