T Level Digital Design & Production Lv 3

Digital Design & Production, Digital Support Services And More

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Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

Minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-4, including:

  • English Grade 9-4
  • Maths Grade 9-4

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at learners who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of computing, with proven application in a “real world” setting. The T Level has an emphasis on real industry experience and is equivalent to three A Levels. This course will develop your programming skills in a range of different programming languages. You will gain experience using industry standard development environments, techniques and source code management platforms. This will equip you to face real world programming challenges. Investigating different software design methodologies, modelling approaches and project management tools will allow you to build the skills needed for your own software development projects.

You will learn about the value of digital technology and gain an understanding of customer and commercial needs. Discussions about the ethical and moral issues raised by the increasing reliance on technology and automation and the importance of legal requirements will form part of your studies.

What will the interview involve?

Prior to interview, you will be set a task where you will have the opportunity to describe to the interviewer why you feel a career in computing could be your first step to employment, and how this will fit with your chosen T Level.

What will I learn?

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the following core ‘digital elements’: 

  • Problem solving and computational thinking
    • You will apply problem-solving skills to analyse problems and to identify solutions that can be developed into computer programs.
  • Programming
    • You will gain understanding of computer programming to solve problems and solve realistic problems that may form a complete solution or a sub-part of a larger program.
  • Emerging issues and impact of digital
    • Apply an understanding of ethical and moral issues in the digital sector in a range of business contexts. Also, explore how developments in technology impact on organisations, individuals, and society.
  • Legislation and regulatory requirements
    • You will gain an understanding of legal issues in the digital sector in a range of business contexts. Students should explore how compliance with legislation impacts on the way in which organisations and their stakeholders use and interact with digital technologies.
  • Business context
    • You will gain an understanding of the business environment including the importance of serving customer and end user, business needs, stakeholders such as customers, competitors, suppliers and government and the social, political, legal, and technological factors drive the need for and use of digital skills technologies.
  • Data
    • You will understand the use of data by organisations to support business needs. They should explore the benefits and challenges those digital technologies present in terms of the creation and use of data.
  • Digital environments
    • Apply an understanding of the different platforms of delivery that enable access to digital tools and services. You will explore how different digital environments meet the needs of organisations and their stakeholders
  • Security 
    • You will learn the potential risks posed from the use of digital technologies to an organisation and its stakeholders. Students should explore established and emerging risks and understand ways in which risks can be mitigated.

Your studies will focus on being able to support different professional roles through:

  • Software development lifecycles
  • Using Agile & RAD methodologies
  • Investigating emerging technologies
  • Understanding ethical principles and risk management
  • Using appropriate programming languages to implement front-end and back-end solutions
  • Using source code management systems
  • Creating automation of unit tests
  • Creating user interfaces that apply user experience (UX) design principles
  • Connecting code to data sources

T Levels are made up of three elements:

Core Component

This will be split into two parts:

Technical knowledge and skills relevant to the T Levels industry. You’ll need to demonstrate that you:

  • Understand how your industry works.
  • Understand how occupational specialisms fit within the industry; and
  • Know the working practices in the industry.

An employer-set project which will require you to apply your knowledge and skills to a set challenge.

Specialist Skills

You will learn specialist skills for your industry in classroom-based environments, such as workshops. You will need to show evidence of your achievements and demonstrate your ability to work in your chosen industry.

Industry Placements

Industry placements are an essential part of the T Level qualification, and you will complete at least 45 days in a placement. This means you will develop the workplace skills that employers are looking for, gain a clearer idea about the job and even the possibility of opportunities to secure future employment.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in a variety of ways to include workshops, lectures and seminars whilst also undertaking industry placement, to help support and underpin the theoretical knowledge gained in class. Digital methods of teaching and learning will be embedded to enable you to access materials at all times.

  • Classroom lectures for your theory sessions
  • Workshop delivery for development of practical skills
  • Independent study
  • Industry placement
  • Guest Speakers from industry and university lecturers

Industry placement

Your T Level will include an industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills required to work in your chosen occupation. The placement is for a minimum of 315 hours/45 days. The Isle of Wight College encourages all students to find their own appropriate industry placement as part of the course. The college will also support students to secure a relevant industry placement if needed. Your placement may be day release, a block placement, or a combination of both. Therefore, you will be required to be flexible.

What qualifications will I get?

You will achieve a T Level in Digital production, Design and Development.

T Level UCAS Equivalent Points:

UCAS Tariff points    T Level overall grade      A Level
168Distinction* (A* on the core and distinction in the occupational specialism)AAA*
96Pass (C or above on the core)CCC
72Pass (D or E on the core)DDD


You have the opportunity to progress on to an HND course at the Isle of Wight College, to university or proceed into careers including:

  • Web Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Games Tester
  • Computer Games Developer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer

Additional information

This is a full-time course which consists of up to 5 days study and placement a week. You will be required to work in your own time and complete tasks under your own initiative.

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