Software Developer Apprenticeship

Software Developer Apprenticeship

Posted in Applying & Advice, Higher Level 4, 5, 6, and 7 on Apr 25, 2019 by

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A Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship is typically 18- 24 months in duration. The programme is for people who are looking to build and test simple high- quality code across front end, logic and database layers.

An apprentice developer will be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the wider project.

What will a Software Developer apprenticeship enable you to do?

  • Write good quality code with sound syntax in at least one language.
  • Develop effective user interfaces for at least one channel.
  • Link code to the database/ data sets
  • Create basic analysis artefacts, such as user cases
  • Test code and analyse results to correct errors found.
  • Can create simple data models and software designs.
  • Build, manage and deploy code.
  • Operate at all stages of the software development lifecycle.
  • Respond to the business environment and business issues related to software development.
  • Understand the similarities/ differences of software development methodologies.

What professional qualifications will you gain?

  • MTA HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals. Find out more about this qualification here
  • BCS L4 Diploma in Software Development Methodologies.

What are the requirements to become a Software Developer Apprentice?

In general, software developer apprenticeships require an English and Maths GCSE at Grade C (4) or above and a minimum of five GCSEs in total. In some cases, candidates may be able to enrol in an apprenticeship programme whilst working towards their English and maths qualifications – but this is highly dependent on the employer.

For a Level 4 apprenticeship, candidates will be required to have qualifications up to the equivalent of this – that could be through A-Levels or vocational training.

Apprentices are also required to have lived in the UK or EU for the past three years. That is just a very broad list of prerequisites. Requirements are specific to each individual provider, so some may ask for slightly more – this could include relevant experience of web/ software development like website building and coding. You may also need to complete some psychological aptitude tests. Likewise, employers may be able to personalise their prerequisites. 3AAA is a provider of Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship, check out their site for more information on specific prerequisites.

What jobs can a Software Developer Apprenticeship lead to?

  • Web Developer

Building and maintaining websites and web applications. Their work uses focuses on the underlying software and databases (the ‘back end’) but some Web Developers work on the interface and visual design (the ‘front end’), while others combine both (‘full-stack development).

  • Application Developer

Translating software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs for use in business. Most Software Developers specialise in a specific field and will have knowledge of at least one computer language. Specific duties vary between organisations, but the job typically involves writing and designing specifications; building, testing, implementing and supporting applications using programming languages and development tools.

  • Mobile App Developer

These developers specialise in mobile technology such as building apps for Google’s Android, Apples’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. Currently there are a handful of major mobile platforms, each with its own core language(s) and development environment. Developers learn the language(s) specific to their chosen platform. It’s a very exciting and dynamic field of work with mobile app developers constantly adjusting in line with new technology, for this reason there is ongoing demand as more jobs are sculpted.

  • Games Developer

Creating and producing games for personal computers, games consoles, arcades, tablets and mobile phones. Games developers may focus on a particular area of programming – this could be network, engine, graphic, toolchain or artificial intelligence. A Games Developer typically works in programming, however in smaller independent companies and projects there is much less distinction between programmer and designer.

  • And finally, a Software Developer

Unsurprisingly an apprenticeship in software development could lead you to a career as a Software Developer. However, as we’ve already addressed, there are so many other career options, so although a Software Developer may be a very natural progression, it is by no means a predetermined route. As a software developer you might be briefed by IT analysts to replace a whole system. You’ll work with ‘Off the Shelf’ software – modifying it and integrating it into the existing network. Software developers will need to create the code to link the systems together.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Software Developer Apprenticeships, here are a few to get you started: QA, 3AAA , Arch