Software Developer Level 4 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

You may start an Apprenticeship at any time. This apprenticeship will take a minimum of 24 months complete.

Entry requirements
  • Qualifications related to the course
  • GCSE requirements or Functional Skills
  • Other requirements e.g. DBS
  • You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice. Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies.
You will achieve

You will achieve Software Developer Level 4 Diploma. (Standard).


Last updated: 17th June 2019

Course overview

The primary role of a software developer is to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project. The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications.

Job roles could include: web developer, application developer, mobile app developer, games developer, real time systems developer and software developer.

Click here for further information regarding the Standard Apprenticeship.



Course content

You will study:

Technical Competencies

  • Writes good quality code 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
  • Problem solving: can apply structured techniques to problem solving,
  • Design: can create simple data models and software designs to effectively
  • Analysis: can understand and create basic analysis documents
  • Deployment : can understand and utilise skills to build, manage and deploy code
  • Development lifecycle: can operate at all stages of the software development lifecycle,
  • Can interpret and follow: − software designs and functional/technical specifications
  • Can respond to the business environment and business issues related to software development
  • Can operate effectively in their own business’s, their customers’ and the industry’s environments
  • Can apply the maths required to be a software developer

Technical Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understands and operates at all stages of the software development lifecycle
  • Understands the similarities and differences of software development methodologies
  • Understands how teams work effectively to produce software and contributes appropriately
  • Understands and applies software design approaches
  • Understands and responds to the business environment related to software development
  • Understands and applies the maths required to be a software developer

Underpinning skills and behaviour

  • 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 situation

How will I be assessed?

Your assessment will include a portfolio of work completed during your apprenticeship, a synoptic project, an employer reference that reviews how well you have performed and an interview with an assessor. Vendor qualifications may be taken as part of this apprenticeship.


What equipment will I need?

You will need to provide your own writing materials and a USB stick.

Where will I study?

You will study within the workplace and attend classes at Barnsley College’s Sci Tech Centre and University Campus Barnsley Number of days attended to be negotiated with the employer.

What can I do next?

You may continue with further study or employment.

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Apprenticeship Team

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.


Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Software Developer Level 4 Apprenticeship