This occupation is found across every sector and in many different industries. A software developer understands a client’s requirements as provided in a design specification and then builds and tests high-quality code solutions to deliver the best outcome.
Software developers create the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. From bespoke company software to computer games or coding solutions to deliver online opportunities for businesses with a responsive and secure trading environment.
Organisations use software to ensure that their operations become ever more effective and robustly reduce the incidence of downtime, building quality tested software solutions to give a better service. This can save time and help the business spot profit making opportunities. For public sector bodies the right software solution can drive up performance and help target scarce resources more effectively and ensure that customer expectations are more likely to be met.
A software developer will interpret design documentation and specifications provided by more experienced or specialised members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for developing software solutions across the full software development life cycle from research and development, through continuous improvement, to product/service retirement. They may work both autonomously and as part of wider teams, typically reporting to a more senior member of their team.
A Software Developer interacts with internal and external parties including users/customers and team members from a range of specialist fields including designers, developers, engineers, analysts and project/delivery managers.
Level 4 in Software Developer is designed for those progressing their career in software development or existing staff looking to develop their skills.
Core Module Content