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Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development, T Level
What is a T Level?
T Levels are brand new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and Technical Awards and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 45-day (315 hours) industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace.
What is the digital industry?
The digital industry is a major source of employment in the UK, with 1.46 million people working in digital companies and around 45,000 digital jobs advertised at any one time. Digital skills span all industries; almost all jobs in the UK today require employees to have a good level of digital literacy. The UK has positioned itself to be the ‘digital capital of Europe’ as it continues to invest billions every year in digital skills and commerce.
What will I do on this course?
Designed and developed in collaboration with employers, this programme is a mixture of classroom and work based learning to give you the technical skills and workplace experience to kick-start your career into the digital arena.
You will complete:
A core Technical Qualification (TQ) and digital specialism
The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T Level and will see you learn from a curriculum that has been shaped by industry experts. You will learn the core knowledge that underpins most jobs in the digital industry and you will also develop occupationally-specific skills that will allow you to enter skilled employment within a specific occupation. This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers in the digital industry to ensure you learn the skills and behaviours that will give you the best opportunity to be successful when applying for work.
The core component provides a broad understanding of the digital industry and covers the following digital-related topics:
- Problem Solving
- Emerging Issues and Impact of Digital
- Legislation and Regulatory Requirements
- Business Context
- Digital Environments & Networks
- Project Planning
- Software Testing
The occupational specialism will allow you to develop the relevant skills in preparation for your career in the digital industry.
The content of the occupational specialism will cover the following topics:
- Analysing a problem to define requirements and acceptance criteria aligned to user needs
- Designing, implementing and testing software
- Changing, maintaining and supporting software
- Creating solutions in a social and collaborative environment
- Discovering, evaluating and applying reliable sources of knowledge
- Applying ethical principles and managing risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software.
An industry placement of at least 45-days (315 hours)
You’ll complete an industry placement with a digital employer to put all of the skills you’re learning into practice in a real world worn environment. Your placement will be flexible to suit you and the employer and will give you a great advantage in your next steps.
And there’s more benefits…
As part of this study programme, you will enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, and attend tutorials and Individual Development (ID) or Future Academy. All of this will be invaluable in supporting progression in other areas. In addition, you will develop:
- Transferable technical and practical skills in communication (working with colleagues, customers and clients)
- Research and project work, providing you with an opportunity to demonstrate your reflective practice by suggesting alternative approaches to a problem.
All aspects of your study programme will be discussed at your interview.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a number of exams and project work throughout the programme. The core component will be assessed through a project set by employers in the industry and two externally-set tests.
The occupational specialism is assessed through a project that is created in conjunction with relevant employers. You will need to complete all elements to achieve the overall T Level.
What could I do after this course?
Achieving this qualification will give you an advantage when applying for a job in software production and design in the digital industry or when progressing to further study. You will have opportunities to progress to university degrees, such as Applied Computing at University Centre Weston, degree apprenticeships or directly to the workplace.
Five GCSEs at grade 9-5 (including English and maths) or a relevant Level 2 IT/Computing qualification at distinction or distinction* (including English and maths at grade 9-5). If you do not have these qualifications but are interested in this T Level, Weston College will be offering a [1 year Level 2 Digital study programme](https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/computing-and-it/information-technology-diploma) which could enable you to progress to this T Level. This option will be discussed with you at interview.
What our students say
Joshua Callicott, IT
“Weston College has changed the way I learn, for the better”
Former school: Backwell
What next? Degree Apprenticeship UCW, or UCW Applied Computing Degree.