Apprenticeship Course Structure


Our Higher Level apprenticeships, aligned to Level 4 standards, offer our students the opportunity to work towards a foundation degree. Our foundation degrees are validated by the Open University and we currently offer two programmes: Digital Innovation and Data Analytics & Visualisation (subject to final validation). 

We have worked with industry leaders throughout (Gamesys, Expedia, King, Google, Deloitte) to ensure a curriculum and programme that fits with workplace and student readiness. 

All apprentices start their two year programme with 8 weeks of course modules at Ada, which we call the launchpad. After that, they follow a block release schedule consisting of 7 weeks at the employer and 1 week back at Ada, for the remainder of their degree. In total, they will have spent 80% of their time at their workplace and 20% in the classroom.


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Digital Innovation Apprenticeship

Our Digital Innovation apprenticeship is aligned to the Level 4 Software Developer Standard. With this programme students have the option to select pathway modules focusing on either Technical, Entrepreneurial or Creative routes.

Core Modules:

  • Computer Programming 
  • System Development Life Cycle
  • Testing – Integration & Automated 
  • Database Systems
  • Data Structure & Algorithms 
  • Ethics & Commercial Reasoning
  • Advanced Programming
  • Data Analytics & Business Insights
  • Interactive User Interface Design 
  • Work-based Project

Optional Modules:

Technical Pathway

  • Distributed Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence

Entrepreneurial Pathway

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Business Risk Analysis

Creative Pathway

  • Web Design & Authoring
  • Mobile App Development



Data Analytics & Visualisation Apprenticeship

Our Data Analytics & Visualisation apprenticeship is aligned to the Level 4 Data Analyst Standard.

Core Modules

  • Essential Statistics
  • Data Analysis Concepts
  • Data Analysis in Practice
  • IT Professional Development
  • Database Systems
  • Python for Data Science (I)
  • Data Visualisation
  • Data Warehousing
  • Python for Data Science (II)
  • Data Analytics & Business Insight
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Work Based Project

(Optional) Year Three for all programmes

There is an optional third year of study with Ada to top up to a full Bachelor of Science (Hons) for both our apprenticeships, following the same block release model (Data Analytics and Visualisation BSc. programme is still subject to validation).

Understanding our pathways:

To fit with varying skills and interests, we offer three pathways in our digital curriculum to allow for a tailored programme. These specialised pathways, chosen by the employer and apprentice, are as follows:

Technical Pathway

  • To equip students to work as professionals in the field of software development, particularly in environments where competence in computer hardware, software and distributed information systems is required
  • To provide an in-depth knowledge of the management, organisation and execution of large-scale software design and development activities including reuse and integration, and testing

Entrepreneurial Pathway

  • To provide students with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to respond to the challenges involved in managing, commercialising and marketing technological innovation and new business development, in various emerging technologies
  • To provide an awareness and understanding of how organisations build value through the application of entrepreneurial and innovative practices

Creative Pathway

  •  To prepare the student to take an active role in the creation of computational systems in digital media and other areas of the software industry that require creative individuals
  • To educate in the theory, technology, practice and application of computing and the development of creative digital media and/or and the development of modern computer games