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Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Network Engineer) Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): Not Set
  • Start Date(s): October 2020
  • 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 as a Network Engineer.

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.

We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).

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.

Network Engineer specialism

The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. They need to maintain high levels of network performance performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance. As part of their role they need to be proficient in technology solutions as they will analyse system requirements to ensure the network and its services operate to desired levels. They will need to understand the data traffic and transmission across the network and they have a major role to play in ensuring network security.

Common to all Specialisms:

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

Network Engineer specialism

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

Network Engineer specialism

  • Communications Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Service Centric & Cloud Computing
  • Reflective Practice

Network Engineer specialism

  • Internet of Things
  • 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.

COVID-19 planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by COVID-19.

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.

Campus and facilities


Our very latest building, the Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC), was completed in late 2017. This impressive facility 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

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.

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.

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