Software Developer Apprenticeship

Turn junior software technicians into the creative mastermind behind all sorts of computer programmes with our software developer apprenticeship. Software is everywhere, and good software should be invisible, offering a quick, seamless, simple method for an action to be completed. In the current digital world, the capability of your software and the experience it offers can be the difference between having a competitive edge. Don’t fall behind; invest in our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship, and future-proof your business.

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Skills gained with a software developer apprenticeship

A qualified Level 4 software developer can:

  • Develop effective user interfaces and create simple software designs
  • Build, manage and deploy code into the relevant environment
  • Create logical and maintainable code, link code to data sets, test code and analyse results to correct errors found using unit testing
  • Identify and create test scenarios
  • Follow testing frameworks and methodologies
  • Apply algorithms, logic and data structures
  • Interpret and implement a given design whilst remaining compliant with security and maintainability requirements

Key information

15 months plus assessment
Study modes
Online teaching, coaching and workplace development
Qualifications Achieved
Level 4 Software Developer

Benefits of software development apprenticeships

For employers

Qualified software developers can:

  • Apply suitable bug fixes based on severity and priority
  • Apply security best practice to the software solution throughout the software development lifecycle
  • Implement accurate and effective change control
  • Undertake unit testing of solutions
  • Create logical and maintainable codes for software development
  • Earn while they learn
  • Learn in a flexible environment
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For learners

As a qualified Level 4 Software Developer, your employees will be able to:

  • Create logical and maintainable codes for software development.
  • Apply security best practice to the software solution throughout the software development lifecycle.
  • Apply appropriate recovery techniques to ensure the software solution being developed is not lost.
  • Implement accurate and effective change control.
  • Undertake unit testing of solutions, with appropriate levels of test code coverage, to identify and resolve issues.
  • Apply suitable ‘bug fixes’ based on severity and priority.
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Knowledge Gained

A qualified software developer will know each stage of the software development life cycle, as well as the roles and responsibilities within it. They will also be able to communicate using different methods and can adapt appropriately to different audiences. Software developers have a strong awareness of the similarities and differences between different software development methodologies, as well as algorithms, logic and data structures relevant to software development.

Programme Modules
Entry requirements
Apprenticeship Standard
Programme Modules

Programme Modules

  • Introduction to Software Development and C#
  • Software Development Methodologies
  • Systems Development Essentials
  • Developing Software using SQL
  • Software Languages
  • Programming Skills
  • MTA Introduction to Programming Using Java


Each apprenticeship course has a standard set of competencies – Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours – that are focused on throughout the programme. The Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours are evaluated through the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which is completed in the last month of the apprenticeship. The EPA is conducted by an external assessor, and will include the following elements that need to be completed in order to finish the apprenticeship.

  1. A portfolio
  2. A professional discussion
  3. A workplace observation
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements may vary depending on the requirements of the employer. Usually, a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels, NVQs, a BTEC or a Level 3 Apprenticeship will be required. Employers may also expect a minimum of 5 GCSEs with grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths. Apprentices that don’t have GCSE English and maths at the required level may need to undertake mandatory Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship to achieve Level 2 prior to End-Point Assessment.



This apprenticeship programme costs £18,000, all covered through the Apprenticeship Levy. Even if your business doesn’t pay into the Levy, the government funds 95% of all apprenticeship training, with your business only paying 5%.

Software Developer Apprenticeship Standard

Software Developer Apprenticeship Standard

The Software Developer Apprenticeship standard outlines that this course is designed to teach learners to build and test simple, high-quality code for software. Duties you may carry out as a Software Development apprentice include:

  • Taking and interpreting given software development requirements to estimate effort to deliver the work product to enable accurate costs to be established.
  • Breaking software development activities down into logical units of work to enable sequencing and ensure the best possible structuring of activities to deliver a high quality product right first time.
  • Reporting progress accurately throughout the development life-cycle stages to ensure adequate audit trails of key worksteps such that the organisation can demonstrate how the product has been created for quality and commercial purposes.
  • Identifying and reporting any impediments to software development activities and propose practical solutions.
  • Converting customer requirements into technical requirements, both functional and non-functional to ensure that customers’ expectations are accurately reflected in the software products developed.

Why choose our software developer apprenticeship?

Estio is a leading provider of digital and technology apprenticeship programmes, offering a comprehensive apprenticeship course informed by industry expertise, and delivered remotely to ensure enough flexibility for your apprentice’s needs to be suited. Our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship is ideal for those looking to take their exciting first step in a new career.

What does a software developer apprentice do?

A software developer apprentice will work with your wider development team to build simple software components, implement code and assist with software testing. This will help to relieve any pressure on senior developers, allowing them more time to focus on more complex projects.

What is a software developer apprenticeship?

A software developer apprenticeship allows learners the opportunity to develop new skills and gain qualifications as they earn. They will generally carry out tasks such as coding and testing software, troubleshooting, collaborating with different teams and building databases. Software development apprenticeships are designed to teach you all the skills needed to succeed in software development.

Job roles for software developer apprentices

After qualifying through a software dev apprenticeship, you could work within the following roles:

  • Application developer
  • Mobile application developer
  • Software developer
  • Web developer

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