IT: Software Development

Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons)Software Development for Business  BSc ZF_018-(ZF-5581-52577-1-002)
The four-year BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship has an industry-driven approach, where students work full-time for a partner employer while studying towards a degree. This course provides students with skills in both the theory and practice of computing, enabling them to guide the use of computing hardware and software technology in an effective manner, using scientific and business principles.

This course covers an exciting blend of software and hardware topics that enables the student to build, maintain and develop sophisticated applications for commercial, business or industrial purposes. The course will provide the student with the range of technical skills and knowledge needed to meet the challenges and requirements of the rapidly changing IT and computing industries. The apprenticeship combines workplace learning with a programme of education designed to meet students' career ambitions.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Blended
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years
Year 1

Knowledge and skills in software engineering and software architecture and introduction to the full software development lifecycle; principles of object oriented programming; principles of information systems, including information architecture and the development of web-based information systems; introduction to the fundamental functionality and organisation of the main components in computer systems.

Year 2

Object oriented programming including modelling, design, implementation and testing of systems; database design principles and developing a relational database; security threats against information systems and the legal and ethical considerations as well as the role of human factors around storing data; designing, developing and testing dynamic web applications; managing a full software development lifecycle.

YEAR 3

Project management within a software project development group, enhancing team working skills; quality methods in application development including verification and testing standards, and writing automated testing scripts; developing mobile computing applications using software tools; identifying weaknesses in web based systems and preventing system attacks; design, construction, and functioning of operating systems.

Year 4

Undertake a substantial professional computing project with a strong software development component, developing technical, problem−solving, innovation skills and creativity and conforms to university codes of practice and ethical requirements; user interaction for digital products and services; cloud computing skills in constructing cloud-based applications; state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence and Big Data analytics techniques and tools.


The SD course develops strong technical skills in software development with an additional four years of simultaneous work experience, preparing the graduate to work in a business environment geared to the development of software products designed to meet customer needs. In addition to providing skills that reflect the professional standards demanded by industry, the course offers a variety of specialised topics such as cloud computing, security, artificial intelligence and big data analytics, web application development and user centred design.

 

Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Our Graduate Apprenticeship courses are designed to meet the national frameworks developed by Skills Development Scotland, the subject frameworks of the QAA and the skill and knowledge areas identified as crucial by industry. 

To be eligible for this course students must be recruited/employed by a partner employer of the university.

In the Graduate Apprenticeship, the workplace forms the central learning environment for the student, and in some respects, plays the role that the computing laboratory would perform for campus based students who do not have access to a real-world environment. 

Learning support materials are provided through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which includes a range of equipment such as video and distance learning techniques as well as online interaction. 

Additionally, there will be opportunities for the student to attend on-campus events to allow face-to-face interaction with staff and peers, participate in group activities with peers and to contribute to the overall student experience.

Activity summary
  • 30 apprentices per cohort (15 IT Management for Business, 15 Software Development)
  • Online Distance Learning (ODL) delivery using Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for Blackboard Collaborate sessions for a minimum of 3 hours per week along with captured lectures and additional enhancement materials. 
  • Approximately 30 contact hours per module
  • Modules are 10 weeks in length running sequentially for 40 weeks (4 x modules per year) and do not adhere to the traditional semester calendar.
Independent Study

Most independent study will be done with the employer in the workplace, however apprentices have full access to library, labs, and support services.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Staff are lecturers from traditional courses taught currently at RGU along with the potential for recorded guest lectures delivered by industry experts. 

Assessment

Typically students (30) are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • written assignments, including essays
  • reports
  • portfolios
  • set exercises
  • oral assessments
  • practical skills assessments
  • group critiques

Year 2

  • written assignments, including essays
  • reports
  • portfolios
  • set exercises
  • oral assessments
  • practical skills assessments
  • group critiques

Year 3

  • written assignments, including essays
  • reports
  • portfolios
  • set exercises
  • project outputs
  • oral assessments
  • practical skills assessments
  • group critiques

Year 4

  • written assignments, including essays
  • reports
  • dissertation
  • portfolios
  • set exercises
  • project outputs
  • oral assessments
  • practical skills assessments
  • group critiques
Feedback

We aim to provide feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether  learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. Students are provided with 24/7 online access to learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for the course, including the books, eBooks, and journals students will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Placements

There is no placement; apprentices must be employed in order to participate.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

 
Job Prospects

A Graduate Apprenticeship synchronises theoretical learning with practical experience.

With each course tailored to the company, the GA programme offers benefits to both the employee and the employer, meeting the long term development needs of both business and student.

Students exiting with this GA degree qualification will be en route to employment in the following areas:

  • Software Development
  • Software Testing
  • Web Development
  • Database Architecture and Development

CAREERS

Employment: All applicants must be employed full-time in a role related to the course of study, must have the right to live and work in Scotland and be working in Scotland. The employer must commit to providing a suitable workplace environment and to offering guidance and mentoring support to the apprentice. In addition, the company must be willing to partner with the university via a Collaboration Agreement to create a setting in which the student will be able to achieve the required experience and learning outcomes.

SQA Higher:  BBBC 

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications or work experience which equip them with an equivalent starting point for the course. For those applicants who do not meet our Standard Course Entry Requirements, applications may be considered from those who possess one years’ relevant work experience and where the applicant has demonstrated the development of key skills evidenced through a detailed CV. Applications from students with non- standard qualifications (including Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, SVQs/NVQs and access programmes) or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced Entry

Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced (or flexible) entry will be considered on an individual basis. Attention is drawn to the university's process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

 
For Academic Year 2018/2019

Fees are covered by Skills Development Scotland.

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Employers pay for travel and accommodation for on-campus events which may be up to 4 times per year (once per module).

Other Fees and Charges 

Student Funding

A number of fully-funded places are available for this course.

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Graduate Apprenticeship team and they'll do their best to help.

Accreditation

The SD course content has been validated by RGU for honours degree award. 

Graduate Apprenticeship students will have full RGU University student status and may make use of the University’s excellent physical facilities when they wish. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources. 

University Wide Facilities

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Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Graduate Apprenticeship team and they'll do their best to help.


Have an employee who would like to take this course? Contact the Graduate Apprenticeship team for further information.


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