Level 4 Software Developer Course Summary

Advanced Training for Software Developers

Software roles make up eight of the top ten most advertised tech jobs in the UK, including front-end developers, C# developers, and DevOps Engineers. To keep pace with current demand and tackle a growing skills shortage, professional development is absolutely vital.

This Level 4 qualification equips software professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to create and manage effective software solutions and take their expertise to the next level.

We teach advanced software development concepts and industry best practices, covering project management, the software development lifecycle and software design and development.

Alongside these core knowledge modules and practical workplace projects, we offer a flexible choice of specialist courses to create a bespoke training plan that goes beyond the Apprenticeship Standard, offering a range of courses in databases, website development, software testing and object-oriented programming.

With our unique combination of one-to-one support, real-time instructor led training and self-paced online study, this apprenticeship offers an engaging hands-on approach to skills development for your software team.

For more information about the course, take a look at our programme outline:

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There are three core modules for this programme. These courses focus on the key knowledge and principles of software development.

Course 1: The Software Development Lifecycle

This course covers every stage of the software development lifecycle, teaching developers how to work in a systematic and cost-effective way.

Course 2: Project Management for Software Development

This course builds understanding of how to successfully manage software development projects within industry and organisational contexts, including resource management, project management methodologies, and team collaboration.

Course 3: Software Design and Development

This course takes a deep dive into the design and development phases of the software lifecycle, including creating software designs and technical specifications and developing logical and maintainable code.

These core modules are followed by a flexible choice of specialist training in database development, software testing and either object-oriented programming or web development.


At Baltic Apprenticeships, our curriculum moves beyond the knowledge requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard. Create your own bespoke training plan and accelerate learning with our flexible choice of specialist courses, delivered via our online learning platform:

Database Development (3 options):

  • The Ultimate MySQL Bootcamp
  • Querying Microsoft SQL Server
  • The Complete Oracle SQL Bootcamp

Web Development or Object Oriented Programming (6 options):

  • The Ultimate Web Developer
  • HTML5 & CSS
  • UX & Web Design Master
  • The Complete Python Developer
  • Unreal Engine Blueprint & Unity Games Development
  • Complete C# Masterclass

Software Testing (1 option):

  • ISTQB Foundation Software Tester

After mastering the technical training courses, learners will implement their new skills through practical workplace projects and interactive competency workshops.

Workplace Projects

Apprentices will complete a range of practical software development projects during the programme, which will form a robust and professional portfolio of evidence.

Competency Workshops

Our specialist Technical Skills Coaches will support and prepare learners for the Workplace Projects through four Competency Workshops. These training days enable learners to apply the knowledge from their technical training to their current working environments and projects.

EPA Preparation: Implementing Software Development Methodologies

This course is a culmination of all technical training delivered throughout the apprenticeship and is designed to help learners effectively prepare for the project element of their End Point Assessment.


Roles, Duties & Responsibilities


To achieve this qualification, your apprentice would be expected to build relevant knowledge and experience within their job role, working on software projects. The Workplace Curriculum summarises the duties your apprentice should take on in the workplace to meet the Apprenticeship Standard and succeed on the programme.

Download the Workplace Curriculum below to see how a Software apprenticeship may fit into your team’s professional development.

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Additional Information

Programme Outline

This Level 4 apprenticeship is an ideal training and development route for software developers, equipping individuals with advanced coding knowledge and technical skills.

For more information on the modules, training methods and support we offer, download the full programme guide below.

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If you're an employer looking to train an existing member of your team, or if you're looking to recruit an apprentice, then speak to one of our specialist advisors.