• Computing and ICT

    Foundation Apprenticeship - Information Technology: Software Development

  • Eligible Schools:

    All Ayrshire Schools

    This is a course for school pupils

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus

    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

  • Start Date

    From 11 Jun 2018

Who is the course for?

Do you see yourself working with technology? Computers? Websites?

If you have an interest in pursuing a career in Software Development this Foundation Apprenticeship will provide you with your first steps into the industry.

If you have an interest in pursuing a career in Software Development this Foundation Apprenticeship will provide you with your first steps into the industry. If you are in S5 you will be undertaking a two year commitment to the programme. When you complete a Foundation Apprenticeship you’ll have an industry recognised qualification and the work experience you gain will really help in your future career. This qualification will support your progress whether you are planning to go onto college or university, enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work. It will give you the skills and work experience to get a head start in your career.

What is the course about?

These 2-year Foundation Apprenticeship - Software Development courses are specifically for school pupils who are interested in design and creativity, have a mathematical or analytical mind and are excellent problem solvers.

The Foundation Apprenticeship is designed to provide you with the software design and programming skills to write and maintain computer applications to create websites and to successfully define customer requirements and take them from initiation to final product.

In addition to formal college tuition, time will be devoted to work related experience including for example, work placements, work shadowing, industry visits, an industry challenge and work related training. The College will help to find you a work placement for year 2.

Year 1: The following level 6 units will be studied in College during the first year of the course and these make up the National Progression Award in Software Development:

  •  Computing: Application Development
  •  Computing: Authoring a website
  •  Software Design and Development

The NPA Software Development will enable you to complete a qualification designed to provide the underpinning knowledge for the year 2 learning and placement experience and the practical skills that are needed to work in the industry.

Year 2: The following units will be completed in a work placement during the second year of the course:

  •  Personal Effectiveness 2
  •  Health and Safety in IT and Telecoms
  •  Event Driven Programming OR Procedural Programming 2 OR Object Orientated Programming
  •  Investigating and Defining Customer Requirements for IT & Telecoms Systems
  •  Data Modelling 1

If you’re not sure what a Foundation Apprenticeship is? You can find out more here

What do I need?

If you’ve got a passion for the growing industry of technology and see this as the career for you, then this course can help you achieve your goal.


You should have or be working towards National 5 qualifications during S5, including either National 5 maths or computing. Your guidance teacher should think you are capable of working at SCQF Level 6, the same level of learning as a higher.


You’ll have a keen interest in design and creativity, a mathematical or analytical mind and excellent problem solving skills. You should have a proven interest in at least one of the following areas: programming, software development, application design or website creation and design.

How will I be assessed?

During the first year of the course you will be assessed in college. The second year will be assessed in your work placement; these are practical – you will carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and let you know when you have completed and passed the task.

Your Assessor will visit you regularly to make sure that you are doing well and on track with your tasks. You will also keep a personal logbook.

Next Steps?

Software Development is a popular, growing industry. There are over 350 programmers and software development professionals employed in Ayrshire at the moment! The average wage of a qualified worker is £19.55 per hour.

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll be able to move on to:

  • A Modern Apprenticeship
  • Employment
  • An HNC/D college course in a related subject

Successful completion of the HND Computer Games or HND Computer Science lead you directly into third year at University.

    Click here to read Annie and Tj's thoughts about the course.

Start Date

11 Jun 2018