Digital & Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship

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Level: Master’s degree apprenticeship (Level 7)

Course duration: 27 or 39 months

Available start dates: September 2022

Mode of delivery: On-campus with some online study

 Announcement 2022 entry for all apprenticeship standards will go ahead unless government restrictions and social distancing requirements around Covid-19 make the delivery of the programme unfeasible. Detailed information on programme changes would be sent to pre-enrolled students and their employers prior to confirming their place on the apprenticeship.


The Digital and Technology Solutions apprenticeship enables the next generation of scientists, engineers and other professionals to become confident, competent and capable software engineers. The programme is mapped against the Level 7 Software Engineering Specialist technical pathway within the Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist standard. 

Upon completion, successful apprentices will graduate with a master's degree (MSc) in Digital and Technology Solutions.

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Who is it for?

The programme is for organisations looking to develop the next generation of technology leaders who can design, build and test high-quality software solutions across a wide range of IT areas. The apprenticeship is particularly well-suited to individuals who work with computer software daily and hold a technical degree in a non-computing subject. 

Entry requirements, application process and costs

  • The cost for the Apprenticeship: £25,000 (funded by the monthly employer apprenticeship levy)
  • A 2:1 honours degree or higher, preferably in science or engineering
  • Applicants with work experience in their chosen field of work, but holding non-STEM qualifications may also be considered
  • When English is not the first language, an overall score of level 7 or above for IELTS or equivalent is normally required
  • English and Maths Level 2, equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
  • Applicants must be working in a relevant role and have appropriate employer support to undertake the programme.
  • Employers should contact the University Apprenticeship team. We’ll carry out an initial assessment to ensure the apprenticeship is suitable for the candidates and meets employer’s requirements. A contract and commitment statement will be agreed prior to signing up apprentice.

English & Maths Level 2 are discretionary for entry if not already held; however, both must be completed by gateway of the End Point Assessment.

Learning outcomes

  • MSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions
  • Software engineering specialist knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • Confidence in developing complex technology solutions to meet organisational needs
  • A comprehensive understanding of software development and the ability to apply software engineering principles, methodology, and good practice to all stages of software development
  • Ability to translate theoretical principles of software engineering into practical software solutions using industry standard software languages and tools
  • Ability to drive work-based transformation through technological innovation
  • Development of the management and communication skills required to work with a multidisciplinary team
  • A thorough understanding of emerging technologies and techniques and their impact on the workplace.

Modules and teaching overview

The course runs for 27 or 39 months based on employer preference. Apprentices attend the University for the equivalent of one day per fortnight and combine classroom and online study with their job role. Progress in the workplace will be monitored through regular contact between the employer, apprentice and tutors.

Apprentices complete:

  • Six modules worth 20 credits each
  • A software project worth 60 credits
  • A professional portfolio
  • An End Point Assessment. 

Study modules

  • Object-Oriented Software Development
  • Data Science
  • Software Engineering Professional Development and Research Methods
  • Secure Computer Systems
  • Big Data and the Cloud
  • A professional project

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment must demonstrate that the apprentice has acquired the full set of knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a software engineer, and consists of two assessment methods:

  • A project report which acts as a written account of professional projects undertaken as part of the apprenticeship
  • A professional discussion based on questions related to the apprentice’s portfolio of activities.

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics enjoys an international reputation for its research, in areas ranging from design patterns for cyber security, cloud computing and service-oriented computing to agent-oriented programming and cognitive robotics.
  • Apprentices will have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned academics who are currently engaged in world-leading research.
  • The apprenticeship programme fully integrates the teaching, learning and support the University offers with the mentoring and training offered within your organisation.