The Complete Career Development Package for Software Developers

This Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship teaches advanced programming concepts alongside essential practical skills. Throughout the programme, you'll learn to design effective solutions, deploy high quality code, and project manage development activity.

With our curriculum, you'll evolve from simple coding to working on a larger scale: learning to create complex code, develop reusable solutions, and take on a leading role within your team.



Level 4 Apprenticeship


Programme Duration

18-21 MONTHS

Training Method
SMART Classroom




Learn by doing with our technical training. You’ll put theory into practice with hands-on activities and expert demonstrations in eight 2-day SMART Classroom sessions. Unlike traditional education, our apprenticeship training doesn’t simply teach for the test. Our exam-free programme and project-led approach gives you the skills you need to thrive in your career.

Course 1: Planning & Managing Software Development Projects

This course builds understanding of how to successfully manage software development activity within industry contexts. You will explore the planning and analysis stages of the Software Development Lifecycle and discover effective project management methodologies to apply to your work.

Course 2: Advanced Software Design

In this course, we’ll take a deep dive into software design principles, processes, and techniques. You’ll explore use cases, develop user stories, and identify reusable solutions to common problems through software design.

Course 3: Advanced Programming

In this practice-led course, you will develop your programming knowledge and skills, and learn to apply key software development principles and techniques.

Course 4: Database & Software Services

In this course, we’ll focus on developing code for databases and web, including complex data connections and automation.

Course 5: Advanced Software Testing

In this course, you will develop your skills around software testing and deployment. You’ll employ testing frameworks and methodologies and apply structured problem-solving techniques to debug code and effectively resolve errors.


Our apprenticeship curriculum combines expert technical training with corresponding workplace projects. After each course, you’ll get the chance to apply what you’ve learned to your day-to-day work and carry on building your skills while making a real difference in your team.

On this programme, you’ll complete the following projects:

  • Software Planning & Analysis

  • Software Design

  • Software Development

  • Working with Databases & Data Sources

  • Software Testing

  • End-to-End Software Development Project


At Baltic, we know that personal and professional development are two sides of the same coin - and both are essential to achieving your potential, at work and beyond. That's why we deliver a bespoke personal development curriculum alongside your training programme. 

Through a mix of one-to-one support sessions, independent study, group discussions and fun quizzes, you'll be supported to become the best version of yourself. 

As a Baltic apprentice, you'll also have access to our vibrant apprenticeship community, with events, awards and more!

Role Overview: Software Developer

Software Developers are the creative minds behind the applications and systems we use each day.

Software Developers are employed in a wide range of businesses and sectors, from SME games studios to finance multinationals. Whether you’re working on front-end elements or the underlying systems, the overarching purpose of a Software Developer is the create and test high quality code.

This apprenticeship programme has been designed to give you the advanced technical skills and industry best practices you’ll need to accelerate towards more senior software roles.

Virtual Training:

SMART Classroom

Our apprentices come together from all over the country and work together in the SMART Classroom learning environment.

Our SMART Classrooms are technology enhanced, cloud-based classrooms that deliver engaging interactive training, live from your expert Software Coach.

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Software Development Technician

If you’ve yet to launch your career in Software, a Level 3 apprenticeship could be an ideal route to get started in the industry. Our Level 3 Software Development Technician apprenticeship could teach you the code to unlock your future.

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Advance Your Career with Baltic

This Level 4 programme is an ideal fit for anyone with some professional experience in software, looking to develop their expertise alongside their role.

To find out more about this programme, or to enquire about joining our next cohort of Software Developers, please get in touch with our team.