University of Sunderland


Digital and Technology Degree Apprenticeships - Providing solutions for high-tech business growth.

The University of Sunderland is one of a select group of higher education institutions in the UK that are working directly with businesses to develop and deliver digital and technology apprenticeships.

The University of Sunderland were the second university in England to offer degree apprenticeships and have expanded their portfolio to incorporate higher, degree and Masters level due to their success.

Their apprenticeships are created in collaboration with employers to ensure they meet the growing demands of the industry, creating sustainable solutions for the future. Some of the most prominent North East companies that currently benefit from apprentices studying Digital and Technology Solutions apprenticeships include; Nissan, Sage, DXC, Newcastle Building Society, Tombola, Accenture and government departments like the NHS.

The University’s apprenticeships offer a blended and flexible approach to learning which allows an apprentice the opportunity to attend university, while also being employed full-time.

BScs (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional

The Digital and Technology Solutions Professional degree apprenticeship provides a route for employed apprentices to develop their skills and knowledge in computing and IT to degree level. This programme was developed as a result of the School of Computer Science’s work with businesses, to support skills growth, with content continually aligned to the current and future needs of employers. This apprenticeship provides a brilliant opportunity for apprentice employees to effectively contribute to the operation of the organisation.

Apprentices study the core principles and applications associated with digital and technology solutions and they can specialise in software engineering or the increasingly important area of cyber security. The programme has a very strong work-related focus and includes employer related project work. This approach allows the apprentices to integrate and apply their new skills and knowledge in order to be work ready for the future.

MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Software Engineering)

In 2020 the University of Sunderland launched its new MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Software Engineering) apprenticeship, which offers effective solutions for high-tech businesses.

This apprenticeship offers a route for employees to develop their skills and knowledge in computing and IT to a Masters level, enhancing the individuals specialist areas of software engineering. For the employer, this programme will help to develop skills to build a digital solution focused leadership team.

This degree apprenticeship was developed as a result of the collaboration between the Institute of Coding (IoC), the University of Sunderland and North East based tech businesses such as; Grid Smarter Cities, Opencast and Hedgehog Labs, resulting in a contemporary and innovative programme. There are five core modules including; Software engineering principles, Technical project management, Software platforms, Infrastructure and deployment, Digital transformation leadership and a Final project that combines all the knowledge and skills gained.

This apprenticeship will transform your digital solutions focused leader and deepen your teams knowledge of software engineering.

Businesses can benefit from funding to support apprenticeship. For levy-paying employers it’s and opportunity to attract talent to your business, train your staff and enjoy the ultimate return on investment from your levy payments. For smaller businesses, the Government will fund up to 95% of apprenticeship tuition fees. Employers can also claim an incentive payment of £3,000 for employing a new apprentice of any age before 30 September 2021.

The next BScs (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeship cohort starts September 2021 and the MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Software Engineering) starts January 2022.

There are a series of information events taking place over the coming weeks which will provide an opportunity to discuss the programme in detail.

Register your place here: or speak with our team direct at


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