Software Developer

In the role of a software developer, you will build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers.

You’ll need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications and work to defined customer requirements, all while working as part of a larger team. 

This level 4 course will help you gain key skills such as writing high-quality code, testing code and correcting errors, and deploying code into enterprise environments. You’ll understand all stages of the software development lifecycle and business issues related to software development. 

Studying this qualification will prepare you for a range of jobs, including Web Developer, Application Developer, Games Developer and Software Developer.

Course Content


Understands and operates at all stages of the software development lifecycle; understands the similarities and differences (taking into account positives and negatives of both approaches) between agile and waterfall software development methodologies; understands how teams work effectively to produce software and contribute appropriately; understands and applies software design approaches and patterns and can interpret and implement a given design, compliant with security and maintainability requirements; understands and responds to the business environment and business issues related to software development.


Logical and creative thinking skills; analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to work independently and to take responsibility; can use own initiative; a thorough and organised approach; ability to work with a range of internal and external people; ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations; ability to maintain a productive, professional and secure working environment.


Logic: writes good quality code (logic) with sound syntax in at least one language; user interface: can develop effective user interfaces for at least one channel; data: can effectively link code to the database/data sets; test: can test code and analyse results to correct errors found using V-model manual testing and/ or unit testing; problem-solving: can apply structured techniques to problem-solving, can debug code and can understand the structure of programmes in order to identify and resolve issues; design: can create simple data models and software designs to effectively communicate the understanding of the program, following best practices and standards.

Those with an annual wage bill of less than £3m do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Instead, 95% of each apprenticeship is funded by the government whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer to enhance the skills of their employee.

  • Employers are also be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment if the apprentice is aged 16 – 18.
  • Employers with less than 50 employees and where the apprentice is aged 16 – 18, the government will fund 100% of the apprentice and are eligible for a £1000 incentive payment.
  • Employers with those aged 19+ the government will continue to fund 95% of the apprenticeship programme whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer.
  • Businesses can manage this through the Apprenticeship Service online account.

For more information and guidance on this service then please get in touch with our team, who can give you further information.

Funding available. For more information and guidance on this service then please get in touch with our team, who can give you further information.

15-18 months

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