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Software Engineer

This is a level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship, of which there are four pathways: Software Engineer, Cyber Security Analyst, Data Analyst and Network Engineer.

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About the Digital Technology Solutions (Software Engineer) Degree Apprenticeship

The Digital Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship is designed to allow learners to specialise in one of four areas:

Learners combine work and study to build core skills and knowledge required for the implementation, maintenance and support of security controls that protect an organisation’s systems and data assets from threats and hazards.

Apprentices start to specialise from year two, and they graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions.

Teaching is delivered over 3 years via weekly day release, and the programme is coursework based, meaning no exams (as these do not replicate real-world working environments in the computing industry).

This apprenticeship is accredited by TechSkills – the industry accreditation body for digital and tech education. It means that our apprenticeship meets the high industry standards set by TechSkills for quality and tech/digital career relevance.

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.

Dr Jordan Allison

Meet the lecturer

Dr Jordan Allison, Academic Course Leader

Jordan teaches across a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level such as computers and security and information security management.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, and a professional member of the British Computer Society where he is the industry liaison officer for the Gloucester and Cheltenham branch.

His research interests focus on the advancement of effective computing education with his recent research focusing on the teaching of networking and security.


Case study

Apprentice perspective

Ethan Scutts

“I’m currently in my second year as a Digital Technology Solutions apprentice and in these two years I have learnt so much. The modules took a more general approach in year one, studying a wide range of topics.

I specialised on to the software engineer pathway in year two, as I found this was most suited to me and what I wanted to achieve. So far this year we have covered IOT development and agile methods, both of which I have found enjoyable and informative. It offers a nice mix between traditional and hands-on learning, working with physical hardware and software.”

Ethan Scutts,
Junior AWS (Amazon Web Services) Engineer, St James’s Place Wealth Management

Park Campus

This apprenticeship will be delivered in our state-of-the-art computing and technology facilities on Park Campus in Cheltenham.

This centre for all things computing includes a dedicated cyber security lab where learners can practice their new skills in a digitally protected, authentic environment with an isolated network.

There are purpose-built computing suites kitted out wit the latest tools and operating systems, such as Android, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Drones, Photoshop, Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco. Plus, there are breakout areas for workshop sessions, games consoles and screens in social areas, and the latest computing technology and software. There is a strong sense of community, with staff and learners sharing both work and relaxation space.

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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Student Centre staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

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