BSc (Hons)

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

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  • UCAS code(s): Not Set
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Block release
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: October 2018
  • Course duration: Four years

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The Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Software Engineering) Degree Apprenticeship will take 4 years. It leads to a BSc Honours degree qualification.

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 sponsored by employers, so employees 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:

  • highly-regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014);
  • 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.

  • Year One

    Common to all Specialisms:

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

    Software Engineer specialism

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

    Software Engineer specialism

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

    Advanced Software Engineering

    • End-Point Project

How you’re taught

You will be taught in 6 blocks per year, where apprentices attend 5 days or 30 hours per block.

Assessment methods

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.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria but this is likely to include three A levels, including maths, science or IT. Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications, such as BTEC or relevant experience.

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 - click on the Apply button at the top of the page to be taken straight through to the 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.

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.

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

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

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