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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 78


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Tuition (£): 0.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

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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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*** 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

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Sam Mount

Sam Mount

Logging into a social media career

Apprentice Sam Mount is helping Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Hotel to improve its social media presence. He is one of three apprentices recruited by the hotel across its operations in a new partnership with Derby College. One of the city’s top boutique establishments, the hotel is a business focused on customer experience, and values its social media credibility highly.
Sam’s work plays an important role in communicating and engaging with customers as well as building the hotel brand through creative platforms. He attends Derby College on day release every two months as he works towards an NVQ award.

While the social side of university life appealed to me, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to study for three years, especially when there was no guarantee of a job at the end of it. I’d always been interested in both the software and hardware aspects of computer technology, so when I saw the social media opportunity on the national apprenticeship website, I decided to give it a go.


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