Scotland is building a world-class digital economy. Building the right skills in data, programming, AI and digital transformation will give you the ability to grow with it.

Graduate Apprenticeships are a ground-breaking initiative, creating degree qualified employees with key skills tailored to the needs of business. It is a way for you to study towards a degree while remaining in full-time employment. They are ideal if you're looking to upskill or retrain and are trying to enhance your career prospects.

What are the key benefits to you?

  • Not only do you remain in paid employment, the learning is fully funded so there are no additional costs to you OR your employer.
  • Your learning can be applied in the workplace straight away.
  • You can boost your career options by building transferable, industry-recognised skills that are highly valued by employers.
  • A Graduate Apprenticeship allows you to upskill or retrain while learning in a way that's right for your circumstances.
  • They are an excellent way to recover the Apprenticeship Levy the company may already be paying

What are they and who can apply?

Anyone aged over 16 living and working in Scotland can apply to become a Graduate Apprentice. They have been created to address skills needs in wide rage of growth sectors in the Scottish economy. The programmes have been designed by working hand in hand with industry and employers.

Graduate Apprenticeships are split between University and work-based learning. Work-based learning is basically agreed activities in the workplace that count towards the degree in terms of learning and assessment.

The balance between work and study is about 4 to 1. But, importantly, because the two activities are integrated, you're able to complete the degree in the same time as a traditional undergraduate degree.

    An overview of the programmes available

    Our Graduate Apprenticeships are developing skills for the Digital Age. We offer the following programmes:

    BSc (Hons) Data Science

    • The demand for data talent is growing as businesses become much more data driven. Our BSc (Hons) Data Science Graduate Apprenticeships programme, not only builds data skills, it also develops talented people with hands-on, work-based experience.
    • Data Science sits at the intersection between Computer Science (including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning), Mathematics (including Advanced Statistical methods) and selected areas of Engineering. 
    • The programme will develop graduates with
      • business-focused data skills,
      • the ability to assess, analyse and report on company data
      • the ability to deliver data driven insights to focus growth on key areas and opportunities

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    BSc (Hons) Software Development

    • This programme is designed to provide a solid foundation in computing and the necessary applied skills.
    • The programme will develop graduates with the capability to code, build software programs and web-based applications using key technologies, languages and tools.
    • The programme helps develop highly skilled employees in the following areas:
      • Software Development and Testing;
      • Web Development;
      • Database Architecture and Development.

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    MA (Hons) IT Management for Business

    • The IT Management for Business programme degree develops specific skills and knowledge of information technology,
    • The course is designed to enable the participants to play a key role in the management of IT infrastructure, strategy, operations and projects within their organisation 
    • The programme helps develop highly skilled employees in the following areas:
      • IT Consultancy
      • IT System Operation
      • IT System Management
      • IT Network Planning and Control
      • IT Project Management

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    Interested in finding out more?

    If you'd like to find out more, just complete the short form opposite and a member of the team will get straight back to you. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Please note you need to have an employer to be accepted on to a Graduate Apprenticeship programme. If you don't currently have one, or are new to the workforce, we recommend that you visit, where you will find all current Graduate Apprenticeship vacancies. 


    Why Heriot-Watt University?

    Heriot-Watt has a proud tradition of industry-focused education. Our degrees are highly regarded for their professional relevance and we have an excellent record of preparing students for successful careers. Heriot-Watt is consistently ranked in the top third of Computer Science departments in the UK for our research and teaching quality. Read more




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