The BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and applied practical skills required by employers in the sector to design, build and test high quality software solutions.


Meet our students Abi Hull

Abi Hull

I have learnt so many valuable techniques and skills to broaden my creative repertoire during my time on this course. My visual language has been challenged and expanded by the wide range of subjects and projects covered across the board. I have learnt invaluable lessons throughout my time at UCN and I will carry these skills with me throughout my career in the Creative Industries.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Anna Bayliss

Anna Bayliss

The practical work and the chance to use the computer software in a more in-depth programme was the reason I chose the study at Newbury College. I enjoy being able to be creative in my learning.

Creative Media Level 3

Meet our students Jake Lambourn

Jake Lambourn

I chose Newbury College because it provided me with the right course in the specific area of IT I wanted to pursue. As an apprentice, the on-the-job training allowed me to fully immerse myself in the career I wanted and a work environment which taught me the skills I still use today. Since leaving the College I have worked for various companies around the South East including design agencies, print and digital marketing companies, start-ups and charities. I am delighted to currently be using my skills to support the local community at Apple Print Creative and Design as a Web Developer.

Apprenticeship in IT

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

In undertaking the HNC Graphic Design course I feel that I have been able to develop both my skills and knowledge to a level which would be required in the commercial environment. It has been a lot of work, but totally worth the end result. I have designed a logo which will be used by Newbury College which was a great opportunity for anyone starting out; I have a client who I am working with to create illustrations for a book; and I am starting to sell my own work commercially. UCN provides a great option to anyone who is interested in going to university but would like the option of staying at home, and paying lower fees.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Zoe Bulsara

Zoe Bulsara

The HNC in Graphic Design course has given me an excellent understanding of the creative industry, the skills and techniques required including Adobe software ready to take forward with confidence into my career aspiration of becoming an Illustrator. All the lecturers have been very supportive whilst, pushing me to fulfil my full potential.

Creative Media Level 3

  • Description

    You will develop your skills and knowledge to enable you to provide technology solutions for customers and learn how to increase an organisation's productivity using digital technologies. Alongside these skills, you will also develop your confidence and teamwork skills to be able to work in a range of environments. The course is delivered full-time over the first two years and part-time over the final two years.

    Typical topics include:

    Stage 1 Business Information Systems Introduction to Computer Science Databases Networking Principles of Software Engineering Specialist Digital Technology Project

    Stage 2 Cyber Security Technology Solution Group Project Software Development Structure Systems Analysis Structured Systems Design Web and Cloud Technologies

    Stage 3 Advanced Software Engineering Project Management Research Methods Software Testing Synoptic Project

    To ensure you are prepared effectively for progression to employment, the final synoptic project is a business-related project where you design and develop a significant piece of software or a new software product prototype to achieve defined business objectives to meet the business need. It will include significant project planning, including estimations of both time and cost to proposed solutions, and include technical and commercial aspects of the proposed solution.

    You will typically spend one day per week attending class in person either on campus or online. You are expected to allocate approximately six hours a week on research andself-studyoutside of normal class timein order tobuild up knowledge, confidence and successfully complete the programme. This may be completed at home or in the UCN.

    This course operates using a blended learning approach, where part, or all of some units may be delivered online, via Microsoft Teams. To participate in this programme, you will need a suitable computer and/or device with sufficient internet access. Specific requirements and information on the support available to borrow or purchase equipment can be discussed at interview.

  • Entry Requirements

    A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. Applications are welcome from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. We also welcome mature students and students who have undertaken Access courses.

    As a minimum: 3 GCSE's Grade A-C / 9-4 or Level 2 equivalent to include Mathematics and English Language

    In exceptional circumstances, applicants will be considered on the submission of an extended Curriculum Vitae, satisfactory professional references and a successful interview.

    If English is not your first language, a minimum IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) is required.

    Independent study skills and good time management skills are needed. You should be familiar with basic computer functions and applications, including Microsoft Windows and Office, as parts of your programme will be delivered using Microsoft Teams. Training for this application will be provided.

  • Qualification

    BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions awarded by University of Northampton

  • Progression

    Learners awarded this qualification can progress in employment or to a Level 7 programme of study.

  • Assessment

    Assessment is via a variety of methods including assignments, essays, reports, presentations, practical exercises and a final synoptic project (dissertation).

  • Home Study

    You areexpected to work independently and proactively to prepare for class and undertake written assignmentsin your own time, allocating approximately six hours a week on research andself-studyoutside of normal class timein order tobuild up knowledge, confidence and successfully complete the programme. This may be completed at home or in the UCN.

  • Work Placement

    The course does not involve work placement, but you are encouraged to seek out opportunities to visit or engage with companies within the industry.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The tuition fee for this programme is £8,000 per year. In addition to the tuition fees, an annual student association fee of £15 is payable. At times, you may be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows, which may require additional entrance fees and travel costs.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.