BSc Digital and Technology Solutions

Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAB; BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma DDD; IB 34
Discipline Computer Science and IT
Location Taught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


Your Exeter degree paid for

Enjoy a fully-funded university experience, at a Russell Group university, while earning a salary.

A debt-free start to your career

No tuition fees and a salary throughout your studies means you’ll graduate with zero student debt, putting you in a better position when it comes to enjoying more of your post-uni earnings, starting your own business or buying a home.

Employment guaranteed

Solid industry experience is what employers look for when recruiting. As a Degree Apprentice you’ll be working in an exciting and relevant job from day one of your studies, meaning when the time comes to move on, you’ll be one of the most employable graduates in the technology sector.

Register your details or visit the Applying tab for more information on how to apply.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

BSc Digital and Technology Solutions is a full Exeter degree, studied over four years through a mix of on-campus residentials, e-learning and real-world projects. As the apprenticeship progresses you will follow one of several occupational specialisms, each addressing a highly sought-after professional role, such as; data analysis, cyber security, software engineering, business analysis or IT consultancy.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

The tuition fee for this programme will be paid for you by your employer and the government.

Please note that this course does not follow the standard UCAS application process.

BSc Digital and Technology Solutions is accredited by the Tech Partnership

Entry requirements 2018

Typical offer

A-levels AAB; BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma DDD; IB 34.

Other qualifications of a similar level can be considered. We would encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications to contact us to discuss their eligibility.

Where a candidate has already gained a good undergraduate degree this may be offered to meet entry requirements. Please note that, due to the funded nature of this programme, applicants with undergraduate degrees in computing/ IT are not eligible.

Funding eligibility criteria

As a condition of the government funding support for this programme, to be eligible candidates must be:
- a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or other countries determined within the EEA, including those with bilateral agreements such as Switzerland, or have the Right of Abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or other countries determined within the EEA, including those with bilateral agreements such as Switzerland, for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.

A non-EEA citizen is eligible for funding if they have permission granted by the UK government to live in the UK, which is not for educational purposes, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

BSc Digital and Technology Solutions is delivered through a combination of on-campus residential courses, e-learning and work-based projects.

E-learning elements of the course, including lectures, seminars and online collaborative work, are undertaken through the University’s electronic learning environment. This will supplement and further the learning begun during residentials, as well as providing academic support for ongoing projects in the workplace.

Termly residential courses, held at the University’s Streatham Campus in Exeter, bring all apprentices together from across the country. During the residentials you will meet with fellow apprentices, wider members of the computer science department and spend time with your academic mentor.

Degree apprenticeship roles are developed with a strong emphasis upon the close relationship between employer and university. The academic curriculum will, for a large part, follow real delivery in the workplace with the day-to-day challenges faced in a work environment informing coursework. Similarly, varied academic content will provide your employer with an opportunity to allow you to explore areas of the business that may not fall immediately within your role, such as business organisation or IT law.

Contact us

To register your interest as a potential student apprentice, please click below and we will update you immediately when opportunities are advertised

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About the apprenticeship

As an apprentice you will be a full salaried member of your organisation, typically earning between £13,000 and £19,000. Much of your learning will take place at work, either through projects linked to academic content or time set aside for distance learning.

Depending upon the vacancy you’ve applied for, you might be working for a small IT start-up or a multinational corporation. Either way, your employer will be fully committed to and supportive of your studies.

Vacancies for next year will be promoted here in Spring 2017.


BSc Digital and Technology Solutions does not follow the standard UCAS application process. To gain a place you must apply directly to one of our partner employers’ vacancies. You can apply to this programme in addition to making applications to any institution through UCAS.

How to apply

  1. Complete the ‘Register your details form
  2. When opportunities become available in companies, we will notify you
  3. You are welcome to apply for more than one vacancy
  4. Once you have applied we will review your application, with the company of interest
  5. If you meet our requirements you be invited to an interview
  6. Once your interview is completed, you will receive a notification about whether you have been successful
  7. If you have been successful you will be offered a position with the company. Your place will be confirmed by us, and we will send further information about how to enrol as a student
  8. If you have not been successful this time, do not worry! Keep an eye out for other opportunities on our website.

Past vacancies

Borough of Poole: Digital Degree Apprentice

The Borough of Poole is looking for a Digital Degree Apprentice for their Business Support Team in Environmental Services. The ideal candidate is willing to learn and develop a variety of skills and competencies to help them deliver front line services in an increasingly challenging environment. Poole is situated on the south coast of England next to the second largest natural harbour in the world. The Degree Apprentice will be in the Business Support Team in Environmental Services supporting the work of these front line services but is likely to have the opportunity to work in other parts of the council for short periods of time. Environmental Services are responsible for three front line services: Environmental Development, Street Scene and Regulatory Services.

Airbus: Data Analysis Degree Apprenticeship

Airbus is a global pioneer in aeronautics, space and defence-related services, creating cutting-edge technology. The Group operates in more than 170 locations worldwide. Airbus in the UK has a highly skilled workforce of 17,000 people. It is the UK’s largest civil aerospace company and exporter, its biggest space and satellite company, as well as being the UK’s civil helicopter hub. As a Degree Apprentice you will work within the central Research & Technology division of the company, particularly in the area of Data Analytics and Data Science. Joining this programme could be the ideal start to your career, just as it has been for many of our Senior Managers today.

