Software tester apprenticeship

Carry out tests to make sure that computer software works as intended and is fit for purpose

A software tester ensures that software operates as intended. During the software tester apprenticeship, you’ll design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing to ensure that software is fit for purpose. This will involve implementing software testing procedures on software applications, including desktop, web, mobile, embedded and mainframe, to ensure agreed errors and security issues are identified, recorded, prioritised and corrected before release. You’ll document and report the results of testing activities as you go. You’ll need a good understanding of the software lifecycle and software development practices, and the ability to present and communicate results effectively using appropriate communication styles and media. To succeed in this apprenticeship, you’ll need to be a logical and creative thinker, as well as analytical and a good problem-solver. This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Maths and ICT

Entry requirements for the software tester apprenticeship: Five GCSEs, A-levels, a level 3 apprenticeship, other relevant qualifications and experience, or an aptitude test, with a focus on functional maths

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

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