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Programmers and software development professionals

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This Level 4 apprenticeship is typically 24 months in duration and is suitable for employers looking to recruit and train people 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.

Typical job roles:

  • Web Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Games Developer
  • Software Developer

Qualifications and End-Point Assessment Information

Apprentices will study two BCS accredited knowledge modules.

Knowledge Modules:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Software Development & Methodologies
  • BCS Level 3 Diploma in Software Languages

The qualification is assessed in controlled exam conditions using a one hour multiple choice examination consisting of 40 questions.

End-point assessment will be carried out by the British Computer Society (BCS) and is likely to include a synoptic project, summative portfolio and an interview which will be marked holistically by the Independent Assessor with a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The decision as to when an Apprentice is ready to cross the threshold from Learning and Formative Assessment to the End-point Assessment will be made by the Employer and Training Provider based on their monitoring of an apprentice’s progress. Before the apprentice takes the End-point Assessment they must have successfully completed all of the knowledge modules (including the relevant industry certification) and satisfied the on-the-job practical and behavioural standards.

Method(s) of delivery

The knowledge modules will be delivered through blended learning with taught sessions being delivered at York College for the chosen knowledge units. These are supported by additional learning resources through our VLE. To cover the requirements of the knowledge modules and properly prepare students for end point assessment they will complete the following qualifications:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Software Development & Methodologies
  • BCS Level 3 Diploma in Software Languages

Entry criteria

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include five GCSEs, (especially English, Mathematics and a Science or Technology subject); a relevant Level 3 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills.


24 Months

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