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Digital and Technology Solutions (Apprenticeship)

BSc (Hons)
2022

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 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.

For apprentices

For employers

Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:

  • Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
  • Drive an increase in productivity.
  • Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
  • Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
  • Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
  • Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
  • Scale your business with the help of an increasingly skilled workforce.
For employers

For apprentices

Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:

  • A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
  • A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
  • A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
  • A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
  • An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.

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.

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.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.


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