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The  Digital Production Design and Development T-Level is a Level 3 course designed for students aged 16-18 who are looking towards a career in the Software Production or Digital Industries.

Career options might include:

  • Web developer / designer
  • Software developer technician
  • Computer games developer
  • Application developer
  • Programmer
  • Automated test developer
  • Mobile app developer
  • User experience (UX) designer
  • Computer games tester
  • And many more

You will study this course for 2 years.

This course will lead to progression to higher level courses such as an HND, higher-level apprenticeship or university degree or employment.

The entry requirements for this course are:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9 to 4 (A*-C) or equivalent including English, maths and one humanities/computer science subject.
  • Or successful completion of the Digital T-Level Transition Programme.

You will be required to attend an informal interview which may include completing an assessment based on your prior qualifications.

Where entry requirements have not been achieved, students may be referred to the T-Level Transition Programme.

This course consists of the following modules:

Core Content:

All students will develop a general understanding of:

  • How digital technologies impact business
  • The ethical and moral implications of digital technology
  • Using data in software design
  • Using digital technologies to analyse and solve problems
  • Digital environments, including physical, virtual and cloud environments
  • Emerging technical trends, such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), blockchain, 3D printing
  • Legal and regulatory obligations relating to digital technologie
  • The privacy and confidentiality of personal data
  • The technical, physical and human aspects of internet security
  • Planning digital projectsTesting software, hardware and data
  • Digital tools for project management and collaboration

The specialism content includes:

  • Analysing a problem to define requirements and acceptance criteria aligned to user needs
  • Designing, implementing, and testing software
  • Creating solutions

Industry placements:

All students must complete a minimum of 9 weeks working with an employer(s) on an industry placement.

You will be assessed using a range of methods including:

  • Written External Exam
  • Observation
  • Assignments
  • Industry placement and journal
  • Employer set project
  • Witness testimony
  • Personal statements
  • synoptic assignments

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