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Level 3 Apprenticeship in IT (Software Development)


Course Overview

This apprenticeship programme includes learning about the primary role of a software development technician, who works as part of a team to build software components for web, mobile and desktop applications to be used by the wider team of a business for large software development projects.

The apprentice will interpret simple design requirements for component projects by implementing code that other teams have developed, to produce the required component.

Course Content

The apprentice will be engaged in testing that the components produced meet the intended functionality, and taking responsibility throughout the software development lifecycle.

Students gain knowledge on a range of IT components such as security, data, analytics, and quality assurance.

Some of the core competencies the apprentice will learn include: 
  • understanding the structure of software applications
  • understanding the context for various development platforms (web, applications, desktop),
  • understanding how to implement code with a logical approach
  • understanding how to follow functional and non-functional requirements
  • understanding how to connect code to specified data sources
  • understanding why there is a need to follow good coding practices
  • understanding the importance of security in software at the development stage.

Entry Requirement

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification.
  • You will need to be employed, or find employment in the IT industry.


As part of this apprenticeship programme, the apprentice will spend four days in the workplace and one day at college where they will undertake classroom training, portfolio building and will perform practical related projects.

Where does this course lead to

After this course you can choose to go on to study at a higher level, or to go into employment. Upon completion, the individual will be eligible to apply for the Register of IT Technicians.

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Course Outline

Course Code: CP08
Study Mode: Apprenticeship
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: TBC.
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