Reference Quantity: ST0013

Particulars of normal

The next customary displays employers’ necessities for the talents, information and behaviours anticipated from somebody to be competent within the job function.

Function Profile

Software program Engineers are predominantly concerned within the self-discipline of Software program Engineering, nonetheless, elements of Modelling and Simulation, Human Elements and Methods Engineering disciplines are additionally lined as important background for a completely rounded software program engineer.

Through the Idea, Evaluation, Demonstration and Manufacture life cycle phases, Software program Engineering is targeted on influencing product structure to accommodate modification and improve all through the product lifecycle. Software program is an intrinsic element of the programs used to ship in-service help. Following the in-service date, Software program Engineering delivers help, optimises and upgrades the Assist System infra-structure. These are thought of to be Sustainment actions.

All engineers should adjust to statutory rules and organisational security necessities. They have to be capable to use and interpret engineering knowledge and documentation resembling engineering necessities, specs, designs, code, take a look at specs, take a look at scripts, code evaluation (static and dynamic) software output.

Software program engineers will likely be anticipated to work each as people and as a part of wider Engineering groups.  They are going to be anticipated to show coding potential and specify, analyse, take a look at and modify Software program Engineering artefacts throughout Design and Improvement and In-Service Operations. They are going to be anticipated to validate, take a look at and modify the software program to adjust to its design and affiliate necessities.

The necessities are designed to supply stretch and development. Larger Apprentices will be capable to work with acceptable supervision, while taking progressively extra accountability for the standard and accuracy of the work they undertake. They are going to be proactive find options to issues and figuring out areas for bettering the enterprise.

Typical job titles: 

Programmer, Developer, Aerospace Software program Improvement Engineer, Plane Software program Improvement Engineer and Plane Software program Engineer

Data & Abilities

Aerospace Software program Improvement Engineers are in a position to show:


  • understanding of the basics of Software program Engineering Follow, apprentices will be capable to describe all the phases of the software program Lifecycle and the interfaces between every part
  • understanding of configuration administration and software program construct processes, apprentices will perceive the strategies & instruments used to regulate the change and modification of software-related merchandise
  • understanding of analytical strategies (engineering arithmetic), apprentices will perceive the usage of arithmetic and related toolsets to motive about properties of software program resembling security or efficiency
  • understanding of “Modelling & Simulation” software program, apprentices will perceive  find out how to develop software program extra shortly and reliably utilising  “Modelling” toolsets


  • complying with statutory, high quality, organisational, environmental and well being and security rules, apprentices will search alternatives to indicate compliance with acceptable requirements
  • studying and deciphering Software program engineering knowledge, apprentices will show an understanding of code, design and necessities documentation
  • making use of configuration administration and software program construct processes, apprentices will acquire expertise of the strategies & instruments used to regulate the change and modification of software-related merchandise
  • growing and making use of Algorithms, together with specification, design and implementation, apprentices will assemble algorithms required to implement required performance in software program
  • making use of acceptable Engineering Operations and Toolsets, apprentices will use the usual strategies adopted for software program manufacturing and the toolsets deployed to help environment friendly improvement
  • making use of analytical strategies (engineering arithmetic), apprentices will use arithmetic and related toolsets to motive about properties of software program resembling security or efficiency
  • making use of Methods Engineering ideas, apprentices will study the factors for making architectural choices with the intention to obtain an optimum resolution over probably  conflicting system goals
  • utilizing “Modelling & Simulation” software program, apprentices will discover ways to develop software program extra shortly and reliably utilising  “Modelling” toolsets
  • making use of enterprise enchancment methods guaranteeing optimisation of processes, sources and price range, apprentices will use systematic strategies to determine and get rid of waste and inefficiencies of their software program manufacturing actions


The required behaviours are

1. Data and understanding

Dedication to persevering with private improvement, refreshing and increasing Engineering information by a wide range of strategies.

2. Design and improvement of processes, programs, companies and merchandise

Contributing to the persevering with improvement of Engineering inside their area

3. Accountability, administration or management

Taking private accountability for his or her actions, Managing initiatives, together with useful resource administration inside their remit.

4. Communication and interpersonal abilities

Be capable of show a spread of communication kinds and strategies. Understanding the significance of networks inside and throughout features.

5. Skilled dedication

Demonstrating a private {and professional} dedication to society, their career and the surroundings, adopting a set of values and behaviours that can preserve and improve the status of the career.

Entry Necessities

While any entry necessities will likely be a matter for particular person employers, sometimes an apprentice is perhaps anticipated to have already achieved educational {qualifications} of 96* UCAS factors or above at A-Degree customary or equal, to incorporate two STEM-based topics resembling Maths, Physics, ICT, Computing, Electronics..  Plus 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above** together with Arithmetic, English and Double Science or equal qualification. Apprentices with out Degree 2 Maths and English should obtain this previous to taking the end-point evaluation. For these with an schooling, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3 and British Signal Language qualification are a substitute for English {qualifications} for whom that is their main language.  (*Equal to 240 UCAS factors previous to 2017,**Equal to Grades C and above).

Typical Length of Apprenticeship

Sometimes 48 months – timescales could fluctuate relying on occupational function and/or prior related {qualifications}/expertise and Evaluation of Prior Studying and Data (APL/Okay) alternatives.

Necessary {Qualifications}

  • Degree 4 Diploma in Engineering and Superior Manufacturing (Improvement Competence)
  • Degree 6 Bachelor Honours Diploma (BEng or BSc) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Skilled Engineering Establishment

All the qualification necessities within the basis and improvement phases are necessary outcomes for the completion and last certification of the Apprenticeship Commonplace. Every qualification has a core and choices method and employers will choose essentially the most relevant pathway and unit choices to fulfill their organisational necessities.

There will likely be an end-point evaluation through the last part of the Apprenticeship the place the apprentice might want to show to the employer how they’ve achieved full occupational competence in opposition to, abilities, information and behaviours, set out within the Commonplace  On profitable completion of the end-point evaluation and employer endorsement part (last log off) apprentices will likely be then be put ahead to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificates.


This Apprenticeship Commonplace aligns with the present version of the UK Commonplace for Skilled Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Integrated Engineering (IEng) degree. The expertise gained and accountability held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will both wholly or partially fulfill the necessities for IEng and reaches the agreed degree {of professional} competence as outlined within the Evaluation Plan.

Degree and Evaluate  

This Apprenticeship Commonplace is at Degree 6 and will likely be reviewed at the least each three years.

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