• Foundation Apprenticeship - Information Technology: Software Development

  • Local Authority

    South Ayrshire

    This course is available to eligible school pupils in East, North and South Ayrshire.

  • Location/Day/Time

    Year 1: Tuesday/Thursday 2pm – 4pm in college, including an industry experience.

    Year 2: work placement and one afternoon per week in college.

  • Start Date

    From 12 Jun 2017

Who is the course for?

When you think about your future what do you imagine?

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

If the answer is yes, read on!

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.

What is the course about?

You’ll spend your time on the course coding, developing, testing and even trying out some gaming. You’ll also learn the importance of being able to understand and follow the client’s brief. The really great thing about this particular course is that you will be producing a final product (typically a website), so if you’re a hands on person who likes to have something to show for your work then this is definitely the course for you!

A large part of the second year of the course will focus on getting some real work experience; this is one of the big advantages of doing a Foundation Apprenticeship.

Doing work placements, work shadowing, industry visits, industry challenges and work related training will mean you have plenty of experience of the industry, so that when you leave school you will know if it’s the right one for you (it’ll also look great on your CV or university personal statement).

Like the sound of the Software Development course but 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.

To get a place on this exciting course you’ll:

  • Have a real interest in programming, software development, application design or website creation.
  • Be working towards a National 5 qualification during S5, including either National 5 Maths or Computing.
  • 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.