Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship (Top-up)
Earn while you learn and top-up your HND or Foundation Degree to a full honours degree
What is a degree apprenticeship?
A degree apprenticeship allows you to work while also studying for a full university honours degree.
You will not need a student loan to fund your course, because the Government and your employer pay your tuition fees. You will also earn a salary from your employer while you study.
Why take this course?
On this course you will get experience in the workplace and be able to apply what you learn in your degree to real-life situations. You will also develop leadership, project management and problem solving skills. The course features both online and University-based learning.
You will get all the advantages of being a student at the University of Portsmouth. This includes complete access to library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union.
You will earn a salary while you study and you do not need to pay tuition fees because the Government and your employer cover the cost of your study.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Gain a full honours degree at the same time as working and earning a salary
- Apply what you learn at the University in the workplace
- Take advantage of flexible study and a ‘blended’ approach to learning, which involves both on-campus group work and online support
- Meet other like-minded professionals and share ideas and experiences
- Experience student life at the University
What opportunities might it lead to?
A degree apprenticeship could mark the start of your new career. Or it could be part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), your career progression or an opportunity to specialise or learn new skills.
As a degree apprentice you can:
- Develop your knowledge and experience
- Learn specialist skills
- Advance your career
- Progress to study at Master’s level and beyond
How to apply
To do a degree apprenticeship you need to be in full-time employment (more than 30 hours a week) in the UK.
If you are in full-time employment
If you are currently employed full time and want to do a degree apprenticeship, ask your manager or HR department to email email@example.com.
If you are not in full-time employment
If you are not currently employed full time, you can see vacancies on our degree apprenticeships page. You can also search for degree apprentice vacancies on these websites:
- Gov.uk find an apprenticeship (select Degree on the Apprentice level drop-down list)
- UCAS career finder
(Note that there are degree apprenticeships from providers other than the University of Portsmouth on these websites).
We can match you to employers who are taking on degree apprentices – email firstname.lastname@example.org, including your full name and which degree apprenticeship(s) you are interested in.
To do a degree apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.
I chose the University of Portsmouth because of the feel of it and how friendly the staff were. I also love how hands-on it is and how much I actually get to do!
Alex Jarvis, Computing student 2013
Subject to approval
- 2 years part time (top-up) (day release)
- 2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A relevant HND, foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.
See full entry requirements
- 2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above. See full entry requirements OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £13,500 paid over two years.
Please see our Degree Apprenticeships page for further information.
Please note: the following tuition fee terms and conditions do not apply to this particular course.
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- School of Computing
Structure & Teaching
You will choose one of two pathways; Software Engineer or IT Consultant. You will study 5 units (over 2 years) that will develop your skills and in-depth understanding in major subjects in computing, including an individual project that you will complete in your place of work.
Software Engineer Pathway
Core units on this pathway include:
- Advanced Software engineering
- Learning Project Work
- Reliable and Secure Systems
- Final year engineering Project
IT Consultant Pathway
Core units on this pathway include:
- Human Computer Interaction Design
- Learning Project Work
- Advanced Networks
- Individual Project (Engineering)
Teaching and assessment
The course takes 2 academic years to complete. It is based on attendance of 1 day a week with the occasional need to be on campus for 2 days a week. Teaching is a combination of lectures and tutorials. Units are also supported by practical laboratory sessions.
How are you assessed?
The units are assessed with a variety of methods, including:
- End-of-year exams
- Computer-based tests
We have an open door policy for all students and we place you at the centre of the learning experience. This degree apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to study advanced computing subjects in a specialist learning environment that will result in an honours degree qualification and the opportunity to advance your career.
Facilities & Features
Specialist software and equipment
A full range of industry software will be available for you to use in the computer labs, supported by multi-platform network suites offering a variety of operating systems. You’ll have a range of excellent resources at your fingertips including:
- Mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
- Pervasive computing lab for high-performance computing
- Usability lab including state of the art eye tracking equipment
- Linux and Windows systems
- Forensics lab with industry standard forensic tools
A one-stop academic help and support resource for all School of Computing students. Need help understanding your assessments? Want to talk to someone about your project or about that programming problem? This is the place to go.
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Other costs to consider
You will be required to pay a registration fee at the start of your course to The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS). This will be approximately £57. Please see http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/26392
Careers & Opportunities
Benefits to you
- Stay ahead of the competition by working in your job and gaining your degree at the same time
- Learn the theory of business and apply it to your workplace
- Gain job-specific training
- Have access to the support and resources at the University of Portsmouth
Benefits to your employer
- Grow their own staff, instilling their business culture from an early stage
- Get the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their business
- Support succession planning and enhance retention of a skilled workforce
- Work in partnership with the University to maximise effects of the programme