Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship

This Level 4 programme provides advanced training for Software Developers bridging the gap between early career and more senior programming positions.

We teach people to take a leading role in software development projects. Learners are empowered to apply advanced programming concepts and implement practical skills in software design, development, and project management.

Our curriculum combines expert training, one-to-one support, and hands-on projects to accelerate learning and create valuable impact within your software team.

At Baltic, our technical training is delivered remotely in our real-time SMART Classroom environment. Learners are supported throughout their journey by their dedicated Software Coach.

For more information about this programme, browse our summary below, or download your detailed programme guide.

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Our technical training courses are centred around practical activities where apprentices can learn by doing as part of a small cohort. Training is delivered in 2-day sessions, every 6 weeks. In each session, participants will build knowledge, develop skills, and apply advanced coding techniques, led by an expert coach.

Course 1: Planning & Managing Software Development Projects

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

Course 2: Advanced Software Design

In this course, participants will take a deep dive into software design principles, processes, and techniques. Learners will 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, participants will develop their programming knowledge and skills, and learn to apply key software development principles and techniques.

Course 4: Database & Software Services

In this course, participants will focus on developing code for databases and web, including complex data connections and automations.

Course 5: Advanced Software Testing

In this course, apprentices will develop their knowledge and skills around software testing and deployment. Participants will employ testing frameworks and methodologies and apply structured problem-solving techniques to debug code and effectively resolve errors.


Our curriculum combines expert technical training courses with corresponding workplace projects. After completing the course material, apprentices continue to build their skills and apply what they’ve learned within the workplace for immediate impact.

A Level 4 Software Developer apprentice will complete the following projects:

  • Software Planning & Analysis

  • Software Design

  • Software Development

  • Working with Databases & Data Sources

  • Software Testing

  • End-to-End Software Development Project


We believe that personal and professional development are two sides of the same coin. That’s why we deliver a bespoke personal development curriculum alongside our technical training courses. 

Through a mix of one-to-one support sessions, independent study, group discussions and quizzes, our learners are supported to become the best versions of themselves. 

Our personal development programme covers the following themes: 

  • Behaviour & Attitudes

  • Safeguarding

  • Citizenship & British Values

  • Character & Confidence

  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Our learners are also supported to build additional skills to support their role through curated self-study Stretch and Challenge resources. These include Introduction to DevOps, Intermediate Python, SQL, and jQuery.


Role Profile:

Tasks & Responsibilities

Throughout the programme, apprentices will build up the knowledge and experience they’ll need to become an effective, experienced Software Developer.

We work with out employers to find the right fit between a job role and apprenticeship training, creating an individual learning plan for apprentices enrolled on our programmes.

Download the Role Profile below to see how an apprentice Software Developer may fit into your team.

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Programme Guide for Employers

For more information on the courses, training methods and support we offer our apprentice Software Developers, download the complete programme guide for employers below.

This guide contains everything employers need to know about this apprenticeship programme, including typical tasks, duties and responsibilities, training schedule, professional development timeline, funding information and next steps.

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Grow Your Own Software Developer

To find out more about recruiting an apprentice or developing an existing member of your team through this programme, please get in touch with our specialist apprenticeship advisors.