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Role Profile

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Organisations use software to ensure that their operations become ever more effective and robustly reduce the incidence of downtime by building quality tested software solutions to give a better service. For example, in commercial organisations this can give them a competitive advantage by being able to analyse significant amounts of data quickly and efficiently to provide the business with information and management systems. This can save time and help the business spot profit making opportunities. For public sector bodies the right software solution can drive up performance and help target scarce resources more effectively and ensure that customer expectations are more likely to be met.

Software Developer Knowledge & Skills Taught:

As with all of our level 3 & 4 apprenticeships, you are not required to have any pre-requisite grades or skills. The purposes is to upskill the individual to the point of industry level competency within the given time period, whilst working within the field. Apprenticeships are a fusion of learning theory and applied experience, to produce applicable competency within a given field.


  • Create logical and maintainable codes
  • Develop effective user interfaces
  • Link code to data sets
  • Test code and analyse results to correct errors found using unit testing
  • Conduct a range of test types, such as Integration, System, User Acceptance, Non-Functional, Performance and Security testing.
  • Identify and create test scenarios
  • Apply structured techniques to problem solving, can debug code and can understand the structure of programmes to identify and resolve issues
  • Create simple software designs to effectively communicate understanding of the program
  • Create analysis artefacts, such as use cases and/or user stories
  • Build, manage and deploy code into the relevant environment
  • Apply an appropriate software development approach according to the relevant paradigm (for example object oriented, event driven or procedural)
  • Follow software designs and functional/technical specifications
  • Follow testing frameworks and methodologies
  • Follow company, team or client approaches to continuous integration, version and source control
  • Communicate software solutions and ideas to technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Apply algorithms, logic and data structures
  • Interpret and implement a given design whist remaining compliant with security and maintainability requirements


  • All stages of the software development life cycle (what each stage contains, including the inputs and outputs)
  • Roles and responsibilities within the software development lifecycle (who is responsible for what)
  • The roles and responsibilities of the project life cycle within your organisation, and your role
  • How best to communicate using the different communication methods and how to adapt appropriately to different audiences
  • The similarities and differences between different software development methodologies, such as agile and waterfall.
  • How teams work effectively to produce software and how to contribute appropriately
  • Software design approaches and patterns, to identify reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems
  • Organisational policies and procedures relating to the tasks being undertaken, and when to follow them. For example, the storage and treatment of GDPR sensitive data.
  • Principles of algorithms, logic and data structures relevant to software development for
    •  Arrays
    •  Stacks
    •  Queues
    •  Linked Lists
    •  Trees
    •  Graphs
    •  Hash Tables
    •  Sorting Algorithms
    •  Searching Algorithms
    •  Critical sections and race conditions.
  • Principles and uses of relational and non-relational databases
  • Software designs and functional/technical specifications
  • Software testing frameworks and methodologies


  • Works independently and takes responsibility. For example, has a disciplined and responsible approach to risk, and stays motivated and committed when facing challenges
  • Applies logical thinking. For example, uses clear and valid reasoning when making decisions related to undertaking work instructions
  • Maintains a productive, professional and secure working environment
  • Works collaboratively with a wide range of people in different roles, internally and externally, with a positive attitude to inclusion & diversity
  • Acts with integrity with respect to ethical, legal and regulatory ensuring the protection of personal data, safety and security.
  • Shows initiative for solving problems within their own remit, being resourceful when faced with a problem to solve.
  • Communicates effectively in a variety of situations to both a technical and nontechnical audience.
  • Shows curiosity to the business context in which the solution will be used, displaying an inquisitive approach to solving the problem.
  • This includes the curiosity to explore new opportunities, and techniques; the tenacity to improve methods and maximise performance of the solution; and creativity in their approach to solutions.
  • Demonstrates creativity and tenacity in their approach to solutions and the methods used to come to a solution for example, sees the task through to the end by devising new solutions and despite obstacles and problems along the way.
  • Committed to continued professional development.

Typical Job Roles:

  • Web Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Games Developer
  • Software Developer

Apprenticeship Pathways:

These are the courses roadmaps. It is a portion of the work which will follow through the entirity of the apprenticeship course. With on the job experience, and off-the-job learning rounding out in the rest of the training.

AWS - Software Developer Apprenticeship Pathway

Generic - Software Developer Apprenticeship Pathway

Microsoft - Software Developer Apprenticeship Pathway

Software Developer Courses:

All relevant courses within your selected pathway, for yourself or your employee, can be found below.

Introduction to Software Development

AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials (AWS Only)

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (Microsoft Only)

Java Developer or C# Programming or PythonProgramming or Web Development 1 (Generic Only)

The GKA Way

Introduction to C# | Introduction to Python (AWS Only)

Developing on AWS (AWS Only)

C# Developer (Microsoft Only)

Introduction to Test Engineering (Microsoft Only)

Introduction to SQL

Python Programming (AWS Only)

Java Advanced Developer or Python Programming 2 or Web Development 2 (Generic Only)

Systems Development Essentials using Agile

Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (Microsoft Only)

ITIL4 Foundation

The EPA Way


Technical Competencies

Getting Started - Software Developer

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