Created with leading digital producers, designers and developers, the digital T level in digital production, design and development prepares you for an exciting future in computing, web development and coding. The strong transferable core digital skills you develop with nurturing tutors accompany you onto the digital world stage.
You spend 80% of your T level in blended-learning classrooms, loading your toolbox with skills, knowledge and experience that appeals to digital employers and exciting workplaces as well as higher education.
For the remaining 20% of your time, you launch into a 45-day industry placement to tackle an employer-set project and get hands-on experience in a real-life setting. We work together to find a placement that plays to your strengths and empowers you to focus on digital production, design and development that most appeals to you.
If you are not quite ready for a T level then a transition programme could be for you. This will allow you to improve your maths and English (and any other subjects and areas that you 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.
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 is your moment to develop your core knowledge and get to grips with key digital-industry concepts, theories and principles. You leap into fascinating data and digital analysis, discover digital environments, understand testing and build your digital toolkit, with learning will take place in classrooms, bespoke labs and workshops, and online.
To support your digital future, you get a grounding in diversity and inclusion, learning and legislation, planning and security. This solid foundation gives you the confidence to face whatever the digital world throws at you and launch into a successful, diverse career.
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 affects society and culture.
In year two, all the theories and classroom learning of year one find real-life context as you start your hands-on industry placement. Your focus moves to the key concepts of digital production, design and development as your employer-set project takes centre stage. You work as part of a production, design and/or development team to get a feel for working life in the digital industry.
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:
1. GCSE maths grade 5 and English at grade 5 or higher
2. at least 3 other GCSES at grade 5 or above. It would be desirable if one of the GCSE was in a computing subject.
3. one reference (this is usually from your school).
4. 90% attendance at school (or your last place or work/ study) – this is desirable.
We would consider functional skills L2 if you have completed a computing course at the college prior to enrolling.
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.
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.
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 production, design and development 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 software production and design.
You might want to be a:
2. Web developer
3. IT business analyst
4. App developer
5. Digital marketer
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.