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Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship

This degree apprenticeship has two specialisms to choose from – IT project management and data analytics.


Professional apprenticeship
Linked Level 7 University award: MSc Digital and Technology Solutions

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Course overview


IT project management
The apprentice takes responsibility for the evolution and development of technology-based solutions and digital transformation projects. They ensure the delivery of new solutions meets the client’s expectations. They establish close and trusted relationships with business stakeholders and solutions teams to deliver the roadmap, governance and supporting processes. They manage the programme roadmap, communicating milestones and progress updates with client stakeholders.

Data analytics
The apprentice explores business data requirements, applied data selection, data curation, data quality assurance and data investigation and engineering techniques. They help businesses organise data and provide advice and guidance to database designers in using the data structures and associated data components efficiently. They explore data processing to produce data sets for study and perform investigations using techniques including machine learning to reveal new business opportunities. They present data and investigation results along with compelling business opportunities reports to senior stakeholders.

This apprenticeship aims to:
• develop the apprentice's knowledge of computing and their intellectual ability for abstract analysis and synthesis at the level for postgraduate research
• produce apprentices who can make reasoned, critical decisions for selecting or implementing appropriate computer-based solutions to complex real-world problems and business needs
• produce graduates with sufficient technical and interpersonal skills to make an immediate contribution to major projects at the leading edge of computer applications
• encourage enterprise and progression towards further research including MPhil and/or PhD
• enable apprentices to acquire a range of practical, professional and transferable skills.

On successful completion, the apprentice is awarded an MSc in Digital and Technology Solutions.

The apprentice should be employed and you as the employer should be willing to support them through the Government’s apprenticeship scheme. The apprentice needs to agree their options with the training manager.

Please refer to the Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (integrated Degree) apprenticeship standard for more information.

Alternatively, if the learner wishes to self-fund their studies or obtain a student loan, please visit our non-apprenticeship courses in these areas:
Applied Data Science, MSc
Data Science, MSc
IT Project Management, MSc

Please note, we can only respond to enquiries from employers, or individuals with agreement from their employer to undertake an apprenticeship.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Capstone Project

The apprentice undertakes a major, in-depth, individual study in an aspect of computing, IT, computer science or digital technology. The Capstone Project is drawn from commercial, industrial or research-based problem areas. They research and investigate aspects of a specific computing discipline and then produce a major deliverable (software package or tool, design, prototype, website, model, research findings, results of an experiment, datasets). The apprentice carries out a critical evaluation of their major deliverable, including obtaining third party evaluation where appropriate.

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a change process that allows businesses and society to achieve goals such as improving accessibility and quality of digital services, increasing income generation, implementing innovative and generating a collaborative culture through the use of technology. The adoption of emerging technologies is important to businesses and can be fundamental to their survival. But digital transformation is not all about technology.

You gain an in-depth understanding of the context of digital transformation, its challenges and possible future as well as its leadership and management. You gain the skills to develop a digital transformation strategy for an organisation, by engaging in critical assessment of cutting-edge research findings to inform your solution.

Research Methods

You develop the knowledge and skills to understand the research process in the field of computing and gain the necessary skills to undertake your masters project. You learn how to evaluate previous academic research and generate evidence material to justify your research. You learn different methods of data generation and develop an understanding of how these methods fit into your primary research, development lifecycle, evaluation of the end user experience, use of academic research literature and research ethics.


IT Project Management modules

Agile Development

You gain experience of application development utilising an agile development approach. You also take responsibility for determining project aims, objectives, roles, tasks, deliverables, schedules and documentation.

By learning agile principles and applying a specific agile approach (eg SCRUM) in a live simulation of the methodology, the module will help you to prepare for contemporary practice in industry, developing both knowledge and skills in the application of agile principles.

Managing Projects with PRINCE2®

This module explores in detail an established and widely recognised governance standard method called PRINCE2®. Students will work on simulated project brief in order to build their understanding and critically review the governance methodology.

The module will focus on the structure, processes, documentation, terminology but also tailoring of the governance method in order to plan for a particular project.

The students will be assessed by two in-course assessment elements (60% and 40%) requiring them to work as part of a team.

PRINCE2® is a registered trademark of AXELOS limited

Project Management Philosophies and Tools

Contemporary project management is an evolving and extensive discipline that has grown substantially to meet the needs of modern project management demands. This module cultivates detailed and critical awareness of this domain and its expanding range of philosophies, tools and frameworks.

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the expanding discipline of project management and familiarise them with modern and contemporary project management modalities and the importance of effective project management to organisational functioning, enterprise growth and development.

Risk Management in Projects

We provide you with an advanced level of study in risk management in projects. You explore a range of tools and techniques used in risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk-planning responses, PERT and risk monitoring. You learn about financial risk, project-appraisal methods and the application of a decision tree within a project.

You gain awareness of probability theory that represents the corner stone of risk management. Invited speakers from the industry give an overview of risk management in different projects; for example IT, finance, construction, and oil and gas. You work in groups on project case studies which apply risk management theory. In addition, you gain hands-on experience in applying the @RISK© tool to a variety of scenarios of risk factors. You develop a deep understanding of the systematic process of risk management and application of @RISK© software.


