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Software Development Technician

Level: 3

Delivery Method: Apprenticeship

Typical Duration/length of course: 18-24 Months

Fees: POA

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: APPNENL4

UCAS Code: NA 


Course Overview:

A software Development Technician works as part of a team, to build simple software compotents (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used as part of larger software development projects.


Gain knowledge and skills in areas such as building software components, interpreting simple design requirements, implementing code, problem solving and programming.

What is delivered?

As part of this Standard, we offer 2 units:

  • Knowledge Module 1: Programming* (10 weeks day release)

  • Knowledge Module 2: Software Development Context and Methodologies (10 weeks day release)

  • Business Processing (1 week)

  • 5 days facilitated plus on-line training (first year)

  • 1 day on-line (first year)



How is it delivered?

  • Weekly ‘day release’ for 20 weeks – term time only; Sept and Jan entry points tbc

  • 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. 

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.


Progress to a foundation Degree in Software Developer. This Apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians


  • Computer Science

  • Information Technology

  • Business and Information Systems

  • Network Engineering

  • Software Engineering

  • Cyber Security

  • Games Design.

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