This programme is delivered by QA and awarded by Northumbria University

Level of study: Postgraduate

Award: MSc Digital and Technology Specialist

Apprenticeship Standard: Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Integrated Degree)

Awarding body: Northumbria University

Fees: This programme is fully funded by your employer through the Apprenticeship Levy

Entry requirements: 2:2 (second class) honours in a related discipline, or relevant professional qualifications and/or work experience

English language requirements: GCSE at Grade C

Mode of study: Part-Time, blended work-based learning

Duration: 2 years + EPA, typically 6 months

Assessment methods: Coursework, assignments and final End-Point Assessment

Start date: October, January, April and July

Locations: London, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol

You will be equipped to work in a range of Computing, IT, and Digital Technology roles. Depending on your chosen specialist pathway, this will include those in the areas of Software Engineering, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Architecture, Cyber Security, IT Ops Management (Cloud Computing), or IT/Digital Futures (DevOps).

There is no cost to you as a degree apprentice. Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by the Apprenticeship Levy through your employer.

If you’re an employer, the total funding for this programme is:

  • £21,000

Travel expenses to travel to QA centres should be covered by the employer.

All textbooks are provided free of charge as e-books. Any students wishing to use paper copies will need to pay for these themselves, typically at an average cost of £30 per book.

In order to join a Degree Apprenticeship, the employer will either recruit new staff or select existing staff that are suitable for the programme. Individuals wishing to join the Degree Apprenticeship should apply for vacancies at or contact their employer.

  1. Once you have your employers agreement – QA will send you a link to an online application.
  2. New vacancies will be published at

To find out more please visit the Apprenticeship page.

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