Epix Systems Ltd

Apprentice Programmer - Master's Degree (Level 7)


Epix Systems Ltd

Training Provider:


Annual wage £14,000.00
37.5 hours per week Monday - Friday 08:00 - 16:30, with 1 hour for lunch. 1 day per week at university.
duration: 4 years
start: 2 September 2020
Master's Degree (Level 7)
Digital and Technology Solution Specialist (degree) (apprenticeship standard)
1 August 2020 (application closing date)
We are looking for someone who can code and has an understanding of how computers work - but beyond that you will have the freedom to choose the details. The Manchester Met course offers many specialisms, all of which are intertwined within our organisation, so you will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of development.


Your day-to-day duties will be driven by your specialism, but you won't be able to avoid talking to users, fixing bugs, and designing new features.

This is a varied role, and includes:

  • 1st line support - answering the phone, diagnosing problems, talking to users
  • 2nd line support - even when someone else takes then original problem, you'll often be the one fixing it
  • Reviewing code - we all get to check off each other's work as part of solving a problem
  • Writing PHP - our main app is browser based. Currently sitting at around 500K lines of code
  • Writing SQL - everything we do is data driven - so everything ultimately comes down to accessing the database
  • Writing Java - our mobile app, the key feature for most of our customers, is a native Android app
  • Writing Python - strictly speaking all we ever do is debug our python server that integrates between the Android app and the database because it is so reliable
  • Website design - our PHP pumps out html/css so you'll get to play with all the cool technologies in the browser
  • Liaising with customers - with careful supervision, we'll encourage you to discuss requirements with customers, either over the phone or face-to-face
  • Training - when we have an new customer going live we will take you out to site to meet the end users and help with one on one training
  • Data processing and analysis - we often take large spreadsheets of data from our customers and need to understand them, and import the data
  • Working in an office - the fact is we work from 08:00 until 16:30. We are a team and all need to be together to fix problems and write new bugs

Future Prospects

By the time you graduate we expect you to be entering a entry level programmer position. Given current rates for that role we'd expect you to carry on with us for between £25,000 and £28,000 when you graduate.

In the meantime, assuming you keep up regular attendance on the course and hit all your assessment targets, there will be annual pay rises to seamlessly bridge between apprentice and entry level roles and recognise the growing value you'll be bringing to us.

Reality Check

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Skills Required

  • You'll need to have written some code, and be able to talk us through how it works
  • You'll need to be able to discuss its good points, its bad points, and explain how you got the code to where it is

Qualities Required

You'll need to convince us that you can already think yourself into the mindset of a computer programmer.

Qualifications Required

  • A minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points at A2 (Grades BCC) or an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM
  • You will also require maths and English Language GCSE or equivalent at grade 9 - 4/A*-C or commit to undertaking Functional Skills Level 2

Training Provided

Level 7 - Digital and Technology Solution Specialist (degree):

Working in collaboration with businesses across the UK, we’ve created a learning experience, which combines workplace training with a relevant programme of university study, gaining a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions.

The programme is taught at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School for approximately 30 days each year. You will attend for an induction week, followed by teaching one day per week.

The taught units are complemented by negotiated work-based projects, where whenever possible you will be able to use business challenges and scenarios from your own role as part of your work. You will also have regular updates with your university tutor in person, on the phone or via video chat.

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