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Course overview

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs, working on a wide range of applications and systems. They develop software solutions that enable specific tasks on computers and devices or control networks.

Their work spans various industries and contexts. For instance, software developers may create transport ticketing systems, customer-facing websites, gaming experiences, or online retail platforms. Their goal is to deliver effective code that enhances user experiences and provides competitive advantages for businesses.

Software developers play a crucial role in organisations by building quality-tested software solutions that improve efficiency, reduce downtime, and analyse data for informed decision-making. They may work as part of a larger team or independently, interpreting design documentation and collaborating with specialists from different fields.

Interacting with internal and external parties, including users, customers, and team members, software developers ensure the effective implementation of software solutions. While primarily office-based, they may also engage in field-based research and testing to understand and meet client needs.

Responsibilities of a software developer include developing software solutions throughout the entire development life cycle, from research and development to continuous improvement and retirement. They may work autonomously or as part of teams, reporting to senior members for guidance and oversight.

The learner journey

1. 18 months on-programme – This is when the individual will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours which will support them for their End-Point Assessment. The learner could partake in a combination of activities, such as classroom based sessions, mentoring, shadowing, bespoke resources and off-site visits in order to support their learning and development. 

You will be required to spend at least six hours a week on off-the-job training in order to meet the course requirements.

2. Gateway – After the 18 months teaching and learning, you, your training provider and the learner will review the learners journey and decide whether it is the right time for the on-programme assessment.

3. End-Point Assessment – This is when your learner will need to demonstrate they have learnt the required knowledge, skills and behaviours, through an on demand knowledge test, a professional discussion, practical observation and business project.


Those with an annual wage bill of less than £3m do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Instead, 95% of each apprenticeship is funded by the government whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer to enhance the skills of their employee.

  • Employers are also be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment if the apprentice is aged 16–18.
  • Employers with less than 50 employees and where the apprentice is aged 16–18, the government will fund 100% of the apprentice and are eligible for a £1000 incentive payment.
  • Employers with those aged 19+ the government will continue to fund 95% of the apprenticeship programme whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer.

Businesses can manage this through the Apprenticeship Service online account.

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To learn additional information about this apprenticeship, you can explore our Course Sheet or Learner Journey.

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