Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

for Employers

Our Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship programme is supporting employers throughout the UK to meet their IT skills requirements. 

Created in collaboration with employers, the Tech Partnership Gold accredited programme, integrates the best of an academic IT education with practical work-based learning. Our BSc Digital & Technology Solutions (Hons) has been designed specifically for the apprenticeship and brings together academic expertise from the University’s Business School, Department of Computing and Mathematics and Department of Information and Communications.

The Degree Apprenticeship has flexible pathways of study, which allows for the development of confident and capable IT practitioners in a range of roles, including:

Our next cohort will be starting in September 2020; please contact us to find out how to get involved.


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Programme Content

Apprentices will develop the fundamental skills and competencies for a career in IT.  The core units comprise 60 per cent of the programme and include:

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

Pathway units and negotiated business projects, allow apprentices to study a specialist route in Business Technology (IT Consultant), Software Engineering, Data Analytics, Cyber Security or Software Engineering (Mainframe)

View the full list of units for each pathway

Apprentices also take part in communication, presentation and team working skills development, to help them work successfully with clients and colleagues.

Delivery Model

The Degree Apprenticeship includes part-time study over a period of four years, on-site at Manchester Metropolitan University. Delivery utilises a mixture of day release and block teaching equivalent to 33 days per year.

Apprentices are full-time members of staff, who will utilise their new knowledge and skills to make an impact for their employer. Apprentices will need to be supported by a supervisor in the workplace and there will be regular reviews of progress, conducted by Manchester Met staff.

  • Customised Delivery Options

We may be able to offer a customised programme to meet employer requirements, dependent on enrolling specified minimum numbers, so please contact us to discuss your preferred delivery model.

Final Degree Award

At the end of the four years, successful apprentices receive a BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions. The final degree award will reflect a specialist pathway, for example BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Software Engineer).

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Degree Apprenticeship should have a minimum of 104 points at A2 (Grades BCC) or an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM. You will also require Maths and English Language GCSE grade A*-C. We will individually evaluate candidates who do not meet these requirements, but have workplace experience.


Employers with a payroll in excess of £3 million will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy and any funds paid out can be used to fund participation in apprenticeship programmes. Employers with a payroll below £3 million are eligible for funding, which will cover at least 95% of the cost of apprenticeship programmes.

Find out more about funding

Get Involved

We will support you every step of the way to implement Degree Apprenticeships at your organisation, whether you intend to upskill existing employees or attract new recruits.

Please get in touch with us by emailing or calling our Apprenticeships Team on 0161 247 3720.

Can existing employees apply?

Yes. As long as they meet the entry requirements or have suitable work experience, they can apply for the programme.

Is there an age limit for apprentices?

There are no age restrictions and no difference in funding according to age, except for your eligibility for certain incentive payments. Candidates who already have a degree qualification should be eligible as long as their existing qualifications are materially different from the course material.

Can we recruit a student from abroad?

Usually overseas students would not qualify for funding, but if you have any particular concerns about eligibility, please contact us.