Apprenticeship Course

Aerospace Software Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship​

Course details

Course level

Level 6

Next course date

September* subject to validation 


4 years


Blended learning


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Block study and day release will be agreed with your employer

Course description

The ​Aerospace Software Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship will incorporate a technical element: BSc (Hons) Software Engineering. 

​The Aerospace Software Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship enables the Computing Discipline to offer a degree apprenticeship in an area required by multiple regional aerospace companies.  

Industry knowledge of this area and practical experience in undertaking these roles in the industry is essential for embedding the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours into the programme structure, teaching and learning strategy. The discipline will draw heavily from the advanced level of expertise in the School’s Engineering Discipline and research.


Structure, certificates and assessment

It is important you recognise the relationship between your academic programme and your degree apprenticeship as they are linked together as a degree apprenticeship is a qualification which combines both academic and off and on the job training.  This is a mixture of on and off the job training.

The University and your employer will plan your 20% off-the-job training so that you can complete all the skills and behaviors for your end-point assessment.  The 20% off-the-job training includes:

You will be able to use your time at the University towards your 20% off-the-job training.

What you will learn

Apprentices will study the apprenticeship over four academic years below, over 3 semesters per year in years 1 – 3 and 2 semesters in year 4.  The technical element of the programme will be delivered from Markeaton Street from September 2023.  


  • Programming
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Introduction to Embedded Systems
  • Computer systems, data structures and data management
  • Foundations of Embedded Networks, IIOT and Security
  • Business Management and Regulations 

After year 1 you will move to a new apprenticeship standard.

  • Programming language paradigms 
  • Software Engineering
  • Testing, Validation and Integration 
  • NVQ
  • Corporate Responsibility and Professional Development 
  • Work-based team project
  • Model-Based Design
  • Concurrency and communication
  • Real-time Embedded Systems
  • NVQ and Gateway Prep
  • Defining a project linked to KSB and Gateway
  • Data mining and foundations of AI
  • Individual Project
  • End Point Assessment Prep
  • End Point Assessment

Entry requirements

The following broad criteria will apply for entry to the academic programme are:

Such requirements are a guide – we will also consider all the information that you've included in your application and we want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated.

Fees and funding

The cost will be paid for by the employer. The cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the Levy Band £27,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and the involvement of employers.

How to apply

You will need to apply through your employer. However, you can find out more from us - please see below for contact information.

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