Why choose our Software Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship?

Our Software Engineer Level 4 Apprenticeship gives learners advance skills and technical grounding to design, test and maintain software and web systems. Learners will also gain an understanding on advanced programming, systems and software development projects.

Software Development is at the heart of digital transformation. With demand for services to be consumed online by both clients and employees increasing exponentially, software developers are in high demand. Software Engineers build and test high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. 

QA’s Software Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship programme enables the apprentice to:

  • Build advanced skills and technical grounding to design, test and maintain software and web systems.
  • Receive training on end-to-end software dev stack, as opposed to hyper-focusing on one area of development.
  • Develop more advanced applications.

Tools and technologies learned

Learners will learn to use HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3.


Why choose QA

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30,000

Tech careers started or enhanced through apprenticeships

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94%

Success rate for learners on a QA apprenticeship

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5 minutes

Response time to learner queries

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Under 24 hours

Feedback provided on learner submissions

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100,000

Applicants apply to our apprenticeship programmes every year

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Highest overall pass rate

Among UK tech training providers

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Gold Award

Best Use of Blended Learning at the Learning Tech Awards 2020

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Committed to social mobility, diversity and inclusion

Key partners include Barnardo's, Stemettes and Code First Girls

91% of QA apprentices go straight into full-time jobs
2.1 million jobs in the digital economy
£42,578 average skilled digital salary

The Software Engineer Level 4 programme

Modules

Learners benefit from a flexible and blended learning journey, helping them apply programming solutions to a range of real-life scenarios – gaining valuable workplace skills faster. Below are details of the 18-month Software Engineer Level 4 programme and modules, including Introduction to Software Development, Building Responsive Web Applications, Automation and Software Quality, Design and DevOps, Software Craft, and Microservices and APIs.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • The learner must have completed a Level 3 Software Development Apprenticeship with QA or have an equivalent qualification with another training provider
  • OR an A-level in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subject and a successful completion of our aptitude test
  • OR a BTEC Diploma in IT and a successful completion of our aptitude test
  • OR 2 years’ experience in a relevant role and successful completion of our aptitude test

*Please see the programme guide for full entry requirements.

Possible job roles for a Software Engineer

This programme is suitable for multiple roles, such as:

Web Developer, Applications Developer, Software Developer, tech talent with some entry-level software development experience, or existing development support staff looking for a step up.

Employer funding

The Software Engineer programme can be funded using the apprenticeship levy, requiring you to only pay up to 5% of the programme. In addition, the government incentive provides employers with up to £4,000 for each new apprentice hired by 31 January 2022.

Learn more about the apprenticeship levy Learn more about the government incentive

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