Ashford College - Digital Production, Design and Development T Level
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Qualification: Digital Production, Design and Development T Level
Location: Ashford College
Duration: 2 years

Digital Production, Design and Development T Level

The T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development equips you with the cutting-edge skills, knowledge and industry experience you need to start your journey in a range of creative tech jobs. A T Level is made up of 80% classroom work and 20% work placement, spead out over the two years of the course. A T Level is only avaliable to those who are 16 - 19.


Curriculum content 

Designed by industry leaders, the T Level combines hands-on learning, academic study and a 45-day work experience placement with a local employer. As part of this Technical Qualification, you will also enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, which will be valuable in supporting 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.

In Year One, you will study core units covering a range of topics such as: 

  • Emerging technical trends, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Blockchain and 3D printing 
  • How to design, implement and test software 
  • The impact of digital technologies on business 
  • How to analyse and solve problems, and understand user needs 
  • The technical, physical and human aspects of internet security
  • the ethical and moral implications of digital technology
  • using data in software design
  • digital environments, including physical, virtual and cloud environments
  • legal and regulatory obligations relating to digital technologies
  • the privacy and confidentiality of personal data
  • planning digital projects
  • digital tools for project management and collaboration

In Year Two, you will study an occupational specialism. During this year, you will further develop your knowledge whilst developing the skills needed complete your specialist project.  

In addition to the core content, each student will also develop skills in digital production, design and development. The content will include:

  • 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

Find out more about the skills you will gain by reading here. 


Your Future 

Once you have successfully completed your T Level, there will be a range of progression opportunities available to you. These include, entering skilled employment, starting a higher-level apprenticeship, and going to university.  

After studying this T Level, you could progress into a career in:  

  • Computer Games Design 
  • Web Development 
  • Software Testing  
  • User Experience (UX)  

Find out 5 Jobs you could do with this T Level by reading our blog post here.

Entry Requirements - 2 year Level 3

This programme of study is designed to accelerate progression toward advanced employment, higher study or apprenticeship opportunities if you are clear about your next steps and you have the explicit entry criteria to ensure your success.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue your studies to higher levels.

For a Level 3, including all T Level and A Level programmes of study, we require students to have an average point on entry score of 5.0 from their best 6 subjects, ideally including English and Mathematics.

In addition to the general entry criteria for T Levels and A Levels many individual subjects will also require students to have specific GCSE grades in specific subjects, and some will have a specified level of skill requirement as well as specific GCSE grade requirements. Please see the individual information regarding the requirements for each subject course.

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