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- Delivery type
- Graduate Apprenticeship
- 4 years
- BSc (Hons)
The graduate apprenticeship programme is open to new or existing employees in Scotland of all ages and consists of 20% academic learning and 80% work-based learning.
This programme helps you develop highly skilled employees in:
- Software development and testing
- Web development
- Database architecture and development.
The Software Development for Business graduate apprenticeship programme aims to produce BSc (Hons) graduates who:
- have a solid foundation in computer science and are proficient in applying programming techniques in diverse application
- are able to operate in a team and multidisciplinary contexts
- have problem-solving skills
- have the ability to develop innovative solutions to society's practical needs
- have developed professional competencies of software engineers.
Key areas of the programme
The primary focus of the Software Development for Business graduate apprenticeship programme is on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills outcomes sought by employers.
- Business functions, behaviours, ethics, and courtesies
- Business strategy and management
- Business finance and accounting
- Data structures and algorithms
- Object-oriented programming
- Design and development of interactive systems
- Web applications and mobile apps
- Database management systems
- Software development life cycle
- Software design, modelling and analysis
- Software architectures and design patterns
- Software verification, testing and quality assurance
- Cloud-native applications
- Data mining, modelling and data analysis
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning
- Network and software security
Personal and interpersonal
- Personal attributes
- Professional attributes
- Team working
Software project and delivery management
- Project management methodologies
- Project planning
- Project execution
- Agile project delivery
- Risk assessment and management
- Software project planning and management
- Software configuration and release management
- Introduction to Interaction Design
- Software Development 1
- Enterprise and its Business Environment
- Software Deveopment 2
- Industrial Project:Software Development Methods
- Introduction to Computer Systems
- Internet Technologies 1
- Industrial Praxis
- Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Hardware-Software Interface
- Database Management Systems
- Internet Technologies 2
- Programming Languages
- Introduction to Software Engineering
- User-Centred Experimental Design
- Artificial Itelligence and Intelligent Agents
- Accounting for Managers
- Operations Management
- Software Engineering
- Digital Enterprise Services
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Professional Development
- Industrial Project: Software Quality
- Computer Network Security
- Industrial Project: Research Methods and Requirements Engineering
- 3D Graphics and Animation
- Strategic Management
- Data Mining and Machine Learning
- Industrial Project: Testing and Presentaion
- Mobile Communications and Programming
- Industrial Project: Design and Implementation
- Project Management
Year 1 – 96 SCQF credits at level 6 or Minimum 106 UCAS points, for example:
- SQA Highers at ABBB including Computing or equivalent, plus suitable Mathematics;
- A-Levels at BBB including Computing or equivalent, plus suitable Mathematics;
- Int. Baccalaureate 28 points;
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF 3) at DDM;
- Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development in conjunction with SQA Highers at BBB.
Year 2: – 96 SCQF credits at level 7, for example:
- SQA Advanced Highers at BBB including Computing and excellent SQA Highers or Scottish Baccalaureate plus suitable Mathematics;
- A-Levels at ABB including Computing plus suitable Mathematics;
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points including Mathematics and Computing at Higher Level 6.
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Read our graduate apprenticeship partners' success stories who are already seeing the benefits.
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Register your interest in Graduate Apprenticeships
Places are in high demand, and offered on a first come, first served basis to qualified employees – so please register your interest right away.
If you are an employer, please complete the contact form to our GA team and we will contact you to discuss a detailed plan for your company.
If you are already working, ask your manager to get in touch with us by completing this web form.
If you are looking for an employer who could employ you and put you forward for the GA programme, you can find vacancies with current partner companies.