Software Developer Level 4 Apprenticeship

Building and testing high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers

Who is it for?

The primary role of a software developer is to build and test 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 as defined by the customer requirements.


Course Details

  • Duration: 21 Months
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  • Knowledge Modules, covering:
  • Software Development Methodologies
  • Software Language
  • English Functional Skills Level 2 (If required)
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2 (If required)


  • Programme induction
  • Block and/or day release training
  • Training in the workplace
  • Formative assessment throughout the programme
  • Regular progress reviews

Off-the-job training

  • Within this apprenticeship there is an expectation that 20% of the teaching, learning and development will be undertaken through off-the-job training


Course Overview

Technical Competencies

  • Write good quality code (logical) with sound syntax in at least one language applying best practice approaches according to the relevant paradigm
  • Develop effective user interfaces for at least one channel
  • Effectively link code to the database or data sets
  • Test code and analyse results to correct errors found
  • Apply structured techniques to problem solving, debug code and understand the structure of programmes in order to identify and resolve issues
  • Create simple data models and software designs following best practices and standards
  • Utilise skills to build, manage and deploy code into enterprise environments
  • Operate at all stages of the software development lifecycle
  • Interpret and follow software designs, company defined standards, continuous integration, version and source control

    Technical Knowledge/Understanding

  • The business context and market environment for software development
  • Role within their software development team and the end user context for the software development activity
  • Different methodologies that can be used for software development
  • How to implement code following a logical approach and  how their code integrates into the wider project
  • How to connect their code to specified data sources and database normalisation
  • Structure of software applications, all stages of the software development lifecycle
  • The role of configuration management and version control systems

    Skills, Attitudes and Behaviours

  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Problem solving skills, working independently and to take responsibility
  • Use own initiative with a thorough and organised approach
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • Communications
  • Maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

  • Project showcasing competencies, knowledge and behaviours
  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Interview

Course Dates

Flexible to suit

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