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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Adult Loan Amount: 3345.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do 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?
T Levels offer an attractive alternative to A-levels and apprenticeships, combining classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 45-day industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace.
They are 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.


Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A-C).

You must have achieved at least a grade 4 (C) in Maths and a grade 4 (C) in English.

Course Content

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
* Culture
* Data
* Digital Analysis
* Digital Environments
* Diversity and Inclusion
* Learning
* Legislation
* Security
* Testing
* Tools
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


How will I be assessed?

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.


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

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.

As part of this qualification, you will also enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, which will be invaluable in supporting your 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.

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Sam Mount

Sam Mount

Logging into a social media career

Apprentice Sam Mount is helping Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Hotel to improve its social media presence. He is one of three apprentices recruited by the hotel across its operations in a new partnership with Derby College. One of the city’s top boutique establishments, the hotel is a business focused on customer experience, and values its social media credibility highly.
Sam’s work plays an important role in communicating and engaging with customers as well as building the hotel brand through creative platforms. He attends Derby College on day release every two months as he works towards an NVQ award.

While the social side of university life appealed to me, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to study for three years, especially when there was no guarantee of a job at the end of it. I’d always been interested in both the software and hardware aspects of computer technology, so when I saw the social media opportunity on the national apprenticeship website, I decided to give it a go.


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