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Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)

Entry Year: 2021

Key information

BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2021
UCAS code
Institution code
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include either Mathematics or Computer Science. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Full entry requirements
None - your employer pays your tuition fees. In addition, you will earn a salary while you study.
Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)


Earn while you train to be a software engineer, and graduate with both a BSc and four years of work experience.

Software engineers design, build and test high-quality software solutions. They apply engineering principles to all stages of the software development process, from requirements, analysis and design to development, always ensuring security is robust. They typically work as part of a collaborative team.

This degree apprenticeship will give you all the skills and experience you need to work as a software engineer. You’ll study part-time on campus at Queen Mary, learning alongside students on our standard BSc programmes.

On the other days of the week, you’ll carry out work-based learning with one of our partner employers:

  • the BBC
  • Broadridge Financial
  • Experian
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Global
  • Goji Investments
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • John Lewis
  • KPMG
  • Sapphire Systems
  • Xantura.

How to apply

You apply for degree apprenticeships either through the National Apprenticeship Service or via the employer’s own website, rather than through UCAS.

See our list of live vacancies and application links.

There is no limit to the number of apprenticeships you can apply for, in addition to your five UCAS choices.


Year 1

  • Business Modelling
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Information Systems Analysis
  • Object-­Oriented Programming
  • Procedural Programming
  • Professional and Research Themes

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Database Systems
  • Logic and Discrete Structures
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Project

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Algorithms and Data Structures in an Object-­oriented Framework
  • Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Graphical User interfaces
  • Interaction Design
  • Software Development and Quality
  • Web Programming

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

  • Big Data Processing
  • Compilers
  • Project
  • Security Engineering
  • Semi-structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Additional Costs

You may be expected to cover the cost of any resit exams.


Teaching and learning

You’ll attend Queen Mary two days per week during term-time for lectures and laboratory sessions, and spend the remaining three days with your employer.

On campus you’ll receive approximately five to 10 hours of weekly contact time, comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions.

For every module taught, you'll complete a further eight to 10 hours of independent study.


Assessment typically includes a combination of  examination and coursework. There are practical assignments for laboratory-based modules, and exercise sheets or written assignments for more theoretical modules.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • an award-winning informatics teaching laboratory with more than 300 PCs
  • an antenna measurement laboratory
  • a listening room
  • a control room
  • media and arts technology studios
  • a performance lab.

Entry requirements

Queen Mary and the employer agree the exact academic entry requirements for each apprenticeship. Grades given below are indicative. Further details are given on the entry requirements page.

Generally, we expect our degree apprentices to demonstrate similar academic achievements to full-time BSc students.

BBB including either Mathematics or Computer Science

General Studies
Critical thinking

International Baccalaureate (IB)
3o points overall with 5,5,5 in three Higher Level subjects including either Mathematics or Computer Science

RQF (2016) DDD in Computing with a B in A Level Mathematics

Access HE
Access to HE in either Computing, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or IT and Product Design with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher

Mathematics at grade B or 5

Individual circumstances
We will take into account some of your personal circumstances and background when considering your application. Find out more about contextual admissions.

Non-UK students

To apply, you must be either:

  • a citizen of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA)
  • or have lived in the UK or EEA for the past three consecutive years
  • or a non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK (not for educational purposes), and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See the UK Government apprenticeship funding rules.


Your employer will pay your Queen Mary tuition fees.

You will be paid for your work with the employer. Degree apprentices typically start on an annual salary of £14,000 – £21,000.

Visit the government apprenticeships website to access advice and resources for students, parents, teachers and employers.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


After successfully completing a BSc, most degree apprentices continue on their career path as a member of staff within their organisation.

Career support

The Queen Mary careers team can offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science carries out world-class computer science research – and applies it to real-life problems. Being taught by someone who is changing the world with his or her ideas makes for exciting lectures and ensures you stay fully up to date. 91 per cent of our computer science research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

We are proud of our excellent student-staff relations, and our diverse student body: around a quarter of our students are women and 47 countries are represented.

The School has an energetic student community, taking part in programming competitions and hack events.

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