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Graduate ApprenticeshipsIT: Software Development BSc (Hons)

Designed in partnership with industry, our BSc in IT: Software Development graduate apprenticeship gives employers the opportunity for their IT professionals to gain an undergraduate degree over 48 months, whilst still working. Neither the employer, or student, are required to contribute towards tuition fees.

Through a combination of work-based, online and face to face tuition, employees will learn the latest software development practices, skills, theories and techniques, with a focus on integrating their knowledge directly back into the workplace.

On successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in IT: Software Development from the University of Strathclyde.

There are 35 fully funded places available to start in September 2021.

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What is a Graduate Apprenticeship?

Fully funded by the Scottish Government through Scottish Funding Council and SAAS, Graduate Apprenticeships develop your workforce by combining the latest academic learning with experience in the workplace. Find out more about funding eligibility.

Our BSc in IT: Software Development will develop your employee’s knowledge and skills in software development, analytics, design and logic, advancing your company’s software engineering capabilities.



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Employer Benefits

  • enhance the effectiveness of your IT professionals by equipping them with the latest academic knowledge in software development, which can be applied directly to your organisation from the start of the programme
  • increase your organisation’s productivity and competitive advantage with minimal disruption to core activities
  • employees receive a bespoke learning experience, including individualised learning plans relevant to their workplace, with support from academics in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, personal learning advisers and work-based mentors
  • dedicated University of Strathclyde delivery team who listen, understand and engage with employers to provide their IT professionals with a fully integrated academic and workplace based qualification
  • retain high quality staff through supporting their personal and professional development

Employer Requirements

First and foremost, BSc IT: Software Development graduate apprentices are employees, who’ll continue to spend 80% of their time working for their employer.

There is no restriction on the size of organisation that can employ a graduate apprentice. We currently work with companies ranging from three employees to large multi-national financial institutions.

Employers must:

  • ensure graduate apprentices have a role that involves IT
  • allocate a work-based mentor who can offer the graduate apprentice support for the duration of the programme. This should not be their line manager.
  • agree study arrangements with the graduate apprentice
  • ensure that graduate apprentices have sufficient time and opportunity to work on their studies and related assessment within their working hours. This must equate to one day per week, although this could be spread over a working week.

We strongly advise that employers agree protected time for graduate apprentices to support their study.

As an employer, you are not required to pay tuition fees for employees to undertake the BSc IT: Software Development graduate apprenticeship. You may however incur costs for additional employee expenses, such as travel to on-campus learning days or textbooks to support learning. These should be agreed directly with the employee.

As employees progress through the graduate apprenticeship, employers can choose to receive updates on their progress, such as module grades and progress in developing their work-based learning portfolio. This is subject to signing a data sharing agreement.

Employee Requirements

Employees must:

  • be employed in a role with an aspect of IT, for a minimum of 21 hours a week. Furloughed staff are also eligible.
  • live and work in Scotland for the duration of the programme
  • have the agreement of their employer to undertake the BSc IT: Software Development graduate apprenticeship

Each applicant is assessed for admission on a case by case basis. They will typically have at least four Highers at grade B, including either Mathematics, Computing Science, or Physics, and preferably National 5 English at grade C or above. We also welcome enquiries from applicants with non-traditional qualifications and/or relevant work experience.

Employees will be required to attend classes on campus for 10 days annually, once a month during term-time. The dates for all classes across the academic year will be supplied in advance to support planning work and learning commitments. In addition, graduate apprentices will undertake around 12 hours of flexible learning per week, through our award-winning Virtual Learning Environment, complemented with three hours of learning directly in the work place supported by our team of dedicated Learning Advisers.

Read our student guidance for the BSc IT: Software Development graduate apprenticeship for more information about the content of the programme and support from the University.

How to apply

Employers can nominate existing employees or newly recruited candidates who will then be considered for admission to the programme. One, or multiple employees, can be nominated. There is no limit to the number of places per employer.

In the first instance, employers should contact us with an expression of interest for employees to be considered for the BSc IT: Software Development graduate apprenticeship, indicating the number of places being sought on the programme. 

We are also happy to work directly with employers to streamline the recruitment process for new graduate apprentices.

Contact us

If you’re an employer considering how our BSc IT: Software Development graduate apprenticeship can benefit your organisation, please contact us. We’d be delighted to help.

Dr Alex Coddington
BSc IT: Software Development Programme Director

In response to the current COVID-19 situation and to comply with social distancing requirements, all on campus teaching or work-based visits are being delivered online to guarantee minimum disruption to our programmes

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Graduate Apprenticeships are supported by Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

They were developed in partnership with industry and the higher education sectors, with support from the European Social Fund.