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Level 4 Software Developer

Apprenticeship Standard

This programme will support you in developing the skill set to deliver measurable value to organisations as a flexible, well-organised, team oriented and self-motivated Software Developer. What you learn will also naturally support your next professional steps.

WDR work with employers to design and customise their Apprenticeship Programme, so that it addresses internal training requirements and aligns with the specified knowledge and skills required for the standard.

Key components of this Apprenticeship Standard cover the following:

Knowledge & Skills

Key components of this Apprenticeship Standard cover the following:

  • Managing Self
  • Logic
  • Business Skills
  • User Interface
  • Data
  • Design/li>
  • Test
  • Development Lifecycle
  • Analysis
  • Deployment



The behavioural components covered during the programme are:

  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • Can use own initiative
  • A thorough and organised approach
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • Maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

Level 4 Software Developer
at a glance

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels; a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification; relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.


The expected duration of this apprenticeship standard is 24 months.

Learning Resources

All apprentices will be given access to our online Learning Portal which contains eLearning modules, papers, thought pieces, videos and recommended reading.

Benefits for Individuals

  • Learn to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers
  • Upgrade your software development skills according to best practice
  • Enhance your confidence and credibility within the workplace
  • Gain transferable skills for use throughout your career/li>
  • Be eligible for professional recognition in your industry
  • Achieve a nationally recognised standard in Software Development

Benefits for Employers

  • Skilled and motivated employees
  • Better relationships and communication in teams
  • Improved working practices, communication and teamwork
  • Transfer of new skills into the organisation
  • Increased employee engagement and retaining talent
  • Training investment co-funded by the government

Summary of Assessment

Portfolio – presented towards the end of the apprenticeship, containing evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship, usually towards the end, and which, taken together, cover the totality of the standard, and which is assessed as part of the end point assessment.

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

Employer reference.

Structured interview with an assessor - exploring what has been presented in the portfolio and the project as well as looking at how it has been produced.


Further Information

For further information please contact us.