Apprentice Frontend Developer


An apprentice frontend developer attends certified training and develops skills on the job.

At this role level, you will:

  • spend a substantial portion of time shadowing others

  • work with other developers to write code and tests

  • write code that follows web standards

  • build your understanding of accessibility

  • build your knowledge

  • develop software which meets user needs


Background Components

Description Background

Has good communication skills and a structured approach to the organisation of information. Pays close attention to detail and communicates clearly.

Prior Knowledge and Skills

Work Activity Components

Title Details

Support and collation

Contributes, under instruction, to publication support activities and supports the collation of data.

Content publishing

Uses established publishing processes according to appropriate guidelines, for example, to release, retire or convert content into a format suitable for publication.

Web pages and sites

Creates simple web pages, and tests and corrects coding errors using relevant tools and techniques.


Knowledge/Skills Components

Title Depth Details Type

Attention to Detail

Applying specific quality standards to all tasks undertaken to ensure that deliverables are accurate and complete.

Behavioural Skills

Application Development Tools

Aware of

Software tools which automate or assist part of the development process.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Database Software

Aware of

Software that enables the user to capture, create, populate and manipulate data structures and where appropriate unstructured data.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Graphical User Interfaces (GUI)

Aware of

Graphical human/computer interfaces that facilitate effective communication between human operator and computer.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Programming Languages

Aware of

A set of codes and syntax (supported by software tools) that enables the unambiguous translation of specified functionality into source code for the creation of computer programs.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Graphic Design

Aware of

The creation of graphical designs that are appealing to the viewer, appropriate to the material and the commissioning organisation and that project the desired ‘presence’.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Systems Ergonomics and Iterative Design

Aware of

Iterative methods and techniques to allocate and optimise the division of functions between the human, machine and organisational elements of IT systems and the functions themselves in terms of ergonomic impact. Systematic and iterative design of the physical and cognitive interfaces to create an effective user experience in a software system, product or service with attention paid to variety of locations and access devices employed by users.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Web Specifics

Aware of

Knowledge of web specific file extensions, Web 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 and other latest standards/ practices. Use of multimedia and Active-X controls. Understanding of the nature of browsers and how to design cross-browser layouts. Effective knowledge of metadata (e.g. tags, XML) and related aspects of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Information and Data Visualisation/Presenta tion

Aware of

The ability to visualise and present information and data in an appropriate format that helps stakeholders understand the significance of the information and data.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Data Handling

Aware of

The ability to harvest, clean, curate, manage, process and manipulate data in a variety of formats.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Time Management Techniques

Aware of

Methods and techniques for making effective use of own time.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Training Activities

Training Components

Title Details

Human Factors Techniques

Methods and techniques for understanding human needs and limitations and for designing usable, accessible and ergonomically sound systems. Examples: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) approaches and iterative design methods and accessibility. Recognising ever evolving user expectations for use of a variety of access devices and locations and opportunities for environmental savings e.g. reducing office space, travel, etc.

Security Awareness

Tools and techniques to help users and employees understand the role they play in helping to combat information security breaches and for IT and security professionals to prevent and mitigate risk.

Graphic Design and Web Development

Tools and techniques for graphic design, user interface design (UI design), content authoring using standardised code and proprietary software, user experience design (UX design), web development and search engine optimisation.

User Interface Design

Principles, practices, tools and techniques for user interface design and the creation of graphical user interfaces that make user interaction with systems, software, and applications as simple and efficient as possible.


PDA Components

Title Details

Participation in Group Activities

Participating in group activities inside or outside of the working environment that can assist with the development of interpersonal skills.

Job Shadowing and Special Assignments

Undertaking temporary periods or secondments in other roles, inside or outside IT, particularly those that offer a new perspective on own function or exposure to other environments and cultures.

Gaining Knowledge of Employing Organisation

Gaining basic knowledge of the employing organisation, its business, structure, culture, policies, products/services, operations and terminology.

Gaining Knowledge of Surrounding Technical Areas

Gaining knowledge of IT activities in employing organisation external to own function.

Involvement in Professional Body Activities

Attending meetings, seminars and workshops organised by professional body and reading published material, such as journals and web content.


Qualification Components

Title Awarding Body

IT Apprenticeship – Digital accessibility specialist (ST0863 Level 4 proposal)

Institute for Apprenticeships

Organisation Skills

Framework » Organisation
Category » Subcategory
Skill Name and Description Level

DDaT » Software Development –

Software Development -Accessibility

You can create accessible user interfaces that put user needs first. You can test components and pages against accessibility standards.

1 – Awareness

You can understand accessibility and that users have different accessibility needs. You can help fix accessibility issues under the direction of others.

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Software Development -Communicating information

You can communicate effectively across organisational, technical and political boundaries. You can make complex and technical information and language simple and accessible for non-technical audiences. You can work effectively with others.

1 – Awareness

You can listen to the needs of design and business stakeholders and interpret information. You can take part in discussions within a multidisciplinary team.

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Software Development -Community collaboration (frontend developer)

You can contribute to the work of others and can build, motivate and empower teams. You can create the right environment for teams to work in and can create the best team makeup depending on the situation. You can give and receive constructive feedback, enabling the feedback loop. You can recognise and deal with issues.

1 – Awareness

You can understand the work of others and the importance of team dynamics, collaboration and feedback.

DDaT » Software Development –

Software Development -Leadership and guidance (frontend developer)

You can interpret a vision to lead on decisions. You create a collaborative environment and maintain a good service. You can understand and resolve technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk.

You can solve issues and unblock problems.

1 – Awareness

You can follow agreed good practice for the team. You can show an awareness of the importance of team dynamics and collaboration. You can understand the importance of feedback.

DDaT » Software Development –

Software Development -Modern standards approach (frontend developer)

You can apply a modern standards approach throughout development, automation and testing.

1 – Awareness

You can explain the importance of adopting a modern standards approach.

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Software Development -Programming and build (frontend developer)

You can use agreed standards and specifications to design, create, test and document new software, or to make changes to existing software.

1 – Awareness

You can design, code, test, correct and document simple user interfaces using the right standards and tools under the direction of others.

DDaT » Software Development –

Software Development -Prototyping

You can apply technical knowledge and experience to create or design workable prototypes, both programs and physical outputs. You can understand parameters, restrictions and synergies.

1 – Awareness

You can explain what prototyping is, and why and when to use it. You can understand how to work in an open and collaborative environment (by pair working, for example).

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Software Development -User focus (frontend developer)

You can understand users and identify who they are and what their needs are, based on evidence. You can translate user stories and propose design approaches or services to meet these needs. You can engage in meaningful interactions and relationships with users. You can show that you put users first and can manage competing priorities.

1 – Awareness

You can show an understanding of user experience analysis and its principles. You can explain the purpose of user stories and the focus on user needs.

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Software Development -Web performance optimisation

You can understand how web performance can impact users. You can solve problems to improve performance. You can use different sources of data to monitor and identify performance issues.

1 – Awareness

You can understand the basic principles of web performance, and why web performance is important. You can support activities to improve web performance under the guidance of others.

This job role profile was created in collaboration with BCS, using Role Model Plus. BCS is the professional body that has the responsibility of updating this job family.

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