Foundation Apprenticeship - Information Technology: Software Development
All Ayrshire Schools
This is a course for school pupils
Year 1: Tuesday and Thursday 2pm – 4pm in college, including an industry experience.
Year 2: work placement and one afternoon per week in college.
Duration: 2 years
Software developers create computer programmes for all kinds of uses, industries and businesses, from apps and websites, to gaming and cyber security. In our digital world, there’s already a skills shortage, so as a software developer you’re likely to find plenty of career opportunities ahead.
If you’re interested in ICT and are thinking about a career in software development, this Foundation Apprenticeship will give you the skills and work experience you need for a head start - even while you’re still at school.
You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development as one of your school subject choices. The course takes 2 years to complete, starting in S5 and finishing at the end of S6.
You’ll spend part of your week at college and also go out on work experience. And don’t worry about getting to and from college/employer – all your transport will be organised and paid for too.
This course lets you find out what a career in software development would really be like – and if it’s right for you.
You’ll develop software design and programming skills to write and maintain computer applications to create websites and other products. You’ll identify what your customer needs and work through the whole process from initiation to final product.
The course includes:
As well as formal college tuition, you’ll also gain work related experience, such as work placements, work shadowing, industry visits, an industry challenge and training. We’ll also help you find you a work placement for Year 2.
Here’s a bit more on what’s involved:
Year 1: You’ll study Level 6 units which make up the National Progression Award (NPA) in Software Development. These include:
The NPA will give you the knowledge you’ll need to successfully complete the Year 2 learning and placement experience, as well as and the practical skills required for working in the industry.
Year 2: You’ll complete a number of units in a work placement, such as:
If you’re not sure what a Foundation Apprenticeship is? You can find out more here
For a place on this course, you’ll need:
You should also have a proven interest in at least one of the following areas: programming, software development, application design or website creation and design.
The NPA Units in Year 1 are assessed in college and Year 2 units in the work placement. These assessments are practical – you’ll carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and say when you have shown that you can do them out correctly. You’ll also keep a logbook. Your Assessor will visit you regularly to make sure you’re doing well and on track with your tasks.
Once you’ve achieved this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have an industry recognised qualification and extensive work experience which will really help in your future career.
You’ll now have a solid basis for moving onto a Modern Apprenticeship, other employment or an HNC/D college course in a variety of disciplines. Completion of the HND can lead directly to 3rd year entry at university.