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Crucial Skills for Software Testers

Course start date: 20th June, 2022

Would you like to switch careers and test software for a living? Maybe you would just like to be better at testing to enrich your current career? Join our team of professional testers as they teach you all the fundamental skills. In just 8 weeks of part time sessions you’ll understand the value and methods of great software testing.

Effective software testing and quality assurance are skill-sets which are in demand among many employers right now, and that demand is only set to continue rising in 2022 and beyond.

If you’re a curious person with good attention to detail, or have a process-driven way of thinking, this software testing course could be your first step on the path to a satisfying new career.

Would you like to do this course for free?

Next course starts 20 June in Manchester

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Remote Delivery

If you live or work in Greater Manchester it is very likely that you will be eligible for 100% funding through the GMCA Skills for growth programme.

What does it take to be a great tester?

Our Get Ahead courses are developed with employability and career progression in mind. This is a great course if you are thinking of starting a career in testing or if you want to add or develop your existing skill set. The sessions are full of tips and best practice for testers at all levels and in all situations. You might be a developer looking to test your own work or do better peer reviews for your team, maybe you’re a project or account manager who wants to be confident that whatever goes to the customer is as good as it can be. You may already be working in testing or QA but could do with solidifying your knowledge of the job.

Whatever your background you will be very welcome on this course - you’ll learn crucial skills from the best in the business - all whilst making connections and broadening your network, powering up your career from this point forwards.

Course Outline

The course contents are THE key skills needed and valued by testing teams. These are derived from a consensus from team leaders and employers from a wide variety of teams and companies. All sessions are devised, reviewed and delivered by professionals from the software testing industry and are under constant review and improvement to ensure they are as relevant and current as possible.

You will cover:

  • Fundamental principles of software testing
  • How to plan testing and what to test when
  • The many different sorts of testing we can use - and how to choose
  • Automation
  • Communication - specifically within a tech team setting
  • Key skills and best practice


This course generally runs over 8-16 weeks in half day sessions. These are delivered remotely and there are options to attend outside of working hours so it is easy to fit around your existing commitments.

These sessions are supplemented with additional guided but self led learning, shorter ‘lunch-and-learn’ sessions on key skills and knowledge as well as ad hoc 1-1 support and coaching.

In this career we never stop learning - an appetite for learning and self teaching and a clear interest in the job are the most important things we can show. This course is designed to help you showcase these traits with real world examples and an understanding of the tools of the trade and working best practice.


All Learners will leave the course with a good understanding of the principles and best practices of software testing. You will be able to plan and execute a test plan on a piece of software and communicate the results to the wider team.

Those looking for their first position as a tester will produce a portfolio of work to help them with employment opportunities. Help and support is also available for job searches.


There are no prerequisites for this course other than a suitable level of digital literacy - e.g. use of email, word processing, and spreadsheets.

You do not need any formal qualifications, we are looking for aptitude and enthusiasm - if you are a curious person who can communicate well and likes to make things as good as they can be, that will be enough for us.

Please make sure you fill out the application form outlining your understanding so far and ambitions for the future.

Would you like to do this course for free?

Next course starts 20 June in Manchester

Remote Delivery

Apply Now

If you live or work in Greater Manchester it is very likely that you will be eligible for 100% funding through the GMCA Skills for growth programme.

100% Funded Courses Available

*Whilst it is very likely you will be eligible for funding it is not a guarantee

Learn from the best

Our trainers and coaches are industry-leading digital experts, providing you with top-notch skills and knowledge to help you excel.

Boost your confidence

Our courses are designed to teach you in-demand tech and digital skills.


Develop new tech skills or brush-up on existing skills to increase your productivity. You and your teams will feel empowered, engaged and educated.

What's the next Step?

Book a call with us today and speak to a member of our team about how you can progress your tech career.

100% Funded Courses Available!*

Whilst it is very likely you will be eligible for funding, it is not a guarantee.

Get in touch to find out more!

100% funding is often available for our courses

Business and Employers

We offer full team training! Reach out to us now if you wish to bolster the skillset of your entire team, and increase overall output in the office.