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Alina Patelli

Digital and Technology Solutions Programme Director (Aston University)

What is a degree apprenticeship (DA) and what advantages does this have over a standard degree?

A degree apprenticeship is a work-based course, where academic content is set in close partnership with industry. Everything apprentices learn while they work gives them a well-rounded engineering education, and is directly relevant to their job.

Unlike a standard degree, the apprenticeship starts after securing a job, not before, and is financed by the government and the employer. Besides not having to worry about tuition fees, apprentices get, at the end of their studies, both a BSc and years of industry experience.

What career options are available for someone on Aston University’s Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) programme?

When applying for a place on the DTS programme, it is ideal to be in a technical role (software engineer, business analyst or similar). Such posts provide the necessary environment to apply the knowledge skills and behaviours learned on the course to realistic projects. As a DTS graduate, the range of available careers becomes even wider – any professional track that requires a technical acumen is a valid option.

How are students supported through their DA?

Aston University provides multi-layered support. Skills coaches guide apprentices through the first stage of the degree, an e-learning specialist advises on leveraging electronic platforms in order to study efficiently, and dedicated lecturers and teaching assistants provide bespoke guidance for specific modules. The employers provide mentorship schemes where each apprentice receives continuous advice from a more experienced member of the organisation.

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