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Software Developer

Level: 4

Delivery Method: Standard Apprenticeship

Typical Duration/length of course: 24 Months

Entry Requirements: Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels; a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification; relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

Course Code: APPSDTL4

UCAS Code: NA 


Course Overview:

How is it delivered?

  • Weekly ‘day release’ for 26 weeks – term time only; Unit entry points
    Start: Apprentices can begin their training with Assessor-based meetings to meet the KS&B in the Standard.

  • Assessor/Employer reviews held every 12 weeks as a minimum.

End Point Assessment (EPA):


A portfolio

Produced towards the end of the apprenticeship, containing evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship, usually towards the end, and which, taken together, cover the totality of the standard, and which is assessed as part of the end point assessment.  

A project

Giving the apprentice the opportunity to undertake a business-related project over a one-week period away from the day to day workplace.  

An employer reference.  

A structured interview with an assessor

Exploring what has been produced in the portfolio and the project as well as looking at how it has been produced.



  • 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.

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