BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Data Analytics)

BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Data Analytics) at Winchester incorporates a broad foundation of skills and knowledge to enable the Degree Apprentice to collect, organise and study data to provide new business insight. This programme aims to develop individuals with the knowledge, practical skills and range of analytical tools used to undertake a wide range of standard and custom analytical studies as necessary in providing data solutions to a range of business issues. 

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BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Data Analytics) at University of Winchester

Entry Requirements*

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

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

To secure an apprenticeship you will need to apply for a full-time position with one of our partner employers.  To gain a place on this programme you will have been successful on application and interview as conducted by the sponsoring business in conjunction with the University of Winchester.

Alternatively, you may be seeking career enhancement within your current role. In this case you will need your employer to support you by offering a Degree Apprenticeship with the University of Winchester.

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff

Degree duration: 

3 - 4 years part-time 

Costs to Student/Apprentice

  • Apprentices are full-time employees and will be entitled to a wage and paid time off to study. 
  • There are no tuition fees

Selection process:

Candidates are invited to attend an interview and/or assessment centre organised by the employing business in conjunction with the University of Winchester.

If English is not your first language:

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

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs 

UK students - 2016 entry 

Part-time: £1,200 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Total cost: £9,000 per level 
The Government has committed to paying two-thirds of the cost of any tuition fees for degree apprentices, £6,000 per level of study. Employers are required to pay the remaining fees, £3,000 per level of study.

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

Other Information

Accreditation:

This Programme has achieved Gold Standard Endorsement from the Tech Partner

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place at the West Downs Campus or on the King Alfred Campus, Winchester 

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 students must apply by the end of March in their final year 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 work of a data analyst incorporates many aspects of digital technology systems which require the data analyst to possess a broad foundation of skills and knowledge in order to be effective. This programme has therefore, been designed to give the apprentice a broad grounding in technology solutions and with an awareness of issues of quality, cost and time which are necessary in order to be effective in their role.

The apprentice will be responsible for providing up-to-date, accurate and relevant data analysis for the organisation. They are typically involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregating data across the network infrastructure. They have a good understanding of data structures, software development procedures and the range of analytical tools used to undertake a wide range of standard and custom analytical studies, providing data solutions to a range of business issues. The apprentice will document and report the results of data analysis activities making recommendations to improve business performance. 

This degree apprenticeship blends employer defined knowledge and skills outcomes that are integrated and assessed as part of the degree. The degree apprenticeship will take between 3 and 6 years to complete although typically, it will be 3 or 4 years as agreed with your employer. It leads to an Honours degree qualification that is contextualised for workplace competency as a digital and technology solutions professional that can operate as a Data Analyst.

Honours degree apprentices will gain the knowledge, skills and insights that are in demand by employers today and into the future. The apprentice will be supported in contextualising this learning in the workplace by practitioners from the sector. Using industry specific technology and equipment the apprentice will also develop the technical, business, project interpersonal and behavioural knowledge and skills to operate professionally in the workplace.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic and Professional Studies
  • Information Systems and Organisations 
  • Work Based Studies -  Organisational Functions in Context
  • Responsible Management
  • Managing Finance
  • IS Security
  • Work Based Studies - Professional Development
  • Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis

Year 2

  • Introduction to Project Management 
  • Work Based Studies - Applied Project and Consultancy Management
  • Predictive Data Analytics
  • Software Development
  • Information Management and Data Analytics 
  • Risk Management and Cyber-security
  • Work Based Studies - Computer Systems and Network Management
  • Visualisation of Business Intelligence

Year 3

  • Strategic Analytics
  • Strategic Forecasting and Simulation
  • Intellectual Properties and Information Rights 
  • Business Transformation and Process Re-design 
  • Practitioner Portfolio

One of the following Extended Independent Projects:

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

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 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.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.
This programme is centred on a real job within a business that extends the 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.  This programme uses a variety learning strategies and delivery methods that develop academic and practical skills, encourage critical reflection and provide support to all students.  The diverse nature of the methods used help to enhance student employability and professional development.  
The exact nature of your learning experience will depend on which employer you choose to apply to, the key skills you will learn are suited to those looking to begin or develop a career in data analysis.

Programme Leader

  • ​​​Dr Karen Hunsdale

Teaching team

  • Stella McKnight
  • Lisa Harding
  • Ann Jalili
  • Phill Jennison
  • Steve Northam
  • Tammi Sinha
  • Julia Osgerby
  • John Cannings
  • Katrina Easterling
  • Adam Palmer
  • Simon Smith
  • Mike Davies
  • Karen Blakeley
  • Manuela Pilato

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.

The Degree Apprenticeship is a great foundation for any career.

Graduates will be competent, confident and capable digital and technology solutions professionals who are able to operate in a range of related roles.  The BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Data Analytics) programme is aimed at students progressing in roles where they are responsible for documenting and reporting the results of data analysis activities with the purpose of drawing conclusions from the data which will support business decision-making and improved business performance.

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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