Degree Apprenticeship

Level 6 Software Engineering Apprentice

It’s an exciting time to join one of our Early Careers programmes at QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join our team, whether you are taking your first steps in starting a career or you are looking to make a career change, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for you.

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About the team

Software Engineering:

The QinetiQ Software discipline supports a broad range of our capabilities from designing the future secure GPS to providing cyber-security services, and is at the forefront of developing innovative software solutions to meet the demanding requirements of our customers and partner organisations. 

We are a group of professional software developers and engineers who work across the land, air and space domains of the business. We use the latest software development technologies and techniques to develop innovative software solutions. Our Software Engineering teams are looking to recruit proactive, passionate and forward thinking people who are looking to help improve today & shape tomorrow.

We are looking for candidates wanting an apprenticeship that covers the whole of the software lifecycle (requirements, design, software development, integration and test) to join our team of over 100 experts. You will develop the skills needed to contribute to the delivery of a wide range of programmes for military, Government and commercial customers to support the protection of national critical infrastructure.

What will I be doing?

  • Your role will be focused on Software Engineering in Malvern, Worcestershire.
  • You will be given 20% of your working week to cover University commitments as you work towards a degree.
  • You will undertake a variety of tasks across the whole of the software lifecycle, ensuring technical solutions meet business and customer requirements.
  • We have many interesting and sometimes cutting edge domains in which you will work alongside domain experts. 
  • You will have the opportunity to work in Hybrid manner (Office / Home working) although may be dependent on the project you are allocated too.
  • You may be asked to travel to other QinetiQ sites / Customer sites to support training, meetings or trials.

Academic requirements:

  • You will need to have obtained or be studying towards minimum of a 112 UCAS points* at A-Level (Grades BBC) OR an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM. This must include Maths and a Science related subject. 
  • You must also have at least achieved a minimum of 5 GCSES' at A* - C, 5 - 9 in Maths, IT, Science, English Language & at least one other.

Training Provider:

  • Aston University, Digital and Technology Solutions BSc Degree Apprenticeship
  • Lectures and on campus days will take place within the working week. You will need to travel to Aston, Birmingham for on-site activities.

Additional requirements:

  • Have a strong interest and/or experience within Software Engineering
  • Some knowledge of at least 1 object oriented software language
  • Any work experience within a computing industry is beneficial
  • Extra-curricular &/or hobbies in Software Engineering or Computer Science is beneficial
  • Cloud experience is beneficial
  • Please be aware that many roles within QinetiQ will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.
  • You must be prepared to go through the Government Vetting process


  • Malvern, Worcestershire, UK

Why join QinetiQ?

As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic people to become key parts of our business. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to be at the heart of impactful projects.

Diversity and inclusion

In our unique working environment, teams from different backgrounds collaborate widely on some of the world’s most complex defence and security challenges. Whatever part you play, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies. It’s a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Together, we’ll explore new ways of protecting the world around us.

Your wellbeing

Looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees are our top priority. We offer a host of services designed to support your wellbeing. They range from our Thrive app and Employee Assistance Programme to Mental Health First Aiders. The wellbeing of our employees is critical to our collective and individual success.

Rewards and benefits

We offer global career progression and the opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting projects along with a wide range of rewards and recognition. Our highly competitive salaries come with a raft of benefits, from a performance-based Employee Incentive Scheme to Thank Q, our global recognition scheme. There’s also a Share Incentive Plan, Life Assurance and Benefits+, our flexible benefits package. It’s all designed to make life easier for you.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: January 4th, 2023
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £20,500 + benefits
  • Malvern (Worcestershire)
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