Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 3
Start Date:
72 weeks

Course Sheets

Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

The T Level is a 2 year programme and will include a 9 week (minimum) industry placement and a Technical Qualification, where you will also choose your specialist occupation. Minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-4, including: English Grade 9-4 Maths Grade 9-4
Who the course is 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 you will learn

Technical knowledge 

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


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. 

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

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

  • Problem solving and computational thinking 
  • Programming 
  • Emerging issues and impact of digital 
  • Legislation and regulatory requirements 
  • Business Context 
  • Data 
  • Digital Environments 
  • Security 
How you will 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 


Work 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.

You will gain a T Level in Digital Support Services and be able to progress straight into employment or continue to a higher-level apprenticeship, degree or to the HND Computing. 

Students can progress into employment and work in roles such as: 

  • Front line technical support 
  • Cloud technologies 
  • Data analyser 
  • Hardware and software support 
  • IT business analyst 

There may be a cost for purchasing equipment or uniform for this course. Find out about financial support available.

Qualifications you will get
You will achieve a T Level in Digital production, Design and Development

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