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Degree apprenticeships

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

Degree ApprenticeshipsAs 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. 

In order to become a degree apprentice, you need to apply to an employer that is offering degree apprenticeship roles. QMUL current partner employers inlcude: ARUP, Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs, BBC, Broadridge, Experian, GSK, Global, Goji Investments, IBM, John Lewis, KPMG, Memiah, Sapphire, Xantura.

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

New opportunities will be listed on the course finder pages 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 the National Apprenticeship Service or directly with an employer, you cannot apply directly through QMUL, any other university or via UCAS.

See our list of current vacanices for links to the application forms.

 

The degree apprenticeship is focused on job roles;  we currently offer 1 pathway that you could follow as part of your degree. This pathway is identified by the employer and this may help you to decide which employer you may wish to apply for. For this pathway there are core subjects you will study and work with as part of your degree apprenticeship.

Find out more about this pathway and the subjects offered:

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 with 6,5,5 in three Higher Level Subjects
  • BTEC (2010) D*D*D in IT and A level Maths grade B
  • BTEC (2016) D*DD in Computing

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: