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Apprenticeship training course

Software development technician (level 3)

Building simple applications for use in larger software developments.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Assistant programmer and automated test developer
  • Junior application developer
  • Junior application support analyst
  • Junior developer
  • Junior games developer
  • Junior mobile app developer
  • Junior programmer
  • Junior software developer
  • Junior web developer
  • Software development technician
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Write simple code for discrete software components following an appropriate logical approach to agreed standards (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) under supervision
  • Apply appropriate secure development principles to specific software components at all stages of development
  • Support development of effective user interfaces
  • Make simple connections between code and defined data sources as specified
  • Test simple code and analyse results to correct errors found using unit testing under supervision
  • Conduct a range of test types under supervision , such as Functional and Non -Functional.
  • Apply structured techniques to problem solving, including carry out simple debug of code
  • Follows organisational and industry good coding practices (including for naming, commenting etc.)
  • Solve logical problems, seeking assistance when required (including appropriate mathematical application)
  • Support the creation of simple software documentation and visuals to effectivelycommunicate understanding of the program
  • Define functional and non -functional requirements such as use cases, storyboards, user stories, performance and accessibility.
  • Work within operational requirements such as health and safety, budgets, brands and normal business protocols
  • Develop user interfaces as appropriate to the organisations development standards and the type of software development being developed
  • Build scripts in line with work instructions for deployment into the relevantenvironment
  • Follow simple software designs and functional/technical specifications in line with work
  • Follow simple testing frameworks and methodologies in line with work instructions
  • Follow company, team or client approaches to continuous integration, version and sourcecontrol as instructed
  • Support the communication of software solutions and ideas to technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Apply algorithms, logic and data structures in a supported context in line with workinstructions
  • Follow work instructions to contribute to building a given design whist remainingcompliant with security and maintainability requirements
  • Apply techniques to break down complex problems.
  • Demonstrate how Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can be used to frame and measuredesired outcomes
  • Implement secure code in appropriate languages of different types which is maintainable, readable, functional.
  • Design simple software solutions to meet a requirement using tools and techniques, such as waterfall and agile
  • Work in a shared code base with appropriate etiquette and tools, such as modularity and data definition
  • Use simple debugging techniques, such as interactive debugging, print debugging, remotedebugging
  • Implement test plans under supervision to show that a test plan is implementable in practice and implementation conforms to the plan.
  • Develop and use simple acceptance criteria.
  • Apply and maintain procedures and security controls to ensure confidentiality, integrityand availability
  • Use collaboration tools and technologies for source and version control to enable workingtogether on common projects, regardless of physical location,
  • Follow instructions to ensure client data is held securely under supervision e.g., not using personally identifiable information in test systems, making sure personal actions comply with ICO regulations
  • Use collaboration tools and technologies for writing technical documentation for, and adapting to, specific audience(s). e.g., technical, non-technical, internal, external

Full information on Software development technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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