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Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship


The Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship is a unique programme combining honours level education with workplace learning to help address skills gaps across the digital industries.

The course entails a common first year to build fundamental skills and knowledge before apprentices pursue one of six specialist pathways to facilitate expert knowledge and career progression in their chosen field.

The aim of the courses is to provide industry-ready employees in six roles, namely

  • Software Engineering
  • Network Engineering
  • IT Consultant
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Analyst

Only one of these specialisms is applicable for each apprentice and should be decided based on the employment role within the workplace before starting the programme.

The course will deliver against the nationally recognised Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship standard. The course is suitable for both new recruits (eg school leavers entering into the industry) and for developing existing and aspiring IT professionals already in employment, who do not have a relevant digital degree.

If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

Course length and entry requirements

The apprenticeship is usually delivered over four years. However, every apprentice is different and it will depend on their previous experience.

Participants typically attend University for a five-day block, three times per year, although in the final year this decreases to one five-day block when the major in-company project is underway and learners are most valuable to industries.

At the start of the course, learners will attend University on a full-time basis for a 12 week ‘boot-camp’ period. This is intended to provide learners with the foundations to become digital professionals and begin work within industry.

It is anticipated that employers will need to allow learners half a day of study time per week, per module, in addition to the on-site teaching at Sheffield Hallam University.

The final assessment consists of a final work-based investigation and report to ensure that the apprentice is ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Eligible candidates will meet the following entry requirements

The usual entry requirements are GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4, or above – plus one of the following

  • 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications
  • 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications
  • Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 Level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

For those already in employment the apprenticeship provides access to development opportunities for applicants who may already have practical experience but wish to improve their theoretical understanding, want to develop their skills further, and obtain an academic qualification and professional recognition.

Applicants must be working in a relevant role within the digital industries and have appropriate employer support to undertake this course.

Benefits for your business

  • Connect with a leading university committed to working with industry partners to produce tomorrow’s leaders in IT.
  • Get immediate access to a low cost resource – even in their first year, learners are able to offer a cost-effective contribution to projects via coding, app development etc.
  • Tailor the skills of the learner to company requirements, products and solutions to ‘grow your own’ talent.
  • Enhance your learning and development strategy by establishing a clear progression route for aspiring and established digital professionals.

See more benefits for your business

Download the programme outline

Download the programme outline (PDF 73KB) to see how apprenticeships can improve your business.

Learn more

Find out more about how higher and degree apprenticeships can have a positive impact on your business. You can also read about funding and incentives or explore other useful information, including policies and FAQs.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, email or phone 0114 225 5000 to speak to our apprenticeships team.

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