Digital and Technology Solutions - Software Engineer, Data Analyst and Cybersecurity BSc (Hons)

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Choose a pathway that suits you. Use industry-standard software languages and tools. Earn an undergraduate degree.

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This course, delivered from our Sunderland campus, offers three different pathways which lead to an undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions. Choose from:

Software Engineering: combines the theoretical fundamentals of software engineering and programming with practical development of IT solutions using industry standard software languages and tools.

Data Analytics: covers a range of analytical techniques such as data mining, time series forecasting and modelling techniques to identify, predict trends and patterns in data.

Cybersecurity: investigates the principles of cybersecurity and applies these in a work-based environment. It will explore the technical and behavioural aspects of cybersecurity to develop policies, procedures as well as solutions.

Why us?

  • Originally developed in conjunction with global professional services firm Accenture, national water company Northumbrian Water and micro-business Geek Talent, the programmes have since been expanded and tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of industry partners
  • The programmes provide an opportunity to bring digital technology and business requirements together and enable apprentices to examine and apply new developments in specialist areas of computer science
  • The course has been awarded the Tech Industry Gold standard by Tech Partnership Degrees, an industry body representing a number of high-tech businesses and industries in the UK
  • 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
  • The course meets employer-relevant standards and offers apprentices the best possible development opportunity
  • According to the National Student Survey 2018, our Computer Science courses are in the top 25% in the UK for Learning opportunities, Assessment and feedback, Academic support, Organisation and management, and Learning Resources

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 (national level 4)

  • Fundamentals of Digital and Technology Solutions (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 (national level 5)


Core modules:

  • Principles of Digital and Technology Solutions (60 credits)

Network design and security, information systems, business IT system management, big data.

  • Digital and Technology Solutions in the Workplace (20 credits)

Critical evaluation of IT projects and solutions in the workplace.


Route modules:

BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions - Software Engineering

  • Principles of Software Engineering (40 credits)

Advanced software engineering and software development methods, tools and languages.


BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions - Cybersecurity

  • Principles of Cybersecurity (40 credits)

Analyse and evaluate the principles of cybersecurity in order to critically discuss the concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities and attack vectors.


BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions - Data Analytics

  • Principles of Data Analytics (40 credits)

An introduction to the fundamental principles associated with the use of big data and data analytics in an organisational setting.

Year 3 (national level 6)


Core modules:

  • Advanced skills and Techniques in Digital and Technology Solutions (40 credits)

Current trends and issues in IT, work-based learning project.

  • Degree Apprenticeship Project (40 credits)

Using all the skills gained so far: investigate, design, build, evaluate and report on a software solution to a real-world problem.


Route modules:

BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions - Software Engineering

  • Software Engineering Applications (40 credits)

Design and develop complex software solutions.


BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions - Cybersecurity

  • Technical Cybersecurity (40 credits)

Examines the technical skills and knowledge for cybersecurity practitioners and develops the technical and behavioural competencies.


BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions - Data Analytics

  • Data Analytics Application (40 credits)

Examines technical and theoretical aspects of data science and covers areas including Data Warehouse and Big Data.

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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:

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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:

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  • Working full time with an employer that values staff development
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  • No exams – you'll complete a blended range of assessments
  • Government funding for large and small employers
  • Work-based learning and tutors with industry experience

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