Capgemini and Aston University launch IT university degrees

News by Doug Drinkwater

IT consultancy Capgemini has teamed with Aston University to offer two work-based BSc degrees in software engineering and information systems.

Both degrees will be taught and delivered almost entirely in the workplace and will be available to Capgemini Higher Apprentices.

In a UK first, these apprentices will be able to progress to the second year of University study using their High Apprenticeship as an entry point to complete a BSc (Hons) degree.

Both courses last for five years, with students spending two years on the Capgemini Higher Apprenticeship before studying for three years to gain a BSc Hons degree. Applicants for the Higher Apprenticeship will be expected to have three A levels at grade C and above.

These are the first sponsored degrees in the UK ICT sector. Capgemini says that it will accept 120 new Apprentices onto its two-to-five year study and work programme in 2014.

On announcing the news, Aston University professor Dame Julia King said: “Aston University is committed to employer-led learning, which is demonstrated through Capgemini's ability to help shape and input into the content of these high quality degrees.

"The degree programmes will be delivered almost entirely in the workplace rather than through day release, providing even greater flexibility for students to combine work alongside study."

Capgemini is also in the early stages of developing a cyber security apprenticeship and aims to take on five apprentices dedicated to its growing security practice.

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