Apprenticeship Standard: Software Developer Level 4 Apprenticeship

Overview

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.

Trailblazer Group

The employer Trailblazer Group that created this Standard include IBM, Accenture, BA, BT, Capgemini, Cisco, Fujitsu, HP, John Lewis, Lloyds, Microsoft, NCA, The Royal Signals, Telefonica, The Test Factory, Virgin Media, Visa and BCS - Chartered Institute of IT.

Role Suitability

Specific job roles may include Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, and Software Developer.

Key Responsibility

Responsibilities are likely to include:

  • Designing, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems
  • Implementation of new systems
  • Development and application of code
  • Testing and maintenance of software
  • Supporting the end user training and information for software.

Key Facts

Duration:

Typically this apprenticeship will take 24 months.

Timeframes are flexible depending on the employer and/or the apprentice’s ability to be successful on the programme.

Study Mode:

Our guided teaching is delivered through a mix of live webinars delivered by a BPP University tutor, 24/7 access to recorded lectures and online lecture notes. Including online teaching sessions with face-to-face inductions and masterclasses.

Students take part in live discussion with fellow learners during live webinars and via course forums.

Qualifications

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Apprentices who successfully complete all elements of the programme will achieve a Level 4 Apprenticeship and related professional qualification.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

Skills

  • Logical
  • Creative thinking
  • Analytical
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication

Behaviours

  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Responsibility
  • Professional

Assessment

The On Programme Assessment ensures the apprentice is making good progress towards achieving competency in the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of a Software Developer. At BPP Professional Education the apprentice will gain a recognised Level 4 qualification and all the examinations must be passed before sitting the End Point Assessment.

BPP Support

Both the apprentice and employer will be supported by a team of Programme Advisors and Skills Coaches who will ensure the apprentice completes the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required and is ready to sit the End Point Assessment.

Entry Requirements

Includes A levels; a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications; relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

Employer Requirements:

  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning.
  • Employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning.
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours.
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off the job training.
  • Enter into a contract with BPP University.
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills.

Apprentice Requirements:

  • Be in full-time employment for at least 30 hours a week.
  • Be an employee (have a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship) on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning.
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA**) or have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.
  • Not be enrolled on another apprenticeship at the same time.
  • Has the right to work in England.
  • Able to complete the apprenticeship in contracted working hours.
  • Be in a new job role (nine months or less), or in an existing job role, where significant new Knowledge and Skills are needed – employer statement of justification needed (relevant to the apprenticeship).

Progression

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

Apprentices who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to progress to a level 5 programme, including stage 2 of the Degree Apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions.

Costs and Government Funding

Employers will be able to draw up a funding Cap of £18,000 per apprentice from the Digital Voucher Service to cover the training costs for this Apprenticeship Standard.