IT: Management for Business

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

The BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship has an industry-driven approach, where students work full-time for a partner employer while studying towards a degree. This course is now only available for direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 from September 2022.

This course is designed to integrate student learning with suitable workplace projects in collaboration and partnership with their employer. It provides the student with graduate level expertise in the development and management of secure and reliable business software systems and knowledge of the supporting computing technologies which can be applied to problems in a commercial or industrial context. The apprenticeship combines workplace learning with a programme of education designed to meet students' career ambitions.

Please contact to discuss advanced entry to this course. 

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

2-3 years

The IT Management for Business course equips students with a background in the technical skills required for developing software products to meet customer needs.

Adopting a practical approach to developing students' professional skills, emphasis is placed on the business skills necessary to manage finances and people in a business environment geared to the development of software products.

This course is now only available for direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 from September 2022.

Year 2

Software project management and agile methodologies; database design principles and applications of big data stores and data mining; security threats against information systems and the management of risk; finance and accounting principles and techniques used in business decision-making regarding acquisition, control, and allocation of assets and resources in companies; the understanding and application of ethical theories and regulation to the IT business environment.

Year 3

IT service management and real-world application of the ITIL service lifecycle; develop business ideas from conception to commercialisation with exploration of creative idea generation, innovation and competitor and customer analysis. Developing effective security measures and cryptographic techniques using appropriate software tools; evaluation of change management drivers and techniques within an IT business context.

Year 4

Undertake a substantial professional computing project, developing technical, problem−solving, innovation and communication skills; Developing and implementing high-level business strategy, vision, and objectives relating to internal and external drivers in the IT sector; User-centred design and usability considerations in interactive digital products and services; State-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence and Big Data analytics techniques and tools.



Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Learning Methods

Our Graduate Apprenticeship courses are designed to meet the national frameworks developed by Skills Development Scotland, the subject frameworks of the QAA and the skill and knowledge areas identified as crucial by industry. 

To be eligible for this course students must be recruited/employed by a partner employer of the university.

This course is delivered through supported online study using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) CampusMoodle. CampusMoodle offers the flexibility of where and when students choose to study and gives them full open access to tutors and other class members. Students will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity of participating in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides course materials which include:

  • Online activities
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material

There will be on-campus workshops scheduled during your course of study providing the opportunity to grow your professional network, share insights and experiences and engage with staff in the campus setting.

Activity Summary

  • Webinars: 15 students per group for up to 30 hours per module 
  • Work based learning: 15 students per group for up to 240 hours per module, with a Workplace Mentor
  • Online Learning delivery using VLE for Blackboard Collaborate sessions for up to 2 hours per week along with additional enhancement materials
  • Modules are 10 weeks in length running sequentially for 40 weeks (4 x modules per year) and do not adhere to the traditional term calendar

Independent Study

Most independent study will be done with the employer in the workplace, however apprentices have full access to library, labs, and support services.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Staff are lecturers from traditional courses taught currently at RGU along with the potential for recorded guest lectures delivered by industry experts.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 2

  • written assignments, including essays
  • reports
  • portfolios
  • set exercises
  • oral assessments
  • practical skills assessments
  • group critiques

Year 3

  • written assignments, including essays
  • reports
  • portfolios
  • set exercises
  • project outputs
  • oral assessments
  • practical skills assessments
  • group critiques

Year 4

  • written assignments, including essays
  • reports
  • dissertation
  • portfolios
  • set exercises
  • project outputs
  • oral assessments
  • practical skills assessments
  • group critiques


We aim to provide feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



There is no placement; apprentices must be employed in order to participate.

Job Prospects

A Graduate Apprenticeship synchronises theoretical learning with practical experience. With each course tailored to the company, the GA programme offers benefits to both the employee and the employer, meeting the long term development needs of both business and student. 

Students exiting with a Graduate Apprenticeship degree qualification will be on route to employment in the following areas:

  • IT Consultancy
  • IT System Operation
  • IT System Management
  • IT Network Planning and Control
  • IT Project Management


All applicants must be employed full-time in a role related to the course of study, must have the right to live and work in Scotland and be working in Scotland. The employer must commit to providing a suitable workplace environment and to offering guidance and mentoring support to the apprentice. In addition, the company must be willing to partner with the university via a Collaboration Agreement to create a setting in which the student will be able to achieve the required experience and learning outcomes.

SQA Higher:  BBBC 

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications or work experience which equip them with an equivalent starting point for the course. For those applicants who do not meet our Standard Course Entry Requirements, applications may be considered from those who possess one years’ relevant work experience and where the applicant has demonstrated the development of key skills evidenced through a detailed CV. Applications from students with non- standard qualifications (including Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, SVQs/NVQs and access programmes) or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced Entry

This course is now only available for direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 from September 2022. Please contact to discuss advanced entry to this course. 

Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced (or flexible) entry will be considered on an individual basis. Attention is drawn to the university's process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • £1,820 per academic year

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • £1,820 per academic year

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Employers pay for travel and accommodation for on-campus events which may be up to 4 times per year (once per module).

Graduate Apprenticeship courses include an on-campus induction, together with one or two on-campus day(s) per module, therefore employers supporting Graduate Apprenticeship students need to plan for this time away from the workplace together with any associated travel and accommodation costs.

Student Funding

Subject to meeting course entry and employer eligibility criteria, a number of fully-funded places are available for this course. 

Students should apply to SAAS to have their tuition fees paid:

As a paid employee, apprentices would not be eligible for other SAAS funding such as bursaries and student loans.  

Find out more information about funding and other frequently asked questions: 


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Graduate Apprenticeship team and they'll do their best to help.

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Graduate Apprenticeship students will have full RGU University student status and may make use of the University’s excellent physical facilities when they wish. 

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