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Greg Salmon, Impact and Partnership Development Officer
Digital and Technology Solutions (BSc) Degree Apprenticeship
BSc Digital and Technology Solutions is a full University of Exeter degree aligned to the Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship. The programme combines the academic rigour of Exeter’s long tradition of teaching excellence with the achievement of an industry-recognised professional qualification. All modules are delivered in a blended learning format with work-based learning elements embedded throughout each stage of the programme.
Our syllabus is accredited by Tech Partnership Degrees, an organisation that provides industry accreditation for digital and technology higher education, creating high quality degrees and degree apprenticeships that meet employer-defined standards. Apprentices on the programme will be of a calibre consistent with other University of Exeter programmes.
All apprentices will study the same core modules in their first two and a half years on the programme. In the third year the apprentice will begin work on their chosen specialism. The specialist pathways that an apprentice can choose from are as follows:
- Software Engineering
- Data Analysis
- IT Business Analysis
- IT Consultancy
- Cyber Security
- Network Engineer
The Degree Apprenticeship is a four-year programme with each academic year running from September to May. Apprentices normally complete 90 credits of study each year, consisting of taught modules and assessed work-based learning. Apprentices are full-time employees of a business. They gain a University of Exeter degree over four years through:
- Two short weeks of residential teaching at the University per year (September and January – totalling eight to nine days);
- One week of residential exams and presentations at the University per year (May);
- A day a week (term time) distance learning comprising online classes and workshops, interactive exercises and recorded lectures;
- A strong element of assessed work-based learning throughout the programme which is intended to allow apprentices to practice and hone their skills.
Distance Learning teaching is concentrated around terms one and two which are 12 weeks each. Exams take place during the shorter term three. Approximate timings are:
- Term 1: September to December;
- Term 2: January to April;
- Term 3: April to June.
Approximately 20 per cent of the apprentice’s time will be given over to study, though our model is designed to be flexible around the needs of employers and workloads. No weekly day-release is required, mitigating disruption on the apprentice’s daily role allowing us to work with employers across the country.
Our dedicated partnerships team liaise closely with employers throughout the programme; we can assist you with recruitment, education support and administration.
Tuition fees for this four-year programme are £25,000.
Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay these fees directly through that contribution.
Business who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of tuition fees from Government. If you employ fewer than 50 people and recruit an 18-year-old or a care leaver, up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available.
See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding.
Employers must pay their apprentices at least a salary consistent with national legislation and cover the costs of any travel and accommodation required to attend any face-to-face teaching.