A new degree course introduces real-work based learning to IT consultants in response to the UK IT skills gap.

Sponsored by LogicaCMG, in partnership with the University of Winchester, the new, fully-funded BA (Hons) degree in Management (Information Technology) will allow students to study while at the same time working for the IT and business services provider.

Supporting work-based study, students will be able to convert academic theory into practice, and take part in live projects that will contribute to their degree. The three-year course will cover application and management of IT, systems and finance, people management, project management, change management, and applied management at a Foundation level, after which time the student can elect to continue to a full BA (Hons) degree with a further year of study.

The rollout of the degree programme is designed to address the current skills gap in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), highlighted by recent surveys and ongoing government education strategy.

Paul Chamberlain, University of Winchester director of regional programmes said: ''The University is extremely enthusiastic about real work-based learning. What is particularly exciting about our collaboration with LogicaCMG is that senior professionals from the company have worked closely with our academic staff on the planning of the degree and will also be involved in teaching and assessing it. Most of our undergraduate students take jobs to help them through their studies. The students on this programme will be in jobs directly related to their career ambitions, and will have their fees paid at the same time.”

Charlie Painter, operations director for LogicaCMG’s telecoms division in the UK commented: “There are a significant number of graduates leaving university without the core skills needed for professional life. We have noticed an increasing trend among people who are interested in information technology but are keen to convert these skills into wider disciplines such as consultancy, marketing or management of IT. We think this course will resonate well with this group.”

Open evenings will be held at LogicaCMG’s Reading offices[1] to provide more information about the programme and what it involves for people interested in the Telco undergraduate degree programme.

Additional information and registration for the events organized for those who want more information can be found at:

A study from careers information publisher GTI published in September found 50% of 20,000 students surveyed did not intend to look inside the technology sector for employment.