The primary role of a software developer is to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project.

Apprenticeship Standard: ST0116


Meet our students Abi Hull

Abi Hull

I have learnt so many valuable techniques and skills to broaden my creative repertoire during my time on this course. My visual language has been challenged and expanded by the wide range of subjects and projects covered across the board. I have learnt invaluable lessons throughout my time at UCN and I will carry these skills with me throughout my career in the Creative Industries.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Anna Bayliss

Anna Bayliss

The practical work and the chance to use the computer software in a more in-depth programme was the reason I chose the study at Newbury College. I enjoy being able to be creative in my learning.

Creative Media Level 3

Meet our students Jake Lambourn

Jake Lambourn

I chose Newbury College because it provided me with the right course in the specific area of IT I wanted to pursue. As an apprentice, the on-the-job training allowed me to fully immerse myself in the career I wanted and a work environment which taught me the skills I still use today. Since leaving the College I have worked for various companies around the South East including design agencies, print and digital marketing companies, start-ups and charities. I am delighted to currently be using my skills to support the local community at Apple Print Creative and Design as a Web Developer.

Apprenticeship in IT

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

In undertaking the HNC Graphic Design course I feel that I have been able to develop both my skills and knowledge to a level which would be required in the commercial environment. It has been a lot of work, but totally worth the end result. I have designed a logo which will be used by Newbury College which was a great opportunity for anyone starting out; I have a client who I am working with to create illustrations for a book; and I am starting to sell my own work commercially. UCN provides a great option to anyone who is interested in going to university but would like the option of staying at home, and paying lower fees.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Zoe Bulsara

Zoe Bulsara

The HNC in Graphic Design course has given me an excellent understanding of the creative industry, the skills and techniques required including Adobe software ready to take forward with confidence into my career aspiration of becoming an Illustrator. All the lecturers have been very supportive whilst, pushing me to fulfil my full potential.

Creative Media Level 3

  • Description

    A Software Developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications. The customer requirements will typically be defined and agreed by more experienced or specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.

    Typical Job Roles:

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

    An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

  • Entry Requirements

    Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England and have no upper age limit. Any vacancies will clearly state what the entry requirements are for the job role being advertised. There will be different entry requirements depending on the company and role.

    A minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including maths and English are recommended for this apprenticeship. Individuals without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

    It is helpful if apprentices have experience in their chosen field , but this is not essential.

  • Qualification

    Apprenticeship Standard: ST0116 Software Developer

  • Progression

    Achievement of this apprenticeship could lead to progression onto other higher education courses.

  • Assessment

    Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their job and career. Apprentices will have their skills, knowledge and behaviours evaluated at the end of their apprenticeship by taking an end-point assessment (EPA). This is known as synoptic assessment. Individuals without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

  • Home Study

    The apprentice is expected to study through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. The time spent on off-the-job training should be at least 20% and should be included as part of working hours. The employer must allow time to complete the apprenticeship within the working hours, however, some homework may be set by College Tutors or Development Coaches.

  • Work Placement

    This is a work-based programme and is studied as part of an apprenticeship.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, you will not have to fund your own tuition, it is your employer and the government who cover the fees. If you are over 25, you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of your training, but it depends on your employer. If you do have to contribute to the cost of training, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    The cost of training an apprentice is dependent on their age and whether or not the business pays the Apprenticeship Levy. There are a range of different grants and incentives available to employers. Contact us for up-to-date information and advice on the funding support available.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

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