Digital and Technology Solutions
This course has been created to address the digital skills shortage in the UK. All students will develop practical skills and knowledge in data analysis, computer programming, business analysis and cyber security before specialising in one of these areas in later years of study.
Maximum of £25,000 over four years.
The course aligns with the requirements of the 'Tech Industry Gold Degree Apprenticeship' Standard of the Tech Partnership Degrees. Through their employment, students also develop positive behaviours greatly increasing their career prospects.
Each student will receive a quality learning experience that fosters engagement with the programme of study and promotes independent study and life-long learning. Strong career themes run throughout all levels of the course ensuring students become confident, competent, capable and independent IT professionals, able to operate in a range of related roles.
Everything you need to know
What will apprentices learn?
Whilst completing the course, students will:
- Be able to provide technology-enabled solutions to internal/external customers in a specialism which you can select from software engineering, IT business analysis, cyber security or data analysis.
- Acquire high level skills in analysis, critical thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship and problem solving to enable long term career development and progression.
- Learn to appreciate the legal, social, ethical, environmental and professional issues involved in the development and application of digital technologies.
- Develop a range of transferable skills including communication, cogent presentation of ideas and arguments, the ability to work both independently and in a team and to practise these skills within the workplace.
Minimum 80 UCAS points, or equivalent, including one digital technology-related or science subject. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above or an equivalent qualification.
Apprentices without formal qualifications but with sufficient relevant work experience will be welcome to join the course.
How does the Degree Apprenticeship work?
The course consists of core elements delivered mainly in Years 1 and 2 with a choice of routes for Years 3 and 4 which can be selected to suit the employers’ requirements.
Students' work will be assessed via a range of methods including projects, presentation, reflections, reports, e-portfolios, blogs, practical examinations, online examinations, log book submissions, code submissions, products, product demonstrations and research proposals.
Students are required to spend no more than 12 days per year on campus in Headingley (2 full weeks and up to 2 additional days). The majority of study can take place in the students' workplace or home but they will have full access to university facilities, if required.
How to Apply
Please note applications are submitted through the relevant employer, not directly from applicants.
Before starting an apprenticeship, applicants will be required to sign a “Commitment Statement” which details key information regarding the apprenticeship such as learning requirements, responsibilities of the apprentice, employer and university, assessments, delivery schedule, etc, some of which are detailed below. Further information on this, and general apprentice admissions requirements, may be sought from the Apprenticeships Team:
Tel: 0113 812 4500
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Information for Employers
- Meet the unique needs of your business – with Degree Apprentices learning at work, they are able to develop the knowledge and occupational competencies demanded by specific job roles and meet the unique needs of your business.
- Increase your productivity – Degree Apprentices can keep your business up to date with the latest techniques and technology, increasing your productivity for the future.
- Fill your higher-level skills gaps – higher-level skills are vital to business performance and economic growth. Through Degree Apprentices you can fill your higher-level skills gaps efficiently and effectively by tailoring the learning.
- Develop existing staff – you can develop your existing staff by allowing them to undertake a Degree Apprenticeship or enabling them to work with a Degree Apprentice in the workforce, through mentoring opportunities and more.
- Every apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement. This is a contract of service between the apprentice and the employer, confirming the apprenticeship and the standard being undertaken. This will be supplemented by a ‘Statement of Commitment’ signed by the employer, provider, and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involved in the apprenticeship
- The apprentice must be already employed or specifically offered a position associated with the apprenticeship opportunity. In this case the employer will be responsible for the recruitment of Degree Apprentices. However, we can work with you to promote your opportunities via our website
- The employer pays Degree Apprentices at their normal rate whilst they are studying. Apprentices must be paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role
- Apprentices require a mentor in the workplace who will oversee their learning and coordinate with the university
- Apprentices spend a minimum of 20% of their working hours completing study for the course
Organisations with a wage bill in excess of £3 million can fund the course fees using their Apprenticeship Levy.
If you are a non-levy paying organisation the government will co-fund your apprenticeship training by contributing 95% of the costs and you will pay the remaining 5% of costs.
Applications for Apprenticeship Courses starting in September 2021
Please note: We will be closing the application window for courses on the 31 July 2021. Please make sure all applications are received by this deadline as we cannot guarantee a place on one of our apprenticeships after this date.
If you are an employer who is undertaking a recruitment process and will not have a person in post by the deadline, please contact the apprenticeship team to discuss further.
If you are an applicant that will be waiting for your exam results please also contact the apprenticeship team and we can advise on steps you need to take.