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This occupation is found across every sector for example, Financial Services, Computer Gaming, Retail, Transport, Security and Defence in organisations ranging from large multi-nationals, public sector bodies and government projects developing multi-billion-pound software solutions to support key projects to small consultancy firms designing bespoke software solutions for clients.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to understand a client’s requirements as provided in design specification and then build and test high-quality code solutions to deliver the best outcome.

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

In their daily work, a Software Developer interacts with internal and external parties including users/customers (to understand their needs and test the software developed through user testing) and team members from a range of specialist fields including designers, developers, engineers, analysts and project/delivery managers (to ensure the effective implementation of software solutions). 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. The customer requirements will typically be defined and agreed by more experienced or specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.



The Software Developer  Apprenticeship will typically take 30 months to complete

Month 1- 24 is for the on-programme delivery of the apprenticeship. Following this, should apprentices be successful in passing through the  gateway in Month 24, Months 25-30 is allocated for  End Point Assessment.

1 day a week College attendance for 24 months



  • Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing


Course and Qualification Name

  • Level 4 Software Developer
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing



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