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Digital and Technology Solutions

Course Code: DTSD

Level: 6
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Four years

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About the course

This degree-level Apprenticeship has been specifically designed by employers working in close collaboration with higher education providers. It provides a uniquely flexible alternative to traditional university study because you will be earning a wage while studying for a full honours degree. The Apprenticeship also offers you the opportunity to secure your future career and increase your earning potential by delivering all of the practical skills you will need to become a highly competent expert in the field of digital technology.

For the first three years, study is based at City College Plymouth. You will have a timetable of classes to attend and, where possible, these will take place on the same day each week. The final year of the course is intended to be delivered at the University of Plymouth. Throughout the programme, as a registered student at the University, you’ll have full access to their facilities, as well as those at City College.

If you’re currently employed, or about to start employment, and believe this is an opportunity you would like to take, then we will be happy to provide your employer with any guidance they need.

Are you an employer looking to upskill your staff?

Degree Apprenticeships are designed by employers for employers! The Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship offers your staff an opportunity like no other: world-class business education; work-based learning and ongoing professional development that results in highly trained individuals who possess the specialist skills which are applicable to the needs of industry today.

What you'll learn

The BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions has a number of awards, each aimed at a different specialisation within the computing discipline. There is a core set of units that will be studied at each stage, along with a set of pathway specific units. The pathways available include:

  • cyber security analyst
  • IT consultant
  • network engineer
  • software engineer.

You will study the following core units as part of your programme:

  • introduction to object-oriented programming
  • databases: analysis, design and development
  • fundamentals of computer networking
  • work-based learning
  • analysis and design
  • business organisation
  • secure systems architectures and mechanisms
  • project management.

In addition, you will study the following for your specific pathway:

Cyber Security Analyst

  • introduction to computer security
  • digital forensic investigation
  • object-oriented programming
  • information security management and governance
  • network security and penetration testing.

IT Consultant

  • computing induction
  • object-oriented programming
  • user-centred interface design
  • internet psychology and pervasive technology
  • information security management and governance.

Network Engineer

  • introduction to computer networks
  • enterprise networks
  • wireless technologies and network programming
  • multimedia networking
  • network monitoring and simulation.

Software Engineer

  • computing immersive induction
  • object-oriented programming
  • database applications and development
  • advanced databases and data management
  • client-side web scripting.
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have one of more of the following:

  • GCSEs in maths and English at grade C (4) or above
  • 300 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A Levels (excluding general studies, critical thinking or citizenship) or one vocational A Level.
  • 30 points from an International Baccalaureate
  • 18 units from a BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma. Acceptable subjects include IT, engineering, software development, IT practitioners, computing and science.

If specific entry requirements are not met then individual cases will be considered.


You will be assessed using a wide variety of approaches and be expected to submit one or more pieces of work following each module known as ‘summative assessments’. These could be in the from of a report, essay or reflective portfolio. You will receive feedback from your lecturer leading up to the deadline which will guide you and help you shape your assessments.

What's next?

As this is an Apprenticeship, it is anticipated that you’ll continue with your employer on completion of the degree, however you will be benefit from enhanced employment opportunities across the sector. As with all City College students, you’ll have access to our expertise and our contacts with a range of employers across the region.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2016/17 (August 2016 – July 2017). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

You will study one day per week, the day of the week will be determined by your pathway and you will be in College from 9.00am to 4.30pm.


Course Code: DTSD

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.