BBC apprenticesWe beat off competition from a number of other institutions to be chosen as the BBC’s partner provider for their specialist Higher Level apprenticeship, which gives students real-world experience as well as equipping them with a degree.

The initial intake saw 20 young people selected for the three-year course after thousands of applications were received. They will be sponsored for their studies by the BBC and will also benefit from gaining industry placements with other organisations such as ITV, Arqiva, BT, Hat Trick, Babcock and Dock 10.

During their studies they will be taught a comprehensive range of technologies from IP networking, computing, signal processing and emerging technologies to address the demand of the rapidly evolving broadcast Industry.

Simon Handley, Associate Dean for Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the BBC’s provider for this course and even more pleased to have opened our doors to these 20 new students. 

“Giving young people the education and training they need for a career is one of the most important roles a university serves, and these kind of higher level apprenticeships are a really important way for us to do that.”

Huw Davies, Programme Manager for BBC Academy, said:

“Technology is evolving the digital landscape and the BBC need to be an ‘Internet Fit’ organisation for our global audiences. Our new talent to come from apprenticeships like this will drive the future of technology across the UK creative media industry.”

Student testimonials:

Thomas Cave

BEng (Hons)Broadcast and Communications Engineering - BBC Apprenticeship Scheme

Thomas Cave

Thomas Cave is one of the first students on the new BEng Broadcast and Communications Engineering course, developed in partnership with the BBC, which was launched in September 2016. Students on the prestigious BBC Higher Level apprenticeship scheme study for this degree with Birmingham City University alongside undertaking industry placements.

"I applied for the BBC apprenticeship scheme because I saw how many opportunities I would be able to access through it. Not only working with the BBC, but also with other industry partners such as Arqiva, CNN, Ericsson, Hat Trick Productions, ITV and Turner Broadcasting. I am very excited by the vast number of opportunities for placements during the course.

The staff at the University have been fantastic. If ever I’ve had a problem I can contact them and they will point me in the right direction every time. From coursework help through to asking for proof of enrolment, there is always someone to contact. I was pleased to find that we get full access to all the student resources.

My advice to anyone starting this course is, don’t be nervous! This course is brilliant. Everyone is very friendly and easy to talk to. If you ever did encounter a problem, there are plenty of experienced people around who will help you out.”

Joshua Hughes

BEng (Hons)Broadcast and Communications Engineering - BBC Apprenticeship Scheme

Joshua Hughes“I applied to the scheme as it seemed very specialised and also was sponsored by one of the most prestigious broadcasting companies in the world. I wanted to get a qualification that would allow me to go into any country in the world and work in a studio environment.

"I was most surprised by the amount of support and guidance that was available to me and my group, both from my employer and the University. No request ever seemed too big or too small. The staff have all been massively helpful and supportive, and my lecturers have all provided extra support in the areas that we have struggled with and have also been very understanding about our time in terms of fitting in content. If we’ve needed extra resources, they’ve gone out of their way to supply them.

"I’m very excited about finally starting my placement and getting a chance to see how the things I’ve learned while in uni are implemented in a real working studio environment. In the future I hope to go on and complete my Master’s in Broadcast and Communications Engineering and then step into a role within the industry."