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User acceptance tester

User acceptance testers test websites and software to see if they work properly before they go live.
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What does an user acceptance tester do?

User acceptance testers test websites and software to see if they work properly before they go live. You’ll be working with panels of people drawn from the general public so as well as good analytical skills, you’ll also need excellent communication skills. You could be looking at a variety of areas from accessibility through to testing for bugs.

What do I need to do to become an user acceptance tester?

There are no set qualifications to become a user acceptance tester, though most people who do this job have a background in website or software development.

To get on a computing degree you need five GCSEs grade C or above, including maths, English and a science subject. Relevant A levels include maths, physics and computing.

A level 3 vocational qualification in computer science would be most relevant. Entry may be possible without five GCSEs at grade C with a level 2 qualification in computer science. 


Related skills

  • Problem solving
  • Patience
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytics
  • IT

Academic route

  • Relevant A levels include maths, physics and computing

Vocational route

Level 3 qualification in computer science

Related subjects

  • Computer science
  • Design technology
  • Media studies

Desirable qualifications

  • Computing degree
  • IT degree

Where could I be working?

You will be working indoors, for either a small, medium or large company.

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