Databases and Data Mining
Digital Technologies (Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship)
School of Computing, Science & Engineering
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
This master’s level apprenticeship programme delivered online by the University of Salford will help develop the broad spectrum of knowledge and in-depth understanding of the digital economy necessary for the future-ready workforce of tomorrow. It aims to create professionals prepared to lead the digital evolution in an era of unprecedented technological transformation.
This programme will provide the bridge between traditional professional skillsets and the technical expertise critical for organisations undergoing rapid technological transitions. In an age of automation, this course will enable employees to become digitally literate professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to advance technological innovation.
There is a standard and advanced variant for the programme and the level you study for each module and the award you come out with (MSc Digital Technologies or MSc Advanced Digital Technologies) will depend on your prior experience within the digital arena.
The degree apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minimum of three years work experience upon graduation. Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship programme and you will be earning a salary at the same time.
This is for you if...
You are managing a digital team
You want to improve your digital knowledge and skills
You want to be at the forefront of advanced in technology
All about the course
The primary role of digital Professionals is to be innovative thinkers, digital enablers and technology leaders by questioning and considering the role of technology within their work environment. Through this they will apply understanding and skills to the identification, proposal and enactment of technical solutions to develop, expand and enhance the processes they are engaged within. They need to understand the principles and capabilities of digital technologies and the wider digital economy. A digital professional will have the ability to operate as an active member of a digital co-creation team, contributing specialist domain knowledge, from their core job function and experience, within the technical context of the implementation process.
The ability to critically evaluate and validate the solution is central to this, as is an ability to identify and evaluate risk within the digital domain, be it security, ethical, or legal, and articulate a researched analysis of this with an initial proposal of a solution.
There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The university and employer work closely with each other to:
(1) Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace.
(2) To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you.
For the following modules, there will be an advanced variant available:
(Advanced) Databases and Data Mining
(Advanced) Programming and Web Development
(Advanced) Cyber Security and Cryptography
This module critically evaluates data collections in order to identify and propose data solutions and enhancements to current systems. You will learn how to identify, plan and implement appropriate approaches to the extraction of systematic knowledge and understanding, in relation to specific business need from the data. You will also develop an awareness of legal and ethical considerations, and the business impact of these, in relation to management data sets.
Cyber Security and Cryptography
Studying this module will allow you to be able to identify and systematically assess risk in relation to cyber security within the professional domain. You will maintain leading edge knowledge and awareness of emerging threats and risks and relate this to current business systems and processes. You will develop a technical understanding of the core principles of cyber security and cryptography and the ethical/legal context of these and be able to evaluate and assess impact of current, and emerging, ethical/legal issues in relation to current business practices.
Programming and Web Development
This module will allow you to identify technical requirements to problems and determine appropriate tools, technologies and implementation strategies for implementation of solutions against an appropriate platform and paradigm. You will devise, implement and validate solutions either individually or as part of a larger developmental group. You will develop the ability to test, validate and critically evaluate technical solutions with respect to requirements and aim. You will develop and understanding the legal and ethical constraints and their impact within the technical solution domain.
Development Methodologies and Research Methods
This module will allow you to effectively participate and engage within collaborative development groups using current developmental methodologies (e.g Agile, Lean, Six Sigma) as member, stakeholder, or role leader. You will learn how to apply the research problem within digital developmental activity. Has the ability to define, question and plan appropriate solution strategies and methodologies within the digital domain.
This an opportunity to demonstrate the acquired skills, knowledge and understanding with a substantial body of work that applies the learning undertaken within the programme, to a contextualised problem within the workplace. From the identification of a problem, issue or opportunity this will demonstrate the ability to place this into a digital context, propose and plan an outline solution, potentially implement and/or enact prototype solutions for all or parts of the problem and evaluate the impact of this with the problem space identified.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
The programme will be delivered through online course materials and online tutorials. For students able to travel to the University’s campus, computing facilities will be made available. Each module will include a compulsory week-long residential workshop where students can meet each other, receive additional tutoring and participate in group activities to strengthen the learning process. The course is flexible: each student learns at his or her own pace, to take account of varying demands upon their time in the workplace. The only requirement is to cover all the relevant material during the six months of each individual module.
Each module will have a single assessment at the end in the form of a portfolio that may combine a written report, practical application and other domain appropriate exercises to enable student's full demonstration of the knowledge, understanding and skills developed, as applicable within their working environment.
All apprentices will need to take an End Point Assessment (EPA) upon completion of the degree programme. There are two parts to the end-point assessment, which is conducted by an independent assessor:
- The Professional Project Report is assessed by the University.
- During the course you will build up a portfolio that captures your learning experience on the various modules. This will form the basis of a Professional Discussion with an Independent Assessor, who, taking into account your professional project report as well, will determine whether you have successfully completed the apprenticeship.
The School of Computing, Science and Engineering
The School of Computing, Science and Engineering is based at the heart of the campus and at MediaCityUK. Working closely with industry partners on multidisciplinary projects, the School of Computing, Science & Engineering addresses current and future challenges. With our breadth of courses, award winning lecturers, research led teaching and commitment to producing highly employable graduates, the School is leading groundbreaking, stimulating postgraduate education and research studies.
Acoustics, Audio and Video
The University of Salford has an outstanding set of facilities for students. Our facilities at our MediaCityUK campus are built to the most modern professional specifications and is available for students, researchers and commercial clients. All our production facilities are now based at MediaCityUK except for our multi-track recording studios.
Networking and project laboratories
The school has high quality facilities for students. In 2012 the Cisco networking laboratory moved to MediaCityUK; all Cisco-related laboratory classes on the programmes are now delivered at MediaCityUK. There are also opportunities for undertaking a CCNA via CPD..
Specialist computer laboratories
Computer suites are equipped with Macs and PCs configured with the specialist software required for modules such as Database Systems, Web Content Creation, Mobile Networking and Network Simulation, and Internet Security and Computer Forensics.
Octave lab is a multi-model research platform, display, and capture space. The system allows researchers to rapidly prototype solutions and research new techniques before deployment in more specialised settings or out in industry. Work to date has concentrated around next generation telepresence but now extends to healthcare and a host new challenges across multiple industries.
What about after uni?
Completion of this degree will enable you to advance your career in the rapidly evolving digital arena.
What you need to know
The programme structure will be delivered to degree apprentices on a part-time, block delivery basis over a two year period, subject to agreement by the employer and the university. The programme will be delivered through online course materials and online tutorials. There will be an induction at the university and each module will also include a week long residential workshop.
In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. You will need to be in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the programme. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
You must be employed full-time in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the apprenticeship programme. Academically, students registering on the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria. The typical entry criteria for this programme is a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in as well as a passion and desire to develop the workplace of the future. Please note: evidence of level 2 (GCSE/Functional Skills) English and maths qualifications will be required at application stage.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
English language requirements
Unfortunately we are not able to recruit international students onto our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programmes. We do however accept most equivalent international qualifications. A list of qualifications that are accepted can be found here - www.acecerts.co.uk/web/acceptable-evidence
The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.
The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.
There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 90% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 10%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.
The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Digital Technology Solutions standard has not yet been allocated a funding band.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.