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DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship

DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship

Level 4

Course Overview

Part Time

This occupation is found in a wide and diverse range of public and private sector organisations, from tech start-ups through government departments to multinationals. Essentially any organisation of any size that builds and/or operates modern IT services. 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.

The DevOps Engineer requires the individual to understand and appreciate how their code functions when being used in the real world and troubleshoot any issues that may arise, while taking a cloudinfrastructure focused perspective. In your daily work, you will interact with other members of agile development teams, other areas within the organisation’s IT department and business areas, as well as 3rd-party suppliers.

Qualification: DevOps Engineer Level 4

Ideal for:

• Automation Engineer
• DevOps Engineer
• Full stack Developer
• Site Reliability Engineer

Delivery model:

Training will be delivered both in college and in the workplace

Duration: 24 months plus 4 months for end point assessment

The apprenticeship will cover the following core areas:

• Scripting and coding in domain specific languages, using pair/mob programming
• 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

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment will test the entire Standard, and be undertaken as follows:

• A project and practical assessment - based upon a real business application,
a secure, performant piece of code will be developed from a work-based
project. Successful deployment of the code from source to the end user,
satisfying functional and non-functional requirements.
• A Professional discussion – A 60 minute discussion with an independent
assessor ensuring demonstration of DevOps practices and own continuing
professional development.

Benefits for learners

  • Widen the skills and knowledge to work on
    a broad range of complex or technical work



Benefits to business:
• Excellent opportunity to up-skill existing staff
and manage succession planning
• Increase Staff retention and experience
• Focused, high-performing teams


Culture & Practises Understanding the purpose and culture of DevOps and the reality of how it is applied in the workplace
including the roles within the teams.
CPD & Core Knowledge Core knowledge required to be able to implement DevOps. Invest in own continuous learning and
Data and Data Security Understand and implement secure and ethical data practises throughout development using a range of tools
and techniques. Identify and minimise any security threats.
User Needs Creating solutions which place the user experience at the heart of the development practises.
Coding Writing code both programming and general purpose that is readable and maintainable
Testing Understands and implements appropriate testing practises and techniques.
Automation Understands and applies continuous integration and continuous delivery and automates commonly occurring
Monitoring Install, manage and monitor the end to end service.
Problem Solving Understands and applies different approaches to solving problems throughout the project.
  • GCSEs in English and maths grade 9-4 or A* - C and 2 A level’s and/or a L3 Software apprenticeship

  • Completers may want to progress to Infrastructure Architect, Release Manager

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DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship

What You Will Pay

Please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020 for pricing information.

There is little left in our modern lives that isn’t affected by computers and technology. You’ll find computing at the centre of almost all businesses and, as a result, employment opportunities within the sector are huge.

We offer a range of qualifications that support a variety of interesting careers, from games and apps development, through to forensic computing and cyber security. Our industry-experienced lecturers will give you the knowledge and skills you need to develop your own computing competency, in an area that interests you.

A computing course is an ideal route to employment, or to progress on to higher-level qualifications at GC or university. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment and software, including a dedicated network for computing students, so that you can get familiar with the latest technology and prepare for the systems you’ll use in the business world.

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Amelia Thomas

I studied at Wyedean School and Sixth Form where I took History, Maths, Computer Science and Physics for A Levels. My interest in cyber was sparked when I went on a CyberFirst Advanced residential course which I loved, so thought why not pursue cyber security as a career choice! If you have an interest in IT and problem solving, then definitely consider studying cyber.

Amelia Thomas


Cheltenham Campus

Studying at Gloucestershire College was one of the best decisions I have made in terms of my education and setting me up for my future career. It’s made me realise what field I would like to go into.

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Taylor Watson

I feel like if you’re a student who feels ready to work, or someone who wants to learn more than you can at school, I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship; I can only praise how quickly it’s enabled me to evolve as a person and in my career.

Taylor Watson


Cheltenham Campus

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