The Level 2 Certificate in Software Development allows learners to learn, develop the knowledge to understand the principles of designing and developing software applications and practise the skills in specific software language types, as well as select optional units such as data manipulation, business concepts and software testing.
Learners will be expected to achieve the mandatory unit, assessed by a multiple choice test, and a number of optional units assessed through practical assignment.
Progression opportunities for learners from the Level 2 Certificate for Software Developers include:
• 7540-13 City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles, which includes the higher level units for those wishing to further their skills and knowledge in Software Development
• 7630-04 City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles
• Intermediate Apprenticeship (England)/Foundation Apprenticeship (Wales) in IT, Software, Web and Telecoms (Level 2)
• Advanced Apprenticeship (England)/Apprenticeship (Wales) in IT, Software, Web and Telecoms (Level 3)
• Higher Level Apprenticeship (England and Wales) in IT, Software, Web and Telecoms (Level 4)
Learners may find that achieving this qualification will be sufficient for employment as a trainee or junior programmer, developing software applications that may include games or mobile applications with some employers
Centres looking to deliver the Level 2 Certificate in Software Development will need to provide access to a range of software development tools, to allow the learner to experience procedural, object oriented and event driven programming. Staff will also need to be able to teach a range of optional units that include Business Concepts, Data Manipulation, Web Development, Software Testing, Customer Support, Software Testing and Database Software as appropriate to the course provided.
Suitable environment, equipment and software needs to be available for learners, to allow them to practice and have the opportunity to achieve their chosen optional units.