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Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)

Entry Year: 2024

Key information

BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2024
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
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 become 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, whilst always ensuring security is robust. They typically work as part of a collaborative team.

This degree apprenticeship will provide you with 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 learn on the job, with one of our partner employers.

How to apply

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

Visit our employer partners' websites to check live vacancies and application deadlines:

There is no limit to the number of apprenticeships you can apply for, in addition to your five UCAS choices. Find out more about the full range of degree apprenticeships at Queen Mary.

If you have any questions, please contact


Year 1

  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Information Systems Analysis
  • Object-­Oriented Programming
  • Procedural Programming

Work-based learning

  • Professional and Research Practice in EECS
  • Organisation Environment and Decision Making

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Database Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Internet Protocols and Applications
  • Algorithms and Data Structures

Work-based learning

  • Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Project

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Big Data Processing
  • Ethics Regulation and Law in Advanced Digital Information Processing and Decision Making
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis

Work-based learning

  • Software Development and Quality 
  • Graphical User Interfaces

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

  • Security Engineering
  • Semi-structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling
  • Web programming
  • Neural Networks and Deep Learning

Work-based learning

  • Project

End point assessment module

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Additional Costs

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

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The Goldman Sachs Degree Apprenticeship is a fantastic programme and I could not recommend it enough! It is perfect for students who are looking to get a head-start on building a career in technology at a top-tier firm and making a direct impact from day one. My advice to future apprentices would be to bring your personality to work and be authentic to what makes you unique!

Sonal Jain, BSc Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineering), Goldman Sachs


Teaching and learning

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

On campus, you’ll receive approximately five to 10 hours of weekly contact time.

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


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

The End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment (EPA) module is a 12-hour per semester module where students will reflect on the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB’s) that should be displayed during their apprenticeship. This will train them to sit their End Point Assessment, taken at the final stage of their apprenticeship.

The EPA contains three requirements, the synoptic project, the project presentation and the professional discussion.

Resources and facilities

You will be taught at the new London City Institute of Technologya partnership between Queen Mary and Newham College, based near Canning Town station.

Entry requirements

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

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

The academic entry requirements may be reduced for mature applicants with relevant work experience.

Grades AAB at A-Level. Alternatively, A-Level grades ABB including either A-Level Mathematics or Computer Science. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.

International Baccalaureate (IB)
International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. Alternatively, 32 points overall including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics or Computer Science.

See our detailed subject and grade requirements

Access HE
We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements. GCSE Mathematics at grade B/5 is required in addition to the Access qualification.

Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade B or 5.

Extended Project Qualification
Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit:

Contextualised admissions
We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

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.

This course does not accept applications for deferred entry.


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 explore live vacancies and find helpful contacts.

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.


Graduate destinations

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

Career support

Our Careers and Enterprise service run regular employability events and workshops, and host industry speakers on campus.

They can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path,
  • support with finding work experience, internships and jobs,
  • 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 research – and applies it to real-world problems. Being taught by someone who is changing the world with their ideas makes for exciting lectures, and helps you to stay ahead of the curve in your field. 99 per cent of our research is classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021).

We are proud of our excellent student-staff relations, and our diverse student body, made up of learners from more than 60 countries.

The School has a close-knit student community, who take part in competitions and extracurricular lab activities.

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