BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business (Graduate Apprenticeship) BSc (Hons)

Develop a unique blend of business and IT management skills and learn how to seamlessly integrate business operations with IT systems


The Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business helps develop your knowledge and understanding of IT in a business and organisational context. You will learn the fundamentals of computing then delve into the intricacies of IT management, such as Business Analysis, Project Management, Service Management and Operations. Through the Graduate Apprenticeship, you apply these skills immediately in real-world situations in the workplace, and learn how to seamlessly integrate business systems to support your organisation. You will develop a unique hybrid skill-set all while studying for a fully-funded university degree through a paid job.

This Graduate Apprenticeship combines theory and practice, and develop your career in the broad area of IT with a background of business operations, procedures and culture applicable to a career in IT in a business environment. You will develop problem solving, personal and interpersonal skills enabling you to work closely with employees in non-IT related areas of an organisation. You will also enhance your management and business knowledge and be equipped with project management and delivery experience in a practical, work-based setting in relation to IT. Development of this unique blend of skills will underpin an ability to keep your technical skills up-to-date in a fast-changing discipline, including an appreciation of the need for continuing professional development.

The key component areas that make up the Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business are:

  • Business (20-25%)
  • Technology (25-35%)
  • Project Management (20-25%)
  • Interpersonal Skills (20-25%)

Our Graduate Apprentices will typically initially work in job roles such as IT Support, Helpdesk, Technician, and Application Support. You can then develop your knowledge and experience through both work and study to develop your career in a variety of managerial and leadership roles within an IT context.

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Mode of Study:

Day Release, Full-time


4 years

Course details

As a Graduate Apprentice you will study for your degree alongside your job, spending approximately 80% of your time in work and 20% in university. This unique combination offers an integrated experience, where practical skills and knowledge gained during the university days can be embedded in your working practices. Skills learned directly in the workplace are aligned with and can be applied to coursework and assessment. This allows you to attain an honours degree in 4 years, the same time as traditional full-time students.

You will initially develop your fundamental skills and knowledge in computing, core business processes, and how these are typically implemented in a technology setting within organisations. You will develop an ability to use a wide range of routine skills in software development and some advanced skills associated with business modelling.

You will then further enhance your ability to apply these skills and techniques through various management stream within your employing organisation. These include Business Analysis, Project Management, Service Management and Business Intelligence.

In years 3-4 you will undertake significant work-based learning and develop the ability to apply skills, techniques, practices, tools and materials that are specialised or advanced in information systems project management, and the analysis, design and implementation of user-centred organisational systems. In addition, you will be able to consult, evaluate and present on standard or mainstream topics in IT to a range of audiences, both technical and non-technical.

As you progress through the course, more of your job role will be used to gain credit towards your final award. This is captured in the Professional Practice modules which allow us to personalise your learning to ensure it meets your needs, those of your employer and the university.

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    How you’ll be taught

    This Graduate Apprenticeship is taught over 4 years at our School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment, based in our Merchiston Campus in Central Edinburgh. It is delivered across three trimesters over a full calendar year on a day release basis. You attend classes one day per week, in years 1 and 2, studying 2 modules per day. Professional Practice modules are work based and timetabled in the summer trimester, for which there is no on-campus requirement, offering greater flexibility. In years 3 and 4 the emphasis on work-based learning increases and on-campus teaching is significantly reduced.

    Your work-based learning will be overseen by a workplace mentor and university coach. You will be offered tripartite progress review meetings each trimester to support you in your work and studies.

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    A mixture of practical assessments, reports, academic essays and exams. You are also
    assessed on your learning in the workplace, primarily in the summer trimesters. As you progress through the course, more of your job role is used to gain credit towards their final award through Professional Practice and your final-year dissertation.

    The assessments will allow you to demonstrate your application of the knowledge and skills you are gaining both though your studies and through your work experience.

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    Work placement

    You will be a full-time employee for the duration of the programme.

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    Graduate apprentices can enjoy the same full access to our campus facilities as a full-time student. All learning takes place at our Merchiston campus, which is centrally located in the heart of Edinburgh. Merchiston campus is home to our creative, computing and engineering students.

    Facilities include modern classrooms and cutting-edge labs. Our Merchiston Library is a bright attractive environment providing both silent and collaborative study spaces designed to suit a variety of learning styles. In addition, Merchiston boasts a business incubator, two cafes and a 500-seat computing centre, with both Mac and PC hardware, that is open 24hrs a day in Trimesters 1 and 2.


