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Software Engineering (Graduate Apprenticeship) BSc

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Graduate Apprentices in Software Engineering can gain a university qualification at the same level as those studying traditional degree programmes, while applying their learning and gaining valuable experience in a work environment immediately, plus earning a salary.

Our Graduate Apprenticeship programme combines the theoretical Computing Science that our traditional Software Engineering degree covers with bespoke work-based learning courses and experience.

The Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering has been developed by the pioneering Centre for Computing Science Education through extensive consultation with employers to ensure that it that meets the needs of industry.

  • September start: session dates
  • Software Engineering (Graduate Apprenticeship) BSc (Hons) 4 year degree
  • Glasgow: main campus and Workplace

Programme structure

Year 1

In the first block of teaching in Year 1 the course will provide the skills and tools required for you to quickly pick up whichever language is most prominent in your workplace, supplemented by a course covering the fundamentals of professional software development. The second block of teaching in Year 1 will consist of testing fundamentals and practical algorithms courses, with the intention of providing you with tools to improve existing software.

Year 2

Year 2 will begin with a teaching block on a range of subjects, including data storage, HCI, systems and underlying algorithmic content to broaden your understanding of the wider computing field. The second teaching block will focus on low level architecture and networking theory, data science and a further course on professional software engineering. It will also include a significant team working component, to ensure that you gain experience of working in different roles and with different team-based methodologies. You will also be expected to be working as part of a team in the workplace.

Years 3 and 4

In Years 3 and 4, you will be able to select from Honours or Masters electives offered to students on the traditional Software Engineering BSc (Honours) programme to make up 60 credits per year (three 10-credit courses per semester). Honours courses will be offered online or on campus.

The remaining credits will be assessed in the form of long-term projects and assignments in the workplace, which will be agreed upon by employers and the lecturers on the Graduate Apprenticeship programme.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2020

BSc

A-levels

  • Standard entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum entry requirements: BBB.
  • Additional requirementsMinimum of one relevant Science A-level. Mathematics A-level at Grades A or B. Grades must be achieved in one sitting.

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Human Biology
  • Lifeskills Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

About A-level entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


Highers

  • Standard entry requirementsAAAA/AAABB.
  • Minimum entry requirementsBBBB.
  • Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics at B or above is required, and Highers should include two Science subjects. Grades should be achieved by the end of S5. 

    Candidates who did not achieve the minimum grades in one sitting and are studying towards additional Highers and Advanced Highers in S6 may receive a conditional offer based on a higher entry tariff by agreement with the University. Please contact us at compsci-ga-see@glasgow.ac.uk to discuss.

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Human Biology
  • Lifeskills Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

About Higher entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.



International

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5.
  • Additional requirements: Minimum of two relevant Science subjects at HL: SL6 will be considered for one. Mathematics at HL6 or Mathematics at HL5/SL5 plus Computer Science at HL6.

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Human Biology
  • Lifeskills Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

About International Baccalaureate entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


International Baccalureate qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.

European qualifications


HND or HNC

Grade A achieved in HND Computing: Software Development, HND Computer Science or HNC Computer Science. Higher Maths at B or above is required. 


Modern Apprentice

Grade A achieved in Diploma for Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals SCQF Level 8. Higher Maths at B or above is required. 


For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: kelly.fox@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


Career prospects

University of Glasgow Software Engineering students are in demand across all sectors of the industry and, with a degree of equivalent standing: plus several years work experience; we expect our Graduate Apprentices to be highly employable. There is also a strong possibility that the company with which Graduate Apprentices are based for the duration of their studies will be kept on following graduation, although this will depend on individual circumstances.

Accreditation

As a new degree programme, the Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering has not yet been accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). However, the programme has been designed to meet all of the BCS accreditation requirements and we fully expect to obtain BCS accreditation by the time our first apprentices graduate.

Fees and funding

Your tuition will be paid for by Skills Development Scotland, and rather than receiving a student loan from SAAS you will receive a salary from the employer you are working with. For more information, and answers to some frequently asked questions, please see:

How to apply

Applications to the Graduate Apprenticeship programme are made directly through employers.

Current opportunities