Software Developer Level 4 Apprenticeship

The primary role of a software developer is to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers.

  • Level

    Higher Level

  • Type

    Other

  • Study Mode

    Part-time

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Reading College

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 on face-to-face delivery. The programme consists of in-person workshops, monthly coaching and online learning, to suit the needs of every apprentice and provide them with a high standard of teaching and learning.

Typical Job Roles: Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, Software Developer.

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.The focus of this 24-month apprenticeship is to deliver a high quality, hands-on learning experience. We will offer this through our teaching, which is delivered by industry professionals and our state-of-the-art facilities.

  • the importance of the domain context for data analytics
  • the quality issues that can arise with data and how to avoid and/or resolve these
  • the importance of clearly defining customer requirements for data analysis 
  • the processes and tools used for data integration 
  • the steps involved in carrying out routine data analysis tasks
  • how to use and apply industry standard tools and methods for data analysis

The apprenticeship will be delivered within the college and workplace, with ongoing support from a dedicated performance coach. College attendance is required for one day per week throughout the duration of the programme to complete the mandatory qualifications and to learn the required Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours. However, there may also be a requirement for college attendance on additional days to support the delivery of functional Skills.

The EPA can only be taken after the conditions of the Assessment Gateway have been successfully achieved.
» Software Development Methodologies
» Software Language
» Taken Level 2 English & Maths Assessment
On conclusion that the assessment gateway requirements have been achieved, the apprentice will be able to proceed to the end-point assessment stage of the apprenticeship. It is expected that apprentices will complete the assessment gateway requirements within three months of their planned apprenticeship completion.
EPA Consists of:
» Summative Portfolio
» Synoptic Project
» Employer reference
» Structured Interview (including discussion based on the portfolio)

An apprenticeship can lead to a rewarding career in a variety of roles. You may choose to progress with your employer, change jobs or study a higher-level apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship can lead to a rewarding career in a variety of roles. You may choose to progress with your employer, change jobs or study a higher-level apprenticeship.

You need to be employed in a relevant position and ideally hold a Level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification. Hold a Level 2 (GCSE A/9 to C/4) Maths and English. If not already achieved, you will have to achieve Level 2 English and Maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking your end-point assessment.

Apprentices must complete or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualifications and undertake the English and Mathematics Level 2 qualification during the apprenticeship. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeship’s English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualification for whom this is their primary language.

As an apprentice with Activate Apprenticeships, you will have access to the following facilities at Activate Learning colleges:

Libraries and learning environments
Ability to borrow books and laptops
Digital resources and programmes
A student card, allowing you to take advantage of student discounts
Can apply for an Apprentice extra Totum Card
Advice and support services for apprentices includes:

Advice and Admissions
Learning Support
Student Support
Impartial careers advisors
One-to-one support
A college nurse
Free counselling service

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