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Software Engineering

Aerospace Software Development Engineer - Level 6
4 years
November 2024

Our Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship focuses on the design and development of robust software solutions to complex problems.

Why study with us

  • Our Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship course was developed in discussion with BAE, an international company working at the forefront of technology.
  • You’ll gain the skills to produce professional and accurate technical documents, design software solutions to engineering problems and implement various programming solutions.
  • Our programme prepares you for a career in a rapidly changing subject that, thanks to new ideas, applications, security threats and constantly evolving technology, is a fascinating area to work in.

Why choose a Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship?

Our Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship combines an academic qualification with valuable industry experience. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through work-based learning, as you earn a wage. A Degree Apprenticeship is also funded by your employer.

Who is this course for?

If you're interested in coding and problem-solving, our Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship is for you. The course provides hands-on industry experience, where you get to apply knowledge to real-world problems. It is practical enough to allow you to transition directly into industry, yet sufficiently academic to enable you to progress onto a higher degree if desired.

What you'll do

  • You’ll be taught by staff with a wide variety of industrial and research backgrounds with substantial experience of teaching at this level.
  • Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship graduates gain the skills and knowledge to work at the interface between hardware and software.
  • You will become an active part of our vibrant research culture – through research informed teaching, projects and funded internships.
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UCLan has allowed me to grow a network, not just within the alumni, but also with the lecturers. I’ve been able to call on them to help me with my career decisions and even to build working relationships between BAE Systems and the University.
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Jack Bishop - Alumni Achievement Award Winner 2022
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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Professional qualifications

You’ll be encouraged to join the BCS as a Student Member. If you’re hoping to become a computing professional, you’ll need to uphold the Code of Conduct of the BCS, the Institute for IT, which is the professional body for IT.

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

    We offer a range of support and services to help all apprentices, but you may need a little extra assistance if you have been in Local Authority care and don’t have support from your parents. Find out more about our Care Leaver Bursary for our Degree Apprentice students.

    Find out more about Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

Information for employers

An apprentice is employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our campuses or training centres.

This course meets Apprenticeship Standards and your apprentice will have the knowledge and skills to either succeed in their chosen career or progress to the next apprenticeship level.

Benefits to the employer

  • The programme is a great way to address skills and knowledge gaps in your workforce, retain and attract staff who want opportunities for professional development through a high-quality degree.
  • Recruit from our pool of bright students with the core skills, knowledge and work-readiness to help contribute to your business.
  • If your payroll is under £3m, you don’t need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. However, you can get funding towards the cost of training and assessment of apprentices. You only pay 5% - the government will co-fund the other 95% (up to the funding band maximum).

This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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