T Level Three in Digital Production, Design and Development (Computer Science)

In Year 12 you will complete a core Technical Qualification (TQ), while in Year 13 you follow your Occupational Specialism, according to the Digital T Level route you have chosen.

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.

Industry Placement

This course provides a great opportunity for you to work alongside industry professionals. You will become part of a team and significantly contribute to ongoing projects in industry. This will allow you to develop your skills and to put the theory you learn into practice

An important requirement of the programme is that you must complete a 315-hour (approximately 45 days) work placement with an employer in the digital sector, where you will be fully integrated into the business, gaining real life skills and practical experience, which are vital additions to your CV and UCAS applications for university.

We will help and support you to find the right placement.

Course Code PS192/1

What will I study?

Core Component

The core component provides a broad understanding of the digital industry and covers digital focussed topics including:

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • How digital technologies impact business
  • The ethical and moral implications of digital technology
  • Using data in software design
  • Using digital technologies to analyse and solve problems
  • Digital environments, including physical, virtual and cloud environments
  • Emerging technical trends, such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Blockchain, 3D printing
  • Legal and regulatory obligations relating to digital technologies
  • The privacy and confidentiality of personal data
  • The technical, physical and human aspects of internet security
  • Planning digital projects
  • Testing software, hardware and data
  • Digital tools for project management and collaboration

They will develop the skills to:

  • Analyse a problem, understand user needs, define requirements, and set acceptance criteria
  • Design, implement and test software
  • Change, maintain and support software
  • Work collaboratively in a digital team
  • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge
  • Work within legal and regulatory frameworks when developing software

Occupational Specialism

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 topics including:

  • 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.

How will I be assessed?

The Digital T Level is all externally assessed.

At the end of Year 12 there will be two written exams graded the same as A Levels (grades awarded will be in the range A* to U) and one practical project to complete (graded Pass, Merit & Distinction like many vocational subjects).

At the end of Year 13 students are required to complete a series of practical projects dependent on their industry placement (also graded A*- U).

How will the course be delivered?

You will be expected to attend College for three days a week. This will be supplemented with online resources to support your learning. Alongside this you will attend your work placement.

Entry requirements

An interest in technology, computing, and working in the digital sector will be advantageous, whilst having the motivation to work hard, both in and out of class is expected.

Academically we expect you to have the following GCSE results:

  • Grade 4 or above in Maths
  • Grade 4 or above in English Language
  • Grade 4 or above in 2 other subjects

GCSE Computer Science is not an entry requirement so please don’t worry if you did not take this at school.

What next?

The purpose of the Level 3 Technical qualification in Digital is to ensure that students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher level study. Following the completion of the T Level in Digital, you may go on to:

Skilled employment within the digital Industry for example Software Development, Ai, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Networking, Gaming, E-Learning, Data Analysis, App Development, Web Development, Business Systems, and Digital Marketing

Higher Level Apprenticeships at Level 4 and above which may progress you into careers such as a Data Scientist, Network Engineer or Cyber Security Specialist.

Higher Education; as UCAS points have been awarded to T Levels, they facilitate progression to higher education on a wide range of digitally related degrees in areas such as; Cloud Computing, Data Science, Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Games Development, Augmented Reality, VR or Robotics (all these would be subject to other entry requirements set by each institution).

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

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