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Software Developer Apprenticeship - Level 4

Kickstart your career

You will receive a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Software Development

Our resources

State of the art skills labs and specialist facilities to ensure high training standards

University support

Our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Typical duration for this apprenticeship is 2.5 years.
Start date(s):

Typical start dates are September, January and May.

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Take your application, mobile app, game or software development skills to the next level on our 2-year Software Developer Apprenticeship.

The Software Developer Level 4 Apprenticeship has been designed for Web Developers, Application Developers, Mobile App Developers, Games Developers and Software Developers. Suitable roles will involve building and testing, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. Apprentices will typically be working as part of a larger team on projects in which they have responsibility for some of the elements of the overall project. The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Software Development

Course content

The programme will cover a broad range of topics including the following:


Year 1 Modules:

A focus on core skills - Maths and Data Analysis, Computer Architecture, Primary research and ethics.

  • Software Fundamentals
  • Computer Systems Development
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Business Analysis
  • Data and Databases

Year 2 Modules: 

  • Skills Portfolio and Career Plan
  • Negotiated Work Based Project
  • Software Engineer - UML And Design Patterns
  • Agile Web Applications

Professional accreditation

The 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.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the award are normally: Level 2 certification in Mathematics and English and level 3 certification equivalent to 48 UCAS Tariff points (e.g. 2 A Levels at grades DD). Applicants without the required qualifications but sufficient work experience will be considered on application.


For levy-paying organisations the cost is paid from their digital account at a rate of £18,000. For non-levy paying organisations the cost is £900.

Delivery and assessment


Apprentices will attend a one-day induction at the beginning of the apprenticeship before the launch of the first module. There is a four-day module launch for each learning block in September, January and May. The module launch is designed to provide apprentices with an overview of the module and its assessment. There will be a number of presentations, activities and the opportunity to get to know your tutors and other apprentices as well as a tour of the library and other university facilities.


The final, end point assessment is completed in the last few months of the apprenticeship. It is based on the following elements:

A portfolio - produced towards the end of the apprenticeship. This will contain evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship which, taken together, cover the totality of the standard

A project - giving the apprentice the opportunity to undertake a business-related project over a one-week period away from the workplace

An employer reference - taking the form of a structured interview with an assessor, exploring the work produced for the portfolio and project

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills


Typical Job Roles: Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, Software Developer.

To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme, enquire with us today.