Manchester Metropolitan University

Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

for Apprentice Students

If you have aspirations of working in the digital and technology sector, then a Degree Apprenticeship could be your next step. It is a fantastic opportunity to enter this fast-developing profession.

The four year Degree Apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions is an industry driven approach, where you work full-time at some of the country's leading employers and innovative SMEs, while studying towards a fully accredited Digital & Technology Solutions Degree with Manchester Metropolitan University.

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.

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Study options

The apprenticeship combines workplace training with a programme of education designed to meet your career ambitions. You will study a core curriculum, focused on IT in business and includes a blend of technology, business and project skills. In addition to this and with the guidance of your employer, you will have the opportunity to choose between an IT Consultant, Software Engineer, Data Analyst or Cyber Security Analyst pathway. The core units include the following topics:

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Business Systems
  • Introduction to Web Development
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Project and Technology Management
  • Portfolio

Download the full Digital & Technology Solutions pathways diagram to see the units for each pathway.

Development projects will be carried out in the third and fourth 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.

As well as the academic units, the apprenticeship includes sessions on communication, presentation and team working skills, to help you become a confident digital and technology practitioner.

The qualification

Upon successful completion of the course you'll achieve a BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions. Your final degree award will also reflect the pathway you chose to study for example BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions (Software Engineer).

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:

  • Software Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Project Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Technical Sales
  • Mobile App developer
  • Technical Support

We also place a strong emphasis on giving you all the tools necessary to manage your own career.

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 that have offered apprenticeship opportunities include:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Barclays
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • MC2
  • Reality Mine
  • Shaping Cloud
  • Thales UK

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

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

Entry requirements

Candidates wanting to enrol on the Degree Apprenticeship should have Maths and English GCSE grade A-C or equivalent, and a minimum of 104-112 points at A2 (Grades BCC) or acceptable alternatives. These include: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3, BTEC Diploma in Information Technology, Science or an Advanced Apprenticeship in a related subject.

We understand that people often come to study an apprenticeship as a way of returning to education. Therefore we also offer a non-standard entry route for people who do not meet the qualification requirements, 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.

All our current opportunities are advertised on our vacancies page.

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 suitable for people who are 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.

The Degree Apprenticeship is also a great option for people already working in digital or technical role, who are looking to broaden their academic knowledge with the support of their employer. We would be happy to talk to your employer about how the apprenticeship works, so please contact us for more information. 

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 vacancies page 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, such as CV writing and interview skills.

Watch our video explainer of how to apply.

What sort of job role will I be undertaking?

You could be working a variety of roles in a wide variety of contexts, from a digital agency in Manchester or Salford Media City to large banks, councils or multinational blue chip organisations. Your precise role will depend on the skills an employer is looking for, but this could vary from a technical role as a software engineer to a role building the skills necessary to manage IT projects.

What are my progression routes?

We envisage that most apprentices will be retained by their employer following successful completion of the Degree Apprenticeship.

However, by completing the BSc in Digital & Technology Solutions you will develop a highly in demand skill set and should also have lots of opportunities for further study, should this be your preferred option

When does the apprenticeship start?

Recruitment can take place at any point during the year so it is very important to keep an eye on the latest vacancies and register your interest with us. The programme starts in September each year, with a week long induction followed by approximately one day per week during term-time.

Are their any age limits?

No. People of any age can join the apprenticeship. 

Can international students apply?

Usually international students would not qualify for funding to complete the apprenticeship. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility, please contact us.

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

This may be possible, but you should contact us for guidance before taking this step. You will also have to obtain a suitable job with a supporting employer.




To secure an apprenticeship you will need to apply for a full-time position with one of our partner employers.

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