BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions (top-up) (degree apprenticeship) - University of Portsmouth
BSc (Hons)

Digital and Technology Solutions (top-up) (degree apprenticeship)

Earn while you learn and top-up your HND or Foundation Degree to a full honours degree

Course Overview

What is a degree apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship allows you to work while also studying for a full university honours degree.

You will not need a student loan to fund your course, because the Government and your employer pay your tuition fees. You will also earn a salary from your employer while you study.

Why take this course?

On this course you will get experience in the workplace and be able to apply what you learn in your degree to real-life situations. You will also develop leadership, project management and problem solving skills. The course features both online and University-based learning.

You will get all the advantages of being a student at the University of Portsmouth. This includes complete access to library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union.

You will earn a salary while you study and you do not need to pay tuition fees because the Government and your employer cover the cost of your study.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Gain a full honours degree at the same time as working and earning a salary 
  • Apply what you learn at the University in the workplace
  • Take advantage of flexible study and a ‘blended’ approach to learning, which involves both on-campus group work and online support
  • Meet other like-minded professionals and share ideas and experiences
  • Experience student life at the University

What opportunities might it lead to?

A degree apprenticeship could mark the start of your new career. Or it could be part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), your career progression or an opportunity to specialise or learn new skills.

As a degree apprentice you can:

  • Develop your knowledge and experience
  • Learn specialist skills
  • Advance your career
  • Progress to study at Master’s level and beyond

How to apply

To do a degree apprenticeship you need to be in full-time employment (more than 30 hours a week) in the UK.

If you are in full-time employment

If you are currently employed full time and want to do a degree apprenticeship, ask your manager or HR department to complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.

If you are not in full-time employment

If you are not currently employed full time, you can see vacancies on our degree apprenticeships page. You can also search for degree apprentice vacancies on these websites:

(Note that there are degree apprenticeships from providers other than the University of Portsmouth on these websites).

We can match you to employers who are taking on degree apprentices – complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.

To do a degree apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.

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Alex Jarvis, Computing student 2013

I chose the University of Portsmouth because of the feel of it and how friendly the staff were. I also love how hands-on it is and how much I actually get to do!

Alex Jarvis, Computing student 2013


Computing and Creative Technologies

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including details about:

  • Hands-on, practical work and real-life learning, which is transferable to future careers
  • Modern facilities and access to the latest technology including numerous computer labs, TV studios and a motion capture suite
  • Approachable lecturers who have experience and contacts in the industry

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Structure & Teaching

You will choose one of two pathways; Software Engineer or IT Consultant. You will study 5 units (over 2 years) that will develop your skills and in-depth understanding in major subjects in computing, including an individual project that you will complete in your place of work.

Software Engineer Pathway

Core units on this pathway include:

Year 1

  • Professional IT
  • Work-Based Learning Project

Year 2

  • Software Engineering Specialism
  • Synoptic Project

IT Consultant Pathway

Core units on this pathway include:

Year 1

  • Professional IT
  • Work-Based Learning Project

Year 2

  • IT Consultant Specialism
  • Synoptic Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and assessment

The course takes 2 academic years to complete. It is based on attendance of 1 day a week with the occasional need to be on campus for 2 days a week. Teaching is a combination of lectures and tutorials. Units are also supported by practical laboratory sessions.

Read the full Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan for an embedded electronic systems design and development engineer.

How are you assessed?

The units are assessed with a variety of methods, including:

  • End-of-year exams
  • Computer-based tests
  • Coursework
  • Presentations

Tutor's View


Amanda Peart
Course leader

We have an open door policy for all students and we place you at the centre of the learning experience. This degree apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to study advanced computing subjects in a specialist learning environment that will result in an honours degree qualification and the opportunity to advance your career.

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Facilities & Features

Specialist software and equipment

A full range of industry software will be available for you to use in the computer labs, supported by multi-platform network suites offering a variety of operating systems. You’ll have a range of excellent resources at your fingertips including:

  • Mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
  • Pervasive computing lab for high-performance computing
  • Usability lab including state of the art eye tracking equipment
  • Linux and Windows systems
  • Forensics lab with industry standard forensic tools

Tutor centre

A one-stop academic help and support resource for all School of Computing students. Need help understanding your assessments? Want to talk to someone about your project or about that programming problem? This is the place to go.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

You will be required to pay a registration fee at the start of your course to The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS). This will be approximately £57. Please see

The cost of End Point Assessment (EPA) - which your employer pays - is in addition to course fees. Please contact us for more information.

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Careers & Opportunities

Benefits to you

  • Stay ahead of the competition by working in your job and gaining your degree at the same time
  • Learn the theory of business and apply it to your workplace
  • Gain job-specific training
  • Have access to the support and resources at the University of Portsmouth

Benefits to your employer

  • Grow their own staff, instilling their business culture from an early stage
  • Get the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their business
  • Support succession planning and enhance retention of a skilled workforce
  • Work in partnership with the University to maximise effects of the programme

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