T Level - Digital Production Design and Development (Level 3)

Full Time

About the course

The Digital T Level qualification is a full-time, two-year qualification that offers an alternative route to A Levels and apprenticeships. T Levels have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so the content meets the demands needed for the current IT / Computing industry. The qualification combines classroom theory, practical learning and a mandatory 315hour work placement to ensure learners have real experience of the workplace.

Content on the course includes but is not limited to:

  • Computational Thinking

  • Programming (Program data, operators, file handling, program structure, built in functions, validation and data handling, maintainable code)

  • Emerging issues and the impact of digital

  • Legislation and regulatory requirements (Health and safety, Data Protection Act, Computer Misuse Act Equality Act)

  • Understanding business environments

  • The creation and use of data (Artificial Intelligence / machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT, file and directory-based structures)

  • Digital Environments (Network, cloud environments, virtual environments and resilience of environments)

  • Security (technical threats such as hacking, Distributed Denial-of-service, Man-in-the-middle attacks) & physical vulnerabilities, security risks and threat mitigation.

  • Employer set project.

T Levels are assessed with core components which includes two examinations and an employer set project. The qualification is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Examination 1 – 2hr 30mins Digital Analysis, Legislation and Emerging Issues (100 marks available and equivalent to 33.33% of qualification).

Examination 2 – 2hr 30mins Business Environments (100 marks available and equivalent to 33.33% of qualification).

Employer set project 14.5hours – Externally assessed projects (100 marks available and equivalent to 33.33% of qualification).

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 5/C or above (including English Language, Science & Maths). A strong interest in Computing and IT is essential.

Where next?

Completing a digital T Level will allow learners to progress into a digital degree apprenticeship, employment or higher education studying a technical degree at university such as Computer Science, Computing, Networking or Cyber. Suitable job role / progression routes are: Software Development Technician; Junior Developer; Web Developer; Mobile App Developer; Programmer; Automated Test Developer; and Application Support Analyst.

Work experience and employability

The qualification requires a mandatory 315hours (minimum) industry placement in which all learners must undertake and complete in order to be successfully certified for the qualification. It is expected that learners try to source a relevant work placement, with help from the College, in order to complete the industry placement across the two-year qualification.

What additional resources will I need?

Commitment and transport to a mandatory industry placement. Students are asked to make contributions to cover the cost of any course related trips that are organised.

Course Text & revision books (estimated cost £40).

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years. Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk.

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