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Title: Design & Development T Level

Pathway: Digital

Available Study Options:
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Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

Level 3 T Level Digital Production, Design and Development

Level 3 T Level Digital Production, Design and Development with Foundation year

If you want to develop a career as a software developer designing, testing and producing, or you want to be a tech entrepreneur, then enrol on this new generation of Gold Standard qualifications as a technical alternative to A Levels.

The rise in technology has brought with it a range of digital jobs, meaning that there are lots of opportunities to climb the career ladder quickly and work for some exciting companies along the way. T Levels are developed by the Institute of Apprenticeships; employers such as Fujitsu, IBM and Cap Gemini; and the Department for Education. This T Level is aimed to get you work ready for a career in Digital.

On this two-year course, you will work alongside professionals to prepare you for a career in Software Development, Computer Programming, Software Testing, Games Development, Web Development or Database development & Administration. You will complete:

  • Digital industry core theory, concepts and skills.
  • Digital production design and development specialist skills and knowledge
  • an industry placement with an employer lasting at least 45 days
  • a minimum standard in Maths and English.

You will learn through a number of core and occupational specialists units related to areas of Digital Production, Design and Development. All in our fantastic computer labs. agile workshop suites and computing workshops. 

Included in these units are Digital Business, Data Management, Digital Analysis, Digital Environments, Legislation, Planning, Security and Testing.

The units are taught through practical project work, classroom workshops and an industry placement with a digital company of at least 45 days across the two years. This combination of learning ensures that you have a rich technical knowledge and accelerates your ability to apply your learning in the workplace, becoming part of a team of digital experts.

Included within your course will be masterclasses with industry experts, visits to businesses and your own industry mentor to help develop your career.

If you are keen to progress onto our Digital Production, Design and Development but haven’t quite got the grades, or if you need that little bit longer to develop your skills and knowledge before making the step to a T-Level, then completing a Foundation year is perfect for you.

The T-Level Digital Foundation year is specifically designed to develop your skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours to support progression onto T Level. It is aimed at those learners who are not quite ready to start a T Level but have the potential to progress onto one

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge, skills and understanding will be assessed through an externally set exam, an employer set project covering the core units and a project including:

  • internally assessed projects
  • presentations
  • practical assessments
  • building a portfolio.

The focus on collaborative learning means you will work with your peers to problem solve, design, implement and test software. You will apply ethical testing and learn to manage risks in line with regulatory requirements.

What will this lead to?

This qualification can lead directly into employment, into roles such as Junior Developer or Software Development Technician. If you with to study at University, this T level attracts UCAS point scores equal to 3 A Levels - meaning you'll be able to apply.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

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If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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