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Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship MSc

2 to 3 years, starting in October 2020

Learn while you work. Gain employment specific computer science knowledge and skills through distance learning and sessions on campus.

You’ll gain a strong foundation in programming, software development and contemporary themes in the industry. The course will give you a broad overview of computer science with opportunities to develop specific skills relevant to your role with specially developed units.

You'll study online, off campus, through the use of our virtual learning environment, which will include weekly webinars and online collaboration tools. Occasional on-campus sessions and examinations will help you progress and give you the chance to meet your peers and academics in the department.

This course is designed to fit with the requirement for apprenticeships to spend at least 20% of your time (1-2 days a week) on off-the-job training. A typical week will involve two online webinars and the rest of your available time spent on other course content, including independent study. You'll spend the rest of your week embedding your new knowledge on-the-job with your current employer.

Towards the end of the course, you will complete an individual project and e-portfolio over summer before a final End Point Assessment.

When you have successfully completed the End Point Assessment, you will graduate with an MSc in Computer Science and pass the degree apprenticeship. As a graduate, you'll have gained an array of skills in areas such as programming, software engineering and databases. This will help you to progress further in your career.

Course structure

This course lasts 2 to 3 years. It starts in October 2020 and ends in 2023. Induction week starts on 5 October 2020. Course length can vary as a result of the time it takes to complete the capstone project and the end point assessment.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.


We welcome suggestions as to what specialist units would be most beneficial for your apprenticeship. This can be discussed with the Director of Studies. Units may also vary depending on our assessment of your skills.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment


  • Interaction and networking
  • Online resources
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • End point assessment
  • Online assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
  • Other

Entry requirements

We are only able to accept apprentices from levy paying employers. Please check with your employer if you are unsure whether they meet these criteria.

In order to be eligible you must be a resident of and spend at least 50% of your working hours in England. Citizens of other EEA countries, or non-EEA citizens legally resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship (not for educational purposes), may also be eligible.

Find out more about apprenticeship funding rules.

Origin of qualifications

British qualifications

You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject, but you must demonstrate evidence of relevant quantitative skills (especially algebra and calculus) either through your degree study or by alternative means. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

The Director of Studies has the discretion to determine whether you are eligible for the course.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Application information

Selection process

An initial skills assessment form will be sent to you as part of the application process. This short form will be used to assess your current level of knowledge and experience. This assessment is not an exam and will not affect your eligibility for the course.

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