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Level 4 Software Tester

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At Skills Training UK we go further in fully understanding what it is that our employer clients want to achieve from their training. We work as their partner in delivering on that vision, developing stronger employees who work well as individuals and as part of a team.

This apprenticeship is designed for individuals specialising in software testing, where the role requires the tester to design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing to ensure that software is fit for purpose.

Typical Job Roles: Software Tester, Software Test Analyst.

Role Requirements

The learner role must have the knowledge to be able to carry out (as a minimum) the list below:

  • Implements software testing procedures on software applications (including desktop, web, mobile, embedded, mainframe) to ensure agreed errors and security issues are identified, recorded, prioritised and corrected before release
  • Reviews software requirements and specifications for software functionality and security, and defines comprehensive tests and conditions
  • Designs simple test strategies for non-complex projects
  • Analyses test requirements and designs and prepares a test plan
  • Designs and builds test cases, test scripts, and test procedures, with expected results
  • Develops and collects representative and realistic test data
  • Conducts a range of different software testing types (including Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Functional and Non-Functional Testing, System Testing, Stress Testing, Performance Testing, Usability Testing, Acceptance Testing, Regression Testing and Exploratory Testing); interpreting and executing sets of moderately complex test scripts using agreed methods and standards
  • Assesses test results against expected results and acceptance criteria and through traceability to requirements
  • Complies with relevant legislation and internal/external standards related to software testing and software security
  • Advises and supports others on testing processes and procedures

Eligibility

The learner must hold Level 3 qualifications, which could include: A levels, a Level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications. Must have a minimum of 12 months experience with the role or similar. Maths and English qualifications must be held; minimum accepted levels include: Grade D GCSE or Level 1 Functional Skills.

Employer Commitment

An employer must be prepared to provide the learner with the opportunity to carry out work and be part of projects which will enable the learner to produce substantial evidence towards their qualification.

In order to ensure the successful progression of the learner we request that employers participate in joint reviews of the learner’s progress at regular intervals throughout the apprenticeship. This ensures continued and positive progress through the apprenticeship. It will also provide the opportunity to discuss and agree how any issues are to be resolved and how additional stretching and challenging activities can be built in.

Knowledge Modules

Module 1: Testing Tools
Module 2: Testing Concepts

Vendor Qualifications

Within this apprenticeship, learners must achieve a minimum of one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification. The vendor qualifications directly cross references against the Ofqual-regulated Knowledge Modules (see above) and as such the completion of a vendor qualification then exempts the learner from the corresponding knowledge module.

Professional/vendor qualifications:

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level
BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing
Additional vendor qualifications may be available.

Duration

The duration of this apprenticeship is 24 months. Please note the last 3 months of the apprenticeship are allocated for the independent End Point Assessment.

Training and Support from Skills Training UK

During the apprenticeship, the learner will have a dedicated trainer-assessor who will visit them within the workplace at least once per month in order to support their learning, development of competency and generation of evidence.

This will also be supported between visits by off-site information, advice, guidance, academic progress and technical competence support.

The trainer-assessor will work with the learner and the employer in order to ensure that all learning needs are being met for both parties, in order to ensure successful progression against all elements of the apprenticeship. The knowledge modules and vendor qualifications will require formal teaching sessions which may take place within an appropriate area within the workplace or off-site.

Independent End Point Assessment

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, the learner needs to pass an End Point Assessment. This assessment is an independent assessment which has several stages:

  • A portfolio – this is a collection of evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship
  • A project – learners will undertake a business related project, within a controlled environment (away from the day to day workplace) over the period of one week
  • An employer reference – this is usually carried out via a face to face or skype call with an assessor from the end point assessment body
  • A learner interview – this is carried out via a face to face or skype call with an assessor from the end point assessment body, where questioning will be carried out around the contents of the portfolio and the project in order to verify the learner’s knowledge and competence

The assessor from the end point assessment body will then decide whether to award successful apprentices with a pass, a merit or a distinction.

Professional Recognition

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence. Those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

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