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Degree Apprenticeships

A Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) offers you an alternative pathway to entering the digital or technology sector.

As a degree apprentice at QMUL, you would study part-time at a Russell Group University, whilst also working for organisations that include Goldman Sachs, GSK, John Lewis and IBM.

You will be studying towards a BSc Digital & Technology Solutions degree over a four year period, combining campus-based and work-based learning. The programme offers you an opportunity to study while earning, with degree apprentices being on a typical starting salary of between £12,000 and £18,000 and graduating with four years of work experience. 

Partner employers

In order to become a degree apprentice, you need to apply to an employer that is offering degree apprenticeship roles. QMUL are currently working with 9 partner employers: Goldman Sachs, GSK, BBC, Broadridge Financial, John Lewis, Xantura, Goji Investments, Sapphire Systems, and IBM.

We are also discussing Digital Technology Solutions Apprenticeships opportunities with a number of other employers.

New opportunities will be listed on this page as they become available.

You will attend campus two days per week during term-time for lectures and laboratory sessions, and spend the remaining three days with your employer. During the summer months you spend the full working week with your employer

Employers recruiting now

You must apply for the degree apprenticeship through an employer, you cannot apply directly through QMUL, any other university or via UCAS. You'll find links to the application forms for those that are currently recruiting below:

Broadridge Financial Solutions - application deadline 30 Mar 2018

TODAY’S WORLD RUNS ON THREE THINGS: BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY, AND PEOPLE THAT CAN TIE THE TWO TOGETHER.

As an industry leader with over 50 years of experience, Broadridge provides Technology Solutions to banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, and corporations around the world. In other words, we build the infrastructure that keeps the worlds finances moving. Headquartered in New Jersey in the US, with over 10,000 employees globally, we also have offices in London, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Hyderabad, Hong Kong and Tokyo, to name but a few. Our Global Technology Operations Division (GTO) offers SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions that fully automate the entire trade life cycle, from execution to accounting. Broadridge’s technology solutions process more than $5 trillion in fixed income and equity (Shares) trades every day.

Job role/pathwayApplication deadlineApplications
Software Engineer 30 Mar 2018 Apply here
Business Analyst 30 Mar 2018 Apply here

 

Goji Investments - application deadline 30 Mar 2018

We’re building the next generation of financial investment products. We help people invest their money to get a great rate of return, whilst at the same time putting their money to work in things that matter. Things like renewables technology, British businesses and property development. We use technology to solve challenging commercial problems so we can build a market leading investment platform. We work in direct lending. This is similar to bank lending but without the bank! We invest client money directly with businesses who then lend the funds to a variety of borrowers. Any interest earned on the loans is then passed straight back to the original investor.

Job role/pathwayApplication deadlineApplications
Software Engineer 30 Mar 2018 Apply here 

 

Goldman Sachs - application deadline 18 Mar 2018

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

Job role/pathwayApplication deadlineApplications
Software Engineer 18 Mar 2018 Apply here

 

Degree pathways

The degree apprenticeship is focused on job roles; therefore there are 4 pathways that you could follow as part of your degree. These pathways would be identified by the employer and this may help you to decide which employer you may wish to apply for.

For each of the pathways there are core subjects you will study and work with as part of your degree apprenticeship.

IT Consultant

An IT consultant requires a broad set of skills in business analysis, solutions development, network infrastructure, data, cyber security etc. They use their consulting skills in order to advise clients on how to best utilise technology to meet their business objectives, overcome problems and increase productivity. They provide strategic guidance to clients with regard to technology and facilitate changing business processes through enhancements to technology solutions. They provide technical assistance, and are often responsible for providing training.

Year  

Semester  

Module  

Delivery  

1

1

ECS401U Procedural Programming

Campus

ECS404U Computer Systems and Networks

Campus

ECS424W Work-­‐based Project

Work-­‐based

2

ECS419U Information Systems Analysis

Campus

BUS017 Economics for Business

Campus

ECS418W Business Modelling

Work-­‐based

2

1

ECS505U Software Engineering

Campus

BUS021 Financial Accounting

Campus

ECS402W Professional and Research Themes

Work-­‐based

2

ECS522U Graphical User Interfaces

Campus

BUS011 Marketing

Campus

ECS508W Business Information Systems

Work-­‐based

3

1

ECS646U Software Development and Quality

Campus

ECS524U Internet Protocols and Applications

Campus

ECS609W Project Risk Management

Work-­‐based

2

ECS519U Database Systems

Campus

ECS622U Product Development

Campus

ECS523W ICT Group Project

Work-­‐based

4

1

BUS204 Strategy

Campus

ECS619U Network Planning, Finance & Mgt

Campus

ECS635W Project

Work-­‐based

2

BUS324 Management of Human Resources

Campus

ECS608U Distributed Systems and Security

Campus

ECS635W Project (cont.)

