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

Level 4 Software Tester
BCS

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

Pre-Induction

Before your induction, a member of Estio’s Apprenticeship Onboarding team will contact you and your employer representative to discuss your job role and the apprenticeship standard. During this initial consultation, you will also begin your personalised Vocational Scorecard, which assesses your current skill levels against the apprenticeship standard.

The scorecard ensures we fully understand your starting point, so that we can work with your employer to develop an individual learning plan that is tailored to your needs, and gives you the best opportunity to achieve at the highest level.

Induction

Your induction will take place within the first two weeks of starting your employment and will be facilitated by the Onboarding team at your nearest Estio training centre. You will go through an overview of your chosen apprenticeship programme and be given details of what dedicated support is in place for you throughout your learning journey. In addition, you will receive login details for our Virtual Learning Environment, which you will use to complete both mandatory and optional training modules as part of your programme. Any outstanding diagnostic assessments and enrolment documents will be completed, and you can ask any last questions you may have before you formally begin your training.

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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One-to-one support

You will have a Technical Specialist and a Progress Management Co-ordinator (PMC) assigned to support you throughout your apprenticeship.

Your PMC will contact you every 4 weeks to discuss your progress made to date, check you’re understanding your training modules, and support you with gathering evidence for your portfolio. Every 12 weeks a review meeting will take place between you, your employer representative and your PMC to assess how your new learning and skills development is being applied in your job role and its impact on your wider industry skills.

The Technical Specialist will work with you to develop your portfolio of evidence for End Point Assessment, and with your employer representative to agree the various workplace projects you will be required to undertake. They will also support your employer representative to complete your Employer Reference, a document which highlights key behaviours you have demonstrated for the final assessment as part of the End Point Assessment.

In every one-to-one session, we will agree actions and SMART targets for you to complete, so that you can progress confidently and with the right support.

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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 Technical Specialist and Progress Management Co-ordinator 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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