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Our apprenticeships can span from Traineeships all the way up to Degree apprenticeships, allowing you to take your learning as far as you want to go in a variety of industries - from local creative agencies to large multinational corporations.

We teach skills that matter

What will you learn?

Our Software and Web Development Advanced to Higher apprenticeship programme gives you the qualifications, skills and technical grounding in the most popular technologies and programming languages.

Our digital brochure will tell you everything you need to know about this programme – from the different modules you will study to details on the end-point assessments.

What qualifications will you get?

In England

  • Advanced Apprenticeship Software Development Technician Level 3 (equivalent to A-level educational level)
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer (Java track) or Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Software Development Fundamentals (C# track)
  • Higher Apprenticeship Software Developer Level 4 (equivalent to first year of degree study)
  • BCS Systems Development Essentials

In Scotland 

  • SQA SCQF 6 Diploma in ICT and Telecommunication Professional (equivalent to working at Advanced Higher/HNC level)
  • SQA SCQF 8 Diploma in ICT and Telecommunication Professional (equivalent to second year of degree study)

Is this programme for you?

Our Software and Web Development Advanced to Higher programme is the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to begin a career in IT. But don’t just take our word for it, hear from some of our learners, Daniel and Kieran, who recently completed this programme with us.  


Are you eligible?

Our Advanced to Higher programme is our most common entry point but if you have studied IT extensively in the past then you may be able to jump straight in at the half-way point (Higher). We will work with you to establish the most appropriate study route.

To qualify for this programme you need to have:

  • An interest in technology and coding definitely helps - but that doesn’t mean you have to have studied IT at school
  • Live in England? You will need 6 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A-C including Maths, plus GCSE English (or equivalent) at grade D or above
  • Live in Scotland? You will need 5 Standard Grades (Level 1 - 3) OR 5 National Level 5 Grades - both including Maths and English

Not quite got the right qualifications?

No dramas. Our Traineeship programme is a 14 week boot camp which will get you up to the level needed to start this programme.

Why study with QA?

We think we are the best in the business. Lots of people agree with us.


Find out why

When can you start?

As soon as you want. Find out more about the different apprenticeship levels and what an apprenticeship could mean for you.

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Still not sure?

Why not have a look at some of our open vacancies for this programme to see if any of them pique your interest.

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Need extra support?

We want you to get the most out of your time at QA, so our friendly Learner Services team is here to help - whether it's with learning, career advice, finances or your more complex issues.
You can contact the Learner Services team on or call on 01753 898482.

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