Work-­‐based

 

Business Analyst

A business analyst is responsible for assessing the business impact of change, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery of requirements with relevant stakeholders. They create detailed analysis of systems and make recommendations for improvement. They produce specifications of user requirements that enable software engineers to develop the right software solutions. They require a broad foundation of skills and knowledge to be able to be effective as their work incorporates all aspects of digital technology systems.

Year  

Semester  

Module  

Delivery  

1

1

ECS401U Procedural Programming

Campus

ECS404U Computer Systems and Networks

Campus

ECS424W Work-­‐based Project

Work-­‐based

2

ECS419U Information Systems Analysis

Campus

BUS017 Economics for Business

Campus

ECS418W Business Modelling

Work-­‐based

2

1

ECS505U Software Engineering

Campus

BUS021 Financial Accounting

Campus

ECS402W Professional and Research Themes

Work-­‐based

2

ECS417U Fundamentals of Web Technology

Campus

BUS011 Marketing

Campus

ECS508W Business Information Systems

Work-­‐based

3

1

ECS507U Website Design and Authoring

Campus

ECS524U Internet Protocols and Applications

Campus

ECS609W Project Risk Management

Work-­‐based

2

ECS519U Database Systems

Campus

ECS622U Product Development

Campus

ECS523W ICT Group Project

Work-­‐based

4

1

BUS204 Strategy

Campus

ECS619U Network Planning, Finance & Mgt

Campus

ECS635W Project

Work-­‐based

2

BUS324 Management of Human Resources

Campus

ECS608U Distributed Systems and Security

Campus

ECS635W Project (cont.)

Work-­‐based

 

Data Analyst

The primary role of a data analyst is to collect, organise and study data to provide new business insight. They are responsible for providing up-to-date, accurate and relevant data analysis for the organisation. They are typically involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregating data across the network infrastructure. They have a good understanding of data structures, software development procedures and the range of analytical tools used to undertake a wide range of standard and custom analytical studies, providing data solutions to a range of business issues. They document and report the results of data analysis activities making recommendations to improve business performance. They need a broad grounding in technology solutions to be effective in their role.

Year  

Semester  

Module  

Delivery  

1

1

ECS401U Procedural Programming

Campus

ECS404U Computer Systems and Networks

Campus

ECS424W Work-­‐based Project

Work-based

2

ECS419U Information Systems Analysis

Campus

ECS417U Fundamentals of Web Technology

Campus

ECS418W Business Modelling

Work-based

2

1

ECS505U Software Engineering

Campus

ECS524U Internet Protocols and Applications

Campus

ECS402W Professional and Research Themes

Work-based

2

ECS519U Database Systems

Campus

ECS622U Product Development

Campus

ECS508W Business Information Systems

Work-based

3

1

ECS507U Website Design and Authoring

Campus

ECS650U Semi-­‐structured Data and Advanced
Data Modelling

Campus

ECS609W Project Risk Management

Work-based

2

ECS612U Interaction Design

Campus

ECS647U Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis

Campus

ECS523W ICT Group Project

Work-based

4

1

ECS607U Data Mining

Campus

ECS640U Big Data Processing

Campus

ECS635W Project

Work-based

 

2

ECS7??U Data Analytics (**new**)

Campus

ECS608U Distributed Systems and Security

Campus

ECS635W Project (cont.)

Work-based

 

Software Engineer

The primary role of a software engineer is to be able to design, build and test high-quality software solutions. The software engineer role is broader and with higher levels of responsibility than a software developer as they need to apply engineering principles to all stages of the software development process, from requirements, analysis and design, development and data requirements whilst ensuring security robustness is built in. They will typically be working as part of a larger collaborative team and will have responsibility for significant elements of software projects.

Year  

Semester  

Module  

Delivery  

1

1

ECS401U Procedural Programming

Campus

ECS404U Computer Systems and Networks

Campus

ECS402W Professional and Research Themes

Work-­‐based

2

ECS419U Information Systems Analysis

Campus

ECS414U Object-­‐Oriented Programming

Campus

ECS418W Business Modelling

Work-­‐based

2

1

ECS505U Software Engineering

Work-­‐based

ECS524U Internet Protocols and Applications

Campus

ECS407U Logic and Discrete Structures

Campus

2

ECS519U Database Systems

Campus

ECS518U Operating Systems

Campus

ECS506W Software Engineering Project

Work-­‐based

3

1

ECS501U C Programming

Campus

ECS646W Software Development & Quality

Work-­‐based

ECS510U Algorithms & Data Structures in an
Object-­‐oriented Framework

Campus

2

ECS522U Graphical User interfaces

Campus

ECS639U Web Programming

Campus

ECS6**W Compilers

Work-­‐based

4

1

ECS650U Semi-­‐structured Data and Advanced
Data Modelling

Campus

ECS640U Big Data Processing

Campus

ECS635W Project

Work-­‐based

2

ECS647U Bayesian Decision & Risk Analysis

Campus

ECS608U Distributed Systems and Security

Campus

ECS635W Project (cont.)

