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Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Data Analyst)* Degree Apprenticeship

The apprentice learns ways to reduce waste, increase productivity, ensure resilient and responsive customer service, or create a secure transactional environment.


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Course overview

This apprenticeship is ideal if the learner aims to pursue an occupation evaluating, initiating, creating and supporting business solutions using digital technology and to evaluating the commercial and security risks of these solutions.

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

This aims of the course are to:

  • provide an opportunity for apprentices to complete a level 6 course whilst working in industry
  • enable apprentices to explore the complex body of knowledge associated with data analytics
  • develop the apprentices’ skills in analysing, designing and evaluating data driven systems
  • enable apprentices to identify how their specialist knowledge and skills can be applied in their workplace while considering stakeholders and business strategy.

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

Year 1 core modules

Software Development

The apprentice is introduced to the fundamental concepts of object-oriented software development.

They explore key aspects of the software development process, such as designing solutions, writing application code, developing documentation and formal approaches to testing.

They develop the essential skills for software application development; including following best practices used by industry and the wider programming community.

Statistics and Data Science

Data can be used to provide insights and knowledge for business decision making. It can be used to predict outcomes, identify patterns and problems and is used in multiple areas of business.

The apprentice explores real world examples and applications for data science along with key statistical techniques.

Conceptual and practical understanding of basic statistical and probability methods is developed and supported through the use of statistical software package.

Problem-solving oriented sessions provide the opportunity to demonstrate understanding and develop competence in the application of these.

The statistical knowledge is applied to data science case studies.

Systems Design and Databases

To produce a successful, robust, user-friendly system or application, you need to start by analysing your stakeholders’ requirements and developing a detailed design.

Study the concepts and techniques of analysing and designing systems. Then you can break down and simplify complex systems, and represent them visually using industry-standard approaches. In industry, these visual models are used to communicate designs to developers and stakeholders before implementation.

You study other techniques to design and implement relational databases as part of an information system. Using data-modelling techniques, you learn to define how the system stores data and interacts with it.

This module has a strong emphasis on professional practice and transferrable practical skills, such as communicating design, structuring workflows with process models and gathering requirements - this provides you with some of the essential skills you need in industry.

This is a 30-credit module.


Year 2 core modules

Enterprise Project

You develop a solution, proposal, product or service in response to an enterprise challenge set by industry partners or business clients.

Working in small teams, you determine the project aims, objectives, roles, tasks, deliverables, schedules and documentation. You take a professional approach, informed by innovative industry practice, to deliver a successful project that meets the set challenge.

You develop a solution, proposal, product or service, pitching it to academics and industry experts. You reflect on the project process as a whole and review sustainability, diversity, ethical and legal issues, and evaluate team members’ performance.

This is a 30-credit module.

Relational and NoSQL Databases

Learn how to design and implement database applications to meet business needs using industry-standard database technologies. Use a case study to follow the system development lifecycle, and develop a server database application for a real-world scenario. Explore rational and NoSQL database technologies to design and build solutions.

This is a 30-credit module.

Secure Computers and Networks

Cover a full range of computer and network security issues. Study systematic approaches to managing security risks, identification and authentication, elementary cryptography, network technology and relevant security issues. Learn about the basic network technology including deploying routers, switches, firewalls, cabling and servers as well as communication protocols and topologies. And understand how they're used and how they function in the real world.

This is a 30-credit module.


Year 3 core modules

Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation

With vast quantities of data generated every day, businesses are increasingly looking for new ways to get data insights to improve their performance and gain a competitive advantage.

Develop your ability to visualise data and implement business intelligence solutions to support business needs. Investigate the strategies and technologies used by enterprises to perform business data analysis, get insights and make informed decisions.

Once you've completed this module, you'll be able to design and implement big data analytics and data visualisation applications to meet business needs and present data insights.

This is a 30-credit module.

Ethics and Governance

It is essential that organisations maintain a legal and ethical approach to collecting, processing, storing, using and analysing data. The apprentice considers industry best practice, frameworks and legislation to meet the needs of business with consideration for strategy and sustainability. It considers modern security methods and techniques.

The Data Landscape

How can businesses effectively and sustainably manage exponential growth of digital system data?

Apprentices learn about data science principles and modern contextualised approaches to data systems.

They explore data collection, manipulation, analysis, and management of datasets, including for use of big data, for the benefit of business.


Year 4 core modules

AI and Machine Learning for Business Transformation

The apprentice considers how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be utilised to better understand business data and transform business decision-making.

Key artificial intelligence and machine learning principles, concepts, methods and algorithms are covered alongside techniques and tools.

They explore techniques for making predictions on unseen data, business forecasting, and decisions by analysing existing data rather than needing to know how to explicitly program the calculations.

Work-based Project and EPA

This is a large-scale piece of contextualised work, undertaken by the apprentice under supervision of academic staff, in negotiation with the employer. The project involves the production of a substantial artefact related to the specialised apprenticeship computing field and a reflective report and commented walk-through video of the artefact or in-person presentation (to be agreed with the apprentice, academic supervisor and employer). The project is expected to provide value to the employer (for example, a product to solve a problem, or an efficiency development).

Apprentices are guided to develop an appropriate sense of work-discipline coupled with a professional outlook as identified by the apprenticeship standards.

Working with stakeholders, such as the employer or colleagues, they are expected to take full responsibility for their project and carry out an in-depth exploration of a negotiated subject area, thereby demonstrating the ability to scope the project, plan, research, analyse, synthesise, and creatively apply and execute what has already been studied on the apprenticeship and undertaken in the workplace.

The project will cover the specialism skills, knowledge and behaviours from the standard using the occupational domain to select the project.

As part of their project, the apprentice considers associated risks, security and sustainability as well as legal, social, ethical and equality, diversity and inclusion issues.

They further develop their professional skills such as time management, communication, problem solving and critical thinking.

This is a 60-credit module.


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.

See DTS Data Analyst/Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education for further details.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

Before starting their Teesside University apprenticeship, learners must hold Level 2 qualifications in English and maths.
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96 points from any combination of Level 3 qualifications.
Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS tariff calculator. If your qualifications are not listed, contact our admissions team as we may accept alternatives.

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Typical job titles include:

  • business analyst
  • computing data analyst
  • cyber security professional
  • IT consultant
  • network engineer
  • software engineer.


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 entry

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2024/25 entry

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  • Length: 4 years plus 6 months end-point assessment
  • Attendance: Day release
  • Start date: September and January

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