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Software Developer Level 4

Subject Area
Digital Technologies
Start Date
Study Mode
24 Months, plus End-Point Assessment
Entry Requirements
You will have A levels, a relevant Level 3 Apprenticeship or qualification or other relevant qualifications and experience. In addition, you should also have Maths and English at GCSE grade 4/C or above or an equivalent qualification.

You will learn the skills necessary to train people to build and test simple, high-quality code access, front end, logic, and database layers. Employment as a Software Developer will typically involve working as part of a larger team, in which you will be responsible for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project.

Individual employers may set additional criteria.

What will I study?

Apprentices will study two BCS accredited knowledge modules:

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

How will I be assessed?

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you will complete an End-Point Assessment. The-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 the knowledge modules (including the relevant industry certification) and satisfied the on-the-job practical and behavioural standards.

Qualifications received

Level 4 Diploma in Software Development & Methodologies

Your next steps

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration. Completion of this apprenticeship can lead to promotion within your role or your organisation or a higher-level programme of study.

Find out more
To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Partnership Team: Tel: 01904 770368 or email:

Method 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 Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however, you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Typical job roles

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