T Levels are new, two-year, technical study programmes (similar to apprenticeships) designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They are career-focused, with a significant industry placement allowing you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to compete for the best university places, higher/degree apprenticeships and highly skilled careers.
T Levels are for young people who are academically strong and ambitious to get ahead in high-level technical occupations (next level skills for next level jobs). They provide the chance to learn what a real career is like while studying.
T Levels will offer you a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an extended industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
What will you learn?
T-Level courses will include the following compulsory elements:
- a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
- specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
- an industry placement with an employer
The Digital Services T Level is split into two parts, the core component and an occupational specialism.
For the core component, you will learn about the concepts, theories and principles that underpin digital support services, as well as core skills for the digital sector.
You will study Digital Support as your occupational specialism. This will encompass all the skills needed to work in an ICT support capacity.
The occupational specialisms provide students with knowledge and skills required to enter employment or further study in the specific occupational area.
Teaching will be a mix of classroom-based delivery (around 80%) and industry placement (20%). This will give you an opportunity to link theory to up-to-date best practice, providing our graduates with outstanding learning opportunities so that they can successfully progress to their chosen career.
The core component is assessed through two written examinations and an employer-set project, and the occupational specialism is assessed through synoptic assignments.
A Distinction* at T Level is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A*.
These qualifications will be recognised by universities and other education providers for students who wish to further their studies.
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is for you if you want to pursue a career in Digital, either progressing to university or into the workplace.
You will need four 9-5 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in four or more subjects, including a minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language, Maths and Science.
This course will provide you with the opportunity to take part in trips to EGX London, the biggest gaming event of the year. You will be able to visit panels featuring the biggest names in gaming and hear all about unreleased games and technology, as well as play some of those games yourself! Within the college, you’ll be able to take part in the Upskilling Programme which will feature gaming and coding clubs, as well as our Esports Team, the Wilberforce Wolves! You will also undertake a 315hr work placement which will count towards your final grade.
A qualification in Digital can lead you into a degree at a leading university, or even a higher level apprenticeship. Degrees in IT will be a good next step from a T Level in Digital, as will an apprenticeship as an IT Technician or other jobs relating to IT.
Students who complete a qualification in Digital go on to a wide variety of jobs. These can include: Game Developer, Software Engineer, IT Technician, Network Engineer, Coder or Teacher, to name a few.