Location: Bristol and Filton
Salary: £14,987
Closing Date: 2nd June

Minibems: Front end web developer

Minibems is recruiting for a front end web developer who has a willingness to develop their backend developer skillset. The role will involve refining the Minibems web app which allows users to remotely monitor and control heating system equipment using our online dashboards. We are looking for a self-starter willing to learn a variety of new skills with the ability to manage their own tasks/ workload and contribute to strategic decision making. Minibems is a young IOT start-up that integrates traditional heating systems with embedded computing and the cloud to reduce carbon emissions and financial costs.

Location: Exeter, Innovation Centre
£12,000 – £18,000 dependant on experience
Closing Date: 1st June

Met Office: Software Engineering, Network Engineering and Cyber Security

The Met Office is recruiting for 6 degree apprenticeship positions in Software Engineering, Network Engineering and Cyber Security. You will be working with teams across a range of technology disciplines to develop knowledge, skills and understanding, contributing to Met Office technology project and service delivery whilst also studying to gain a Bachelors level qualification. To achieve our aim to be the global partner of choice for weather and climate services we need to attract staff with the potential to make a long-term contribution to our IT systems. Joining our Apprenticeship Scheme will be a fantastic opportunity to become part of the Met Office’s future IT plans. You’ll have access to some of the finest technology, including our £97 million Super Computer!

Location: Exeter, Met Office
Year 1 £14,000, Year 2 £15,833, Year 3 £17,666, Year 4 £19,500 per annum whilst training
Closing Date: 9th June

BT: Cyber Security or Data Analytics degree apprenticeship

We are offering  talented individuals the opportunity to join a multinational telecommunications services company as a degree apprentice. Our apprentice roles involve working alongside a number of technical experts in different areas such as: TV and multimedia, cyber security, faster broadband, optics, software, data analytics or mobile. As well as the technology, you’ll develop your skills in problem solving, setting up and running experiments and tests, analysing and interpreting data, producing proof-of-concept prototypes, keeping up to date with technology and industry trends, project management, developing intellectual property and presenting your work to customers.

Location: Ipswich
From £14,466
Closing Date:
Friday 17th March

Renishaw PLC: Software Engineering degree apprenticeships

Renishaw PLC is currently offering Software Apprenticeships to smart, bright, and motivated individuals who want to start a fulfilling and rewarding role as Software Engineers. This structured Trailblazer Degree Apprenticeship will give successful candidates the opportunity to study for a degree whilst working on exciting and challenging work placements.

Location: Charfield, South Gloucestershire
Salary: £16k per annum
Closing date: Open

Clockwork Marketing: Software Engineering degree apprenticeship

Clockwork Marketing is recruiting an apprentice Software Engineer to work alongside its web development team. Located in beautiful rural offices just outside Newton Abbot, South Devon, the successful candidate will be joining a busy and established marketing agency, specialising in travel and hospitality.  Clockwork are a friendly and dynamic team of marketers, designers and web developers and, for the right person, this is a great opportunity to join a forward-thinking agency with excellent career development possibilities.

Location: Kingskerwell, Newton Abbot, South Devon
Salary: £13k per annum (year 1), £15k pa (year 2), £17k pa (year 3), £21k pa (year 4)
Closing date: 24 February 2017

Blue Chip Holidays: Software Engineering degree apprenticeship

Blue Chip holidays is recruiting a Software Engineering degree apprentice to join their web development team. We are a rapidly growing company with a people centred culture and a genuine passion for their product.  You will be provided with on-the-job experience, training and mentoring in programming to support our web and software development activities.  You will assist our Lead Developer on a wide range of challenging projects including developing web project requirements and learning how to propose effective solutions that meet our business requirements. You will also write, deploy and maintain code, as well as supporting the build, maintenance and development of departmental processes. 

Location: Exeter
£13k (year 1), £14k (year 2), £15k (year 3), £16k (year 4) – plus annual bonus and generous perks
Closing date: 24 February 2017

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Aspidistra SoftwareSoftware Engineering degree apprenticeship

Aspidistra Software is recruiting a Software Engineer to work in a team of software professionals to develop its ground breaking Business-to-Business e-commerce product, and to deliver bespoke functionality to clients.

Location: Kingsbridge, South Devon
£15,000 p/a (year 1), £18,000 p/a (year 2). Subsequent years subject to performance
Closing date:
24 February 2017

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TD Securities: Apprentice IT Consultant and Software Engineer (2 vacancies)

TD Securities is part of the TD bank Group.  We are one of Canada’s leading providers of advisory and capital services and the premier provider of liquidity to corporations, governments and institution. In the world’s key financial centres, we partner with our clients to deliver innovative financial solutions that help them achieve their strategic and financial goals.

Location: London
Salary: Upon enquiry
Closing date: 1 February 2017

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Beran Instruments Ltd / Helitune:  Apprentice  Software Engineer 

Location: Torrington, North Devon
Salary: £13k to £20k+, dependent on experience
Closing date: 31st March 2017

Beran Instruments Ltd / Helitune, based in North Devon, design, manufacture and support world class conditioning monitoring solutions for the aviation, power generation and automotive industries. As a degree apprentice you will develop applications used in the aerospace and nuclear power industries and work in multidisciplinary agile teams creating software to interface directly with some really cool kit that we make ourselves.

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