Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship


Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship is a new Trailblazer apprenticeship standard, designed by employers to give apprentices, like you, exactly what you need. And we've just moved into fantastic state-of-the-art facilities at our Stoke-on-Trent Campus, right next to the railway station. Everything is designed to be as accessible to you as possible.

The Trailblazer standard is designed by employers such as Accenture, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Fujitsu, HP, HMRC, IBM, John Lewis, Lloyds Banking Group, SSE, and Thales, together with Higher Education to develop you as an apprentice, and supply you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in a wide range of graduate-level tech roles.

Tech roles including:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • Software Engineer

How the programme works

As an apprentice, you will be working on the job, earning and learning whilst studying towards a Staffordshire University BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions Degree. You'll have a student card and have access to all the university facilities, and although you won't be with us all the time, we have a strong on-campus and virtual community that you will quickly become a part of. Through this, you will get to know the staff and your fellow students well.

Once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, you will achieve a Bachelor's degree, allowing you to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Your degree will also provide part of the education required for accredited CEng status.

Overall Apprenticeship Grade: Distinction / Merit / Pass / Fail


Apprenticeships are paid for by your employer and the government. The government will contribute up to 90% of the fees for training. But that's nothing for you to worry about; you just have to find an apprenticeship and apply for a role, or talk to your current employer about joining this course.


We are committed to supporting you to learn whilst you earn and developed a blended learning approach to support this. As an apprentice you will attend a one-day induction at the beginning of the apprenticeship and 3 x five-day learning blocks at regular intervals at level 4 & 5. Level 6 is delivered via distance learning. You will also be expected to study approximately 3 hours online per module each week to supplement your face-to-face learning experience. As work-based learners, you will have the opportunity to implement and reflect on learning in the workplace immediately after you have developed the knowledge and skills.

Level 4 Learning Block 1: January Core Skills 1A Maths and Data Analysis (10 credits) Software Fundamentals (15 credits) Computer Systems Development (15 credits)
Learning Block 2: May Core Skills 1B Primary Research and Ethics (10 credits) Business Analysis (15 credits) Data and Databases (15 credits)
Learning Block 3: September Core Skills 1C Reflective Reports (10 credits) Cyber Security Fundamentals (15 credits) Network Fundamentals (15 credits)
Level 5 Learning Block 1: January Core Skills 2A Computer Architecture (10 credits) ROUTE CORE /AWARD OPTION (30 credits or 2 x 15 credits)
Learning Block 2: May Core Skills 2B Workplace Portfolio (10 credits) GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL PROJECT (30 credits)
Learning Block 3: September Core Skills 2C Information and Information Systems (10 credits) ROUTE CORE /AWARD OPTION (30 Credits)
Level 6 Distance Learning Learning Block 1 Management of Digital Resources (15 credits) Good Practice in the Digital Workplace (15 credits)
Learning Block 2 ROUTE CORE (30 credits)
Learning Block 3 PROJECT (60 credits)
Learning Block 4

Who is it for?

The Degree Apprenticeship can benefit those already working in a variety of IT roles who wish to gain a qualification or specialism, or those new to IT who want to choose a career in one of the pathways.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. Most candidates will have either A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications, and English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

Register your interest

If you don't have an organisation in mind, we can guide you through everything. Discuss an apprenticeship with us by contacting our apprenticeships team on 0800 169 2148 or email

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