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Software Tester L4

This apprenticeship has a duration of 24 months

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.

Typical job roles are:

  • Software Tester
  • Software Test Analyst

Benefits to business

  • Develop the skills your business needs
  • Get qualified and motivated staff
  • Future proof your business
  • Professional qualifications for your staff

Benefits for apprentices

  • Gaining industry recognised professional qualifications
  • Developing skills that will increase your career potential
  • Industry Support from industry experienced staff working with the British Computing Society
  • Working with the British Computing Society
  • Becoming a BCS member (students only)

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include five GCSEs; A levels; a Level 3 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test, with a focus on functional maths. Level 2 English and Maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment. Apprentices will need to be proficient (not experts) in programming in at least one language, showing competency and understanding of core programming principles (i.e. iteration, selection, classes and objects, etc.).

The apprenticeship will cover the following core areas

  • Software testing procedures
  • Reviewing software requirements
  • Designing simple test strategies
  • Analysing test requirements and designing test plans
  • Developing represented and realistic test data
  • Software testing types
  • Recording test activities with records and reports
  • Assessing test results against expected results

Industry Certifications

The apprentice will have obtained the ISTQB Foundation Qualification

Knowledge Modules and Vendor Certifications offered

Knowledge ModuleVendor Certification
ISTQB Foundation
Testing Tools
Testing Concepts

Erroneously showed “Level 3 Certificate in Software Development Context & Methodologies” but this is for Software developer

Gloscol VLE

Gloucester College apprentices have access to the college VLE which can be found here.

Course handbook

EPA Documents

Competency Checklist

College Block Release Dates

Cohort 4

202016 November16 November1 Day Induction
23 November27 NovemberProgramming - Theory I
202125 January29 JanuaryProgramming - Theory II
15 March 19 March Web,Databases, PHP and MySQL
5th July 9th July Agile Software Methodologies
20 September 24 September Testing Fundamentals,Testing Activities, Agile Software MethodologiesD101
November TBC November TBC 3 Day Virtual Course And ISTQB Examination.
2022 April TBC April TBC Competency Check
June TBC June TBC Interview preparation and synoptic project

Cohort 5 (18 month program)

202122 March22 March 1 Day InductionD101
7 June11 JuneProgramming and Web developmentD101
12 July16 JulyWeb, Databases, PHP and MySQLD101
20 Sept24 SeptTesting Fundamentals,Testing Activities, Agile Software MethodologiesD101
15 Nov19 NovTest Levels & Test Types D101
202231 Jan 4 FebStatic Testing & Test TechniquesD101
14 March 19 March Test Management & Testing ToolsD101
TBC April TBC April ISTQB Examination
2022 May TBC May TBC Competency Check
June TBCJune TBC Interview preparation and synoptic project

Cohort 6 (24 month program)

202224 Jan28 Jan Induction & Programming 1D101
21st Feb25th Feb Programming 2D101
21 March 25 MarchWeb & Javascript ,Databases, PHP and MySQLD101
19 April 22 April Testing Fundamentals,Testing Activities, Agile Software Methodologies D101
11 July15 July Test Levels & Test TypesD101
TBC Static Testing, Test Techniques, Test Management Tools
TBC ISTQB Examination
2023 TBC Competency Check
TBC Interview preparation and synoptic project

Cohort 7 (24 month program) NEW STANDARD !

2023 23rd Jan 25th Jan Induction & Communication Methods D101
27th Feb 1st March Agile Software Methodologies D101
10th April12th April Testing Fundamentals,Testing Activities D101
5th June 7th June Test Levels & Test TypesD101
4th Sept 6th Sept Static Testing, Test Techniques, Test Management ToolsD101
TBC TBC Revision & ISTQB ExaminationD101
TBCTBC Programming D101
TBCTBC Web Dev & Databases D101
2024 Competency Check & Gateway
Interview preparation and exam

Addition Study/Reading

Resources / Revision

software_tester.txt · Last modified: 2022/06/17 13:46 by emma