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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of digital and technology solutions while specialising as a business analyst
  • 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

Have you got what it takes to steer a company on the right track through a time of change, or even turn a failing business around? Our Degree Apprenticeship offers you all the skills and knowledge to do just that, and to earn a wage while you do so.

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.

Successful business analysis increasingly incorporates digital technology systems. With a thorough grounding in this field and specialisation as a business analyst, you develop expertise in delivering business solutions which meet the needs of the client while taking into account factors like quality, cost, time, contractual obligations and resource constraints.

You learn how to make detailed analyses of systems, how to capture, analyse and document requirements, and how to apply modelling and analysis techniques to describe business problem scenarios. All of which helps you to select the best solutions and make the best recommendations for improvement, using a range of industry standard analysis techniques.

All the while you work full-time for the company you choose, 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.

Our graduates become confident and capable technology solutions professionals, able to specialise as business analysts or in related roles, helping their chosen companies to develop successfully as businesses through changing times.

Graduates typically progress in roles where they are responsible for assessing the business impact of change and supporting the communication and delivery of requirements with relevant stakeholders.

Careers

The Degree Apprenticeship is a great foundation for any career.

The BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions (Business Analysis) programme is aimed at students progressing in roles where they are responsible for assessing the business impact of change, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery of requirements with relevant stakeholders. 

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.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK

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 business analysis.

Assessment

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.

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.

Location

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

Entry Requirements

Students must be employed by a sponsoring business. 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 Stella McKnight:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478
Email: Stella.McKnight@winchester.ac.uk
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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Business Analysis
Work Based Studies - Professional Development
IS Security
Responsible Management
Work Based Studies - Organisational Functions in Context
Information Systems and Organisations

 

 

Introduction to Academic and Professional Studies
Managing Finance

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Business Analysis for Business Intelligence
Work Based Studies - Computer Systems and Network Management
Risk Management and Cyber-security
Information Management and Data Analytics
Software Development
Modelling Business Systems and Business Processes
Work Based Studies - Applied Project and Consultancy Management
Introduction to Project Management

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Management Consultancy
Practitioner Portfolio
Insight Management
Business Transformation and Process Re-design
Sustainable Strategy

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

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

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% 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% 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

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:

Optional

Core Texts

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 apx.

 

Key course details

Duration
3 - 4 years part-time
Typical offer
104-112 points (see Entry Requirements for more information)
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester