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  • Be on the frontline of the fight against cybercrime
  • Earn while you learn – you are employed full-time by your sponsor company with paid time off to study
  • Pay no tuition fees – these are met by your employer and the Government
  • All learning is relevant to your specific workplace with support from industry professionals
  • Obtain a full honours degree and benefit from a guaranteed job at the end of the programme
  • Study on a course that has achieved Gold Standard endorsement from The Tech Partnership, a leading network of employers collaborating to create the skills for the digital economy

From the smallest phishing scam to the highest-level government hack, cyber security is one of the top priorities of businesses and organisations around the world. If you want to be on the frontline in the fight to keep data secure, this is the course for you.

Our Degree Apprenticeship 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.

As a gatekeeper to your company’s valuable information systems, you specialise in vulnerability assessments, malware and intrusion analysis and become equipped with a range of state-of-the-art skills to counter modern cyber threats. With crucial insights into business analysis, solutions development and software engineering, you learn how to succeed in priority areas of management, product-service development and intellectual property management. At the same time, gaining a broad foundation of skills and knowledge to become a proficient all-round digital technology professional.

All the while you are working full-time for your employer, applying the knowledge and insights you gain to the real world of business. Throughout the degree there is support from professionals in the sector, helping to contextualise your learning. Industry-specific technology and equipment is used continuously to help develop the technical, business, project, interpersonal and behavioural skills to operate professionally in the workplace.

Graduates go on to work in roles such as vulnerability tester, penetration tester and intrusion analyst within the cyber security sector. They may also find careers as software engineers, IT consultants, business analysts, data analysts, or network engineers.


This Programme has achieved Gold Standard Endorsement from the Tech Partner.


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 (Cyber Security) 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.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.




Suitable for applicants from:


Learning and teaching

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.


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.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.


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

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

This programem is currently being validated. This is an internal process of ensuring our programmes offer students the best learning experience and can result in changes to the content of the course. 


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

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).

Selection process:

Candidates are invited to attend an interview or assessment centre organised by the 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 enquiries and applications

Please contact Karen Hunsdale:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 841515
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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Business Expertise 1 15

The aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the skills and competencies required in both academic and professional environments.  Students will work individually and in teams to develop the knowledge and skills required to plan, design and conduct a research project.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities which will build industry awareness at a national and international level; enhance communication and negotiation skills; and increase awareness of the importance of evidence based thinking and reflective practice.  This module provides the foundation for continuing personal and professional development building confidence to provide students with the potential to maximise academic and career aspirations.

Information Systems and Organisations
Work Based Studies - Organisational Functions in Context
Responsible Management
Managing Finance
IS Security
Work Based Studies - Professional Development
System and Software Analysis and Design
Digital Business and Emerging Technologies 15

The emergence of the digital economy has unlocked new opportunities for businesses, whilst creating new modes of competition in both traditional and new sectors of the economy.  The aim of this module is to impart an understanding of digital business together with the practices and processes required to develop effective digital strategies.  Identifying multiple technologies for integration into business, juxtaposed with the development of new digital strategies is central to corporate success, however, this is often a complex task.  This module provides insight into the emergence of digital business, key concepts, technologies, and strategic organisation to develop a multidisciplinary appreciation of how new technologies can directly shape businesses and processes.

Career Management 15

This module develops the core skills that will enable students to secure a fulfilling, enjoyable and challenging graduate career. By establishing and pursuing a personal development plan, students develop self-awareness, communication skills, team work, management skills, results orientation, stress management, personal responsibility, coaching and feedback skills.  Whilst there will be a focus on constructing outstanding CVs and professional LinkedIn profiles, much of the module will instil self-awareness through peer coaching and peer feedback whilst stressing the vital importance of taking responsibility for one’s own career. Students will be able to plan and develop career goals based on a clearer idea of preferred career options and an understanding of what they need to do to achieve these goals.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Project Management
Network Security
Software Testing
Work Based Studies - Applied Project and Consultancy Management
Software Development
Information Management and Data Analytics
Risk Management and Cyber-security
Work Based Studies - Computer Systems and Network Management

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Penetration Testing
Information Futures
Strategic Analytics
Cloud Computing and Infrastructure
Business Transformation and Process Re-Design
Intellectual Properties and Information Rights
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
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees 

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

Read What our Degree Apprenticeships? for more information.

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.

Read Information for employers for the latest information.

Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services. 

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


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. Indicative cost: £50 - £500 per year


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

Key course details

3-4 years part-time
Typical offer
104-112 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester