We are proud to be one of first IT apprenticeship providers to deliver high-quality, degree-level IT apprenticeships.

Apprentices can study for a real degree from the University of Roehampton whilst getting practical real-world experience in the workplace – and get paid a salary! It’s a fantastic way to develop a career in IT and get a degree without the debt.

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Our programmes

Degree pathways are available on our IT tracks including:

  • IT Systems and Networking
  • Software and Web Development

More for employers

Grow your own talent from a relatively untapped pool of bright, enthusiastic local candidates to fill the skills gaps in your IT teams.

  • Talent retention – develop a long term career plan for your existing talent
  • New talent acquisition – ‘Grow Your Own Graduate’ with the skills your business needs
  • Corporate social responsibility – attract local talent to your business
  • Flexible learning – with year-round start dates and content built to fit around work schedules
  • Leading-edge training – specially designed to provide the future IT skills needed in the workplace, as well as the broader academic understanding offered by a degree
  • Return on investment – up to 66%, or £18,000, of training is funded by the new government Trailblazer initiative

Download the Degree apprenticeship brochure here

Or for more detailed information including learning outcomes, contact us at employanapprentice@qa.com

University of Roehampton

The BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions Degree is delivered in partnership with the University of Roehampton.

Roehampton is ranked as the best modern university in London in the 2015 Sunday Times University League Table. It has also been ranked in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as “the most research-intensive modern UK university, with particular strengths in technical education research, among other research areas.”

The programme is delivered through a blended learning model, combining online learning with face-to-face workshops at QA’s city centre training locations.

For further details, download our Degree Apprenticeship Prospectus here.

Frequently asked questions

What is the entry requirements for all levels?

• Level 3: 5 GCSEs (C and above) or equivalent, including Maths and English for Network Engineer and Data Analyst / 7 GCSEs (C and above) or equivalent, including Maths and English for Software Engineer

• Level 4: Qualifying QA Level 3 and 4 programmes (Software & Web Development or Systems & Networking) OR Sector relevant A Levels totalling 240 UCAS point (eg 1x A* = 140, 1x A = 120, 1x B = 100 and 1x C = 80) OR A HNC in Computing

• Level 5: A Foundation IT Degree

Are Degree Apprenticeships available throughout the UK?

No. Currently Degree Apprenticeships are only available in England.

Am I able to put existing staff on a Degree Apprenticeship?

Yes, subject to eligibility requirements.

What if I don’t have any suitable or eligible candidates?

QA will fully manage the recruitment process, sourcing tech talent from your local community and beyond.

Does the degree apprentice receive a salary?

Yes. Degree apprentices are full-time employees and their employers pay their salaries. Degree apprentices should receive an appropriate employment contract and training salary throughout their study.

What is the cost to the business?

Depending on eligibility and other factors, up to 66% or £18,000 of a Degree Apprenticeship is government-funded.

What are some of the key differences between a Graduate Scheme and Degree Apprenticeships?

  • You select the candidates for degree level training.
  • Their training is learned and applied to your business straight away. Their skills and knowledge gained in the classroom are significantly augmented by their work experience. They progress through technologies and subject areas at a much faster rate than a full-time university student on an equivalent degree.

How do QA mentor the apprentice through the programme?

Each apprentice is assigned a Skills Coach, and Tutors are also available for support. The Academic Programme Manager is responsible for organising and overseeing the mentoring system on the degree apprenticeship.

How much time does the Degree Apprenticeship require?

  • Four flexible start terms per year (spring, summer, autumn, winter).
  • Each module includes 10 hours of study per week, including video learning, practical exercises, reading and coursework
  • 10 hours of video content per module
  • Each programme level takes the apprentice 15 months on average to complete.

How does the employer and the apprentice select their course modules?

Compulsory and required modules are timetabled in advance, and are likely to be repeated at least once a year during the course of the year’s four 10-week terms. Optional modules are subject to availability and interest expressed by apprentice students and their employers.

How do QA assess the work completed by the apprentice during the programme?

The marks are moderated internally, then by the University of Roehampton; and finally, the external examiner monitors and makes appropriate recommendations prior to exam boards. All marks are provisional until confirmed by exam boards. Students receive their marks normally within a week following the end of a term.

Do degree apprentices continue to work when the university is in recess?

Yes. Degree apprentices are employees and perform duties in accordance with your business needs. You can make arrangements for independent study with your degree apprentice and the University of Roehampton.

Is there a dissertation?

Towards the end of this degree programme in Level 6, the apprentice will have a period of specialisation, with a dissertation and project to complete at work.

What is the pass mark for each level of the degree?

100% - 70% = 1st class

69% - 60% = 2:1

59% - 50% 3rd class

49% - 40% = unclassified or pass.

For further details, download our Degree Apprenticeship Prospectus here.