Digital Production, Design and Development T-Level
Mid Devon Campus
T-levels are 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
combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 45-day industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace. 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. During the two-year
programme, 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. The T-level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare you 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.
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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.
This qualification can only be taken as part of a T-level course and is not available to be taken as a stand-alone qualification. This qualification, which is 1200 guided learning hours, is for you if you want to start a career in software and digital design as, for example, a programmer, web designer, IT business analyst, systems designer, software development technician or digital marketer. It is designed for post-16 students and is an ideal qualification if you are intending to progress directly to employment within the digital industry, to a digital apprenticeship or to Qualification Description – T-level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development or further studies.
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 content is split into a core component that is common to all Digital T-levels, and occupational specialism content that is specific to this T-level in Digital Production, Design and Development.
The core component provides a broad understanding of the digital industry and covers the following digital-related topics:
- Business Context
- Digital Analysis
- Digital Environments
- Diversity and Inclusion
The core component will be assessed through a project set by employers in the industry and two externally-set tests.
The occupational specialism content will allow you to develop the relevant skills in preparation for your career in the digital industry. The occupational specialism is assessed through a project that is created in conjunction with relevant employers. 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.
As part of this qualification, you will also enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, which 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.
You will take a combination of assignment lead project work and examinations at key points throughout the qualification.
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.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.
Q: What elements make up a T-level?
A: The T-level is made up of four component parts, with the Technical Qualification being the substantial component:
1. Technical Qualification
2. Industry Placement
3. Level 2 English and maths
4. Any other relevant industry qualifications deemed appropriate by the T-level panel.