Finding a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software development

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hi, I was just wondering as I am looking to start an apprenticeship in September 2022, is it hard to find a L4 apprenticeship and how does the progression work from L4 to a degree apprenticeship and what the experience is like when trying to find a job with this qualification
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If you are wanting to do a degree apprenticeship, DO NOT do a level 4 apprenticeship - this will disallow you from doing a degree apprenticeship. The first year of a degree apprenticeship is the level 4, and if you already have it, you will be disqualified from the degree apprenticeship.

Do the Level 3 in Software Development Technician, or go straight into a degree apprenticeship.
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so instead of doing the level 4, after a levels should I jump straight to a level 5?
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so instead of doing the level 4, after a levels should I jump straight to a level 5?
No, that’s not possible. After A levels, you can start the degree apprenticeship straight away. Or do a level 3. I did a level 3 after failing my AS levels, now I’m doing a degree apprenticeship.
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sorry but I don't understand, what level is the degree apprenticeship, to my knowledge it is at level 5/6.
also what is the university studying portion of your course like, is there a lot of content to cover?
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sorry but I don't understand, what level is the degree apprenticeship, to my knowledge it is at level 5/6.
also what is the university studying portion of your course like, is there a lot of content to cover?
The degree apprenticeship has 3 levels. Year 1 is Level 4, Year 2 is Level 5, Year 3 is Level 6.
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A level 4 doesn't necessarily disqualify you from a level 6 (degree apprenticeship) in the same area. A level 4 apprenticeship can be great, particularly at companies like Google, Bloomberg and Facebook who solely offer level 4 apprenticeships. This is because companies put significantly more value on industry experience than education/qualifications and the top companies. These massive tech giants have decided that to become a software developer/engineer, you do not need education above a level 4 qualification so the additional 2-3 years of university is not as valuable as the experience that would take its place.

I do not intend to say that level 4 apprenticeships are better than level 6 apprenticeships because, at any non-tech giant company, they may not be able to get you to the level of a competent software developer/engineer in the time a tech giant would be. So apply for a level 6 unless you can get a level 4 at a top company.

Oh yeah and with the ability to program well, you will unlikely struggle to find a job for the rest of your career. It has a ridiculously high demand and little supply of software engineers.
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