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Level 4 Software Developer Standard

OVERVIEW

A Software Developer Apprenticeship is a great place to begin a rewarding career in this exciting industry. You'll learn the underlying skills required to succeed in the role, and begin a career in software development.

Software developers are the constructors of much of the digital world. They work at the forefront of the digital industry – adapting and evolving to the ever-changing technologies and devices that constantly flood the market.

Good developers are always in demand, thanks to the relentless digital appetites of today’s businesses. Decent salaries, career progression and fresh opportunities can be expected.

A JOB IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Software developers design, build, test and maintain software systems. Whether working on websites, applications, games or productivity software, you’ll help create it all from the ground up.

Whatever the brief – from putting together creative animations, building e-commerce capability, or solving problematic puzzles by interpreting lines of code – a job in software development requires a conceptual mind and a keen eye.

Away from the screen, software developers also need good communication skills for a schedule full of client briefings and project planning meetings.

A typical day for a job in software development might include:

  • Writing code in various programming or scripting languages.
  • Coding and testing software.
  • Creating products within design, time and cost constraints.
  • Troubleshooting and fixing bugs.
  • Analysing complex systems requirements.
  • Monitoring performance.
  • Building and maintaining databases
  • Writing and preparing technical design documentation.
  • Balancing user needs with software requirements.
  • Collaborating with teams across a company.
  • Interpreting briefs and discussing requirements with clients.
  • Attending progress meetings with developers, designers and managers.

CAREER PROSPECTS & SALARY

Step 1. Software developer apprentice | £7215-£15,000
Salaries for software developer apprentices will vary, depending on the employer and the age of apprentice. But it will be above the applicable minimum wage (see Apprentice Minimum Wage).

Step 2. Junior-level | £19,000-£25,000
Qualified apprentices usually become junior software developers. At this stage, you can typically expect to get a salary between £19,000-£25,000.

Step 3. Mid-level | £25,000-£35,000
After 2-5 years gaining good experience, you’ll be able to go for a mid-level software developer position. Expect to earn up to £35,000.

Step 4. Lead developers | £35,000-£50,000
Work your way up to lead software developer, and a salary of £35,000-£50,000 is possible.

LEVEL 4 SOFTWARE DEVELOPER APPRENTICESHIP QUALIFICATION
Everything you need to know about this apprenticeship…

By completing this level 4 software developer apprenticeship, apprentices will achieve industry-recognised qualifications, demonstrating the skills and abilities required to work in the industry.

  • City & Guilds Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship.
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Software Development Methodologies.
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Software Language.
  • Microsoft Technical Associate HTML5 Application Development.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include:

  • GCSEs
  • A-levels
  • Level 2 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification
  • Relevant experience of HTML, CSS, JavaScript,
  • An aptitude test with a focus on functional maths

The duration of this software developer apprenticeship is typically 15 months, with a 3-month window for the end point assessment.

For the duration of this training, apprentices will develop a range of software development skills in the workplace. An ongoing portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the abilities learned. Support will also be available from a mentor, who will visit apprentices at work every 5 weeks.

During this software development apprenticeship, learners will receive 7 week-long blocks of full-time training over the first 12 months. This will take place at the escalla Academy in Crewe. Training topics include:

  • Personal development
  • WordPress using HTML5, CSS, PHP and MySQL
  • Dynamic websites using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL
  • Development methodologies (exam) – agile and waterfall models
  • MTA HTML5 application development
  • Software language (exam)
  • Algorithms and problem solving
  • Project week

After completing 12-months of training and development, apprentices will submit their portfolio of work experience – along with a reference from their employer. This begins the end point assessment (EPA) stage.
The EPA consists of a week-long project and assessor interview, and will determine the overall grade of the qualification (Pass | Merit | Distinction).

Training fees for the software developer apprenticeship are covered in full by the employer. An apprentice will never be asked or expended to fund their own training.

  • Funding Band 12 (£18,000).
  • Apprentices under 19 years of age on the day of signup will receive 100% funding.
  • Companies with less than 50 employees, regardless of the candidate’s age, will receive 90% funding unless the company is an apprenticeship levy payer.
  • Levy payments are accepted towards this web developer apprenticeship.

This level 4 software development apprenticeship will provide you with the following technical competencies:

  • Logic: write good quality code (logic) with sound syntax in at least one language.
  • User interface: develop effective user interfaces for at least one channel.
  • Data: effectively link code to a database/data sets.
  • Test: test code and analyse results to correct errors, using either V-model manual testing and/or using unit testing.
  • Problem solving: apply structured techniques to problem solving, debug code and understand the structure of programs to identify and resolve issues.
  • Design: create simple data models and software designs to effectively communicate understanding of the program, following best practices and standards.
  • Analysis: understand and create basic analysis artefacts, such as user cases and/or user stories.
  • Deployment: understand and utilise skills to build, manage and deploy code into enterprise environments.
  • Development lifecycle: operate at all stages of the software development lifecycle, with increasing breadth and depth over time with initial focus on build and test.
  • Apply good practice approaches according to the relevant paradigm (for example object oriented, event driven or procedural).
  • Interpret and follow software designs and functional/technical specifications to company-defined ‘coding standards’ or industry good practice; testing frameworks and methodologies.
  • Respond to the business environment and issues related to software development.
  • Operate effectively in your business, and customer/industry environments.
  • Apply maths required to be a software developer (e.g. algorithms, logic and data structures).

After completing this apprenticeship, successful software developer apprentices will develop the following technical knowledge and understanding:

  • Understand and operate at all stages of the software development life-cycle.
  • Understand the comparisons between agile and waterfall software development methodologies.
  • Understand how teams work effectively to produce software, and contribute appropriately.
  • Understand and apply software design approaches and patterns and interpret and implement a given design, compliant with security and maintainability requirements.
  • Understand and respond to the business environment and business issues related to software development.
  • Understand and apply the maths required to be a software developer (e.g. algorithms, logic and data structures).

Apprentices will also develop the following underpinning skills, attitudes and behaviours:

  • Logical and creative thinking skills.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Independent working.
  • Initiative.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people.
  • Effective communication in a variety of situations.
  • Can maintain a productive, professional and secure working environment.

Register your interest

If you would like to apply for this apprenticeship, please contact us.

t: 01270 500 102
e: apprenticeships@escalla.co.uk

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