How to become an app developer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- a graduate training scheme
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- computer science
- software engineering
- computer applications development
- financial technology
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
The following apprenticeships may be relevant:
- Level 4 Software developer
- Creative digital design professional degree apprenticeship.
To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You may be able to apply for a place on a graduate training scheme with an IT company if you have a degree. These are often open to non-IT graduates as well as those with a computing qualification, where you start as a junior developer and get training on the job.
You can build up your skills and knowledge using free online learning resources for programming languages and apps development.
You'll also find it useful to have an understanding of Agile project development methods.
Professional and industry bodies
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