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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.


Tech Industry Gold award

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.


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 or 9-4. 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 Stella McKnight:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478
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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Software Design and Development 30

In this module, students will be introduced to the concept of Software Design and Development. Students will be discussing the software development lifecycles, design techniques, and learning the basics of procedural programming. Students will also be discussing the need to develop interfaces to ensure that they are accessible to a wide range of potential users, with consideration of the alignment to Sustainable Development Goal 10, which focusses on reducing inequalities.

Digital Business and Emerging Technologies 15

The emergence of the digital economy has unlocked fresh opportunities for businesses, whilst also creating different modes of competition in both traditional and new sectors of the economy. The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of digital business together with the practices and processes required to create effective digital strategies. In order to succeed, businesses need to identify and integrate multiple technologies and develop new digital strategies. This, however, is often a complex task. This module provides insight into the key concepts, digital technologies and strategies that can directly shape businesses and processes.

Academic and Professional Skills 15

Whatever a student’s future business career, there are certain basic professional skills and expertise that are required in the workplace. This module provides opportunities to acquire and apply essential skills for academic success, while also developing ‘soft skills’ that are a prerequisite for a successful career. Students will practice, and build confidence in wide ranging skills, as part of their transition into higher education. This module will help students develop basic research skills as part of individual work on a topic of their choice. They will also enhance their communication and negotiation skills; and increase awareness of the importance of evidence-based thinking and reflective practice.

Work-based Studies: Personal and Professional Development 30

This module is designed to allow flexibility of study, to enable employed students to gain credit for work-based activities, and to contribute to the continued development of academic and professional skills. The aim of this work-based learning module is to help students develop a deeper understanding of how their organisation operates including examining the relationships and dependencies that exist between different functions within an organisation, and to help them to recognise how their own contribution can form the foundations of a successful career within the company. To achieve this, students will reflect on themselves, their skills, and how they fit within their company.   With support from a work-based mentor, students will identify their development needs, manage their own development, and reflect critically on their learning.   This module provides the foundation for continuing personal and professional development building confidence to provide students with the potential to maximise both academic and career aspirations.

Information Systems and Organisations 15

The aim of the module is to introduce the application of information, information systems and information technologies within organisations and understand the impact of such systems on organisational performance. Students will develop an understanding of the project lifecycle focussing on the importance of the customer and will look at the process involved in creating information systems by learning how to investigate and define customer requirements and understand future needs. Undertaking this module gives students an introduction to information systems and organisations, giving them the skills to work effectively within an IS organisation on projects and giving them the base for understanding other IS modules within the degree programme.

Introduction to Cyber Security and Networks 15

The aim of this module is to introduce concepts of IT security in order to understand the security threats to an IT system and the operational impact of these threats on an organisation. The module will explore different protection methods for data and develop knowledge of security policies and procedures, including risk assessments, and how these procedures can be implemented and maintained. This module will introduce topical case studies of attacks on organisational information systems, highlighting the business consequences.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Information Management and Data Analytics 15

Generating the right information and insight for decision-makers is a major challenge for many organisations. The challenge lies in coping with a burgeoning amount of multifarious data, analysing data and ensuring it reaches decision-makers in a timely and meaningful manner. Information Management and Data Analytics encapsulate the challenges faced in deriving insights from data to underpin fact-based decisions. This module examines the different types of systems and data that can flow into organisations. It evaluates the characteristics and value of these different data sources. With an awareness of the nature of data, a model of how data may be creatively integrated and analysed to deliver insights will be explored. Data analytics will then be explored given the demands of decision makers to: segment and target markets, predict the development of markets, assess customer profitability and the lifetime value of customers, and understand corresponding relationships.

Work-based Studies: IT Infrastructure and Project Management 30

This module will explore both technical and client management. Students will explore how to plan, design and manage IT infrastructure with an overall focus on the services and capabilities that infrastructure solutions enable in an organisational context including (but not limited to): identification of network security risks and their resolution; software development tools and techniques. Students will also understand concepts of technology and client management and recognise any inter-relationships between them. The module is also aimed at helping students to develop some of the skills involved in managing and leading people and projects, thereby further cultivating the self-awareness that characterises outstanding managers and leaders.

Risk Management and Cyber Security 15

The aim of this module is to further develop student understanding of IS Security.  The main focus of this module will be to explore key themes, trends and issues in cyber-security, policing and governance of the internet and business vulnerabilities.  The module provides students with an opportunity to analyse risk management, information risk assessment, risk mitigation, management standards and methodologies, implementing a risk management strategy and business continuity planning.

