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

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Four years
  • Study Mode(s): Block release
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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The Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship is suitable for individuals who have an interest in creating digital and technology solutions that enable businesses to develop new products and services and increase productivity. The apprenticeship leads to a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions with the opportunity to specialise in Software Engineering.

Who is it for?

A degree apprenticeship enables individuals to earn whilst they learn, combining academic study at University with substantial training and development of transferable skills in the workplace. Employers have the opportunity to upskill existing employees, or recruit new talent in to a role relevant to the apprenticeship.

Why do the apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship provides individuals to apply newly learned industry-specific knowledge directly in to the workplace, whilst working towards a BSc (Hons) degree qualification.

What are the benefits?

A Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship will develop the technical, business, project, interpersonal and behavioural skills and knowledge to operate effectively in the digital economy. Apprenticeships are funded by employers, so apprentices pay zero tuition fees. All this whilst gaining invaluable industry experience, and earning a full time wage!

Why NTU?

NTU has a major commitment to develop degree apprenticeship courses. NTU's apprenticeships are suitable for both small and large employers, and can be tailored to meet employers' specific business needs. The Computing and Technology Department has:

  • a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of systems, Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity and IT management, through to hardware aspects such as networking;
  • industrial experience built up and maintained through our industrial links and our applied research activity;
  • ultra-modern facilities, equipment and software. This includes the new Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC), which features state-of-the-art laboratories;
  • Access to academic programs from Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAS, and major software available across all campus computers;
  • Experience in delivering BSc courses in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Science (Games Technology), Information Systems, Computing, Computer Systems (Networks), Computer Systems (Forensics & Security), Computer Systems Engineering;
  • BSc courses that are accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to Chartered Engineer (CEng) and IT Professional (CITP) status.

Learn more about the Level 6 Digital Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeship standard.

What you’ll study

All apprentices will require the core skills and knowledge to be combined with the specialist skills and knowledge to be able to operate effectively in the defined role. The core skills cover software development, business and system analysis, cyber security, data analysis and network infrastructure. The employer will select one, and only one, of the specialisms for the apprentice that is specific to the role the apprentice will be performing.

Software Engineer specialism

The primary role of a software engineer is to be able to design, build and test high-quality software solutions. The software engineer role is broader and with higher levels of responsibility than a software developer as they need to apply engineering principles to all stages of the software development process, from requirements, analysis and design, development and data requirements whilst ensuring security robustness is built in. They will typically be working as part of a larger collaborative team and will have responsibility for significant elements of software projects.

Common to all Specialisms:

  • Systems Development and Programming
  • Data Analysis and Business Organisation
  • Computer Technology, Network Infrastructure and Security
  • Reflective Practice

Software Engineer specialism

  • Software Design & Implementation
  • Distributed Network Architectures & Operating Systems
  • Database Engineering & Internet Application Programming
  • Reflective Practice

Software Engineer specialism

  • Software Engineering
  • Advanced Analysis & Design
  • Mobile Platform Applications
  • Reflective Practice

Advanced Software Engineering

  • End-Point Project

Meet our apprentices

Joshua, Isaac, Arron and Connell work at E.ON. In this video they share their apprenticeship experiences.
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How you’re taught

You will be taught in 3 blocks per year, where apprentices attend 10 days or 60 hours per block.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Case Studies

Bethany Pass

Bethany Pass, a 23 year old apprentice, works for Ideagen while completing the Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions Professional degree apprenticeship. Bethany expresses that “an apprenticeship was the perfect way to get the best of both worlds” in terms of gaining experience and a highly regarded qualification. Feeling more confident than ever, Bethany continues to navigate the digital sector and develop professionally whilst on her apprenticeship.

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Joshua Georgiou

Joshua Georgiou, 18, is a first year apprentice who works for E.ON. As an apprentice, Joshua’s favourite thing is “constantly learning new things at university and in the work place”. Knowing he wanted to work in the Technology field, the apprenticeship route was ideal for him. Joshua chose NTU because of the “resources and everything you can get at NTU” – read more to find out about Joshua’s experience and thoughts on the Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeship.

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How you’re assessed

At NTU the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship will be an integrated degree, as the end-point assessment is part of the degree assessment programme.

Apprentices will also maintain a digital portfolio of their completed work, to demonstrate their achievements and capabilities. This will include the practical outputs of the assessments, including software, plans, reports etc. submitted for module assessments.

Assessment methods include:

  • examinations
  • academic reports or essays
  • technical reports
  • reflective work
  • practical exercises
  • presentations or portfolios

The end-point assessment will be based on a work-based project module of 60 credit points.  This will consist of a substantial piece of project work and a presentation that test and cover the skills, knowledge and behaviour defined in the degree apprenticeship standard.

Careers and employability

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities


The Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC) Building is the result of a £5 million investment from the government and NTU in recognition of the importance of STEM teaching.

The building contains state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching, and this is where engineering practical and workshop sessions will initially be held.

“This investment will mean world-class teaching facilities to build tomorrow's skilled workforce.”
Vince Cable, former Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Entry requirements

▪ Three A-Levels including either Maths, Science or IT totalling 120 UCAS points

▪ GCSE Maths and English (ESFA requirement)

Alternative relevant qualifications accepted by other employers include:

▪ BTEC IT or relevant industry experience/accreditation: Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

EU students are eligible, please contact the apprenticeship team for eligibility information.

Unfortunately this course is not available for international students.

Fees and funding

For Apprenticeship fees, funding and guidance information, please see our Apprenticeships pages.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.

Application deadline

Applications for the part-time course can be submitted up until the start of the course in October. Places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.

Information for your employer

We have lots of useful advice and guidance on our website to help you discuss your options with your employer.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.