The primary role of a Software Tester is to ensure that software operates as intended. Testers typically design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing as appropriate to ensure that software is fit for purpose. They document and report the results of testing activities. They have a good understanding of the software lifecycle and software development practices.
Software Tester, Software Test Analyst
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include five GCSEs, A levels; a Level 3 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test, with a focus on functional maths.
English and Maths
Level 2 English and Maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment.
The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 20 months.
This is a level 4 apprenticeship.
Apprentices must achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, from the right hand column in the table below. This then exempts one of the Ofqual-regulated knowledge modules, as shown in the left hand column.
|Knowledge Modules||Vendor or Professional Qualifications|
|Knowledge Module 1: Testing Tools (for Level 4 Software Tester Apprenticeship)||ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level|
|Knowledge Module 2: Testing Concepts (for Level 4 Software Tester Apprenticeship)||STQB Certified Tester Foundation Level
BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing
Individual employers will select which vendor or professional qualification the apprentice should take.
This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.