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Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Apprenticeships

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Driven by technical excellence

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
is leading the way in technological research and development.

You'll learn from top scientists and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

Our Degree Apprenticeships:

Digital Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

Course content and delivery 

The course starts in October each year and is completed over three years through a mixture of on-campus and work-based learning. You'll be assigned a workplace mentor to help you complete the workplace learning.

During your time with us you will:

  • design, build and test high quality software
  • apply engineering principles to all stages of the software development process
  • understand the full project life cycle including requirements gathering, analysis and design
  • ensure security robustness is built in to your software

The three years are divided into 12 periods of three months each, called 'sprints', with one or more modules being taken during each:

  • Individual Project
  • Evolutionary Computation and Generic Programming
  • Large Scale Software Systems and Extreme Programming
  • Advance Programming
  • Languages and Compilers

Course modules

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For some modules attendance at Colchester Campus lectures and classes will be necessary, totalling 11-12 weeks per year in years 1 and 2.

For others, apprentices will access online learning materials and complete work-based study. You'll need to assign a workplace mentor to help them complete the workplace learning.

As part of the assessment plan, you will complete a mixture of coursework and exams, with exams being taken at our Colchester Campus.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for an Apprenticeship you will need to be in paid employment either full time or part time in a relevant job role to the apprenticeship course you're applying for.

Our minimum grade requirements for this course are:

  • A-Levels: BBB
  • GCSE Mathematics: C
  • GCSE English Language: C
  • BTEC National Diploma: DDM
  • IB: 30 points, including Standard Mathematics grade 4

There are no tuition fees to pay as your employer pays these for you this means you will earn while you learn.

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

As an apprentice, you will enrol on a three-year BEng Electronic Engineering degree pathway that includes 28 weeks of teaching each academic year at our Colchester Campus. You will return to the workplace when not at university where your employer will provide further vocational learning outcomes in line with the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Standard.

Course content and delivery

The course starts in October each year and is completed over three years through a mixture of on-campus and work-based learning. Apprentices will spend 28 weeks per year in lectures and classes at our Colchester Campus and the rest of the time in the workplace. You'll be assigned a workplace mentor to help you complete the workplace learning.

During your time with us we’ll train your apprentice in electronics and embedded systems, and how to apply them to the design of circuits and devices that:

  • provide useful functions
  • can be produced at competitive costs
  • are reliable and safe to use

Course modules

See the full course module details

Course structure

As part of the assessment plan, you will complete a mixture of coursework and exams, with exams being taken at our Colchester Campus.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for an Apprenticeship you will need to be in paid employment either full time or part time in a relevant job role to the apprenticeship course you're applying for.

Our minimum grade requirements are:

  • A-Levels: BBB (including Mathematics)
  • GCSE Mathematics: C
  • GCSE English Language: C
  • BTEC National Diploma: DDM
  • IB: 30 points, including Higher Level Mathematics grade 5 and Standard Level Science grade 4

There are no tuition fees to pay as your employer pays these for you this means you will earn while you learn.

Our partnerships

We currently work with:

Our facilities

You will have access to inspiring purpose-built facilities including six laboratories that are exclusively for CSEE students; three are open 24/7. You will have full access to the labs except when there is a scheduled practical class in progress. CSEE specialist resources include:

  • Brain-Computer Interfaces laboratory: one of the best-equipped for non-invasive BCI research in Europe
  • Embedded and Intelligent Systems laboratory: state-of-the-art design and prototyping facilities for embedded systems design and system-processing architectures
  • Intelligent Environments laboratory: hosts an iSpace testbed for intelligent environments and pervasive computing, and the iClassroom testbed for intelligent learning environments
  • Robotics laboratory: dedicated space for indoor robots. Our Robot Arena is one hundred square metres in area and has a six metre high ceiling to accommodate flying robots
  • Network Convergence laboratory: maintains a well-equipped research network testbed that consists of electrical and optical core networking technologies and heterogeneous wireless access networking technologies across our University campus and the surrounding areas
  • Network Multimedia laboratory: operates as an interdisciplinary facility with a focus on research and development of efficient deployments of ultra-high-definition multimedia applications over networks

Apprentices will have access to software including Java, Python, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Project and CAD tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OPNET).

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"If there’s an opportunity for me to learn or try something new, I’ll take it."

Meet Fletcher, a Digital and Technology Solutions apprentice at Essex.

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Rachel Brown Apprenticeships Manager
Telephone: 01206 873840
Samantha Williams Apprenticeships Officer
Telephone: 01206 872137

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