Employer consultation – Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship for the legal sector

Aston University and CILEx Law School (CLS) have teamed up and are in the process of designing a new legal pathway for a Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship for employers in the legal sector.

Programme overview

The programme is designed for apprentices who will be working in digital technology, and who will apply business, analytical and technology skills to legal procedures and workflows.

The programme is suitable for an individual working for a firm, in-house legal department or central government department that uses- or proposes to use- IT to help solve legal problems.

Graduates will understand the operation of the legal services industry and transactional law. They will, through the professional practice module understand the ethical constraints that regulate the activities of a legal enterprise.

The programme has been developed by Aston University as part of their participation in the Institute of Coding. CILEx Law School will be providing legal content.

Programme information

Below is additional information on the proposed programme:

Legal pathway units are in bold:

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the programme will embed core digital skills, such as programming and information systems development in apprentices.

  • Foundations of technology solutions
  • Professional practice in a legal context
  • Introduction to business organisations
  • Computer systems and networks
  • Systems development
  • Internet computing
  • Introduction to Law and Practice

Stage 2

Stage 2 gives apprentices the skills required to analyse business problems in the digital domain and to work with both technical and non-technical stakeholders to develop solutions.

  • Group project
  • Professional and social aspects of computing
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Internet applications and techniques
  • System and software analysis
  • Business analytics
  • Problem solving
  • Civil litigation
  • Transactional law: tort

Final Stage

In their final stage, apprentices will specialise on an individual basis depending on their role and the needs of their employer.

  • Individual project
  • Information security
  • Software project management
  • Data mining
  • Strategic management – in a legal business context
  • Transactional law: contract

Optional modules

  • Effective management consultancy
  • Managing People and Team Leading
  • International Operations
  • Enterprise Computing Strategies
  • Advanced database systems

Apprentices study technical subjects plus law and legal practice over 4.5 years.

  • Starts with a seven week on campus teaching block (Aston, Birmingham) to develop core business and computing skills.
  • Blended learning (incorporating on-line seminars), including four days on campus every six months.
  • Assessment through coursework, project reports, group projects and presentations and examinations.
  • End point assessment to achieve the standard for a Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship.

£25,000 – £27,000, fundable from the apprenticeship levy

Subject to approval, the pathway will launch in September 2019

Consultation information

What will the consultation cover?

  • Pathway launch time frame
  • Programme design
  • Entry and eligibility requirements
  • Tuition cost and funding
  • Whether the proposed programme meets training needs
  • Workplace requirements to support delivery

When will it take place?

Two consultation sessions will be held:

  • Monday 25 February 2019, 12-2pm, Aston Business School 295 Aston Express Way, Birmingham, B4 7ER
  • Tuesday 26 February 2019, 12-2pm, Royal College of Nursing’s conference room, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

How do I attend?

To confirm your attendance at one of the consultation sessions, please complete the form below or email Jenny Pelling at Jenny.Pelling@cilexlawschool.ac.uk

What if I am unable to attend?

If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute to the consultation, please either complete the survey below or contact Jenny Pelling at Jenny.Pelling@cilexlawschool.ac.uk

To receive updates on the consultation and development of the standard, please complete the form below.

Registration form