Aj Bell Holdings Ltd

Digital Degree Apprenticeship - Master's Degree (Level 7)

Aj Bell Holdings Ltd (Employer)

Manchester Metropolitan University (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed.
4 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
3 positions available
30 April 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Are you a pacesetter? Innovator? Trailblazer? If you’re as ambitious as we are, we’ll invest in you, nurture your talent and reward your success. Our DTS Degree Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for you to gain practical experience whilst you work towards a Bachelor of Science degree via part-time study at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Our Digital apprenticeship path has been designed for those who want to develop a career in an area that plays a huge role at AJ Bell. During this four-year programme you have the opportunity to rotate around different teams in our Technology Services Department, from Software Engineering to Infrastructure and Information Security, in order to gain a broad understanding of IT and change provision in a fast-paced regulated Financial Services business. At the same time as learning on the job, you will study for a BSc in Digital Technology Solutions with our academic provider, Manchester Metropolitan University. You will be given the opportunity to specialise in Software Engineering, Data Analysis or Cyber Security Analysis, and this specialism will become the focus of your degree studies. As well as spending a day each week studying at university, your fees will be paid and you’ll be earning a competitive salary and much more!

At the start of the apprenticeship you will enjoy a tailored induction programme with us and Manchester Metropolitan University. This will give you the chance to get to know our business and develop your skills on the job, while at the same time continuing on a development programme designed to help you invest in your personal growth and your future with AJ Bell. We will also provide mentoring and ongoing training, including and in-house technical and professional development training, enabling you to progress your understanding of the digital aspects of financial services.

If you are successful in your apprenticeship you may have the opportunity to continue your career at AJ Bell focusing on either a managerial or technical career path. 

Future Prospects

If you are successful in your apprenticeship you may have the opportunity to continue your career at AJ Bell focusing on either a managerial or technical career path. 


Reality Check

Telephone interviews will take place from February with assessment days in June / July 2021.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Skills Required

  • Willingness to follow our guiding principles
  • The ability to demonstrate your passion for digital technology (even if you don’t have any previous qualifications or experience in this area)

Qualities Required

  • Honesty, self-motivation, reliability
  • Enthusiasm to learn and develop in different teams within the business

Qualifications Required

We ask the following from applicants to our Digital apprenticeship programme:

  • A minimum of 112 UCAS points (under the tariff for courses starting from September 2017)
  • A minimum of five GCSEs 4 – 9 (or A* - C), including English and maths

Training Provided

Apprentices will develop the fundamental skills, knowledge and behaviours for a successful career in IT.  

Apprentices will follow one of four specialist pathways:

  • IT consultant (business technology) – focusing on business technologies and technology management
  • Cyber security analyst – responding to threats by assessing and securing vulnerable systems
  • Data analyst – managing and analysing big data and its commercial applications
  • Software engineer – including advanced programming, software development and databases
  • Software engineer (mainframe) – focusing on the principles of computing that underpin the effective use of mainframe technologies
Year one
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Business Systems
  • Introduction to Web Development
Year two

During year two, apprentices will study two core units and a third unit that relates specifically to their chosen pathway.

Core units

  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Technology Management

Pathway units

  • Computer Security Fundamentals (Cyber Security Analyst pathway)
  • Statistics and Visualisation (Data Analytics pathway)
  • Customer Lifecycle Management (IT Consultant pathway)
  • Advanced Programming (Software Engineering pathway)
Year three

IT Consultant

  • Web Design and Development
  • Business Intelligence and Strategy
  • Business Research Project

Software Engineer

  • Computer Networks and Operating Systems
  • Enterprise Programming
  • Development Project

Cyber Security Analyst

  • Computer Networks and Operating Systems
  • Security Auditing and Incident Response
  • Cyber Security Project

Data Analytics

  • Advanced Databases
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Analytics Project
Year four

In the fourth year, apprentices will study two core units and one elective unit.

Core units

  • Synoptic Project
  • Portfolio Assessment

Elective units may include

  • Data Engineering
  • Mobile App Development
  • Advanced Web Development
  • Web Content Management Systems
  • User Experience Design 
  • Developing a Digital Business
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management
  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurial Practice
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