BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Business Management)

BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Business Management) at Winchester is a Degree Apprenticeship designed for those seeking a career in the digital and technology sectors. It has received Gold Standard endorsement from The Tech Partnership.

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BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Business Management) at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Students must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. Programme-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring organisation.

Candidates for the Degree Apprenticeship should normally have a minimum of 104-112 points* at A2 (Grades BCC) or an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM. You will also require Maths and English Language GCSE grade A*- C. We will individually evaluate candidates who do not meet these requirements, but have workplace experience or recognised prior learning.

*Note: Different employers will identify their specific entry requirements

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing)

Selection process:

Candidates are invited to attend an assessment centre organised by the business

Degree duration:

3-6 years part-time

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs 

  • Apprentices are full-time employees and will be entitled to a wage and paid time off to study. 
  • As an Apprentice you will not pay tuition fees

Additional costs:  Apprentices are encouraged to purchase recommended core text-books

Additional Costs

Optional:

  • Core Text: : Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to purchase second-hand copies. Cost: £50 - £500 per year

Mandatory:

  • Printing and Binding: Students are required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding (if applicable). Cost: £10

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Student Satisfaction

This is a new course and so there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Employer Information

How much will it cost an employing business per apprentice?

The apprentice will be an employee who will work for a business throughout the programme - a market-rate salary is anticipated. The funding you are eligible for is determined by the number of people you employ, the annual payroll of your company and the age of the learner.

  • Businesses with a wage bill below £3 million - The Government will pay 90 per cent of the tuition fees for apprentices of any age, for business who will not be paying the apprenticeship levy.
  • Businesses with a wage bill above £3 million - From May 2017 organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy contributions towards the cost of tuition fees

Employers who do not have sufficient levy payments to cover the full cost of tuition fees, will also be eligible for the 90 per cent government funding
Additional support arrangements

  • Small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) hiring an apprentice under 19-years-of-age when the apprenticeship commences will pay no tuition fees at all
  • All businesses employing an apprentice under 19-years-of-age, a care leaver up to 24-years-of-age or an adult with additional needs will qualify for an extra support payment of £1,000

The aim of this Degree Apprenticeship programme is to develop individuals with the knowledge and practical skills in project, programme and client management to support the delivery of effective information systems solutions. It prepares them to manage front-line projects within the digital and technology solutions industry.

The degree apprentice is encouraged to develop their consulting skills in order to support clients through change in business processes and technology solutions. To fulfil their role, the apprentice requires a wide range of knowledge and skills in business analysis, solutions development and data management. This programme is relevant for those progressing in roles with greater emphasis on people management, organisational change and business consultancy, within the digital and technology services sector. The apprentice is supported in contextualising their learning by practitioners in the workplace.

Honours degree apprentices gain the knowledge, skills and insights that are in demand by employers today and into the future. Using industry specific technology and equipment, the apprentice also develops the technical, business, project interpersonal and behavioural knowledge and skills to operate professionally in the workplace.

These include a typically agreed combination of modules from the following:

Level 4

  • Introduction to Academic and Professional Studies
  • Information Systems and Organisations
  • Work Based Studies - Organisational Functions in Context
  • Responsible Management
  • Managing Finance*
  • Understanding Markets*
  • IS Security
  • Work Based Studies - Professional Development
  • Fundamentals of Project Management

Level 5

  • Information Management and Data Analytics
  • Risk Management and Cyber Security
  • Management and Leadership
  • Work Based Studies - Applied Project and Consultancy Management
  • Work Based Studies - Computer Systems and Network Management
  • Creativity, Design and Innovation
  • Software Development
  • Applied Management Research in Practice

Level 6

  • Business Transformation and Process Re-design
  • Intellectual Properties and Information Rights
  • Insight Management
  • Knowledge-based Client Relationships

Plus two of the following:

  • Strategic Brand Management*
  • Sustainable Strategy*
  • Management Consultancy*

One of the following Extended Independent Projects:

  • Applied Dissertation (EIS)
  • Consultancy Project (EIS)

*optional modules

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

The programme is centred on a real job within business that extends learning beyond the classroom and into the workplace. The aim is to integrate academic learning at degree level and on-the-job practical training to provide a holistic programme of education and training to meet the skills needs of employers now and in the future. The Apprenticeship programme develops Technology Solutions Professional practice contextualised in the workplace using industry-standard technologies and approaches that are commensurate in modern business workplaces.

In order to support students in the workplace, a system of mentoring will be used. Workplace mentors are supported in their mentoring role by the Programme Leader and Work-based Learning Module Leader. A series of Work-based Learning module handbooks have been developed to guide and support both the student and the mentor.

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates are competent, confident and capable digital and technology solutions professionals who are able to operate in a range of related roles. The emphasis of the programme is on business process analysis, specification of computer information systems solutions, commercial, operational, human and organisational aspects of delivering information system development projects. This programme seeks to develop professionals who are able to make effective contribution to a business within an information systems management context and to provide a platform for continued development and a future career within the sector. Typical roles include IT consultancy, client management and project management.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

Employability 

This new course integrates academic learning at degree level and practical training in the workplace to provide a holistic programme, meeting the skills needs of employers now and in the future.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Programme Leader: Stella McKnight

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478
Email: Stella.McKnight@winchester.ac.uk

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