Computing Apprenticeship Software Development (Level 4)

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The primary role of a software developer is to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project. The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications. The customer requirements will typically be defined and agreed by more experienced or specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.

Example Job Roles:

Typical job roles include, Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, Software Developer.

Programme Requirements:

Must have 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade 9 - 4 (A*- C) or be willing to undertake Functional Skills Level 2 or BTEC in IT/ Software Development Level 3. We have to make sure that the Apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the Apprenticeship qualification, and that they are working at the right level in their job role. It is a requirement to complete an initial assessment in English and Maths, and this may lead to taking some additional diagnostic assessments.

Typical Duration:

24 months to complete, depending on the employer and apprentice needs.

Apprenticeship Content:

This apprenticeship standard has been developed with the help of employers such as Actavis, Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Astra Zeneca, BCM, Essar, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, GSK, Ineos, Lotte Chemical UK, Lucite, Medimmume, Pfizer, SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Sellafield, Sembcorp, Seralab, Synergy Outsourcing, Victrex, RSC, IChemE, SB.

There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called a Standard. This Standard includes:

A knowledge based qualification:

  • Software Development Methodologies
  • MTA/MCP Programming in HTML5 with Java Script and CSS3

On Programme Assessment:

  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Assessment of behaviours and skills
  • Technical knowledge and understanding
  • Technical competencies

Functional Skills:

  • Maths, English at Level 2

End-point assessment:

  • Synoptic project
  • Summative portfolio
  • Employer reference
  • Interview

What can an Apprentice do next?

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA level 4 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

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