Junior tester

Junior testers conduct a range of tests on software, so that they can report, track and fix bugs or issues before software deployment.

Starting your career

Subject choices

If you’re interested in becoming a junior tester, useful school subjects include:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Physics
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering
  • Information and Communications Technology

Work placements and volunteering

You may find it helpful to get some experience of working in healthcare by doing a work placement. There may also be opportunities to volunteer. This could help you when applying to university, college, or a new job with NHSScotland.


Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships give you the skills, knowledge, and work experience you need to start your career journey. To begin your career journey as a junior tester you could do a Foundation Apprenticeship in software development.

Find out more about the Foundation Apprenticeship in IT: Software Development.

Modern Apprenticeships

Start or continue working towards a role as a junior tester with an IT and Telecommunications Modern Apprenticeship.

Find out more about the Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecoms.

Graduate Apprenticeships

A Graduate Apprenticeship in software development will give you the technical, practical, and job-specific skills that are in demand for junior testers. It’s work-based, but you’ll also attend college or university to get your degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Apprenticeship in IT: Software Development.

College and university

You might choose to do an HND or a degree before becoming a junior tester.

Relevant degree subjects for a role as a junior tester include:

  • Computer Science
  • IT
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Most Scottish colleges and universities deliver courses in these areas. You should check specific entry requirements before applying.

Widening participation supports adult learners who want to go to university. If you’re an adult with few or no qualifications, you could get into higher education through the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP). Many universities also provide their own access programmes to help you get the degree entry qualifications you need.

If you already have a degree, but it’s not relevant to this role, you could take an accelerated postgraduate course to gain useful skills and experience.

Search for relevant college or university courses on My World of Work.

The role

As an NHSScotland junior tester, the work you do is vital to the development and deployment of software to improve the health and care of citizens.

What you’ll do

Tasks include:

  • understanding the scope of the software you’ll be testing
  • monitoring applications and software systems
  • supporting exploratory, functional, browser, accessibility, regression, and usability testing
  • assisting with the investigation of issues
  • recording information to aid fault resolution
  • keeping test documentation in line with test processes
  • testing administration tasks

Top skills

Useful skills for junior testers include:

  • communication
  • attention to detail
  • problem-solving
  • teamworking
  • being organised

Who you’ll work with

Junior testers usually work in a multi-disciplinary team. Your team might include roles like:

  • UI developer 
  • UX designer 
  • service designer
  • user researcher
  • software engineer 
  • product owner 
  • web developer 

Working environment

As a junior tester, you could work in an office or remotely.

Learning and development

As an NHSScotland junior tester, you’ll learn about lots of different testing and quality assurance techniques and methodologies to make sure we deliver high-quality software.

Once you become a junior tester you might join some of the many professional bodies. These bodies offer additional training and professional qualifications that you can take to improve your skills.

With additional experience, you could apply for roles like senior tester or lead tester.

Professional bodies