Level 3 Software Development apprenticeship

Software is the programmes used to operate computers and apps on our devices. As we continue to shift to a digital world, businesses are starting to use their own custom software, so that they can improve their customer’s experience and business operations. These companies are now seeking people with the creative and technical skills to build and maintain their software.

Software development is an exciting area of tech that’s demanding skilled digital talent. And the Level 3 Software Development Technician apprenticeship is a fantastic way to get the foundational skills to programme and code software on web, mobile and/or desktop devices.

If you’re looking to start a career in software development as a junior software developer, or want to build a digital talent pipeline in your business, then the Level 3 Software Development apprenticeship will deliver the sought-after digital skills training that you need.

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Who is the Software Development apprenticeship for?

The Level 3 Software Development Technician apprenticeship is an entry-level skills development opportunity. Apprentices may be new recruits who are analytical with good problem-solving skills and the desire to work as part of a team. Or they may be existing team members keen to reskill or upskill in the fundamentals of software development.

Either way, during their apprenticeship, learners will interpret and build simple design requirements for software components.

Apprentices may be in one of the following job roles:
Software Development Level 3 Training Programme
Software development technicians on this apprenticeship will write simple code for components of a software project. They’ll use programming concepts and techniques like Agile and Waterfall to design quality software and meet technical and functional specifications. They’ll also test and problem-solve any errors in the software’s code.

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Level 3 Software Development apprenticeship essentials




18 months



Funding for the Level 3 Software Development apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are funded by businesses and/or the Government. Apprentices never have to pay for their training.

Small businesses, or SMEs, who hire an apprentice can pay for the apprenticeship through co-investment or levy transfer. They'll receive 95-100% of the training costs covered. Large employers may pay through their apprenticeship levy.

Click here to find out more about apprenticeship funding for SMEs and levy payers.

The benefits of a Software Development apprenticeship

  • To make a true business impact, apprentices work on practical assignments and real projects aligned to their company
  • Delivered virtually on-the-job to reduce time away from the workplace
  • Inclusive training for any age or background
  • Specialist software development training in areas such as user interface design, data structures, Agile software development approaches and concepts such as machine learning and AI.
“The apprenticeship covered the same topics I am working with and use the same Microsoft technologies I do at work. Learning the theory helped with the practical tasks I was given by project managers.”

Gabriel Brown, Software Developer apprenticeship

What does the Software Development apprenticeship cover?

Intequal’s Level 3 Software Development apprenticeship provides junior software developers with the skills and knowledge to get started in the thriving tech industry. Whether you’re a jobseeker looking for practical experience, or a business competing for digital talent, a Software Development apprenticeship with on-the-job software development training will give you a competitive advantage.

During the Level 3 Software Development Technician apprenticeship, apprentices will learn:

Computer Programming 101

The fundamentals of programming across desktop, web and mobile devices, learning about user interfaces, version control systems, data structures and programming paradigms.


A practical understanding of databases including design, advanced queries, normalisation, administration and maintenance.

Development Methodologies and Testing

The full software development lifecycle including roles and responsibilities, testing and major development methodologies such as Agile and Waterfall.

Software Development in Practice

How to interpret software development requirements to design, test, configure, deploy and maintain software, whilst working on a software development project.

Apprenticeship Plus+

An optional commercial certificate to enrich the apprenticeship and develop skills in specific technologies or practices. Choose from a range of Microsoft Azure or Power Platform courses.

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