Digital and Technology Solutions

Digital and Technology Solutions MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Degree Apprenticeship

Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Integrated Degree) - Level 7

This programme is aimed at technically capable, independent professionals who are looking to enhance their specialist expertise and develop leadership and change management skills.

We will work with you and your employer to help you become a skilled practitioner, with the ability to work in and lead a team, an understanding of commercial realities, and the ability to develop new skills as your career progresses.

We will help you to understand your organisation’s goals, strategies, and practices, so that you can play a significant role in delivering and supporting strategic plans for implementing digital technologies.

Through taught modules, work-based portfolios, challenging projects, support from your employer and interaction with experienced academic staff and other apprentices, you will develop Agile project management skills, enhance your ability to interact with others in a work-based situation and learn how to deal with complex technical and human issues.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification/accreditation alongside the degree.
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professional

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Support for Industry-led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

Read more information for employers

What does the programme lead to

You will work in a technical IT role solving complex problems. You are likely to have been working as part of a team and may have taken your first steps to team leadership. You will be ready to take more responsibility for yourself and others, and to understand and work towards your organisation’s strategic goals.

On successfully completing this apprenticeship, you will have demonstrated that you can plan and manage IT projects and negotiate and monitor budgets. You will have developed a leadership style that helps build and maintain high performing teams. You will have worked effectively with senior managers through meetings and effective presentations. You will appreciate the complexity of real-world problems and be able to plan appropriate approaches to tackle them.

You will have enhanced your specialist skills and be able to support the development of new products, processes and services that align with your company’s business strategy.

Job Roles

Apprentices will choose one of the following technical specialisms:

Software engineering specialist, data analytics specialist, digital business and enterprise systems architecture specialist, system test and assurance specialist, IT strategy specialist, IT business analysis specialist, network engineering specialist, IT operations management specialist, IT project management specialist, Cyber security technology specialist, IT / digital futures management specialist.

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 7
START DATE: September
LOCATION/CAMPUS: Preston or Burnley
DELIVERY: Part-time
DURATION: The Degree Apprenticeship is normally a one-year programme followed by the endpoint assessment (certification of the completion of the apprenticeship) within 6 months.

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.


You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships.

Course Content

Level 7

  • Agile Systems Development *
  • IT Projects & Programmes *
  • Managing Complexity and Collaboration *
  • Critical Analysis *
  • Specialist Portfolio
  • Digital & Technology Solutions Project Report


Negotiated Option

By agreement with the Course Leader and your employer,  one 20-credit module (*) may be replaced with another Level 7 module from the Faculty Portfolio that is closely related to your specialism, providing that the revised programme allows the achievement of the MSc and the Apprenticeship learning outcomes, defined in the Apprenticeship Standard

Each member of staff that will be teaching you has had many years’ experience of the subject. This may have been gathered via research and scholarly activities or by experience in industry. Many members of staff are actively involved in research and enterprise activities which enrich the curriculum that you will be studying.

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.

The EPA is specified as part of the apprenticeship standard. Read the EPA plan.

The EPA has two parts, both assessed by an independent assessor:

(a) A project report on practical tasks undertaken in a work-based project
(b) A structured discussion with the independent assessor about a portfolio prepared by the apprentice

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.

APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Integrated Degree) - Read more
LEVEL: Level 7
FUNDING BAND: Maximum funding £21,000
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: 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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