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Train Software Development Apprentices with Gloucestershire College

Grow tech talent in-house through apprenticeships.

Our quality software apprenticeships are trusted by a wide variety of local and international businesses to train current staff and new recruits to meet your needs.

Explore our Software Development apprenticeship programmes


Software Development Technician Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Ideal for both new recruits and current employees who are looking to upskill, this apprenticeship is a great way to train and bring invaluable coding and programming skills into your business. It provides a direct pathway onto our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship will develop competencies including:

  • Logic and writing code
  • Security principles
  • Development support
  • Data linking to database types and embed data queries within their code
  • Testing and analysing code to identify errors
  • Designing software tests
  • Analysing data to ensure they can meet the customers’ requirements
  • Development lifecycle


Software Tester Apprenticeship (Level 4)

This programme provides apprentices with a high level of technical skills and knowledge, ideal for aspiring senior testers within your organisation.

In order to complete this programme, apprentices should have experience of working in software in previous or their current job role.

The apprenticeship will develop competencies including:

  • Implementing software testing procedures
  • Reviewing software requirements and specifications for functionality and security
  • Designing test strategies
  • Analysing test requirements and designing and preparing test plans
  • Developing and collecting represented and realistic test data
  • Assessing test results against expected results
  • Presenting and communicating results effectively
  • Operating the organisation’s software testing tools effectively following procedures
  • Complying with relevant legislation
  • Operating within service level agreements

Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer) Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)


Ideal for progressing Level 3 apprentices, BTEC or A Level school leavers or existing members of staff looking to upskill, this degree apprenticeship provides an exciting and challenging career pathway to become a Software Engineer.

Through this apprenticeship, professionals already working in Software can also develop and grow their engineering skills to build a successful career at a senior level.

The apprenticeship will develop competencies including:

  • Building networks and digital systems
  • Writing programmes
  • Analysing malware
  • Identifying threats and undertaking risk assessments
  • Designing secure systems 
  • Managing intrusion responses

DevOps Engineer Level 4 


The broad purpose of the occupation is to enable organisations to get valuable working software out in front of active users, both external and internal, frequently and safely, reducing time to market, delivering increased value - both with respect to the end user and the business - and improving the quality of digital services.

It's an excellent opportunity for new apprentices as well as existing staff looking to upskill and progress their career. 

The apprenticeship will develop competencies including:

  • Scripting and coding in domain specific languages, using pair/mob programming techniques
  • Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration
  • Build a CI/CD pipeline using automation tooling and often APIs
  • Promote a DevOps Culture – Using Agile principles to build and run
  • Applying a Secure SDLC
  • Design on-prem and Cloud architectures to meet business needs
  • Monitoring
  • Owning your own continuing skills development

Apprenticeships for your business

Our apprentices are grouped in exclusive cohorts with fellow apprentices from other like-minded businesses. The theory of our IT, Software & Cyber programmes is delivered in block release on campus, supported by our team of expert assessors and trainers who visit apprentices in their place of work to help them put the theory into practice.

 How much does apprenticeships cost?

  • If your company has less than 50 employees and you take on a 16 to 18-year-old, you are entitled to receive the training completely free of charge.
  • If you are not a levy payer, (your wage bill is less than £3 million) you will contribute just 5% of the total cost of your apprenticeship training, the Government will pay the remaining 95%. 
  • If you pay the apprenticeship levy, we can support you to maximise your levy strategy and make the most of funding on offer. You can use your levy funds to bring in new talent to the business, or upskill existing employees and help reduce skills gaps.   


Get in touch

Our dedicated Employer Training & Apprenticeships team will provide you with full support in setting up your apprenticeship programme from recruitment right through to completion. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure your apprentices are supported, and learning the skills your business needs. 

Experience ADA: Advanced Digital Academy

Our IT and cyber apprenticeships are taught from our state-of-the-art training centres including ADA: The Advanced Digital Academy. 

Located in the heart of Cheltenham's cyber community and bringing industry and education together, ADA is the hotspot for developing tech talent.

  • Brand new £3m training facility
  • Off-grid attack and defence room
  • High-spec computers
  • Agile work spaces

View all IT & Cyber apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College


Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.