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Da open day 2015

  1. 1. Degree Apprenticeships at Aston
  2. 2. Outline What is a Degree Apprenticeship? Why Choose Aston? Aston’s Programme Next Steps
  3. 3. Degree Apprenticeships
  4. 4. What is a Degree Apprenticeship? Government-backed scheme where employers and universities partner to deliver world class, industrially relevant education. Combines higher and vocational education. Students gain industrial experience and a full Honours Degree. Expected to have wide application in STEM subjects. First Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions to start in September 2015.
  5. 5. BSc Digital and Technology Solutions BSc Digital and Technology Solutions framework is designed by some of the largest employers in the industry to provide graduates with the specific skills that they believe are essential. Aims to address the digital skills gap. Actively supported by companies including Accenture, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Ford, Fujitsu, GSK, HMRC, HP, IBM, John Lewis, Lloyds, Network Rail and Tata Consulting Services.
  6. 6. BSc Digital and Technology Solutions: Framework Core Framework core includes: Foundations of IT Systems Systems Development Data Fundamentals Information and Cyber Security Business Organisation IT Project Management Computer Systems and Networks Interpersonal Skills
  7. 7. BSc Digital and Technology Solutions: External Validation BSc Digital and Technology Solutions degrees are endorsed by the tech-partnership, a network of employers and the skills arm of the Information Economy Council. Endorsement shows that degrees: integrate academic learning at degree level and on-the-job practical training, deliver skills which needs of employers now and in the future, develop professional practice contextualised using industry standard technologies and approaches.
  8. 8. Why Choose a Degree Apprenticeship? You will be employed throughout and doing paid work from day one. Over 80% of apprentices remain with their employer after completing their apprenticeship. You will gain a full BSc (Hons) degree and prepare yourself for a successful career. You will gain a head-start in your chosen profession. You will make yourself an attractive proposition for employers who see this as a way of recruiting top prospective graduates .
  9. 9. Why Choose a Degree Apprenticeship? You will: be capable of making a real contribution to your employer within a few months of commencing your role, graduate with five years of applied occupational experience in a technology solutions environment. You will gain: practical computing skills and occupational competence , the project, interpersonal and business skills required to operate successfully as an IT Professional.
  10. 10. Why Choose Aston?
  11. 11. Why Choose Aston? Employability Aston has a track record of producing employable graduates. “You will struggle to find a university more keenly attuned to the needs of business and industry.” – The Sunday Times University Guide …and of taking students from with non-traditional academic backgrounds. Willingness to work closely with employers. Satisfied students: 92% overall satisfaction in CS, 12th nationally.
  12. 12. Why Choose Aston? Track Record Aston already run 2 work-based distance learning programmes. Collaboratively designed by Aston University and Capgemini. Progression route from higher apprenticeship to BSc. Apprentices very successful so far.
  13. 13. Why Choose Aston? Research Driven Teaching Aston’s focuses on research with real-world applications. The majority of our teaching staff have worked in or with industry and feed this into their teaching. Student’s benefit from cutting-edge research and industrial case studies in (to name a few): data mining, human computer Interaction, international operations, geographic information systems, management consultancy.
  14. 14. Why Choose Aston? Aston Business School Business modules delivered by Aston Business School Internationally renowned: among the 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation.
  15. 15. Aston’s Programme
  16. 16. One Degree – Two Streams • Technical Focus Software Engineering • Technical and Business Focus Business Information Systems
  17. 17. Degree Aims Intellectual development develop a good understanding of computing and its applications Preparation for a worthwhile career develop skills in computing related to what employers need By developing: knowledge, understanding, know-how, practical ability, creativity, transferable skills and real world experience
  18. 18. Core Content Shared Start-up Block Training: Java and OOP, software engineering, database systems and web development Software Engineering How to think like a programmer: Problem Solving Practical skills: Thorough grounding in OOP, Data Structures and Algorithms Software Engineering Business Information Systems Understanding Data: Business Analytics and Data Mining Managing Data: Advanced Database Systems Making use of Financial Data: Introduction to Accounting and Business Economics
  19. 19. Relevance and Flexibility Large portions of the course can be tailored to the student. Up to 60 credits (25% of the course) of optional modules to allow students to specialise. Both streams have major group and individual projects We are happy to work with employers to tailor projects to: employers’ needs. students’ working responsibilities. Each student has a personal mentor to help: us to fit coursework to students’ roles, students to find opportunities to apply their learning in practice.
