Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)

Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer) BSc (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Digital and Technology Solution Professional - Level 6

Software Engineers design and build many types of programs that you will be familiar with: word processors, image editors, distributed Internet applications, banking facilities, games, data security, anti-virus applications and data encryption. Less obviously, most electronic devices are microprocessor-based and require software to control them. Systems such as car engine management, racing car telemetry, digital watches, video cameras, iPods, mobile phones, etc., all need reliable, engineered software to operate effectively.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Earn as you learn: full time employment while you study and no student debt as the degree is paid for by your employer
  • Accelerate your career
  • Develop into a professional role
  • Designed with flexibility to guide and shape your career.

Benefits to the employers

  • Enhance your workforce, addressing any skills and knowledge gaps
  • Attract new high calibre talent, particularly in harder to fill roles
  • Develop staff throughout their career through continual professional development
  • Improve staff retention and loyalty by providing them with a job, professional development, professional accreditation, and a high quality degree.

Read more information for employers

What does the programme lead to

A Digital & Technology Solutions Professional provides technology enabled solutions to internal and/or external customers, in a range of areas including software. They implement technology solutions that enable businesses to develop new products and services and to increase an organisations productivity using digital technologies. They are confident, competent and capable independent Technology Solutions Professionals able to operate in a range of related roles. The occupation is based upon a core set of outcomes that will be supplemented by one, and only one, of six specialism areas detailed below that cover the roles identified by employers.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 6
START DATE: September
DURATION: The Degree Apprenticeship is normally a 3 year programme followed by the end point assessment (certification of the completion of the apprenticeship) within 6-12 months.
STATUS: Subject to approval

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


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Course Content

Level 4

  • CO1401 Programming
  • CO1404 Introduction to Programming
  • CO1507 Introduction to Networking
  • CO1508 Computer Systems and Security
  • CO1605 Systems Analysis and Database Design
  • CO1801 Practitioner Skills, CO1814 Project Skills
  • CO1815 Practitioner Portfolio 1

Level 5

  • CO2401 Software Development
  • CO2402 Advanced Programming with C++
  • CO2403 The Agile Professional
  • CO2412 Computational Thinking
  • CO2508 Computer Security
  • CO2708 Practitioner Portfolio 2

Level 6

  • CO3401 Advanced Software Engineering Techniques
  • CO3402 Object Oriented Methods in Computing
  • CO3409 Distributed Enterprise Systems
  • CO3808 Honours Project


  • CO2409 Computer Graphics
  • CO2702 Human Computer Interaction and User Experience
  • CO35141 Wireless and Mobile Networks
  • CO3519 Artificial Intelligence
  • CO3722 Data Science
  • CO27022 Human Computer Interaction

The course aims to provide a solid foundation in software development, compatible with large and small organisations. You will not just become a coder; you will be able to design, build, and test high quality robust software solutions across a wide range of IT areas such as embedded real-time systems, interactive PC-based systems, computer games, etc. It will provide an all-round coverage of computing discipline, which will enable you to apply your knowledge quickly to other areas. For example, you will be able to transfer your programming skills to new languages. 

Software engineering is more than just programming. Consider what is involved in building a house. If a builder simply started building the house without a design and detailed plans, it would be a disaster. An architect is an essential player in such a project because every stage of development is considered and sequenced. With detailed plans and build sequence, building the house the customer wants should be relatively straightforward. Many software systems are delivered late, over budget and in an unreliable or unmaintainable state because they have not been properly engineered. A Software Engineer is the architect and the builder. You will learn how to manage, design, test and evaluate many types of software systems.


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: BSc (Hons)
LEVEL: Level 6
FUNDING BAND: up to £25,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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