Created with leading digital employers, the digital support services T level in computer networks, cyber security, and cabling is loaded with the specific subjects and skills the IT industry needs. Knowledgeable tutors arm you with strong transferable core digital skills, so you are workplace ready. From here, you can step into a career supporting IT networks and cabling or in the ever-evolving field of cyber security.
For 80% of your T level, you work in blended-learning classrooms to load your toolbox with skills, knowledge and experience that appeal to digital employers or prepare you for higher education.
Making up the rest of the course is an industry placement, carefully selected to best suit you and your career aspirations. Here you will work on an employer-set project to give you confidence and hands-on experience of life in a digital services team.
If you are not quite ready for a T level then a transition programme could be for you. This will give you the chance to improve your maths and English (and any other subjects that need to improve) to move on to a T level the following year. For more information about these courses, please visit our T levels course page on our website.
If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above.
You will take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.
What You'll Learn
Year one develops your core knowledge and dives deep into key digital-industry concepts, theories and principles. You explore fascinating data and digital analysis, discover digital environments, understand testing and build your digital toolkit.
Year one’s solid foundation in diversity and inclusion, learning and legislation, planning and security gives you the confidence to face whatever the digital world throws at you. With nurturing expert tutors, you also explore the business environment. You get to understand what good customer service looks like, see the value of digital in business and learn how organisations respond to change.
And change is something you discuss as you consider the ethical and moral issues raised by an increasing reliance on technology and how it effects society and culture.
In year two, all the theories and classroom learning of year one come into their own. Together, we find an industry placement that puts you at the heart of your network cabling or cyber security specialism. You get to really understand the responsibilities, role profiles and skills across the digital support services sector.
You learn to apply procedures and controls to maintain the digital security of an organisation and its data. You get hands-on by installing and testing cabling in line with technical and security requirements. You discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge as you work in a real-life digital-industry team.
This whole-block or day-release opportunity puts all that year-one theory into context, and you learn to apply it during an employer-set project that both challenges and inspires.
Supporting your digital journey, we integrate English, maths and relevant digital skills into the course.
T levels are only for students who will be 16-18 on 31 August of the year they start the course.
You need the following to be accepted on the Digital T level:
GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or higher
at least 3 other GCSES at grade 4 or above
one reference (this is usually from your school).
90% attendance at school (or your last place or work/ study) – this is desirable.
If you don’t meet these but want to start on your chosen career path entry requirements for Transition Programmes are slightly lower. You will need a grade 4 at GCSE (or functional skills level 2) in maths or English (and grade 3 in the other of these), plus two other GCSEs at grade 4.
How you will be assessed
There are several formal assessments during the two years: external exams, controlled assessments, practical summary assignments and an employer-led set project.
Together, the assessments generate an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
At the end of your T level, you receive a nationally recognised certificate with a clear breakdown of your achievements. The T level can be worth up to 168 UCAS points.
Total Fees: £0.00
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
There are no tuition fees to study a T Level if you start before you are 19 years old but there will be material costs that will need to be paid at the start of the course. Students will also need to purchase PPE for use in the workshops and on-site. The College may be able to support you with this.
This course is for under 19s only.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
Your digital T level in digital support services is the equivalent of 3 A levels. With it, you can either progress to a higher-level apprenticeship or degree, or you’re in a good place to start a career in IT support.
You might want to be a:
1. Network support
2. Network engineer
3. Network security
4. Front-line technical support
5. Cloud tech support
6. Data analyst
7. Hardware or software support
8. IT business analyst
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.