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Where will this course lead?

When students complete a T Level study programme, students are able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study, such as higher or degree apprenticeship, higher level technical study and university. 

What will I study?

T Levels are new, two-year, technical study programmes, designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. T Levels will provide a mixture of: 

  • Technical knowledge and skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation  

  • An industry placement of 315 hours in the relevant industry or occupation 

  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills. 

During this course students will cover areas including the business context and environment, change management, concepts and fundamentals of data, digital analysis and environments, diversity and inclusion, emerging technologies, security and legislation, project planning, development and testing of IT systems and use of collaborative technologies. 

Students will also complete a 315-hour placement. 

The course is ideal if you want a career in digital software development progressing either via University or through the Apprenticeship route. 

How will this course be delivered?

At least 4 days between Monday to Friday at the College studying for T levels and 1 day each week at the industry placement.  Some employers will want to have a block placement. In such cases, the industry placement days will be accommodated at the end of academic year and in negotiation with an employer. 

What qualifications will I get?

  • Digital Technology Knowledge Core module will be assessed as A* to E.  

  • Occupational Specialism: this will be assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.  

  • The overall grade will be calculated from the grades achieved on Core and Occupational Specialism.  

  • Students who miss either of the above will receive a statement of achievement for the elements that they have completed. 

How will I be assessed?

The T level will have the following elements for assessment 

  • Digital Technology Knowledge Core Module - these will be assessed as A* to E  

  • Paper 1 

  • Paper 2 

  • Employer Set project 

  • Occupational Specialism - these will be assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* 

  • Project 

  • In addition, it will also consider the minimum requirement for English and Math (Grade 4 and above or Functional Skills 2 in English and Math) 

  • Successful completion of industry placement 

  • Students overall grade will be calculated from the grades achieved on Core and Occupational Specialism 

  • Student that have missed either of the above will receive a statement of achievement for the elements that they have completed. 

How do I get a place on the course?

You can get a place on the course by completing an application form or applying on line for an interview. Applicants are invited for an interview with a member of the School of Computing.

What are the entry requirements?

5 GCSEs at grades C/GCSE grade 5 or above including both English Language and Mathematics, plus a college interview and initial assessment. 

A commitment to undertaking a 315 hour / 45 day industry placement.

What else do I need to know?

Programme of Study Includes: 

A Technical qualification, that will include 
• Year 1: Digital Technology Knowledge Core Module on Emerging Technology trends, Security, Data, Data Analysis. 
• Year 2: Occupational Specialism in Digital production, Design and Development, Industry placement up to 315 hours. 

You will need a data stick, pens, pencils, lined A4 paper and an A4 lever arch file for your work for the examined units. 

The course is recognised by industry and higher education and carries UCAS points. 

During the first year there are no additional costs apart from supplying a data stick, pens, pencils and lined A4 paper. 

A trip to the National Computing Museum at Bletchley Park is planned for the beginning of the second year. The cost will be approximately £30 which will be due in the June of the first year. Final cost will be confirmed closer to the time as it is dependent on numbers. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A T LEVEL AND AN APPRENTICESHIP?  

T Levels will include about 20% of the time being spent on a work placement, with 80% being spent in the classroom. This differs to an Apprenticeship which is typically 80% in employment and 20% in the classroom. 

WHO SHOULD STUDY FOR A T LEVEL?  

T Levels are ideal for you if you are moving on from GCSE studies and you think you would enjoy a practical approach to studying, that includes a 3-month industry placement with an employer.   

WILL I RECEIVE A WAGE WHILST STUDYING ON A T LEVEL?  

No, you are not employed by an employer when studying on a T Level, you are simply on a work placement with them. 

For most students there is no fee for this course. However, for students aged 19 or over at the start of the course or who have already completed a Level 3 course previously there is a charge.

What can I do after this course?

When students complete a T Level study programme, students are able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study, such as higher or degree apprenticeship, higher level technical study and university. 

T levels are designed and intended to provide the knowledge and experience needed to enter into skilled employment, further study at higher educational level or a higher apprenticeship.

Location

Blossomfield Campus

Start Date

Sept-2021

Day

Various

Time

Various

Course Fee

N/A

Course Code

IPTAA061BCF1

Study Mode

Full Time