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Digital Degree Apprenticeship

About the degree

For apprentices

Whether you are just starting your career or looking to re-train or upskill, the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship is a fantastic way of studying towards a degree from the University of Exeter, a top Russell Group University, whilst earning a salary for the duration of your study.

For businesses

For businesses, degree apprenticeships are an innovative and cost-effective way of retraining and attracting talent into your organisation, as well as creating development opportunities for your current staff. Apprentices may be existing employees or new staff you have recruited into job role that includes a degree apprenticeship.

The BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions is a full University of Exeter degree aligned to the Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship.


Employer information: supporting a digital degree apprentice

The skills apprentices develop will enable them to contribute fully to the long-term success of your organisation.

Why partner with the University of Exeter on Degree Apprenticeships on YouTube

Cost for employers

A typical apprentice salary is recommended between £27,000 to £33,000 depending on previous experience and knowledge. Final salary and benefits package is at the discretion of the company and will vary. Benefits package should include annual leave entitlement and study leave and may incorporate travel costs associated with residential learning.

Currently, there are no Government of Jersey grants to cover the costs of apprentices to local businesses, but funding is available for first time students to help them cover their tuition fees. 

How the digital apprentice scheme works

Degree apprentices are employed by you but study with the University of Exeter for a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree over 4 years.

Apprentices are required to spend 20% of their contracted working time studying on the course. The University runs a blended flexible learning format which combines a mix of on campus learning (block release for a week in September, January and May) and online resources, to minimise disruption in the work place.

Case studies

Digital Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship - Bloomberg Case Study with Huw Evans on YouTube

JP Morgan Case Study (company perspective) on YouTube

How to advertise a role with your business

If you want to advertise a digital degree apprentice role, or are looking to up-skill current employees should contact the University of Exeter to discuss requirements, email and

The team at the University of Exeter will be there to help and support you through the recruitment stages, as well as providing dedicated business support once your apprentice has started, and throughout the duration of the degree.

Information for aspiring digital degree apprentices

The degree is aimed at aspiring technology solutions professionals looking to develop, protect and improve products, services and productivity through the implementation of technology solutions.

Apprentices need to be employed and have their employer's support to enrol on the university degree course.

Information for aspiring apprentices on University of Exeter website

Entry requirements

Applicants with work experience, other professional qualifications or non-standard qualifications are encouraged to contact the University of Exeter degree apprenticeship team.

Current September 2022 A-Level entry requirements: BBB

How students can apply

Already in full time employment

If you are looking at the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree to re-skill or up-skill whilst already employed, you should discuss the benefits with your line manager or HR team about applying.

You will need to get signoff at the relevant levels of approval before you can complete the application form for the apprenticeship.

Once you have approval, you will need to arrange a meeting with yourself, your employer and University of Exeter to discuss the contracting and application processes. To contact University of Exeter, email and

Applying for an advertised digital degree apprenticeship role

You will first need to apply with a business that offers a digital degree apprenticeship. Different employers will have different selection processes and you may have to attend an interview or have additional stages to complete.

The University of Exeter will check with the employer that you meet the eligibility and entry criteria for the degree during this process.

Once you receive an offer from an employer, you can complete the application form for the apprenticeship.

Once you have received confirmation of your job offer, contact the University of Exeter Digital and Technology Solutions Degree, email and

Fees and funding

If you are a first time degree student you can apply for funding support through Student Finance.

Alternatively, this apprenticeship meets the criteria to receive up to 50% of the annual tuition fees covered through the Trackers Programme.

Tuition fees are set by the University of Exeter at £6,250 per year.

Student finance and how to apply
Trackers: the apprenticeship programme and how to apply

Course content

The accredited syllabus provides a foundation core syllabus for the first two and a half years, covering topics such as:

  • programming and programming logic
  • business organisation
  • computer system organisation
  • network infrastructure
  • information security
  • IT project management

In the third year and fourth year, apprentices select a specialist pathway in one of the following five areas:

    • Software Engineering
    • Data Analysis
    • IT Business Analysis
    • IT Consultancy
    • Cyber Security

Course information on University of Exeter website

Programme structure

Apprentices will work a full-time job with 20% of their contracted time devoted to studying towards the degree and gaining off the job learning over 4 years. The study programme has been designed to minimise disruption to the apprentice's daily role.

The blended teaching programme used by the University of Exeter provides apprentices with on campus teaching blocks at the Streatham Campus during September, January and May. This is supported by a weekly remote learning element comprising of online classes, workshops, interactive exercise, recorded lectures and an assessed work-based learning project.

Mentor support

The programme is supported on Jersey by Trackers, who will provide apprentices access to locally Jersey based mentors and coaches to support and guide apprentices through their apprenticeship.

University of Exeter Degree Apprenticeships: Effective mentoring, the role of the Workplace Mentor on YouTube

More information 

If you would like to find out more, or have specific questions contact the University of Exeter degree apprenticeship team.

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