Data Analytics modules

Big Data and Business Intelligence

You develop your ability to design and implement database, big data and analytics applications to meet business needs. A case study is used to follow the system development lifecycle. You develop a plausible application from inception to implementation for a real-world scenario.

You investigate the issues and technologies associated with implementing and supporting large scale databases and the services that are needed to maintain and access a repository of data. Investigations are undertaken in a number of areas including big data, data warehouses, integrating legacy data, data management and approaches that support the modelling and visualisation of data for a range of use views.

Data Visualisation

The field of information visualisation has expanded rapidly with many designers generating new forms of charts through which to view quantitative data. This module explores the range of charts available from the traditional such as bar charts and pie charts, to the more novel such as stream graphs, tree maps, sunbursts, and force diagrams, and examines their mathematical properties.

By accurately representing quantitative data using appropriate charts, the intended audience can make their own interpretations of the data and identify emerging patterns and themes that are more readily recognisable in chart form than in the form of raw data.

Machine Learning

Machine learning is a subfield of computer science concerned with computational techniques rather than performing explicit programmed instructions. You build a model from a task based on observations in order to make predictions about unseen data. Such techniques are useful when the desired output is known but an algorithm is unknown, or when a system needs to adapt to unforeseen circumstances.

You explore statistics and probability theory as the fundamental task is to make inferences from data samples. The contribution from other areas of computer science is also essential for efficient task representation, learning algorithms, and inferences procedures. You gain exposure to a breadth of tasks and techniques in machine learning.

Assessment is an in course assessment (100%).

Statistical Methods for Data Analytics

You develop necessary knowledge and practical understanding of the main statistical techniques. You explore quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques, reflecting scientific and social science methods. You focus on correlation testing, regression, data categories, normalization - the tools needed, rather than the philosophical approaches. You understand how to apply valid techniques and interpret the results in preparation for experimental work.

Your assessment is a single ICA based around a number of case studies that require you to identify the correct data analysis and modelling processes.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The course includes work-based elements and blended (on-campus and online) learning.

There are two routes available:
Day release on campus: attendance is typically one day a week on campus with flexibility to attend scheduled sessions online.

Blended delivery (on campus and online): apprentices attend two days on campus in Middlesbrough. These days are typically one day in September and one day in January. The remainder is delivered online.

The University programmes provide a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (such as lectures, tutorials, lab work, projects, examinations), but the apprentice is also expected to undergo self-study time – to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

How you are assessed

The apprentice's learning involves different types of assessment including coursework assignments and exams.

The apprentice is provided with programme and module guides containing comprehensive information about their assessments. Assessment schedules allow them to manage their time more effectively and prepare for submission.

Our virtual learning environment plays a key role in the submission of coursework and assessment with some modules using online tests, blogs, journals and portfolios to support blended learning.

In addition to the on-programme assessment, completion of the apprenticeship is by end-point assessment which looks holistically at the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) developed to determine if the requirements of the Standard have been met.


Entry requirements

To be accepted on to an apprenticeship course you must have support from your employer and meet the course entry requirements.

Typically a 2.2 or higher in a relevant subject, including but not limited to: artificial intelligence, computing, computer science, data science, information technology.

Before starting their Teesside University apprenticeship, learners must hold Level 2 qualifications in English and maths. Find out more.

Job role responsibilities
The apprentice is required to have minimum of 30 contracted working hours and to be in a role where their performance is enhanced through the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behaviours acquired through this apprenticeship.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements



Career opportunities

Job roles from the IT project management route include IT delivery manager, web delivery manager, IT development manager, and software product management specialist.

Job roles from the data analytics route include big data analyst, data and insight analyst, data science specialist, data management specialist and analytics lead.

Degree apprenticeships combine practical work experience with studying the technical knowledge through a higher education qualification. All apprentices are already in employment.

Benefits for employers and apprentices:

  • increasing future productivity
  • keeping the business up-to-date with the latest knowledge and innovative practice
  • delivering on-the-job training to employees tailored to business needs
  • tackling skills shortages by filling higher level skill gaps
  • developing and retaining existing staff by offering support and a fresh perspective
  • improving employees’ career prospects.


Professional accreditation

Tech Industry Gold - Accredited by TechSkills  This degree apprenticeship is accredited by TechSkills as meeting industry standards for quality and relevance to tech and digital careers, providing you with the technical, business and professional skills employers need.

Professional apprenticeship

An apprenticeship combines vocational work-based learning with study for a university degree. Designed in partnership with employers, apprenticeships offer it all - a higher education qualification, a salary, and invaluable practical experience and employment skills.

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  • Not available full-time


2023/24 entry

Fee for UK applicants

for the full course

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2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants

for the full course

More details about our fees

  • Length: Up to 3 years plus 6 months end-point assessment
  • Attendance: Day release (normally one day a week)
  • Start date: September and January

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