Software Development Technician – Level 3

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How Ginger Nut Deliver

Our training delivery is based on a blended model of one-to-one sessions, at least every 4 weeks, with group sessions, webinars, online courses, video, and additional support as required. This means that our learners have the guidance they need as well as the flexibility to learn around the requirements of their jobs. We find that this approach reduces disruption for the learners and their line managers giving everyone the best chance of benefitting from the training and completing the course.

To support learning, all learners are given access to LinkedIn Learning, including bespoke channels designed to support their apprenticeship and Perlego, which includes full searchable access to hundreds of thousands of textbooks to support study.

  • Introduction to the software development life cycle
  • Software development methodologies
  • Roles in software development teams
  • The software development life cycle
    • Requirements
    • Analysis
    • Design
    • Development
    • Testing
    • Deployment
    • Maintenance
  • Software quality and security
  • User interface
  • Data connections

There are two main knowledge modules in the course which must be completed before gateway

  • Software development content and methodologies (usually delivered in months 1-9)
  • Programming (usually delivered in months 10-15)

Project Activity and Portfolio Building

Once these exams have been successfully completed, we start to focus more on the learner’s portfolio to show evidence of all knowledge, skills and behaviours and how they have been used in their role.

Gateway and End Point Assessment

End Point Assessment consists of an employer reference, synoptic project, portfolio and interview.

The synoptic project will be set by the End Point Assessment Organisation and will be based on typical business scenarios. The learner will be given 5 days to complete, and it must be done away from their desk in a controlled environment.

In preparation for gateway, we put all learners through at least one mock synoptic project and one mock interview to ensure learner is ready for End Point Assessment.

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Level 3


Total Length of Apprenticeship, including End Point Assessment (subject to working hours and reasonable adjustment) – 18 months


Maximum cost of Apprenticeship, including End Point Assessment (subject to reasonable adjustment) - £15,000

Appropriate Learner Roles/Activities

To be able to complete the apprenticeship, learners must be given the opportunity to do the following:

  • Assist in the smooth running of software development projects
  • Work alongside other developers in coding software from scratch or in changing existing code when requested
  • Work as part of a software development team
  • Have exposure and opportunities to contribute to the requirements, design, testing, release and maintenance stages of software development

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