What are T Levels?
•  New 2-year, Level 3 qualifications equivalent to three A Levels
•  Designed by professional bodies, employers and universities so that they are relevant and up to date.
•  Include at least 45 days of work-experience and opportunity to build transferable skills and knowledge related to the job area
•  Assessed through a combination of exams, coursework and other methods

T Levels are new 2-year, Level 3 study programmes that will follow the study of GCSEs and Technical Awards at Key Stage 4 and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and Apprenticeships. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 45 day industry placement with an employer to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.

The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T Level and will see students learning from a curriculum that has been shaped by industry experts. During the 2-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge that underpins each industry and they will also develop occupationally specific skills that will allow them to enter skilled employment within a specific occupation.
The T Level programmes have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare students for work. They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher level study, including university.

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to the admission requirements to many relevant courses.

At the end of the Technical Qualification, students are expected to demonstrate threshold competence, which means that they have gained the core knowledge and skills related to software design and development and are well placed to develop full occupational competence with additional development and support once in employment in the digital sector. Furthermore, will provide students with a route through education that has a clear progression pathway to further study such as Employment, University or an Apprenticeship. 

Students who complete a T Level Technical Qualification in Digital Production, Design and Development will be able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study; for example, a higher or degree level Apprenticeship, or higher level technical study, including higher education.

What jobs can I get? 

This Technical Qualification aligns to the Software Development Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship and therefore supports progression to entry-level job opportunities in software design and development. Job roles could include:
? Software Development Technician
? Junior Developer
? Junior Web Developer
? Junior Application Developer
? Junior Mobile App Developer
? Junior Games Developer

? Junior Software Developer
? Junior Application Support Analyst
? Junior Programmer
? Assistant Programmer
? Automated Test Developer.

The jobs available to the students will be based on their individual abilities in the digital sector and will be supported by their achievement of this qualification.
Alternatively, students could progress sideways to the Level 3 Software Technician Apprenticeship to develop and gain certification of their occupational competence, or they could progress to higher level Apprenticeships such as the Level 4 Software Developer, depending on their skills or experience.
Students could progress to relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes or digital degree programmes such as Computer Games Programming BCs, Software Engineering BSc, Virtual Reality Design BA, Computing BSc, Digital Media Design and Development BSc or Computer Science BSc.

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

5 GCSEs/international GCSEs at Grade 4 (formerly Grade D) or above, including English, Maths and Science, and/or

? Vocational Tech Award qualification(s) at Level 2 at Pass and above in a relevant subject, e.g. BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology.

Students may demonstrate the ability to succeed in various ways. For example, they may have relevant work experience or specific aptitude shown through diagnostic tests or non-educational experience.

What about work experience? 

All students will be expected to take part in mandatory 45 day work experience during their study programme with us. You will also be involved in an externally employer set project which will hone in your Digital Skills, Project Planning, Financial Management, Team-player and Programming skills.

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
BP30001 04/09/2024 £166.00 £166.00 £166.00

* Please note fees are subject to change.

Course content

Course Content 

This course will allow the college to offer students from a range of curriculum areas a viable progression route into Digital T Levels. It is intended for students who want to progress to a career in the Digital sector, with a focus on software design and development.
Students will learn about the following topics in each component: 
? Problem solving 
? Programming 
? Emerging issues and impact of digital 
? Legislation and regulatory requirements 
? Business context / Business Environment
? Data 
? Digital environments 
? Security

How are they graded, and what is on the certificate?

The overall grade for the T Level is pass, merit, distinction or distinction
The certificate also shows:
•  A separate grade for the core component (A * to E)
• A separate grade for each occupational specialism (pass , merit or distinction)
• Confirmation that the industry placement has been completed
• That the student has met any additional mandatory requirements

Assessment Component - This component covers the underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills that support threshold competence in the digital industry.:

  • Core Paper 1: Digital Analysis, Legislation and Emerging Issues - Written examination 
  • Core Paper 2: The Business Environment - Written examination
  • Employer Set Project - Externally set project

Occupational Specialist Component - This component covers the occupational specialist knowledge and skills required to demonstrate threshold competence for the specialism and it will be assessed by a skills-related project that is associated to the underpinning knowledge.:

  • Digital Production, Design and Development - Externally set project - 67 hours to complete

More info

Start Day/Time 

Duration 

2 Years

Attendance 

Full-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Level 3

Awarding Body 

EDEXCEL

Curriculum Area 

Creative and Digital Industries - Digital & Computing

More about the course 

Here at The College, we have a reputation for excellent skills training. Our lecturers are professionals in their chosen fields, with sound experience, knowledge and expertise.

Useful links:

What are T Levels? video: https://youtu.be/7rua65bHjMw
T Level information for parents: https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/students/parents

Academic Year 

2024/25

Duration 

2 Years

Attendance 

Full-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Level 3

Awarding Body 

EDEXCEL