BSc (Honours) Digital and Technology Solutions (Cyber Security Analyst)
This is a unique programme of university and workplace learning, which you can complete over three years alongside a related digital and technology job role.
How does the degree apprenticeship work?
You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.
Our next start date for this course is September 2021
The course normally takes 3 years part-time – then you'll complete an endpoint assessment within a further 6 months.
1. Course summary
- Gain digital expertise in year 1, starting with a 12 week bootcamp.
- Specialise in years 2-3 to become a qualified cyber security analyst.
- Work towards accreditation from Tech Partnership.
This course is suitable whether you're a new recruit or looking for a qualification to prove your experience. Gaining accreditation can help you to develop your career, particularly as 76% of employers say a lack of properly skilled teams is an obstacle to their digital transformation efforts (2017 Global PwC Digital IQ Survey).
2. How you learn
You’ll build essential skills and knowledge alongside the other Digital and Technology Solutions specialisms – providing opportunities for group learning and networking. You’ll then begin your specialism as a cyber security analyst, benefiting from the latest techniques and using your knowledge in workplace projects.
You learn through
- a 12 week bootcamp to gain foundation level skills
- in-company projects to make direct use of your degree learning
- five-day blocks of teaching on campus and self-study in the workplace
- virtual meetings and drop-in sessions
- innovative and traditional assessment types
- a major final-year project with your employer
- an end-point assessment consisting of a final work-based investigation and report
3. Where you'll study
You'll study at City Campus, with industry standard computing packages, tools and hardware – plus a specialist networking lab for laboratory exercises and individual project work.
4. Entry requirements
You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course
This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.
You normally need qualifications as well
The usual entry requirements include GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English at Grade C, 4 or above – plus one of the following
- 96 UCAS points from 3 A levels (we accept General Studies)
- Or 112 UCAS points with at least 64 from 2 A levels or equivalent BTEC
- Or a completed level 3 apprenticeship
|Digital and Technology Solutions modules||• systems analysis and design • programming concepts • hardware and networks • introduction to computer and information security • database administration and security • planning and project management|
|Cyber Security modules||• object-oriented programming • digital forensics • web security • information security management|
6. Fees and funding
You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.
How do I apply?
If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.
If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.