Software Developer

Level: 4

Delivery Method: Standard Apprenticeship

Typical Duration/length of course: 24 Months



Funding Band for Apprenticeship:



Levy Paying Employers: >£3M payroll

£18,000 from levy digital account


Non Levy Employers: <£3M payroll

Co-funded by the Government 95%:

£900 employer contribution (5%)


Employers with fewer than 50 employees and <£3M payroll

If Apprentice aged 16-18 years (or 19-24 with EHCP):

£ Fully Funded by Government


Additional / other costs:

BCS Membership £40 per learner (covers 2 years)

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:

What is delivered?

Offered as part of this Standard are the mandatory qualifications with Unit based exams to include:

  • Software Methodologies (20 weeks)

  • MTA fundamentals in HTML (with Java script and CSS) (6 weeks)


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.

    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.

For more information:

Contact: Maria Bolton

Business Development Consultant @ New College


Mobile: 07815828306