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Digital Production, Design and Development T-Level

Level 3
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years

T-levels combine core knowledge and skills needed to work in your chosen industry sector with a a technical qualification, and a substantial work placement of at least 45 working days. Relevant English, Mathematics and digital content are embedded in the programme of study. The content of the Digital Production, Design and Development T-level is designed to get you ready for a career in the Digital sector, one that is identified as having a significant and growing skills shortage. T-levels are made up of core units and occupational specialist units. The core content will focus on developing your knowledge, and understanding of concepts, theories and core skills related to the Digital Production, Design and Development pathway.

This new course has been designed by experts in the digital field combining rigorous academic study with hands on industrial experience in the workplace. It is specifically intended to address the skills gap identified by employers and will leave you with excellent skills and qualifications for employment or progression to undergraduate study.


The course has been designed by people who "do the job" and covers all relevant areas needed to help you become a competent, confident addition to the sector.

Within this course you will learn about the following topics:

- Problem solving
- Programming
- Emerging issues and impact of digital
- Legislation and regulatory requirements
- Business context
- Data
- Digital environments
- Security

Additionally, the occupational specialism units concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving the required competence in your chosen occupational specialism. This will include five performance outcomes: Design, Implementation, Testing, Maintenance, and Evaluation.

The components that you will study and become familiar with are:
- Computational thinking
- Algorithms
- Program data
- Operators
- File handling
- Program Structure
- Validation and error handling
- Writing maintainable code
- Testing
- Moral and ethical issues
- Emerging trends and technologies
- Legislation
- The business environment
- Digital value to business
- Technical change management
- Risks in a business context
- Data and information in organisations
- Data formats, systems and management
- Data management and Networks
- Cloud environments
- Resilience of environment
- Security Risks
- Threat mitigation
- Project planning
- Reflective evaluation
Core Paper 1: "Digital Analysis, Legislation and Emerging Issues" covers:
- Problem solving
- Introduction to programming
- Emerging issues and impact of digital
- Legislation and regulatory requirements

Core Paper 2: "The Business Environment" covers:
- Business Context
- Data
- Digital Environments
- Security

Core Project – Employer Set Project
There are five parts to this assessment:
Task 1: Planning a project
Task 2: Identifying and fixing defects in an existing code
Task 3: Designing a solution
Task 4a: Developing a solution
Task 4b: Reflective evaluation
The occupational specialism units will be assessed through a series of internal assessment which include written work, practical assessments, presentations, portfolios and observations.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.
Progression from this qualification could be to degree level study, including for example Foundation Degree in Computing or Games Development, Level 4 apprenticeships in Software or Network Engineering available here at Petroc or indeed a range of BSc. qualifications at most Higher Education providers. Some learners may wish to consolidate with a Level 3 apprenticeship in this sector as a means to progress to employment.

Typical 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 students will be based on their individual abilities in the digital sector and will be supported by their achievement of this qualification.
We have a suite of well equipped IT rooms, with high spec PCs offering a range of programming environments. Your course will be supported with online materials through Google Classrooms.
Ideally you would have access to a reasonable internet connection and a laptop/pc which can be used to develop software.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.

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