This is a degree apprenticeship. Those applying to the programme will be employed as an apprentice of a leading technology employer and will combine their traditional university study with valuable work-based learning.
Software is a fundamental part of today's digital society, controlling everything from the results that are displayed when you use a search engine, how we interact on social media, through to how video is streamed and rendered on your smartphone.
Without software, the forms of communication, interaction and knowledge processing that we all take for granted today could not, and would not exist.
Software engineers are concerned with developing and maintaining software systems in a manner that is efficient, reliable and affordable. They must also understand the needs of those who will use the software and be able to create products that are capable, safe and intuitive.
This degree programme is designed to equip graduates with the analytical, reasoning and practical skills they will need to design, develop and deploy large software systems. It blends the best knowledge and skills from both Software Engineering and Computer Science. Graduates could find themselves working on a wide variety of projects, from industry disrupting apps to Internet connected devices, lifesaving smart medical implants to consumer space travel.
Developed through very close partnerships with key employers, the degree apprenticeship is designed to combine the analytical, reasoning and practical skills learnt in a typical university degree with key industry attributes like collaboration, teamwork and workload management which they will need to succeed as professional software engineers.
Employer experience is embedded into this course and allows students to engage and learn from prospective employers from day one. Industry placements, company sponsored hackathons and challenges are a core part of the curriculum and vastly improve our graduate’s employability rates.
|Course content||The degree teaches the fundamental principles of Software Engineering together with the necessary skills, tools and techniques to enable our graduates to succeed as professional software engineers. In the first two years of the programme, apprentices will develop a broad technology foundation that will underpin later learning. During the final two years of the programme, apprentices will flexibly combine specialist university modules with employer-based work experience.|
The programme contains the following themes which may change due to the nature of the IT Industry and keeping up with industrial trends:
|Year 1||Apprentices will establish a solid foundation in:|
• Computer Architecture and Networking
• Software Engineering
• Rigorous Problem-solving
|Year 2||Apprentices will build their foundational knowledge to include more:|
• Software Development Processes and Practices
• Software Engineering
• Information Modelling
• Computer Architectures and Networking
• Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
• Professional Computing Practice
In addition to establishing a solid foundation in the above area, apprentices will also develop though on-the-job learning with their employer outside of term-time (for example, working with their employer over the summer months).
|Year 3 / 4||In Year 3 and Year 4 of the programme, apprentices will study a number of modules that will permit them to develop specialism in key areas of software engineering. Currently this includes the following options:|
• Data Analysis and Visualisation
• Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Analytics
• Agile and Lean Software Development
• Machine Learning
• Advanced Computer Architecture
• Concurrent Programming
• Software Design Principles and Patterns
• Information System Security
• Secure Software Design
• Malware Analysis
• Software Testing
• High Performance Computing
• Software Engineering Project
Apprentices will complete one semester of University study in both Year 3 and Year 4. The remaining time will be devoted to on-the-job learning with their employer.
|Large Group Teaching||9 (hours maximum)|
hours of lectures
|Personal Study||24 (hours maximum)|
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of practical classes, workshops or tutorials each week
The School has a world class reputation for research and provides excellent facilities, including access to major new research centres in Secure Information Technologies, Electronics, Communications and Information Technology and Sonic Arts. A number of modules on the course are closely linked to the research expertise of these centres and evolve and change rapidly to reflect some of the current, emerging and exciting developments in the field.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the Software Engineering with Digital Technology Partnership degree we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Details of assessments associated with this courses are outlined below:
As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
|A level requirements|
BBB including Computing, Mathematics or Software Systems Development + GCSE Mathematics grade C
ABB including Chemistry, Digital Technology, GCE A-level ICT (not Single Award Applied ICT), Physics, Technology and Design or Double Award Applied ICT + GCSE Mathematics grade C.
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Mathematics
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Chemistry or Physics + Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.
|BTEC Extended diploma|
A relevant computing, engineering or scientific BTEC Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit + GCSE Mathematics grade C.
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65-70%. Must be relevant Access Course (eg: Mathematics and Computing). GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent in Access Course.
Please note that the course is open only to applicants who are Northern Ireland, Great Britain or European Union for tuition fees purposes.
Applications will be academically assessed by the Admissions and Access Service. Academically eligible applicants will be asked to complete a supplementary application form which will be assessed by the employer. Applicants successful at this stage of the process will then be invited to attend an assessment centre from which the final successful candidates will be chosen.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS. However, offers will not be processed until after completion of all assessment centres.
For entry last year, applicants must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language and Mathematics), though this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.
Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is normally the same as the offer for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Edexcel National, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered. The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates offering other qualifications.
For applicants offering a relevant HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with two Distinctions and remainder Merits.
Applicants offering relevant Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas will be considered on an individual basis for entry to Stage 1. Please note that advanced entry to this course is not possible.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (email@example.com), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
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As this is a degree apprenticeship, by applying for this course you will also be applying for a job with a leading technology employer. If you are accepted onto the course, as an apprentice, you will receive a salary to cover your university study and the on-the-job learning. In addition to this, you will not have to pay any student fees.
At the end of the degree apprenticeship you can look forward to receiving a highly regarded software engineering degree from Queen’s University alongside career progression opportunities with your employer.
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In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£0|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£0|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£0|
No tuition fees are payable by students for the degree apprenticeship as it is funded by the Department for the Economy’s Higher Level Apprenticeship programme. Please refer to https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/higher-level-apprenticeships for further information.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Software Engineering with Digital Technology Partnership costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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