Queen's University Belfast

Software Engineering with Digital Technology Partnership Queen's University Belfast Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Queen’s University Belfast


Course options

Course summary

This is a degree apprenticeship, which will combine traditional university study with work-based learning, and lead to an award of a BEng in Software Engineering with Digital Technology Partnership.

Software is a fundamental part of today’s digital society, controlling everything from the results that are displayed when you use a search engine, through to how we interact with others on social media or access on-demand content on mobile devices. In the future, virtually all of our human processes will be affected by the design and development of software.

It is the role of software engineers to develop and maintain software systems in a manner that is efficient, reliable and affordable. Software engineers must also understand the needs of those who will use the software, and be able to create products that are safe and intuitive.

Developed through a close partnership with a leading technology employer; this degree apprenticeship is designed to equip our graduates with the analytical, reasoning and practical skills they will need to succeed as a professional software engineer.

The structure of a degree apprenticeship is such that throughout the four years of the programme you will be mixing study at Queen’s along with working for an employer, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). In the first two years of the course you will be at the university during the two semesters of the academic year and working with PwC when not studying. In the third and fourth years you will spend one semester each year at Queen’s and work at PwC the rest of the time. There will be a number of workshops and contact sessions during every year to keep you in touch with both Queen’s and PwC and to help you progress both professionally and academically.

Throughout the programme you will be an employee of PwC and they will pay you a salary that covers the time spent working directly with them and the time spent studying at Queen’s. In addition, your fees will also be paid in full. On successful completion you will be awarded a BEng degree and progress in your career with PwC, subject to meeting their performance criteria.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code G606
Institution code Q75
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB - ABB BBB to include Mathematics, Computing or Software Systems Development
ABB to include Chemistry, ICT, Physics, Technology or Double Award Applied ICT (Not Single Award).

GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C.

A-level General Studies and Critical Thinking are normally excluded from offers. However, the grade achieved may be taken into account when results are published in August and may be used in a tie-break situation.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Successful completion of BTEC National Extended Diploma (180 Credits at Level 3) with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit.

Must be relevant National Extended Diploma – normally Computing, IT Practioners.

Other National Extended Diplomas considered on an individual basis.

GCSE Mathematics grade C.
Access to HE Diploma Considered on an individual basis. Contact the Admissions and Access Service for further advice at: admissions@qub.ac.uk
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 (5 Highers) at Higher Level to include H3 Mathematics
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 (5 Highers) at Higher Level to include H3 Chemistry or Physics + Ordinary Level Mathematics grade 04.
Scottish Advanced Higher Considered on an individual basis taking into account performance in Scottish Highers. Students with good results in their Scottish Highers will be considered if they are taking a relevant Advanced Higher subject (see list of subjects under A-level requirements).

Additional entry requirements


Applicants who are shortlisted on the basis of their academic qualifications will be required to submit a supplementary statement which will be assessed. Applicants who are successful on the basis of this supplementary statement will be required to attend an assessment centre.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4,275 Year 1
International £20,100 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4,275 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees listed are for 2019-20. The tuition fees for 2020-21 are not yet available. Further information is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/

Provider information

Visit our website

Queen's University Belfast
University Road

Course contact details

Admissions and Access Service

028 9097 3838

Fax: 028 9097 5151