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Level 3 Software Development Skills Bootcamp

Course Overview

Please note that this course is currently full.

Many individuals believe that developing software is complicated, but this Skills Bootcamp has been created to break that myth! During this Skills Bootcamp, you will learn the best practices for developing software such as apps and websites. You will also learn how to protect it from internal and external threats and gain the knowledge of basic coding to supercharge your development skills, which will then be tested in a hands-on practical assessment.

During week thirteen of this Skills Bootcamp, you will work in small teams to solve real-world business problems that are custom-designed by potential employers. You will present solutions in a "Dragon's Den" style pitch to relevant stakeholders. This essential part of your course will enable you to demonstrate problem-solving, presenting, teamwork and self-reflection skills which are crucial to employers.

Key Information

Course Length
14 weeks

Course Level
Level 3

Learning Method(s)

  • Group live learning sessions
  • Online materials
  • Online assessment- including a group task as part of an Industry Project Week


  • A guaranteed job interview for those seeking a new job role
  • Solve real-world business problems and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers in a "Dragon's Den" style pitch during industry project week
  • Fully online course with group live learning sessions
  • Study from anywhere
  • Access to an award-winning e-learning platform
  • Support and guidance from a dedicated Learning Support Adviser throughout your course
  • Unlimited support from qualified tutors
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion of all mandatory learning and a successful job offer related to the Skills Bootcamp
  • No hidden costs

Cost and Funding Information

Study this course

Introduction to Software Development

Within this unit, learners will get a brief explanation of the role and associated responsibilities. It will also describe the roles within the software development teams and the tasks they perform.

Digital Processes and Services

Within this unit, learners will explore the common digital services provided by virtual web-based enterprises, and their features. They will also learn about why it is important to keep digital processes and systems up to date and responsive to user needs.

Coding and Architecture

Within this unit, learners will explore the different languages and coding processes needed within software development. They will also look at why good coding practices are important.

UI, Front-end Development and Security

Within this unit, learners will understand the reasons for using software configuration management tools during incremental developments of code. They will also understand how processes are conducted, which are important to the security of software.

Skills Bootcamps are for:

  • Adults aged 19 or over as of the 31st August 2023
  • Adults who are employed and looking to move into a new sector and start an entry-level role
  • Adults who are employed and have their employer's co-funding support to progress within the company
  • Learners who are self-employed and looking to grow their business
  • Learners who are recently unemployed (for less than 12 months) or returning to work after a break and are looking to get started with an entry-level job in a new sector
  • Learners who are looking to build upon a Skills Bootcamp by moving onto an apprenticeship in their chosen topic
  • Applicants who have lived in England for at least the last 3 consecutive years, and have the right to work in the United Kingdom (there are exceptions for Ukraine or Afghanistan nationals)
  • Learners who are not currently undertaking any formal education, including another Skills Bootcamp
  • Learners who have not studied a Skills Bootcamp in the current funding year
  • Learners who have a reliable internet connection, a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone and access to Microsoft Office
  • Adults who are able to commit to and attend 100% of live sessions as per the course requirements they are choosing to enrol on

Please note, although our Skills Bootcamps are completed entirely online, due to the way Skills Bootcamps are funded, you can only complete a course that is available in the area that you currently reside in.

Beyond the Skills Bootcamp

Following course completion, including attendance at all mandatory live learning sessions and achievement of all course assessments, those seeking a new job role will be suitable to secure a guaranteed job interview and apply for entry-level vacancies. Below you will find examples of entry-level roles:


Junior Software Developer / Junior Programmer / Junior Software Engineer

Salary Expectation: £20,000 to £35,000 per year

Below are examples of roles and salary parameters that an entry-level role could lead to in future:


Software Developer / Programmer / Software Engineer

Salary Expectation: £35,000 to £55,000 per year.


Senior Software Developer / Senior Programmer / Senior Software Engineer

Salary Expectation: £55,000 to £85,000 per year.


Lead Software Developer / Lead Programmer / Lead Software Engineer

Salary Expectation: £70,000 to £100,000 or more per year.

What does it cost to enrol on a Skills Bootcamp?

Skills Bootcamps are fully funded (that means free) for…

  • Unemployed people (for less than 12 months)
  • Employed people looking for a career change*
  • Self-employed people who are looking to grow their business
  • Employers recruiting an individual who has completed a Skills Bootcamp

*Large employers looking to upskill their current staff will contribute 30% of the cost for their staff members' upskilling. *Small or medium employers (SMEs) will contribute 10% for their staff members upskilling.

14 weeks

You must complete 7 hours of mandatory live learning each week:

  • 6 hours of live learning sessions led by your expert tutor
  • 1 hour with a Careers and Progression Coordinator

Once you are verified as being eligible for the Skills Bootcamp, you can choose from the below range of days and times to attend your live learning sessions:

Daytime & Weekend sessions:

Tuesday & Saturday 9am – 4:30pm

Please note: You cannot swap between weekdays and weekends.

Evening sessions:

Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30pm – 9pm

Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm

*Please note your chosen day and time will occur every week for the full 14-week programme

Because our Skills Bootcamps are of Level 3 standard in England, you will be expected to have some existing knowledge and skills within the subject area or job role that you are applying for.

You must also have:

  • A familiarity with applied use of Microsoft Office Suite of programmes
  • Basic functional skills ability including Maths and English

All Software Development Skills Bootcamps learners will have the opportunity to receive additional certification in Microsoft Azure Fundamentals