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Software Tester

Course Code: AP4

Level: 4
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

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.

What you'll learn

On this Apprenticeship, you will learn to:

• implement software testing procedures on software applications (including desktop, web, mobile, embedded, mainframe) to ensure agreed errors and security issues are identified, recorded, prioritised and corrected before release.
• review software requirements and specifications for software functionality and security, and defines comprehensive tests and conditions
• design simple test strategies for non-complex projects
• analyse test requirements and designs and prepares a test plan
• design and builds test cases, test scripts, and test procedures, with expected results
• conduct a range of different software testing types; interpreting and executing sets of moderately complex test scripts using agreed methods and standards
• record the outcomes of test activities and maintains accurate test records and reports
• test results against expected results and acceptance criteria and through traceability to requirements
• understand and apply the basic concepts of software testing including testing types; test procedures; testing techniques; testing tools and testing terms.
• understand how to use bug tracking tools.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment. 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.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job. 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.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.