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Digital & Technology Solutions

If you have aspirations of working in the digital or technology sector, then a degree-apprenticeship could be your next step. This is your opportunity to enter this fast-developing profession via a new and exciting route.

This four year Degree Apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions is an industry driven approach, where you will work full-time with an employer, while studying towards a fully accredited Digital & Technology Solutions Degree on site at Manchester Metropolitan University's £75 million Business School.

You should earn a minimum starting salary of £12,000 per year and receive all the additional benefits that come with working in a digital or technology firm.

Study options

A holistic learning environment is created by combining workplace training with a programme of education designed to meet your career ambitions. You will study a core curriculum, focussed on IT in business and includes a blend of technology, business and project skills. In addition to this, you will also have the opportunity to choose between a Business Technology, Software Engineering, Data Analytics or Cyber Security pathway. The core units comprise around 60% of the programme and include the following topics:

Download the Digital & Technology Solutions pathways diagram that details the modules studied on our specialist pathways.

Projects will be carried out in the third and final years of the course. Optional units may include: UX/HCI, Digital & Social Media, CRM, Mobile Applications Development, Enterprise Computing, Advanced Web Development, Information Systems Strategy and Business Process Modelling.

The core modules will be underpinned by communication, presentation and team working skills development, in order to ensure graduates emerge ready to work successfully with clients and colleagues.

Qualification

Attend lectures, seminars and tutorials at Manchester Metropolitan University to study for an honours degree - BSc Hons in Digital & Technology Solutions.

Career progression

The Degree Apprenticeship is a great foundation for any career in a business or technical field. Although the exact nature of your learning experience will depend on which employer you choose to apply to, the key skills you will learn are suited to those looking to begin or develop a career in the following roles:

We also place a strong emphasis on developing reflective practitioners - young professionals who can plan and manage their own future careers.

Employer partners

Many major employers have been very keen to get involved with this new scheme and attract additional talent to the sector, offering a new route into the profession. Organisations offering roles to the apprenticeship include:

Manchester Metropolitan University are currently discussing Digital Technology Solutions Apprenticeships opportunities with a number of other employers.

Opportunities for 2016 will be listed on the vacancies page as they are become available. By registering interest, you will receive updates on new vacancies by email.

What does it cost?

The Government has committed to paying two-thirds of the cost of any tuition fees for degree apprentices. Employers are required to pay the remaining fees.

Entry requirements

Prospective candidates should have Maths and English GCSE grade A-C or equivalent, and a minimum of 260 points at A2 (Grades BCC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3, BTEC Diploma in Information Technology, Science or an Advanced Apprenticeship in related subject. However, we will interview and assess individually those who do not have these qualifications but who have relevant work experience.

Next steps

Please register your interest by completing our online form. We will keep you informed of our upcoming open evenings and new vacancies with our employer partners.

For more information on how to apply for apprenticeships, watch our video explainer.

Who is the Digital & Technology solutions apprenticeship aimed at?

The Degree Apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions is aimed at both people who are leaving schools and colleges and those who are already working in an IT role and who have their employer's support to further their studies.

Students leaving school or college who want to work in Information Technology and have the capability and motivation to study part time for a degree at the same time as working need to apply to one or more of the employers offering this opportunity. 

How do I apply?

Unlike Manchester Met's regular degree programmes, you have to apply to one of our partner employers to secure your place. The best way to find out about the latest job opportunities is to check the Manchester Met apprenticeships website and register for job alerts. By registering your details, we will also let you know about any support we have available to assist with your applications.

What qualification do I receive at the end of the course?

An Honours Degree: BSc in Digital & Technology Solutions from Manchester Metropolitan University.

What sort of job role will I be undertaking?

You could be working a variety of roles in a wide variety of contexts from small digital agencies in Manchester or Salford Media City to large banks, councils or multinational blue chip organisations.

What are my progression routes?

We envisage that most apprentices will be retained by their employer following successful completion of the degree apprenticeship. Approximately 60% of the content covered by this degree is core and is studied by all apprentices, irrespective of their company or their long-term goals. This material covers core skills in the understanding of IT, of how organisations use IT and software development. The remaining material covered will be selected by the apprentice and their employer jointly and will be in the form of work-based projects and optional units of study that are offered by the University in the later stages of the course. The projects and options will allow apprentices to tailor their development.

When does the apprenticeship start?

Recruitment takes place from April with the programme commencing in Sept/Oct although companies may want apprentices to start work before this.

What are the age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions. This is a new trailblazer apprenticeship and so there is no difference in funding according to age.

Can international students apply?

There are specific rules about learner eligibility. An individual may have some rights to work in England, for example an individual on a student visa, but they may not be eligible for government funding for education or skills training. A person who was born a UK citizen OR is settled in the UK and who has been ordinarily resident for the three years preceding the start of the programme and whose main purpose for residence was not to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period, will be eligible. If you are concerned about your eligibility then please raise this in the free type box on the expression of interest form.

I am already doing a degree, can I switch to an apprenticeship?

This is possible but may not be advisable so you should seek advice and guidance before taking this step. You will also have to obtain a suitable job with a supporting employer.

I am a very high achieving A level student and have been told that an apprenticeship is not the correct route for me, is this correct?

Many high achieving learners on the current apprenticeships at Manchester Metropolitan University are finding this a very rewarding route. Please see the student profiles featured on our Legal Services web pages.

Can I apply for this apprenticeship straight from GCSEs?

Yes, see Question 'Who is Degree Apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions aimed at and what is the entry criteria?' above

I don't have GCSE Maths or English at a grade C or above – can I apply?

Yes, but you will be expected to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills as soon as possible.

I am a mature applicant; can I apply for an apprenticeship?

Yes providing you are in a suitable job role, you have the motivation and aptitude to study for a degree while working full time and your employer will support you with funding etc.

I am already working in IT can I go on an apprenticeship with my present employer?

Yes, your employer should contact e.gorb@mmu.ac.uk, telephone 0161 247 3728

If I apply am I guaranteed a place on the apprenticeship programme?

No, an apprenticeship is a job therefore you have to be recruited to a suitable post to take the course.

 

 

 

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To secure an apprenticeship you will need to apply for a full-time position with one of our partner employers. The following vacancies are currently available as part of our apprenticeship programme. We update our Jobs pages daily so if there are no postings below, please check back regularly.

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