Project Management for IT Practitioners 15

This module introduces key aspects involved in project management of IT projects. The range of perspectives in project management studies are analysed both in theory and in practice. Students will explore roles and responsibilities of those involved in project management and explore documentation from planning to reporting used and how to deliver a successful project. The module will look at the management of projects including lifecycles and investigate the importance of relationship management focussing on stakeholders and teams.

Software Testing 15

This module will build on the knowledge obtained in the Introduction to Software Design and Development module from the first year of studies. This module presents a systematic approach to software testing as an extension to Software Design and a core element of all software development methodologies.  This module will consider the Seven Principles of Software Testing and their integration with testing processes.  Students will be introduced to various methods for planning and conducting tests.  As part of this module, students will be encouraged to reflect on how the software testing techniques they encounter can support the development of resilient infrastructure and the development of systems which are safety critical.

Object Oriented Software Development 15

The module develops theoretical and practical skills in software engineering principles including abstraction, encapsulation, aggregation and inheritance.  Students will learn the processes from analysis to design, implementation, testing and documentation together with software quality principles. 

Network Security 15

Organisations are increasingly relying on their information systems and thus there is a corresponding need to ensure that the underlying network infrastructures are secure.  This module develops essential concepts and skills relating to the ability to design, implement and support of the security of networked devices and to embrace current best practices in network security.  It will develop an applied working knowledge of network security principles, tools and configurations.

The module identifies modern network security threats and the impact they have within an organisational context. It will then explore how to secure network devices, how to deploy authentication, authorisation and accounting and how to deploy network security technology such as firewalls and intrusion prevention systems. Cryptography, LAN security considerations and the implementation of endpoint and layer 2 security features will be explored. Methods for implementing data confidentiality and integrity will be described along with the implementation of secure Virtual Private Networks.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Synoptic Project 30

This synoptic project demonstrates the application of the core and specialism knowledge and skills to meet the outcomes in the standard.  Evidence of appropriate project planning and research methodologies will be shown together with the application of behaviours.

Insight Management 15

This module will provide students with an understanding of the insight management function of an organisation and will equip them with key skills in insight generation and delivery for business decision-making.  The module will develop students’ ability to critically evaluate approaches to generating ideas and insight through creative thinking techniques, within both divergent and convergent thinking processes.   It will provide them with the knowledge and skills to identify and evaluate an organisational problem, and then to effectively draw and interpret insights so that they have an impact at both managerial and board levels of organisations. The ethical implications of the use of insight management techniques will recur throughout the module.

Intellectual Properties and Information Rights 15

This module considers the different forms of intellectual properties created in the software development and information technology sectors, and how these might be utilised for commercial purposes.  Particular emphasis is given to the protection and utilisation of intellectual property rights in computer software programmes by copyright.  The module considers how an understanding of intellectual properties is vital to knowledge-based businesses, and needs to be incorporated into the conceptualisation, design and implementation of new information technologies.  Emerging information technologies create challenges in terms of information rights such as data protection and privacy, access to public information, and information sharing through social media.  Students will be introduced to information rights laws and the trends shaping real-time development of protections in this area.

Digital Forensic Investigation 30

This module covers the four phases of digital forensic investigation including seizure, imaging, analysis and reporting.  Technical knowledge and practical skills are developed using industry standard forensic software. Legal and regulatory processes are explored in detailed together with mobile forensic techniques.

Cyber Law and the Regulation of the Information Society 15

This module will examine the emerging trends that signify the formation of the information society and also its relationship with law, technology, and public policy. This module will cover UK and European Union law along with a variety of international regulatory perspectives that seek to harmonise law. The module will analyse the many legal and regulatory challenges that the information society generates for society, particularly with regard to privacy, the creation of products, the media. Particular focus will be upon whether these challenges can be best resolved by law or some other means, for example, technology, education or simple market forces.

Penetration Testing 15

This module introduces the skills required and methodology used to perform penetration testing. Penetration testers simulate cyber-attacks to find security weaknesses in networks, operating systems, and applications. Students will acquire hands-on experience using different tools and techniques for penetration testing by working in our specialised lab equipped with tools such as Kali Linux, Wireshark, WebGoat, Nmap and Burp Suite.

In this module, the student will learn how to crack passwords and wireless networks, test web applications for vulnerabilities, use the Metasploit framework to launch exploits and write customised Metasploit modules, automate social-engineering attacks, bypass antivirus software and turn access to one machine into total control of the enterprise in the post exploitation phase. 

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.

2023 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