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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 78


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Tuition (£): 0.00*

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Course Summary

This qualification will teach you a range of skills to assist your coding development, so that you can analyse data and take account of any security procedures that you must follow.  You will cover basic analysis models such as cases and process maps. 

The apprenticeship involves Level 2 Maths and English, 20% off-the-job training and an end-point assessment which you will sit with BCS. You will have membership of BCS for the duration of the course and up to a year afterwards. 

The length of the course, depending on your previous skills, knowledge and qualfications, is 18 months and it entails one day a week of tuition either in College on on Microsoft Teams (this will be decided). 

Please note that there are no vendor qualifications within this apprenticeship. 


Entry requirements


Your screening results, if you have no exemptions, should be at Level 2. 

You need contracted employment of 30 hours minimum. 

Course Content

You will cover: 

  • Logic: writing simple code for discrete software components following an appropriate logical approach to agreed standards (whether for web, mobile or desktop applications)
  • Security: applying appropriate secure development principles to specific software components at all stages of development
  • Data: making simple connections between code and defined data sources as specified
  • Test: functionally testing that the deliverables for a component have been met or not
  • Analysis: following basic analysis models such as cases and process maps
  • You will learn how to:
  • Solve logical problems (including appropriate mathematical application)
  • Respond to the business environment and business issues related to software development
  • Develop user interfaces as appropriate to the organisation's development standards and the type of component being developed
  • Understand the business context and market environment for software development, the structure of software applications and the software development lifecycle
  • Implement code, connect to specfic data sources and understand database normalisation.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assigned an assessor and tutor who will support you throughout the course. Assessment includes: 

  • Regular mock tests 
  • Observations 
  • Professional discussions
  • Work products and projects 
  • End-point assessment 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

If you are over 19, your employer will pay 5% of the funding.

You need a laptop. 

What can I do after this course?

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians, upon confirming an appropriate SFIA Level 3 professional competence.  Those completing the apprenticeship would then be eligible to apply for registration.

You could also consider a Level 4 Software Developer qualification. 


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Dominic Saneria

Dominic Saneria

From Derby College to Workforce Planning Manager at Barclays Bank

After finishing school I wanted to focus specifically on IT and achieved better results when doing course work so chose a BTEC National Diploma at Derby College. I really enjoyed focusing solely on IT but having various different disciplines with the IT, it gave me a varied understanding of what is expected within each different branch of IT. My time at the College gave me an understanding of different roles that I could do in a work environment and what skills are applicable in each field. I use of the technical programming skills I learnt at the College on a day to day basis.

The most exciting part of my current role is training and developing new staff members, helping them to learn new technical process and learning transferable skills that can go across the industry.


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