IT: Software Development

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Gaming, virtual reality, cyber security – the digital world is changing fast. You could help decide where it goes next.

In Scotland, over 90,000 people work in digital technology roles, and salaries are growing almost twice as fast as the average. The current average full-time salary for digital technology roles is £37,500, which is over 30% higher than the Scottish average of £28,000.

With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll be setting yourself up for roles that are in demand not just now, but in the future too. As a software or web developer, you can use your skills to create programs, robotic systems, apps and websites. As a database administrator or network manager you’d design and build computer systems to store and manipulate vital information.

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in IT: Software Development, which is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher (SCQF level 6).

This includes:

  • A National Progression Award (NPA) in Software Development at SCQF level 6
  • Core units of a Diploma for IT & Telecommunications Professionals at SCQF level 6
  • A work placement

SQA qualifications explained

What will I learn?

For your National Progression Award, your topics will be:

  • Computing Applications: Development
  • Computing: Authoring a Website
  • Software Design and Development

In S6, you’ll work in a hands-on, practical way as part of your work placement, towards achieving the five units of your Diploma:

  • Data Modelling
  • Investigating and Defining Customer Requirements for IT and Telecoms Systems
  • Health and Safety in IT and Telecom
  • Personal Effectiveness

And one of the following:

  • Event Driven Computer Programming
  • Procedural Programming
  • Object Oriented Computer Programming

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Time management

These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

SQA qualifications explained

Where could it take me?

Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options: it’s up to you where you go next.

  • A Modern Apprenticeship: On completing your Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have already achieved core units of the Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecoms, giving you a head start.

  • A Graduate Apprenticeship: You'll have the right skills and experience to progress to a Graduate Apprenticeship in IT: Software Development.

  • Further Education: Continue your studies at college, with an HNC or HND in an ICT and digital subject. Your workplace experience will support your college application.

  • University: Foundation Apprenticeships are recognised as equivalent to SQA Highers by all Scottish universities. You’ll already have quality experience in the industry – this will make your UCAS stand out from the crowd.

  • Straight to a job: Use your qualification and work experience to find a job in the ICT and digital technologies industry.

SQA qualifications explained

How will it work?

You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship at school, alongside your other subjects. You'll spend time learning at a learning provider, such as a college, and with an employer on a practical work placement. It'll give your career a head-start, and look great on your CV.

How to apply

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

First, use the search tool at the bottom of the page to find out if this subject is available at your school. Next, fill out the form to let us know you're interested, and we'll get back to you with more information.

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