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Title: Digital Business Service 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?

In 2020 there was an average of 1.7MB of data created every second by every person using digital systems. This equates to a staggering 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being produced by every human each day. It is no wonder with these trends that 90% of the worlds data has been created in the past two years alone.

The applications for this data are endless. It is used to inform business decisions, decide if someone is eligible for a loan and even to recommend what someone should watch next on Netflix.

Learn the essentials of all digital roles on this T Level by understanding data and digital systems, how software and business interact, security, testing, planning and legal issues. You then build on this by developing specialist skills as a data technician to understanding how to source, analyse and interpret data to support business needs

The possibilities expand further when this data is applied to techniques such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. Incredibly complex calculations or tasks being carried out in a fraction of the time it takes a human. Deepfake technology that can mimic the voice or appearance of a specific person. Even machine learning systems that can accurately predict illness in patients by processing medical records.  If there is an industry that could be considered a real-life science fiction, data science is it.

As a result of this exponential growth in data, and the systems surrounding it. There has never been more demand for data scientists, and more opportunity for those who make it their career.

A data science T level at Oldham College is the first step on that career path. You will learn a variety of skills not only in data science, but also the fundamental digital knowledge needed to apply these skills.

In the first year this will include:

  • Data manipulation and processing
  • Algorithm and programming concepts
  • Network and cyber security
  • Hardware and software components of digital systems
  • Software and system testing
  • Project management
  • How to make sure you understand and adhere to relevant legislation.

You will then move onto your occupational specialism year of data technician, which will include topics such as:

  • How to source and manipulate data for analysis
  • Techniques to blend and join data.
  • Statistical methodologies
  • Predictive analytics
  • Machine learning fundamentals

This will all be taught in an industry relevant way using practical project work and classroom workshops. These skills are then supported and built upon by a 45-day industry placement with a real-world digital employer. 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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of your knowledge skills and understanding will be through an externally set exams and an employer set project that covers the core units and a synoptic project which will include, internally assessed projects, presentations, practical assessments and portfolio. The focus of collaborative learning will see you working with your peers to problem solve, design, implement and test software. You will apply ethical and learn to manage risks in line with regulatory requirements.

What will this lead to?

This qualification can lead directly into employment in roles such as data scientist, web analyst or a data architect, data technician, junior data analyst. If you wish with to study at University the T level attracts UCAS point scores equal to 4 A levels you can study at University.

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

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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

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