Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Development

"The management course is enabling me to gain the skills I need in order to fulfil my future ambitions."

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The qualification

The Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Development is aimed at those who want to build and test simple, high quality code across front end, logic and database layers and who are typically working as part of a larger team. It would be ideal for Web Developers, Application Developers, Mobile App Developers, Games Developers, Real Time Systems Developers or Software Developers.

The course

This is an interactive and practical course which will take 24 months to complete on a part-time basis. It will hone your software development skills and knowledge to ensure you progress in your career while benefiting your workplace. You'll attend monthly tutorials at a local training centre and will be given assignments to complete in between these sessions along with professional observations in your workplace.

Government funding is available for the course for those who are employed more than 30 hours a week and have lived in the UK or European Union in the past three years - and to receive this funding you'll also study for functional skills in English and maths.

An Apprentice is expected to spend 20% of their working hours completing off the job training.

Subjects covered

- Understanding the software development lifecycle

- Writing good quality code (logic) with sound syntax in at least one language

- Developing effective user interfaces for at least one channel

- Effectively linking code to database/data sets

- Testing code and analysing results to correct errors

- Creating simple data models and software designs

- Understanding and creating basic analysis artefacts

- Building, managing and deploying code into enterprise environments

- Understanding and applying software design approaches and patterns

- Interpreting and following software designs and functional/technical specifications, coding standards, testing frameworks and methodologies and approaches to continuous integration, version and source control

- Agile and waterfall software development methodologies

- Understanding and responding to the business environment and business issues relating to software development

- Applying the maths required to be a software developer, for example algorithms, logic and data structures.

How is the Apprenticeship organised?

There are two main components:

- On Programme Assessment

- End Point Assessment

Work and assessment

You'll find many of the resources for your course on our Online Training Academy where you'll also be able to submit your work. Assessment is by workplace observations, practical tasks at work, answering questions and assignment writing plus an End Point Assessment which includes a portfolio, substantial project, knowledge test, interview and a professional discussion.

End Point Assessment

The project that needs to be completed by the end of the course will be agreed with the employer and is likely to take around five days to complete. It will be assessed by an external, independent assessor and requires Apprentices to document their assumptions, show their understanding of commercial pressures and apply thinking and problem solving skills.

Course cost

This course costs just £1800 for non-levy paying employers, as the Government will fund £16,200 of the full £18,000 course fees for eligible staff. Large employers can fund the entire cost through the Apprenticeship Levy. Eligible staff must be employed for more than 16 hours a week and have lived in the UK or European Union for the last three years.


Learners could progress onto a Level 5 qualification in management if they wanted to pursue a management role.

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The Qualification

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