This is a degree apprenticeship. Those applying to the programme will be employed as an apprentice of a
leading technology employer and will combine traditional university study with work-based learning.
On completion of our exciting four year programme you’ll be awarded a BEng degree in Software Engineering with Digital Technology. As part of the programme, you’ll have gained extensive on-the-job training with PwC. Through this training you’ll have the opportunity to gain an insight into a variety of teams across the technology spectrum whilst developing your technical specialism as you progress through the apprenticeship.
Without software engineering, you wouldn’t be reading this page. Software innovation has transformed the way we think about, and interact with, technology. In fact, all the forms of communication, interaction and access that we take for granted today are made possible by software in some shape or form. Which is why the demand for software engineers has never been greater.
From improving the efficiency of the apps we use in order to make them more sustainable, to developing scalable and secure app infrastructure, Software Engineers have skills that drive innovation. In essence, they are problem solvers with the ability to take an existing software system and creatively refine, enhance and transform it into something even better.
This degree programme is designed to equip you with the analytical, reasoning and practical skills required 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 Artificial Intelligence to Augmented Reality and 3D Printing to Drones, we’re using these technologies to help our clients work better and prepare for the future.
Developed through very close partnerships with PwC 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. As a degree apprentice, you will be employed as an apprentice at PwC for the duration of your traditional University based study.
While on placement you’ll get to meet our world-class clients and work alongside our highly skilled teams. During your time at university you’ll get to experience the full time student lifestyle. But as the placements are paid you’ll have some money to enjoy it too. You’ll gain a degree, and hopefully impress us enough to secure a place on our graduate scheme.
Software Engineering with Digital Technology Partnership Degree highlights
- Our computing courses are well established and are closely aligned with the needs of employers. Over the last decade, we have enabled thousands of graduates to succeed as professionals within the technology sector.
Northern Ireland has an excellent international reputation for the quality and supply of its software engineers. Indeed many companies, both national and international, have opted for Northern Ireland as a base for their computing divisions in recognition of the high quality of graduates produced by the local universities.
Given this situation, it is not surprising that our graduates have had unparalleled job opportunities over the years, both locally and internationally. Because of the achievements of Queen's graduates already in the software engineering profession, a Software Engineering degree from Queen's is a highly respected qualification.
Employers, from large multinational firms to small local organisations, actively target our students, recognising that Queen's Software Engineering graduates are equipped with the skills they need. On graduating the majority of graduates take up posts associated with software design and implementation. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, research, consumer products, and public services - virtually all areas of business.
The types of career open to Software Engineering graduates include: Software Developer; Systems Analyst; Web Designer; Games Developer; Programmer; IT Consultant; Project Manager.
- As a degree apprenticeship this programme provides the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ experience from day one. Students will develop close working relationships with their employer and have the opportunity to assist on and lead projects within their specialism.
World Class Facilities
- Our courses are delivered within a recently constructed, start-of-the-art facility that provides access to hundreds of modern computers alongside a diverse and flexible range of individual and group study spaces.
- Other than providing a high-quality education, we also run a wide range of extra-curricular events that expose our students to emerging technologies and provide an opportunity to explore how technology can be used to tackle important problems.
Maisy Sinclair (PwC Apprentice)
My first year at Queens’ doing the Technology Degree Partnership with PwC has been really interesting.
I have found that I have had the best of both worlds as I get to be treated as a normal student and have the typical university student experience but, at the same time, I get to work alongside a huge company that will let me put everything I have learnt from my degree into practice whilst learning it.
I think the degree has definitely exceeded my expectations, in a good way! I thought it would be a lot of hard work – which there is elements of, but I thought we wouldn’t get to have fun and that I would have been a bit out of my depth when it came to working in such a successful business. But I am really happy with how hands-on PwC have been. I really appreciate all the talks that they give us and how if we are unsure about anything they are happy to help.
We haven’t started our placement yet but I would say that the biggest challenge so far has been my confidence in programming.
At the beginning of the year, having done programming in school and not being the best at it, I instantly suspected I was going to struggle instead of just being open to it and letting myself learn. The lecturers at Queens’, however, are excellent explainers. I really found that I had a better understanding of programming even after the first semester.
I am really looking forward to next year and even this summer in general with starting our placement. I’m excited to see what new things within technology I will be learning, both at PwC and at Queens’ and getting to know my course mates better and of course meeting new people at PwC!
|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 PwC-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 topics such as:|
• Computer Architecture and Networking
• Software Engineering
You’ll work on cutting-edge digital and technology client projects during your ten-week work placements at the end of your first and second years of study.
|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
You’ll work on cutting-edge digital and technology client projects during your ten-week work placements at the end of your first and second years of study
In addition to establishing a solid foundation in the above area, apprentices will also develop though on-the-job learning with PwC outside of term-time (for example, working with PwC 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 the sort of topics which will be available include:|
• Data Analysis and Visualisation
• Artificial Intelligence
• Advanced Data Analytics
• Agile and Lean Software Development
• Machine Learning
• Advanced Computer Architecture
• Concurrent Programming
• Software Design Principles and Patterns
• Cloud Computing
• Secure Software Design
• Malware Analysis
• Software Testing
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 PwC.
People teaching you
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Contact Teaching Times
|Personal Study||24 (hours maximum)|
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of practical classes, workshops or tutorials each week
|Large Group Teaching||9 (hours maximum)|
hours of lectures
Learning and Teaching
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:
Students have access to a wide range of computers (laboratories are equipped with several hundred PCs) and specialised software packages. Networks link the School and University computers to powerful machines in Great Britain.