Popular modules

Year 1

  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Software Development 1
  • Modelling for Business
  • Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
  • Computer Systems
  • Professional Practice 1: Work-Based Project

Year 2

  • Database Systems
  • Business Systems Analysis and Design
  • Software Engineering Methods
  • Project Management for Information Systems
  • Professional Practice 2: Work –Based Project

Year 3

  • User-Centred Organisational Systems
  • Information Technology Service Management
  • Digital Business Environments
  • Professional Practice 3: Work-Based Project

Year 4

  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Information Strategy
  • Information Security and Society
  • Honours Project: Work-Based Project


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

This programme is available to new and existing employees who work and reside in Scotland. Entry requirements cater to professionals and can account for both academic and work-based experience. You need to be employed with a supporting organisation to be eligible, and must have a job within the same field as your chosen subject area.

All applicants must:

  • Be 16 or older (some employers may require 18+)
  • Have the right to live and work permanently in the UK
  • Have ordinary residence in Scotland
  • Meet programme entry requirements

Advanced Entry

Advanced entry into Year 2 or 3 is possible for students with suitable qualifications. If applying for advanced entry, you will need to provide sufficient evidence of qualifications and experience through our process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applications are considered on an individual basis.

Work Experience and Professional Qualifications

We encourage applications from individuals whose work experience or professional qualifications provide them with a comparable foundation for starting the course. You will be considered through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and asked to provide evidence of relevant work experience through a detailed CV or application form, including an employer reference. Advanced entry may also be granted if you have sufficient industry-related experience and qualifications.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements.

Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships

We offer enhanced recognition for Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships if you are applying to a Graduate Apprenticeship in a similar subject area. Please refer to our typical entry requirements for more information on each course.

Already have a degree or similar qualification?

You could apply for funding for a Graduate Apprenticeship in a similar subject area if your existing qualification is at a lower level. You may also be eligible for funding if you have completed a degree in a different subject area. For example, if you recently completed a Biology Honours degree, you can still apply for a Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship.

You are not eligible to apply for a Graduate Apprenticeship if you have completed a similar degree within the past 5 years.

To meet our Standard Entry Requirements you must have EITHER:

  • Four SQA Highers at Grade BBBB (or equivalent) including Computing or Maths. National 5 grade C in Maths/Lifeskills Maths/Applications of Maths and English are required if not taken at Higher
  • A Foundation Apprenticeship in an IT subject at SCQF Level 6 plus two SQA Highers at Grade BB
  • A Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6-7 in an ICT/Digital related discipline
  • HNC with C in the graded unit in a related discipline
  • Sufficient recognition of prior learning (RPL) through industry-related experience, qualifications, and informal learning. RPL applications are considered on an individual basis


Our Minimum Offer Entry Requirement: BBCC. National 5 grade C in Maths/Lifeskills Maths/Applications of Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

To meet our year 2 entry requirements you must have EITHER:

  • A Modern Apprenticeship in a related discipline at SCQF Level 8
  • An HNC at Grade A in a related discipline
  • An HND at Grade B in a related discipline
  • A minimum of two SQA Advanced Highers at Grade BB (or equivalent) including Computing
  • Sufficient recognition of prior learning (RPL) through industry-related experience, qualifications, and informal learning

To enter this programme at the start of Year 3 you must have 240 SCQF credits (or equivalent) of which a minimum of 120 credits are at SCQF 8 (or equivalent) and/or significant recognition of prior learning (RPL) through industry-related experience, qualifications, and informal learning.

SCQF Level 8 qualifications can include:

  • HND at minimum Grade B in a related discipline
  • Diploma for Higher Education in a relevant subject area

English language requirements

As all learning, teaching and assessment activities are conducted in English, if your first language is not English you must have a minimum International English Language Testing System score of 6.0 with all four elements having a score of at least 5.5.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

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As a Graduate Apprentice you are fortunate to be studying for your honours degree alongside your work-based apprenticeship position and to have the support of both Edinburgh Napier staff and your workplace. You are first and foremost an employee for your organisation, and therefore could develop your career through your entire apprenticeship journey. Your employer will look for opportunities for you to apply your learning in work and develop as a professional, meaning you may be offered career progression opportunities at any time during your studies.

On completion you can build their career in an IT workstream within disciplines such as:

  • Project Management
  • Consultancy
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Intelligence
  • System Operation
  • System Management
  • Network Planning and Control
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