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Level 3 Apprenticeship: Software Development Technician Standard

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.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: IT, Digital Skills and Computer Science
Apprenticeships
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 78
Hours:
Start: Flexible
Days/Times:
The Roundhouse

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/level-3-apprenticeship-software-development-technician-standard
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Course Information for Students

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. 

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

You need contracted employment of 30 hours minimum. 

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 specific data sources and understand database normalisation.

The apprenticeship will be delivered in the workplace and on-site. 

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

You need a laptop. 

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

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. 

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

The apprentice will attend College on site or remotely via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. They will be trained in:

  • How to write simple coding
  • Appropriate secure development
  • Data
  • Problem-solving

They will complete two modules of underpinning knowledge and have an end-point assessment. 

The apprentice should have a contract for a minimum of 30 hours per week and should have GCSE grade 5/C or above in Maths, English and one Science subject. 

The employer will have to ensure there is:

  • Paid attendance at College
  • Training in the workplace, with opportunities for learning (20% per week)
  • Time to complete the reviews with the assessor
  • Training, helping the apprentice build an understanding of the development technician role, both practical and theoretical
  • Time to train and complete their work
  • Support
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good timekeeping
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to becoming a software technician and pursuing this as a career
  • Motivated
  • The Apprenticeship Standard
  • End-point assessment
  • Level 2 Maths and English

The assessment involves:

  • Exams
  • Assessment in line with an observation at work
  • Questions
  • Products of work
  • Witness testimonies

You and your apprentice will be supported by a competent tutor/assessor.

Yes, but this may be remote attendance depending on the climate. 

The delivery mode is to be decided but it will involve at least one day a week in College as part of their working week.

The apprentice will need a laptop. 

Your organisation also needs to deal in the criteria required to complete the qualification. 

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.

They could also advance to a Level 4 Software Developer qualification. 

Software Development TechnicianJunior Developer, Junior Web Developer, Junior Application Developer, Junior Mobile App Developer, Junior Games Developer, Junior Software Developer, Junior Application Support Analyst, Junior Programmer, Assistant Programmer and Automated Test Developer.

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call 01332 387421

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Programmers and Software Development Professionals

£35002

Programmers and Software Development Professionals

IT Project and Programme Managers

£37521

IT Project and Programme Managers

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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Course Information Last Updated On: November 4, 2021 11:02 am