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Software developer

Building and testing simple, high-quality code for software.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


4 (equivalent to certificate of higher education)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £18,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have one of the following:

  • A levels
  • a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification
  • relevant experience or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths
What apprentices will learn
  • software development lifecycle and methodologies
  • writing code in at least one language and creating a user interface for at least one channel
  • linking code to databases
  • problem solving, testing code and analysing results to correct errors
  • design: creating data models and software designs
  • analysis: understanding and creating basic analysis artefacts
  • deployment: building, managing and deploying code into enterprise environments
  • applying maths (algorithms, logic and data structures) in software development

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Professional registration

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians at Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) level 3.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT 01793 417417
The Education and Care Qualification Network 08438860123
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
Accelerate People Ltd
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.