Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Four years part-time
Two to three evenings a week
The BSc Digital and Technology Solutions degree apprenticeship is designed to develop graduate-level software engineers through a combination of work-based training and academic learning. The programme delivers the UK Government Apprenticeship Standard for Digital and Technology Solutions Professionals. It allows apprentices to work during the day and study during the evening.
The BSc Digital and Technology Solutions degree has Tech Industry Gold Accreditation. Tech Industry Gold degrees and degree apprenticeship programmes have been assessed as meeting the employer-relevant standards defined by the Tech Partnership, an employer-led apprenticeship trailblazer group.
The degree is suitable for apprentices and existing employees working, or preparing to work, in the following areas:
- software engineering
- computer programming
- systems analysis
- systems design
- software development
- software testing.
From May 2017, levy-paying employers will fund their apprentices' studies via their digital account from the Digital Apprentice Service. Find out more about apprenticeship funding and how it all works.
Please note: apprentices on this degree are funded by their employer so are not eligible for a student loan.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Accreditation: the BSc Digital and Technology Solutions degree has Tech Industry Gold Accreditation. Tech Industry Gold degrees and degree apprenticeship programmes have been assessed as meeting the employer-relevant standards defined by the Tech Partnership, an employer-led apprenticeship trailblazer group.
- Employer support: we aim to work in close collaboration with employers to produce first-class software engineering graduates/professionals. We offer a comprehensive package of employer engagement and support throughout the degree apprenticeship. This includes: dedicated employer liaison staff; an initial planning meeting; termly progress meetings; regular progress reports; work-based learning modules; active involvement in project selection and supervision.
- Apprentice support: we aim to support apprentices in all areas of their study throughout the lifetime of their degree apprenticeship. We offer: academic mentors; peer mentors; a wide range of academic support services, including transferable skills workshops and one-to-one tutorials; drop-in sessions; termly progress meetings.
- Academic excellence: the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK, having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017. It provides a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students. Lecturers are drawn from both the academic and professional worlds.
- State-of-the-art facilities: the department has its own dedicated, state-of-the-art computer labs within the College. It also has its own dedicated network.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
You take a range of compulsory modules, including a final-year project in Year 4, and you also choose one option module in Year 4.
- Information Systems Concepts
- Introduction to Computer Systems
- Introduction to Programming
- Management Studies I
- Management Studies II
- Mathematics for Computing
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Information Systems Management
- Software and Programming I
- Software Engineering I
- Work-Based Learning Module
- Database Management
- Information Security
- Professional Issues in Computing
- Software and Programming II
- Strategic Information Systems
- Working in Teams
Year 4 core module
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 option modules (choose 1)
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Apprentices should have mathematics and English GCSE grade A‐C, or equivalent, and A-level grades BBC or equivalent qualifications totalling 112 UCAS points (e.g. BTEC Diploma in Information Technology, Extended Diploma at Level 3).
Candidates who do not meet the entry criteria will have to complete a short admissions test in mathematics and English.
Fees and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 6750 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Face-to-face learning is delivered through a combination of lecture, seminar and practical (lab-based) sessions. Online learning is delivered via the University virtual environment, Moodle.
Assessment is via written and practical coursework, examinations, end-of programme project and e-portfolio.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in software engineering, information systems development, web development, programming, IT management, project management, research and consultancy. Find out more about these professions.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
Applicants need to be in a relevant apprenticeship role, working at least 30 hours per week. For more information and to apply, please contact us.
Employers wishing to refer apprentices to this programme should contact us.
Application deadlines and interviews
We encourage you to apply as early as possible, though we still consider applications up to the end of September.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
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