Work-­‐based

 

To gain a place as a degree apprentice, you must apply to an employer in response to a vacancy that they advertise. Currently, this is NOT done through UCAS (though applicants may apply for other University courses at the same time). Each employer has their own recruitment process; it is likely to include one or more interviews.

In addition, QMUL and the employer agree on academic entry requirements. These are similar to the academic standard required for entry to our normal degrees for which we accept most qualifications:

  • Three A-levels with grades of ABB in rigorous subjects
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • BTEC D*DD

We also require GCSE Maths grade B or above. Further details are given on the entry requirements page.

For mature applicants with relevant employment experience, the academic entry requirements may be reduced.

Do you want to hear what it’s really like to be a degree apprentice?

Our four degree apprentices at Goldman Sachs talk about their experience so far:

Below you can read about apprentices with IBM, how they ended up on the degree apprenticeship programme and how they split their time between work and university.

Tom Sherlock Picture of Tom Sherlock
1st year degree apprentice, IBM

Hi, my name’s Tom Sherlock, and I’m one of four IBM Degree Apprentices, in partnership with QMUL. This means I work for IBM three days a week, and study for a BSc in Digital and Technical Solutions at QMUL the other two. Read more>

Megan Murray Picture of Meghan Murray
1st year degree apprentice, IBM

De​gree apprenticeships are becoming a more and more popular and appealing choice both to employers and to young people starting their career, and, to help decide if it’s for you and let you know what it’s all about, I’m here to share my experience. Read more>

Amy Magistris Picture of Amy Magistris
1st year degree apprentice

I had always found the technology industry to be a daunting thing. It’s so vast and complex, and I didn’t think I’d have the right frame of mind to enter a business that is so cutting edge; that was me two years ago, at least. Read more>



  • How do I apply?
    Employers recruit apprentices, which mean that you apply directly to one of our partner employers in response to a job vacancy advertised. Applications cannot be made via UCAS.
    You can apply to the Degree Apprenticeship in addition to applying to any standard UCAS 2017 programme, at any institution.
  • How long is the programme?
    The programme is completed over 4 years using a combination of work-based and on-campus learning. You will study a total of 24 modules, taking 6 modules per year.
    The academic year is made up of two 12 week teaching terms (September-April) and a third term for the examination period (May-June).
    During teaching terms you will study 3 modules: 2 campus-based and 1 work-based.
  • How often do I come to the campus?
    You will attend campus two days per week during term-time for lectures and laboratory sessions, and spend the remaining three days with your employer.
    Module examinations are also completed on-campus.
  • How is the programme of study related to a standard BSc?
    When on campus, you will study alongside students taking the same modules on our standard BSc programmes. Some modules on the Degree Apprenticeship are work-based but cover the same material as on the standard BSc.
  • What are the entry requirements?
    Entry requirements for the job you apply for are determined by the employer. The academic requirements are similar to those required for one of our standard BSc programmes. However our academic entry requirements may be reduced for applicants with substantial relevant work experience.
    Please see our entry requirements section for further information.
  • What are the fees?
    Apprentices do not pay fees. Your employer covers the costs of fees, however you may be expected to cover the cost of any resit exams.
  • Do I have to complete all 4 years?
    To qualify for the degree, apprentices must complete 24 modules, and the timetable is designed to be completed over a 4-year period.
  • Can I choose what to study?
    Degree apprentices follow one of four pathways on the BSc Digital and Technical Solutions programme. The employer determines which pathway is most relevant to the jobs they offer.
    Each pathway includes a specific set of modules which have been structured and tailored for the various job profiles. You choose and apply for the job that best suits your career aspirations.
  • What happens once I complete the Degree Apprenticeship?
    As a degree apprentice you have the best of both worlds. You are a paid employee of your chosen organisation as well as a member of the student body at QMUL.
    Once you have successfully completed all modules and exams, you will graduate and be awarded a BSc Digital and Technology Solutions degree by QMUL. You will then continue on your career path as a graduate member of staff within your organisation.

 

 

More information on degree apprenticeships:

  • Employers recruit apprentices, who will be enrolled onto the BSc Digital and Technology Solutions at Queen Mary University of London
  • Apprentices do not pay tuition fees.
  • Typical starting salaries for degree apprentices are between £12,000 and £18,000

For further information and guidance:

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