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Degree ApprenticeshipsDigital & Technology Solutions

Why Digital & Technology Solutions?

The Strathclyde Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship is a flexible BSc (Hons) programme supporting the development of future digital and technology solutions professionals and enhancing the expertise of the employee for the organisation.

The course allows for apprentices to undertake one of four specialisms:

  • IT Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Software Engineer

The programme and curriculum have been developed to align with the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education: Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Level 6) standard and seek to also gain relevant professional accreditation for those participants satisfying wider practice-based requirements.

We focus on developing apprentices that can quickly add value to your organisation. We start with the fundamentals, providing a solid foundation for future learning and helping apprentices become productive to their employer. Course content has been developed in partnership with industry and is designed to equip apprentices with knowledge in contemporary tools and technology. We don’t just focus on tech – our approach to work-based learning helps develop more rounded professionals, with a wide range of soft skills that enable apprentices to contribute widely to your organisation.

A flexible delivery model ensures minimal time away from the workplace, utilising a combination of online learning supported by a series of online tutorials, an annual face-to-face on-campus workshops and work based learning activity.

Course structure

The Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship has been developed across our Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) and Strathclyde Business School to meet both the business and technology requirements of organisations as well as achieving the outcomes of the apprenticeship standard.

The programme is 3 Year of study plus a final project year which allows for flexibility in the choice of elective classes and culminates in a large work-based project in the final year.  The work-based project may be a ‘live project’ within the organisation that only further benefits both the employee and employer.

Blended learning delivery

All our apprenticeship degree programmes are delivered through a blended learning format. Degree Apprentices will have access to our award-winning digital platform and will access course materials via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Myplace.

Work-based learning

An integral part of a Degree Apprenticeship is the Work-Based Learning elements which Degree Apprentices complete in the workplace throughout their studies. Experiential learning also provides value for the employer who are asked to identify appropriate work-based projects for the Degree Apprentice to complete.

All Degree Apprentices are supported by a Work-Based Learning Advisor employed by the University to support and guide the Degree Apprentices through their programme and to build a portfolio of evidence for Professional registration. 

Off the job training

There is a requirement that Degree Apprentices will dedicate 20% of their time to the programme, this is officially

known as ‘off-the-job training’. This is time spent developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours to satisfy the programme requirements.

This time is made up of activities including academic study, workplace projects, work shadowing and acting up which will allow acquisition and application of new learning that supports your development towards completing the programme. These activities should be naturally occurring and not manufactured to satisfy the programme requirements. 

Entry criteria

Whilst we take a flexible admissions approach with entry, for to the Digital and Technology Solutions BSc normally requiring 3 A-levels (including Mathematics) or equivalent. However, each application will be considered on an individual basis with input from employers.

Why Strathclyde

Praised for our close links with business and industry as well as our commitment to making an impact on the global economy, the University of Strathclyde has been named The Sunday Times Good University Guide Scottish University of the Year 2020.

Strathclyde has also been nominated for The Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2019 University of the Year, been awarded the THE Awards 2014 Entrepreneurial University of the Year and 2016 THE Awards Business School of the Year.

Since our inclusion on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) in 2017, we have developed a varied portfolio of Degree Apprenticeship programmes for delivery in England.

Key Features of our DAs

  • dedicated delivery team who listen, understand and work with employers to offer a fully integrated, contextualised degree
  • funded study with the opportunity to progress from Undergraduate to Masters and Doctoral levels
  • anywhere, anytime learning via our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Myplace, complemented by tailored intensive seminars on campus or an employer’s location
  • degree Apprentices apply knowledge within their work context via a series of bespoke work-based projects

In response to the current COVID-19 situation and to comply with social distancing requirements, all on campus teaching or work-based visits are being delivered online to guarantee minimum disruption to our programmes

Degree Apprenticeships are funded by Education Skills Funding Agency

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