Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions

Start date(s):
1 Aug 2020
Duration:
2 years
Level:
Level 6
Credit Value:
360
Course Code:
1035192
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Campus, Work Based
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime
Awarded by:
Open University
Location:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
Tuition fees paid by employer. Enquire for more information.
Funding

Overview

Develop the skills needed for a digital career, and apply what you've learned to your job role, with our Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions.

You will cover a range of core and specialist modules, including Digital Marketing, Routing & Switching, Advanced Web Development, Mobile Application Development, Business Intelligence, Social Media and SEO and Ethical Hacking.

Aims

With over a million new recruits needed in the specialist digital workforce by 2023, 42% of employers are struggling to fill their digital vacancies. Our BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional has been developed with the support of some of the North East's leading digital companies to help address this demand for digitally skilled graduates. It's accredited by the Open University, and the course content relates to industry requirements and standards.

Our applied four-year course combines core and optional modules which are all work-based, so you'll be able to apply what you've learned in your job role. Some modules cover the core material for professional certification, such as CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate.

As part of the higher apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to specialise in one of the following areas:
  • Data Analyst
  • Network Engineer.


As well as earning while you learn, the benefits of studying this course include:
  • Perfect preparation for in-demand roles such as systems analyst, business analyst, data analyst, website developer, network engineer, network manager, network administrator, systems engineer.
  • A springboard into one of the UK's fastest-growing sectors - digital and hi-tech.
  • No tuition fees: higher apprenticeships are funded by employers and the Government.
  • A vibrant learning environment that gives you opportunities to network with like-minded professionals.

Modules

Core Modules:
  • Personal Professional Development 1
  • Work Related Learning 1 (Legislation, regulations and ethical standards)
  • Database Design & Development
  • Innovation, Idea Generation & Enterprise*
  • Personal Professional Development 2 (Security Case Development)*
  • Work Related Learning 2 (Risk assessment)
  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Software Development Methods
  • Research Methods
  • Project Management
  • Computing Project.


Specialist Modules:
  • Business Information Systems
  • UX Design & Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing & Switching
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Advanced Web Development
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Scaling Networks
  • Connecting Networks
  • Business Intelligence
  • Mobile Application Project
  • Network Management
  • Social Media and SEO
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Routing and Switching.


*Optional Modules

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Lectures
2
Seminars
3
Work Placement
30
Assignment Feedback
0.5
Independent Learning
3

Delivery

Monday:
9am - 5pm
Tuesday:
9am - 5pm
Wednesday:
9am - 5pm
Thursday:
9am - 5pm
Friday:
9am - 5pm
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

We are fully committed to making sure you get the very best out of your time with us. You will engage in the following:
  • Lectures - for the introduction of relevant theories/knowledge of the individual topic areas within a subject.
  • Workshops/Seminars - for developing an understanding of the theories from the lectures through the use of case studies, role-plays and exercises.
  • Academic Tutorials - to develop study/academic skills, for example, research/information gathering. The development of these study/academic skills will assist in your learning throughout the programme.

Course assessment is comprised of 10% exams and 90% coursework.

A range of assessment methods are used across both Level 4 and Level 5, including:
  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Time constrained tests
  • Reflective journals
  • Presentations
  • Work related projects
  • Assessment of practical skills
  • Assignments
  • Preparation of portfolios of evidence.


The End Point Assessment (EPA) or Apprenticeship Final Project will take place over a period of around six months, near the end of your course. You'll create a final piece of work underpinned and informed by the learning you have gained in the earlier years of the course and in the workplace.

Throughout the course, you will maintain a digital portfolio of your completed work, to demonstrate your achievements and capabilities. The practical outputs of assessments – including software, plans, reports, etc. submitted for module assessments should be collected and maintained in this portfolio.

Industry links:

A key industrial link is with Nissan. We have worked closely with Nissan and other employers to develop the content for this dynamic digital degree apprenticeship qualification.

Karbon Housing (part of the Isos Group) is another key employer who we have worked closely with on many projects over the years, including student placements and technical support events for people in the local community.

Others links include: Amplience; British Telecom; Durham County Council; Hewlett Packard; HMRC; NVIDIA; Business Durham; Geek Talent; Leighton Group; British Airways; Sage; Sagazza; ZPG.

Placement:

You will be in full-time employment in a relevant job role.

This Degree Apprenticeship will prepare you for a digital role, such as a systems analyst, business analyst, data analyst, website developer, network engineer, network manager, network administrator or systems engineer.

What else?

You will have no tuition fees to pay because Degree Apprenticeships are funded by employers and the Government.

Funding

Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Additional Costs

We recommend that students buy texts to support learning, module reading lists are detailed in the course handbook.

Additional costs include general study materials, such as:
  • External hard drive
  • Access to a computer
  • Expenses for optional national and international visits.

Interview Instructions

The process for interview is as follows:
  • You will be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via internet (e.g. Skype)).
  • Your potential employer will be present at your interview.
  • Please bring relevant qualifications to date and a printed copy of your personal statement.
  • You will be asked a standard set of questions to help the curriculum team learn about your motivation for the course and career aspirations.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask any questions.
  • You will be offered a tour of the facilities.
  • Acceptance or rejection via UCAS and New College Durham application process after interview.

Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
48
To apply for this course you should be in full-time employment in a relevant role.
We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications, provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study.

Standard Entry criteria:
  • 4 GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above, normally including maths and English (or equivalent qualifications e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma with maths and English Functional Skills at Level 2).
  • International applicants require a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band
  • You must be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via internet (e.g. Skype)).
  • 48 UCAS points (or you could hold a combination of qualifications which show you can be successful on this programme)
  • A personal statement
  • Attend a successful interview with employer and two members of the curriculum team
  • Participation in induction activities to assess standard of academic writing in English.


Non-standard entry criteria:
  • Evidence of relevant experience which demonstrate you can be successful on this programme
  • A personal statement must be provided
  • Attend a successful interview with employer and two members of the curriculum team
  • Participation in induction activities to assess standard of academic writing in English
  • Participation in basic and key skills builder (BKSB) assessments to establish level of maths, English and ICT skills (applicable where no formal qualifications in computing and/or IT related subjects and/or work experience in a computing or IT related job role can be evidenced)
  • A minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants.