TOP COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
You will be required to undertake a minimum of 315 hours in a relevant work placement.
Learn from sector experts
You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the IT industry.
Develop work related skills
During your tutorial programme, you will also develop personal and work-related skills which will help prepare you for academic progression and full-time work.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
Digital T levels are a high-quality, work-focussed alternative to A levels for young people once they’ve completed their GCSEs. Available from September 2021, the T level will become one of the main routes through which a young persons will enter the digital sector.
This course has been developed, in collaboration with employers and business to ensure that the content is relevant and meets industry standards. These Level 3 technical qualifications will provide learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or higher-level technical training or study in the digital sector. The core knowledge and understanding will be assessed through an examination and core skills through a practical employer-set project. In addition to this, maths, English, and general digital skills will be integrated within the qualification in occupationally relevant contexts.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The T Level Technical Qualification in Digital: Support Services has two mandatory components:
Core Component – This component covers the underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills that support threshold competence in the digital industry.
The core content focuses on students’ knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts, theories, principles and core skills within the digital industry. The topics covered include: business context; business culture; fundamentals of data; digital analysis; digital environments; diversity and inclusion; digital learning and emerging technologies; legislations; project planning; security; testing; and the application of digital tools.
Occupational Specialist Component – This component covers the occupational specialist knowledge and skills required to demonstrate threshold competence for the specialism and it will be assessed by a skills-related project that synoptically assesses the Performance Outcome skills and associated underpinning knowledge. The topics covered include: Procedures and controls to maintain digital security; installing, configuring, testing, and supporting infrastructure; and discovering, evaluating and applying reliable sources of knowledge.
Industry Placement – Every student will undertake an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills. Placements will be undertaken with a minimum of 315 hours.
WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?
Progression: Upon completion of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher-level study, including university.
Careers: Some individuals may wish to seek employment in the workplace as an IT professional/ IT apprentice. These job roles could include network engineer, cyber security professional, systems engineer, and computer systems analyst.
Assessment is continuous throughout the course and consists of written tasks, presentations, demonstrations, and controlled assessments. You will also be required to sit external exams as part of the course requirements.
Year One – There are three assessments in the Core Components. Two written exams, one externally assessed project.
Year Two – The Occupational Specialist Component is a single synoptic assignment. This assessment consists of a number of activities grouped into four substantive tasks.
You must attend an interview where your experience and/or performance and attitude will be considered. You will need to demonstrate your commitment to your two-year programme of study and have a passion to work in the digital sector.
Students are most likely to succeed if they have 5 GCSEs at grade 4. including Maths and English.
Information & Support
Working within the Student Services area, the Student Support team will see you on a one-to-one basis and offer advice and guidance on financial, personal, and emotional issues. A professional team of staff work together with your personal tutor to support you so that you can successfully complete your course and recognise pathways to progression after leaving College.
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