Software Developer

Building and testing simple, high-quality code for software.

Typical Job Roles: Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, Software Developer.

Typical Duration: The duration is typically up to 24 months, plus an End Point Assessment.

Excellent Work-Based Learning is employer-responsive

TDM coaches guide and drive each individual, employer-responsive learning plan with intent to:

  • fully embed the employee into their new role
  • achieve and exceed the National Apprenticeship Standard.

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Software Developer Apprenticeships – Occupation Duties

By following a Digital Infrastructure Technician learning plan, you will prove at least the following Occupation Duties…


Take and interpret given software development requirements to estimate effort to deliver the work product to enable accurate costs to be established

Sequencing & Structuring

Break software development activities down into logical units of work to enable sequencing and ensure the best possible structuring of activities to deliver a high quality product right first time.


Report & Audit

Report progress accurately throughout the development life-cycle stages to ensure adequate audit trails of key worksteps such that the organisation can demonstrate how the product has been created for quality and commercial purposes.


Identify and report any impediments to software development activities and propose practical solutions.


Customer Requirements

Convert customer requirements into technical requirements, both functional and non-functional to ensure that customers’ expectations are accurately reflected in the software products developed.


Best Practice & Quality Standards

Identify and select the most appropriate technical solution, taking into consideration coding best practice and appropriate quality standards..



Communicate software development solutions to a range of internal or external stakeholders to ensure clear understanding of requirements and how they have been met or adjusted.


Security Implications

Consider security implications of proposed design to ensure that security considerations are built in from inception and throughout the development process.


Written Solutions

Write logical and maintainable software solutions to meet the design and organisational coding standards (Software Development Lifecycle -Implementation and Build phase).


Security Application

Apply security best practice to the software solution throughout the software development life-cycle.


Project Documentation

Create and maintain appropriate project documentation to explain the development process and resources used.

Recovery Techniques

Apply appropriate recovery techniques to ensure the software solution being developed is not lost (Software Development Lifecycle -Implementation and Build phase).

Change Control

Implement appropriate change control to ensure that software development changes may be tracked and quality risks managed.

Implementation and Build

Undertake unit testing of solutions, with appropriate levels of test code coverage, to identify and, where necessary, resolve issues (Software Development Lifecycle -Implementation and Build phase).


    Perform testing of the software solution to ensure a high quality output (Software Development Lifecycle -Test phase).


    Deliver a suitably documented deployable solution to the customer for their use (Software Development Lifecycle -Deploy phase).

    Delivery Support

    Support delivery of one or more software deployment phases, such as trials and final release, to ensure that software developer outcomes are deployed correctly.

    Customer Application Support

    Provide support during software trials and after final release to ensure that customers understand and can correctly apply the product, and risks are mitigated.

    Customer Service

    Respond appropriately to given Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure that time and resources invested in software development activity are allocated appropriately to deliver good customer service.

    Bug Fixing

    Apply suitable ‘bug fix’, appropriate to the severity and priority of the software development issue identified.

    Self Learning

    Practice continuous self learning to keep up to date with technological developments to enhance relevant skills and take responsibility for own professional development.

    Required Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours

    Software Developer Apprenticeships Knowledge:

    • 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.
    • Algorithms, logic and data structures relevant to software development for example:- 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 or technical specifications
    • Software testing frameworks and methodologies



    • Create logical and maintainable code
    • 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, debug code and understand the structure of programmes in order 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 or 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


    • 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 and takes responsibility 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 non-technical 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, techniques and the tenacity to improve methods and maximise performance of the solution and creativity in their approach to solutions
    • Committed to continued professional development


    Typical Certifications

    • C&G Level 2 Functional Skills in English
    • C&G Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths

    Professional Development: Attitudes and Behaviours

    TDM are acutely aware that the UK faces a productivity gap in our workforce when we are compared against competitor nations.  We are determined to do our bit to improve the performance and quality standards of the UK workforce.

    This is why TDM also offer a dedicated Professional Development Coach who, in collaboration with employer mentors, will further develop apprentices’:

    • Logical and creative thinking skills
    • Analytical and problem solving skills
    • Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
    • Readiness to use own initiative
    • Application of 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
    • Ability to maintain productive, professional and secure working environment
    • Engagement with Professional Development Activities which go beyond their job role

    Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in both English and Maths will need to be achieved by all TDM learners.

    TDM coaches also proudly support other National Educational Priorities, such as:

    • British Values: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Tolerance & Mutual Respect, Individual Liberty.
    • Health & Safety in the Workplace
    • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
    • Equality & Diversity
    • Safeguarding (including prevention against radicalisation)

    Individual Learning Plan

    To achieve and exceed the National Apprenticeship Standard, 6 hours a week of salaried hours must be spent in learning away from the workstation. 

    Your Individual Learning Plan will be delivered by both “field expert” Tech Coaches and “gently uncompromising” Professional Development Coaches.  According to the particular needs of each employer / learner / topic, TDM coaches will responsively plan and deliver options such as:

    • one-to-one coaching tutorials (online or in the workplace) which guide ePortfolio and employer reference building
    • task-setting and guidance through personally selected learning activities to be completed away from workstation including (eg): eLearning, print materials, journal articles, practice labs and tutorials, etc.
    • “tutored” online group learning events
    • classroom size <=15 learners (in Birmingham or Worcester)
    • classroom size <=8 learners (in Birmingham or Worcester)
    • ad-hoc extra support from a Professional Development Coach who will support the apprentice to develop more employable attitudes and behaviours.

    Typical Entry Requirements

    Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include:

    • 2 x A levels
    • OR a level 3 apprenticeship
    • OR another relevant qualification
    • OR relevant experience
    • AND/OR an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

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