Level 3 Software Development Technician

A Software Development Technician typically works as part of a software development team, to build simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects. They will interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of the project under supervision. The approach will typically include implementing code, which other team members have developed, to produce the required component. . The Software Development Technician will also be engaged in testing that the specific component meets its intended functionality.

Level 3

Up to 18 months

Maximum Funding for Employers: £15000

Start Date: Once a month

Entry Requirements:
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs (especially English, mathematics and a science or technology subject); other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills.

Progression Plan:
Software Development Technician, Junior Developer, Junior Web Developer, Junior Application Developer, Junior Mobile App Developer, Junior Software Developer, Junior Programmer, Assistant Programmer, Further Education: Software Engineer Level 4, Software Developer Level 4.

Professional recognition and certification:
Apprenticeship progression routes are also available to learners with options like the Level 4 Network Engineer or L4 Cyber Security Technologist.

End Point Assessment:
All Apprenticeships end with the End Point Assessment (EPA). This is completed by a third party, the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). The EPA encompasses the evaluation of all of the work completed throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.

For the Level 3 Software Development Technician Apprenticeship, the EPA consists of a Knowledge Test comprised of 2 units, and a Presentation and Interview also comprised of 2 units, with the independent assessor.

The apprentice will only enter the EPA ‘Gateway’ once the Employer is content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard. In making this decision, the in-work mentor may take advice from Firebrand, but the decision must ultimately be made by them.

The EPAO determines when all other Gateway requirements have been met, and the EPA period will only commence once the EPAO has confirmed this.

The EPA assessment period in Gateway can be anything from 4 weeks to 6 months.

For further information, please contact:
02033 711 041

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