Skip to main content



Industrial measurement - very techy high-end stuff, with a range of spin-offs. Using science to solve manufacturing problems. The engineering apprenticeships are as yet all lower level, but the software apprenticeship - working on the software that drives Renishaw's devices - sounds a dream job for the right person. That sort of IT is mission-central for this sort of firm. The degree is from Exeter University: Ex-cellent. Renishaw also offers what it calls higher apprenticeships in "Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineering", which end with a BEng from UWE: that sounds a pretty good option too, if you know that that's your billet, though I'd want to be sure that Renishaw would support me for the follow-on Masters degree - required for professional membership in engineering.


Software engineering



Degree offered

BSc. (Hons) Digital & Technical Solutions


University of Exeter


Wotton-under-Edge, Glos


4 years

Entry requirements

3 A-levels (AAB or above), 1 Maths or Physics, 1 Computer Science related)

Working hours

4-5 days per week

Study hours

Up to 1 day per week + 3 residential blocks of 3-4 days

Starting salary


Permanent job offer


GCG view

Another one found on the University of Exeter website. Congratulations on a particularly detailed explanation of what they clearly advertise as a job. Two small gripes, they don't give details of when to apply for 2018 or the timings of the residential study blocks. Are you on campus in term-time with plenty of people to party with or just slogging away on your own in the holidays?


Related articles

  • AIRBUS ★★★

    The aeroplane builder: top flight engineering with an emphasis on everything being done perfectly (for which we have often been thankful) and therefore on hands-on skills - graduate recruits get sent to the local FE college for a year before they are allowed near the factory floor. A good employer by all accounts.

  • AMAZON ★★

    We can't add to anything that you don't already know about the services Amazon provide!


    Accenture is a top-line business consulting company; this apprenticeship is in their IT consulting division, and the embedded degree is a solidly technical one. You will very rapidly be part of building real IT applications; expect to be living out of a suitcase near whichever client you are working for. If you have ambitions to move into their mainstream consulting business, make sure that you understand what this takes: their recruitment into this area is very Oxbridgey, and we are not clear how an IT apprentice could come up-to-status.


    "Design and consultancy for natural and built assets", they say: a top-end global construction company based in Holland but with strong UK roots. This is an apprenticeship that leads to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor - the top professional qualification with MRICS after your name, and a core role in a business like Arcadis. Long term prospects: the UK CEO is a FRICS; say no more.


    A British-grown world leader in microprocessor technology. A top-of-the-range opportunity, a technical degree in the core of a technical business, perfect for someone fascinated by microprocessor design. Arm and a leg stuff.

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews, data and catchment:

Comprehensive catchment maps for English state schools inc. year of entry.
 School exam results by subject and performance GCSE, Alevel or equivalent.
 Which schools pupils come from and go onto.
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of more than 1,100+ schools.
 Overall school performance by GCSE, Alevel or equivalent.
 School data comparison by A/B weighted, relative success and popularity.
 Compare schools by qualities and results.
 Independent tutor company reviews.

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

The Good Schools Guide subscription

 GSG Blog >    In the news >


The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

Stand by for some myth-busting from our SEN consultants


Just published - The Good Schools Guide 21st edition - 1200 schools fully reviewed and updated. Buy now