Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship
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.
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)|
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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.
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.