The course emphasises the professional and practical application of software engineering. As such, students are encouraged to build strong links with local software engineering companies through employer involvement within projects, lectures and other forms of teaching contact.
Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project- based work etc.
Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
Queen’s runs a peer mentoring scheme for Computing students – a group of students from all year groups (except first year) are trained to provide support for the 1st year students, in terms of offering advice and guidance, organising social events etc. The School also has a Computing Society (QCS – Queen’s Computing Society) who organise a range of activities, including social events and more formal activities such as industry lectures, for all Computing students. A games club also meets once a week and this is open to all computing students in the School (not just those studying for the games degree).
Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
Where you will have significant opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. Comprehensive demonstrator support is provided – typically one demonstrator per 8-10 students.
Projects and teamwork
A number of modules throughout the degree will use supervised projects as a means of enabling you to put your technical understanding into practice. The extensive use of team based projects from first year will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills widely used by employers. In final year, you will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology. You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you in terms of how to carry out your research and will provide feedback to you.
This is an important part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
A number of modules will make use of seminars/tutorials (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
A student taking this programme can spend a year gaining professional experience in industry in a paid full-time post. Students are helped to obtain suitable places and the School has excellent links with over 500 local, national and international employers such as Microsoft, Liberty IT, Kainos, IBM,Deloitte, BT, Citi Group, SAP and Dell. It is expected that students will gain a Licentiateship of the City and Guilds from this period of work experience.
Details of assessments associated with this courses are outlined below:
- The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
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:
- Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
Placement employer comments or references
Online or emailed comment
General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time
Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
BBB including at least one preferred A-level (see list below) + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
ABB including at least one relevant A-level (see list below) + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
A maximum of one BTEC/OCR Single Award will be accepted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications with a Distinction* being equated to a grade A at A-level and a Distinction being equated to a grade B at A-level.
|Irish Leaving Certificate|
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including at least one preferred Leaving Certificate subject at grade H3 (see list below) + Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics if not offered at Higher Level
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including at least one relevant Leaving Certificate subject at grade H3 (see list below) + Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics
|BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma|
A relevant computing QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with DDD + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
A relevant computing RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with DDD + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
A relevant engineering or scientific QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with D*DD + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
A relevant engineering or scientific RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with D*DD + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65% in a computing or mathematical Access Course + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70% in a scientific Access Course + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course
|International Baccalaureate Diploma|
32 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level to include at least one preferred Higher Level subject (see list below)
33 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level to include at least one relevant Higher Level subject (see list below)
If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English and Mathematics would be accepted.
|BTEC Higher National Certificate|
For applicants offering a relevant HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
Applicants are also required have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4.
|BTEC Higher National Diploma|
Given the nature of this course all applicants are considered for entry to Stage 1. Advanced entry is not possible.
For those offering a relevant Higher National Diploma, applicants must have at least one first year unit at Merit grade and the remainder Passes. Students would be required to achieve Merits in all units assessed in final year.
For those offering a relevant Foundation Degree, applicants must have at least an average of 50% in first year modules with all modules passed. Students would be required to achieve an average of 55% in final year modules and no less than 50% in any final year module.
Applicants are also required have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4.
A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided that subject specific requirements are met
Please note that the course is open only to applicants who are deemed Northern Ireland, Great Britain or European Union (Republic of Ireland) for tuition fees purposes.
The Software Engineering with Digital Technology Partnership degree is a Higher Level Apprenticeship and by applying for this degree you are consenting to the University sharing your information (UCAS ID, name, email address and contact phone number) with participating employer(s). Please note that if you are not willing to consent to your personal data being shared with participating employer(s) we cannot progress your application for this degree any further.
Eligible applicants will be invited to take part in the employer(s) selection process from which the final successful candidates will be chosen.
Applicants who are not successful will automatically be considered for one of the other computing courses offered by the School - Software Engineering, Computer Science or Computing and Information Technology.
Preferred subjects: Computing, Mathematics or Software Systems Development
Relevant subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Digital Technology, ICT, Physics, Technology and Design or Double Award Applied ICT
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. These decisions can only be made on the basis of the information given and applicants must show due care and diligence when completing their applications. In particular, full details must be included about qualifications completed or still to be completed.
For entry last year, applicants must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 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. For repeat applicants acceptable grades may be held from the previous year.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC National and Higher National Certificates/Diplomas, 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.
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.
Applications will be academically assessed by the Admissions and Access Service. Academically eligible applicants will be invited to take part in the PwC selection process. The PwC selection process will determine which applicants will be made an offer. Applicants who are not successful at this stage will be offered a place on of the other computing courses offered by the School - Software Engineering, Computer Science or Computing and Information Technology.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held during the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice; the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
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.
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English Language Requirements
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.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes
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.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
As a degree apprenticeship this programme provides the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ experience from day one. Students will develop close working relationships with their employer and have the opportunity to assist on and lead projects within their specialism.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
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.
Fees and Funding
|Northern Ireland (NI) 1||£0|
|Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2||£0|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1||£0|
|EU Other 3||N/A|
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.
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.
2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study and will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
NI, GB and ROI fees for 2022 entry will be published soon. International fees for 2022 entry can be viewed here: www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-tuition-fees
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.
Additional course costs
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
Students may wish to become a student member of BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT - at an annual cost of £20, or £30 for four years (subject to change).
How do I fund my study?
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 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 www.qub.ac.uk/Study/international-students/international-scholarships/.
How and when to Apply
A. How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:
B. When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2023 from 1 September 2022.
Advisory closing: 25 January 2023 (18:00).
Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:
Fees and Funding