Digital and Technology Solutions BSc (Hons)

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Combine the theoretical fundamentals of software engineering with practical development of IT solutions. Use industry-standard software languages and tools. Earn an undergraduate degree.

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Overview

This programme combines the theoretical fundamentals of software engineering with practical development of IT solutions using industry standard software languages and tools. It leads to an undergraduate degree (BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions). It is ideal for new and existing staff with level 3 qualifications (eg A-levels or equivalent). The course has been awarded the Tech Industry Gold standard by the Tech Partnership, an industry body representing a number of high tech businesses and industries in the UK. As such, it meets employer-relevant standards and offers apprentices the best possible development opportunity. The programme is delivered from our Sunderland campus. 

Why us?

  • Developed in conjunction with global professional services firm Accenture, national water company Northumbrian Water and micro business Geek Talent, the programme can be tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of industry partners
  • The programme provides an opportunity to bring digital technology and business requirements together and enables apprentices to examine and apply new developments in computing such as cybersecurity
  • Apprentices experience a wide range of learning activities so that they are well-prepared to work individually and in teams on analytical problem solving, and in practical scenarios of design, building, testing and evaluating business and software solutions
  • Feedback from work-based mentors indicate that the contribution of their apprentices had exceeded expectations in terms of the knowledge and skills they had developed and were able to put into practice

Course structure

Typically delivered over three years for the full undergraduate degree with apprentices attending one day per week.

The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach by experienced tutors using lectures, seminars, coaching, group work, computer-based learning and independent study. Our apprentices use PCs, Macs, commercial games consoles and mobile devices including their own phones as well as appropriate technologies in the workplace. We have a dedicated Learning Lab for interactive group work scenarios. There is a strong element of work-based learning and project work. We'll work closely with you to ensure that modules are relevant to your business and that there are flexible study arrangements in place to fit with work commitments.

Apprentices complete a range of coursework, portfolio and practical assessments designed to test the necessary attributes for a successful digital and technology solutions graduate.

Year 1 - Level 4 (Certificate in Digital and Technology Solutions) Fundamentals – 120 credits

  • Fundamentals of digital and technology solutions – database systems, software engineering, programming, internet technologies, cybersecurity, business organisation, IT project management and computer and network infrastructure

Year 2 - Level 5 (Diploma in Digital and Technology Solutions) Principles and solutions in the workplace – 120 credits

  • Principles of digital and technology solutions - network design and security, information systems, business IT system management, big data
  • Principles of software engineering - advanced software engineering and software development methods, tools and languages
  • Digital and technology solutions in the workplace - critical evaluation of IT projects and solutions in the workplace

Year 3 - Level 6 (BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions) Applications and advanced skills and techniques – 120 credits

  • Advanced skills and techniques in digital and technology solutions - current trends and issues in IT, work-based learning project
  • Software engineering applications - design and develop complex software solutions
  • Degree apprenticeship project - using all the skills gained so far: investigate, design, build, evaluate and report on a software solution to a real world problem
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

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Facilities

The programme is work based and, as such, there is a strong element of work-based learning and project work. Our apprentices use PCs, Macs, commercial games consoles and mobile devices including their own phones as well as appropriate technologies in the workplace. We also have a dedicated Learning Lab for interactive group work scenarios.

Entry requirements

The programme is work based and, as such, is subject to the apprentice being employed by an organisation throughout the duration of the programme. The employer must confirm apprentices comply with the apprentice eligibility criteria including funding requirements. Our typical entry requirement is 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent level 3 award (ie level 3 apprenticeship). We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Maths and English Language, or an equivalent qualification. In addition to tariff points, an employer may set other requirements.

If you’re looking to start an apprenticeship, it is the employer that will advertise this opportunity, not the University. To search for apprenticeships offered by employers in your area go to: gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Fees and finance

There are different ways for the employer to fund the costs of higher and degree apprenticeships, which may include government levies already paid for by the employer or specific funding opportunities which may be available. For a discussion around your specific requirements please contact:

T: 0191 515 3555 / apprenticeships@sunderland.ac.uk

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