  20. 20. Teaching and Learning Philosophy Practical, but soundly based … principled basis quality / reliability driven professional responsibility In brief, do it right : know how know why
  21. 21. Programme Structure The programme contains three stages These stages correspond to the first, second and final year of an on-campus degree programme You must complete one stage before moving to the next. Each stage takes 18 months
  22. 22. Programme Structure The programme contains three stages Each stage contains three blocks A block contains a group of modules that you will be taking concurrently During a typical block you will have: 4 days of on-campus time A 2-day exam period (at the block’s end) A typical block takes 6 months
  23. 23. Programme Structure The programme contains three stages Each stage contains three blocks Each block contains 40 credits worth of modules A standard module is worth 10 credits A longer module is worth 20 credits Your group project is worth 20 credits Your individual project is worth 30 credits
  24. 24. Programme Structure The programme contains three stages Each stage contains three blocks Each block contains 40 credits worth of modules Each 10 credit module corresponds to 100 learning hours These are the expected hours necessary to complete the module In your case, learning hours will be split between: Consuming content (lectures, tutorials, notes, etc.) Self-study On the job experience For most modules, the split will be roughly equal
  25. 25. Programme Structure The programme contains three stages Each stage contains three blocks Each block contains 40 credits worth of modules Each 10 credit module corresponds to 100 learning hours After completing the programme, you will have a full BSc (Honours) degree from Aston You will have a degree classification… 1st class, Upper 2nd class, etc.
  26. 26. Distance Learning Majority of the course delivered through virtual learning environment Blackboard. Lectures recorded for students to watch (and re-watch) asynchronously. Supported by other self-study learning objects. Labs/tutorials/seminars delivered through “virtual classroom” Blackboard Collaborate. Scheduled outside normal working hours (currently 8pm) Often repeated to allow flexible scheduling Backed by virtual office hours.
  27. 27. Face to Face Learning Distance learning works well for most things, but, some are better in person, e.g.: Student presentations/student-led seminars Paper-based design Getting to know your mentors/supervisors Students have 4 days every 6 months of on-campus teaching 2 weekdays and 2 weekend days Currently split between start and middle of a block
  28. 28. Delivery Philosophy Flexible learning: Combining work and study is tough! Giving students flexibility to choose when they study is key to making it work. Continuous support: Students should not be disadvantaged by distance learning. Need regular communication and personal attention. Online community: Learning does not happen in isolation. Discussion and collaboration give context and are encouraged throughout.
  29. 29. The Outcome Degrees lead to the award of full Aston BSc Active, creative IT professionals Depth of knowledge
  30. 30. Next Steps
  31. 31. Next Steps: Aston Subject to approval, Aston’s programme will open for applications in mid-2015. Degree Apprenticeships do not have lower entry standards. students will need to satisfy BOTH university and employer. We are interested in dedication and potential! Contact Agnes Varadi to register your interest Email: Tel: 0121 204 3453
  32. 32. Next Steps: Employers Many employers will be partnering with universities recruiting directly. Watch for vacancies to be advertised soon (in some cases, currently!). You can get vacancy updates through the Tech Partnership:
  33. 33. Questions now Contacts: Programme Administrator Agnes Varadi ( Course Directors Victoria Uren ( Harry Goldingay ( Head of Computer Science Ian Nabney ( More Information