Software Development Technician Apprenticeship

Software development apprenticeships can be a great way to expand your software development team, and our Level 3 Software Development apprenticeship is the perfect starting point. Software development technicians will undertake smaller projects, as well as forming part of the software testing process, to ensure your business functions as it should.

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Skills gained with software development apprenticeships

A qualified Level 3 Software Development Technician can:

  • Write simple code for discrete software components following an appropriate logical approach to agreed standards
  • Apply appropriate secure development principles to specific software components
  • Develop user interfaces as appropriate to the type of component being developed
  • Apply industry standard approaches for configuration management
  • Functionally test that the deliverables for that component have been met or not

Key information

13 months plus assessment
Study modes
Online teaching, coaching and workplace development
Qualifications Achieved
Level 3 Software Development Technician

Benefits of a software development technician apprenticeship

For employers

An apprentice software developer will:

  • Give your business the ability to introduce basic software development capability into your IT function
  • Free up the time of your senior software development team to focus on more complicated tasks
  • Equip your employees to locally manage key platforms like your website or customer portals
  • Aid your workforce in planning and future-proofing your pipeline of internal specialist skill
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For learners

Software development apprentices will be able to:

  • Implement secure code in appropriate languages
  • Support the communication of software solutions and ideas
  • Conduct a range of test types
  • Build scripts
  • Design simple software solutions
  • Learn while they earn in a flexible environment
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Knowledge Gained

A qualified Level 3 Software Development Technician knows the structure of software applications, the role of configuration management and how to effectively test their code. As an apprentice software developer, they have an awareness of how to implement code, how to follow requirements and the principles of good interface design. As an apprentice software developer, they understand database normalisation, and how to build in security to software at the development stage.

Programme Modules
Entry requirements
Apprenticeship Standard
Programme Modules

Programme Modules

  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Software Development Fundamentals
  • Planning & Design
  • User Interfaces & Experiences
  • Building & Development
  • Data Sources & SQL
  • Physical, Virtual & Cloud Technologies
  • Troubleshooting & Testing
  • Delivering & Deployment


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 summative portfolio
  2. A synoptic project
  3. An assessor interview
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

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



This apprenticeship programme costs £15,000, 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 Development Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Software Development Technician Apprenticeship Standard

According to the Software Development Technician Apprenticeship Standard, this course is designed to teach learners to build simple applications for use in larger software developments. Duties you’ll carry out as an apprentice software developer include:

  • Following clearly defined requirements to deliver software development activities and products.
  • Reporting progress against metrics on software development activities accurately throughout the stages of the software development lifecycle.
  • Identifying and reporting any impediments to progress in development activities to supervisors.
  • Following instructions to convert customer requirements to technical requirements.
  • Communicating outcomes from development activities to team members and other stakeholders both internal and external.

Why choose our software development apprenticeships?

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. The Level 3 Software Development apprenticeship could be your exciting first step into a new career.

What does a software development apprentice do?

Software development technician apprentices will typically be involved in every day software projects, developing their skills in coding, programming and applying User Interface (UI) Design.

What is a software development apprenticeship?

Software development technician apprenticeships combine practical work-based learning with training for qualifications. This offers employees the opportunity to expand their software development skills, and create new career opportunities.

Job roles for software development technician apprentices

Following a Software Development Technician apprenticeship, you could work within the following roles:

  • Software development technician
  • Junior developer
  • Junior web developer
  • Junior application developer
  • Junior mobile app developer
  • Junior games developer
  • Junior software developer
  • Junior application support analyst
  • Junior programmer
  • Assistant programmer
  • Automated test developer

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