Carrying out tests to make sure computer software works as intended and is fit for purpose.
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.
- What apprentices will learn
- software testing and development principles and techniques
- using and configuring software testing tools and packages
- preparing and carrying out tests - including designing test strategies, plans, procedures and scripts
- recording and reporting test results - including identifying, prioritising and correcting issues
- testing a range of software applications using different types of testing
- logical and creative thinking and analytical and problem solving skills
- working independently on their own initiative while working within a team environment
- software testing and security practices, standards and legislation
One of the following internationally-recognised vendor / professional qualifications:
- BCS intermediate certificate in software testing
- ISTQB certified tester foundation level
Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:
- achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
- Professional registration
Apprentices will be able to apply for Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) level 3 professional competence as this apprenticeship is recognised by the Register of IT Technicians.
- End-Point Assessment
- More Information
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.