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Specialised, flexible, high quality, customer responsive End-point assessment organisation

Software Development Technician (Old Standard)

Apprenticeship Overview     

A level 3 apprenticeship, for individuals who will be typically working as part of a software development team, to build simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects.  

Their primary role is to interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of projects under supervision.  

They will typically be implementing code, which other team members have developed, to produce the required component and then testing it, to ensure it meets its intended functionality. 


Typical duration to gateway (i.e. excluding EPA period): 18 months    

Maximum funding: £15000  

Entry Criteria   

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs (especially English, mathematics and a science or technology subject); other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills.  

EPA Gateway    

There are two mandated knowledge modules for this Apprenticeship Standard.  

Although you may want to utilise professional vendor certification that has been mapped to the knowledge components listed in the Apprenticeship Standard, you will not be able to use apprenticeship funding to pay for the certification.     

All Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours will be assessed in the End-point Assessment by reviewing the evidence submitted in the Summative Portfolio, Employer Reference and Synoptic Project and then discussed during the Professional Discussion.  

Summative Portfolio

A selection of an apprentices best pieces of evidence gathered during their apprenticeship, demonstrating how they have carried out real-work tasks mapped to the Apprenticeship Standard.

Employer Reference

A formal piece of evidence produced from the employer's perspective on how an apprentice has performed in applying their knowledge, skills and behaviours during real-work tasks, ideally linked to evidence submitted within the portfolio.

Both the Summative Portfolio & Employer Reference must be submitted before the Synoptic Project can be taken.

Synoptic Project

Is a project task, which ensures an apprentice can independently and competently complete tasks associated with their Apprenticeship Standard. It should take place away from their normal place of work in a controlled environment.

The interview cannot take place until this has been completed.


After all the other evidence has been submitted, the interview is conducted by an Independent Assessor and used to validate all the submitted evidence against the outcomes listed in the Apprenticeship Standard.

Apprentices will need a quiet area for the duration of the interview, and access to a web cam, an internet connection and be able to show photo ID.

This professional discussion lasts for approximately 1hr.


Apprentices can be awarded a fail, pass, merit or distinction and will receive this grade 5 working days after completing their interview.


Working with Employer’s and Training Provider’s we have created realistic and flexible work-related Synoptic Projects.   

These allow the Software Development Technician apprentices to utilise the real-work skills and knowledge and designed to support the demonstration the key Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours assessed during the End-point Assessment.   

Register your organisation and apprentices with us to access our EPA preparation materials.   

Link to Apprenticeship Standard & Assessment Plan

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