SOFTWARE TESTER - LEVEL 4
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 software lifecycles and software development practices.
TYPICAL JOB ROLES
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.
COURSE OVERVIEW AND LEARNING
The course is delivered at the learner's place of business and tailored to the employer's organisation. Learners will gain a range of technical competencies not limited to designing simple test strategies, analysing test requirements and preparing test plans. Conducting a range of software testing types including Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Functional and Non- Functional Testing, System Testing, Stress Testing, Performance Testing, Usability Testing, Acceptance Testing, Regression Testing and Exploratory Testing and interpreting and executing sets of moderately complex test scripts using agreed methods and standards, recording outcomes. They will also learn relevant legislation, internal/external standards related to software testing and security.
Apprentices must achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, from the right-hand column in the table below. This then exempts the Ofqual-regulated knowledge module, as shown in the left-hand column.
Vendor or Professional Qualifications
Knowledge Module 1: Testing Tools
ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level
Knowledge Module 2: Testing Concepts
ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level or BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing
■ Summative portfolio of work
■ A business-related project
■ Employer reference
■ Interview and Panel Discussion
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 for registration.
EMPLOYERS INVOLVED IN CREATING THE TRAILBLAZER STANDARD:
IBM, Capgemini, Microsoft, Cisco, BT, HP, The Royal Signals, Lowe and Partners, Qinetiq, Weboo, 4Ps Marketing, Fujitsu, Accenture, Atos, CGI, Visa, Contentive, Thales, Ticket Master, NCA, Virgin Media
FEES: Fully Funded for Apprentices aged 16-18 years
Employer contribution: 5% for Apprentices aged 19 years or above
DURATION: 24 Months