The primary role of a Software Tester is to ensure that software operates as intended. Testers typically design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing as appropriate to ensure that software is fit for purpose. They document and report the results of testing activities. They have a good understanding of the software lifecycle and software development practices.
During this time, you'll be working alongside developers, learning their language (agile, scrum, sprints) and adding value to their work from day one. In addition, you'll be learning or improving your coding skills giving you the option of progressing to experienced testing roles or moving into junior development positions.
What will I learn?
You will learn how to plan, design and deliver a range of test strategies, plans and scripts on software applications (including desktop, web, mobile, embedded, mainframe) and how to log and report on these in a range of environments. As part of the Level 4 Software Tester youll be registered as a member with the British Computer Society and be on a fast track to a range of industry recognised qualifications, in demand by employers which can be seen in example modules below.
- Microsoft Technical Associate in C#
- ISTQB Software Testing Foundation
- British Computer Society Development Essentials
- Microsoft Office Certifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Level 4 (equivalent to a Foundation Degree) Apprenticeship
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a mixture of computer based exams, workplace assessment, online portfolio evidencing examples of your work and a work based project.
Youll need to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade A C (including English and Maths), a Level 3 Apprenticeship or A Levels with an interest in business and an aptitude for technology.
Progression & Career Opportunities
Following successful completion of the apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to progress onto the Degree Apprenticeship Digital and Technology Solutions Professional. Career progression could include moving to roles including senior tester, quality assurance, junior developer.
This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.