Digital and Technology Solutions
This Degree Apprenticeship aims to develop IT leaders capable of delivering technology strategies through leadership, underpinned by specialist knowledge of available solutions.
APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 ARE NOW CLOSED.
Please contact us regarding course start dates
Fees for the course will be £15,000 over two years
This course has been developed to align with the requirements of the ‘Tech Industry Gold Degree Apprenticeship’ standard of the Tech Partnership. It aims to develop IT leaders capable of delivering technology strategies through leadership, underpinned by specialist knowledge of available solutions. The course is based upon a core set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that will be supplemented by a software engineering specialism and will draw upon projects from their workplace.
The course focusses on the Software Engineering specialism while maintaining a core set of modules related to leadership and management.
Within the first year, topics covered include advanced software engineering, transformation and leadership, and project management. The second year moves onto specialist software engineering type modules supported by the study of academic research practice and a final synoptic project.
Students work will be assessed via a range of methods, including projects, presentations, examinations, code submissions, demonstrations and research reports.
Everything you need to know
What will apprentices learn?
Focused on a strong theme of leadership, backed by an emphasis on technical know-how. A set of specialist technical modules in software engineering are supported by common core modules in project management, transformation and leadership, and research practice. Portions of the core content are delivered in partnership with Leeds Business School.
The software engineering specialism covers topics such as:
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Software Components and Architectures
- Software Engineering for Service Computing
A synoptic project is undertaken by the apprentice within the workplace and tailored to the needs of the individual and their host organisation.
An undergraduate degree in a computing related discipline (2:2 classification or above).
In absence of formal qualifications, previous relevant knowledge and experience may also be taken into consideration, on a case by case basis.
Applicants without English and Maths GCSE or equivalent at C or above will need to undertake this qualification prior to the end of the course.
How does the Degree Apprenticeship work?
The course is delivered part-time over a 2 year period, culminating with an end point assessment exercise. Apprentices are required to spend no more than 12 days per year on campus (two full weeks and up to two additional days), supported by regular distance learning support sessions for each module. In addition, Apprentices are required to perform research, self-study and assessment exercises accumulating into a total of 20% off-job training time (one day per week).
Following successful completion of the taught modules apprentices produce a report, evidenced by a portfolio that forms part of an end-point assessment (EPA) exercise. Successful completion of the EPA results in the awarding of a Master’s Degree qualification at either pass, merit or distinction level.
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
- Provides a mechanism to retain staff members with high-potential by increasing their opportunities for personal progression, while benefiting from their extra skill sets related to mentoring and leadership
- Fills the skills gap related to information technology both at a practical level and at a leadership level
- Allows existing staff to increase their knowledge and qualifications, while increasing their contribution to the organisation
- Provides an opportunity to introduce employees to contemporary development methods, underpinned by academic rigour and research
- 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.
For further information on apprenticeship funding visit: gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding
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.