About the course
Apprenticeship Standard: Digital & Technology Solutions Professional
Final Award: BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)
The Degree Apprenticeship programme in Digital and Technology Solutions at the University of Hertfordshire leads to a BSc (Honours) in Digital and Technology Solutions. The programme is designed upon the Apprenticeship Standard of reference and is constantly reviewed in consultation with local employers and endorsed by TechSkills so as to meet the Standard and Assessment Plan.
Built with an intent to provide learners with the best of both worlds of rigorous academic studies and sound work-based training proper of industry, the programme consists of “core” content taken by all apprentices, which amounts to approximately 70% of the total, and “specialist” content that amounts to the remaining 30%.
Teaching is delivered by means of dedicated modules and sessions, designed and managed to exploit facilities and opportunities available on campus, online and at learners’ place of work.
As a degree apprenticeship, learners are constantly facilitated and encouraged to successfully obtain the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) as identified by the standard, to keep a record of their achievements (by means of an e-portfolio and other resources) and to exploit these along the learning journey of studying for an academic award and towards the occupational competency as expected by the Standard, their employer and the market.
In addition to academic development, the programme also recognises the importance of developing students’ professional and civic character, as articulated through the University’s Graduate Attributes and in reference to British Values.
Each learner is enrolled on a course learning to one of three specialist awards. Each of the specialisms is also introduced as part of the core and, if this is considered, the split is nearer to 60% “core” and 40% “specialism”
- The software engineer role is broader and with higher levels of responsibility than a software developer as they need to apply engineering principles to all stages of the software development process, from requirements, analysis and design, to development and data requirements while ensuring security robustness is built in. They typically work as part of a larger collaborative team and have responsibility for significant elements of software projects.
Other specialisms available are:
- Cyber Security Analyst
Why choose this course?
- The degree apprenticeship programme has been developed to cover topics that aim to not only meet but also exceed the learning outcomes as stated by the Standard and is continuously reviewed with local employers leading its innovation agenda. This is to ensure learners are equipped suitably for exploiting the new opportunities the Digital industry is providing business and society almost daily.
- After five years of offering this programme, it’s challengingness and the extent learners are expected to engage with their learning journey has been fine-tuned, without overburdening them. The programme is highly demanding but is exceptionally rewarding for both learners and employers.
- This programme comprises a coherent blend of modules specially designed to meet the Apprenticeship Standard. The new digital technology-specific modules have been adapted from existing tried-and-tested degree programmes, and the specialist modules are co-taught with other students. This academically rigorous programme also supports learners and expects them to fully develop both expertise and proficiency, and the Graduate Attributes.
- This programme delivers a mix of day and block release with work-based learning, designed specifically to meet the needs of apprentices and their employers.
UCAS points: 104
A Level: BCC
All candidates must be employed in a role related to the subject matter of the Degree Apprenticeship and be sponsored by their employer. Applications can only be made through the sponsoring employer. The university will consider all such applications and will have the final decision whether to accept the candidate for entry to the programme.
GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/C in Mathematics.
Applications are welcomed from those with qualifications equivalent to the above, for instance from Access Certificate courses.
All students originally from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
- GCSE English language grade A-C
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
It is not necessary to have A-level or equivalent in Maths, Computer Science or ICT.
Direct Entry at Levels 5 and 6
For direct entry to Level 5, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have met all the Learning Outcomes of the Apprenticeship Standard that are covered in the programme at Level 4. They must also have been employed at an appropriate professional level and in an appropriate role for at least 12 months and hence have similar experience of work to apprentices who have completed level 4 of the programme.
For direct entry to Level 6, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have met all the Learning Outcomes of the Apprenticeship Standard that are covered in the programme at Levels 4 and 5. They must also have been employed at an appropriate professional level and in an appropriate role for at least 24 months and hence have similar experience of work to apprentices who have completed level 5 of the programme.
Account will be taken of APCL and APEL as described in the previous section.
The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies and Regulations for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes (in UPR SA03), along with associated procedures. These will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).