Software Tester

Course details

Level

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Level 4

Duration

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15 months

Skills Coach support

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Every 4 weeks

You will achieve

Software Tester

Level 4 Software Tester
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Common job roles

  • Software Tester 
  • Software Test Analyst
  • Test Engineer

Roles you may progress into

  • Software Test Engineer
  • Software Test Manager
  • Senior Test Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Analyst

Delivery of programme

Phase one

Induction

Your induction takes place within the first 2 weeks of starting your apprenticeship and is delivered by your Skills Coach during your first face-to-face coaching session.

Inductions include an informative presentation to discuss an overview of the programme and cover support that is available to you, details of our policies, and will introduce you to our systems and the resources available to you throughout your programme. You will undergo a Vocational Skills Scan (VSS) to identify your current skill set and where the apprenticeship can bring you most value.

Functional skills

We use BKSB tests to determine your current level of knowledge, to assess if you need further support with English and/or Maths.

If you do, our Functional Skills Training team will work with you to supply these skills. You will be supported through remote training sessions and workshops, which run for 3 days (for each). Once you feel comfortable, you can sit the Level 2 Maths and/or English exams. These qualifications are equivalent to an A* – C (4-9) grade at GCSE, they are fully certified by City & Guilds and can be used to further enhance your CV and skillset.

Phase two

Modules

Training centre learning: 

Part 1: 3 days 

Part 2: 3 days 

Part 3: 2 days 

What you will learn: 

  • Computer storage and data types 
  • Computer decision structures 
  • How to identify the appropriate method for handling repetition 
  • Error handling 
  • Algorithms and data structures 
  • The fundamentals of classes 
  • Inheritance 
  • Polymorphism 
  • Encapsulation 
  • Application Life Cycle management 
  • How to interpret application specifications 
  • Web page development  
  • Microsoft ASP.NET web application development 
  • Web hosting 
  • Web services 
  • Windows apps 
  • Console-based applications
  • Windows Services
  • Relational database management systems
  • Database query methods
  • Database connection methods 

Remote learning: 

20 hours self-study 

8 remote training sessions 

Training centre learning: 

Part 1: 2 days 

Part 2: 2 days 

Part 3: 2 days 

Part 4: 2 days 

What you will learn: 

  • Software testing objectives and purpose 
  • Defect, bugs, fault and failures 
  • Defect or Bug Life Cycle  
  • Principles of testing  
  • Fundamental test process 
  • Psychology of testing 
  • Software Quality 
  • Test analysis, design and implementation 
  • Testing techniques 
  • Decision tables 
  • Testing types and techniques  
  • Test coverage 
  • Types of coverage  
  • Types of test tools  
  • Advantages and benefits of using testing tools  
  • Disadvantages and risks of testing tools 
  • Factors for software testing tool selection  
  • Proof-of-concept or piloting phase for tool evaluation 

Remote learning: 

20 hours self-study 

8 remote training sessions 

Training centre learning: 

Part 1: 2 days 

Part 2: 2 days 

What you will learn: 

  • Verification and Validation  
  • Capability Maturity Model (CMM-Levels)  
  • Software Development Life Cycle  
  • Software Development Models  
  • Software Testing Levels  
  • Impact analysis  
  • Test design techniques
  • Static test technique  
  • Informal reviews  
  • Formal reviews  
  • The roles and responsibilities of the moderator, author, scribe, reviewers and managers involved during a review  
  • Types of review
  • Roles and responsibilities of a Test Leader
  • Roles and responsibilities of a Tester  
  • Purpose and importance of test plans  
  • Estimation techniques  
  • Factors affecting test effort  
  • Test strategy  
  • Test monitoring 
  • Test control 
  • Configuration management  
  • Risks in software testing
  • Risk analysis  
  • Incident management 

ISTQB Exam 

Training centre learning: 

3 days

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Your skills coach

You will have a skills coach assigned to support you throughout your apprenticeship, who will regularly arrange meetings with you both face-to-face and remotely.

During visits to your workplace, a variety of activities take place such as Tri-Party review meetings between you, your employer representative and your skills coach to discuss progress and set SMART targets. The skills coach will also work with your employer to complete your Employer Reference, a document which highlights key behaviours you have demonstrated.

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Your portfolio

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will contribute evidence towards your online e-portfolio. We use e-portfolios as they are accessible from anywhere, and enable you to track your progress throughout your apprenticeship.

You’ll have access to your personal dashboard, which shows you a number of key milestones and deadlines coming up, such as the training you have completed, work that is due, and any gaps in your portfolio of evidence.

Your skills coach will be available to contact at any point throughout the apprenticeship and will advise you how to provide the best evidence.

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Off-the-job training

Off-the-job (OTJ) training is comprised of, but not limited to activities such as: training with Estio, shadowing, journal entries and projects for e-portfolio. Completed within working hours as agreed with the employer but average at 6 hours per week (20% of your time on your apprenticeship).

You can track your OTJ progress on your e-portfolio.

Phase three

Assessment Gateway, preparation & administration week

The Gateway week is used to finetune your skills and offer a simulated Synoptic Project for systems familiarisation, and to ensure that your Summative Portfolio and Employer Reference are completed before entering into EPA.

Phase four

End Point Assessment

Learners are assessed by an End Point Assessment Organisation, chosen by the Employer. Included in EPA is Evidence Submission (portfolio & certificates), Employer Reference, Synoptic Project and an Interview.
The Independent Assessor will feedback the results (Pass, Merit or Distinction) and the ESFA will provide your certificate.

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Where can this apprenticeship take me?

The Level 4 Software Tester apprenticeship gives you the skills and experience to work in roles such as Software Tester, or Software Test Analyst.

After achieving a recommended minimum of 1 years experience within your role after completion (this is subject to employers) you can begin a Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeship.

Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional roles

Software Developer, Software Engineer, Software Tester, Application Specialist, Business Analyst, IT project Manager, IT Consultant, Network Engineer, Cyber Security Analyst, Database Specialist, Data Analyst, Digital Media Technology Practitioner, Systems Designer.

More information can be found on the institute for apprenticeships website.

University study

Level 4 apprenticeships are the equivalent to a foundation degree. If you wish to study further whilst staying in work, some univeristies will offer the ability to learn remotely. If you wish to take a break from work, you may need to apply for a student loan whilst you study.

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