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Digital : IT Production, Design & Development

T Level (Level 3)

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Digital: IT Digital Production Design and Development - T-Level AF-ICTETL-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, T Levels, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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This course prepares you for working in the exciting and growing digital design industry. This T Level is a two-year course equivalent to three A Levels. The T Level also provides you with an extended industrial placement where you can work closely with a leading employer every week. This course ensures you can rival all students with a unique blend of both academic and industry experience.

This course will be taught in our Gaming & Creative Digital Studios.

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

This Digital Production, Design & Development T Level includes the following core units:

  • Business context: understanding the business environment including dealing with end-user, customer and business needs, the value of digital in business and technical change management
  • Culture: ethical and moral issues raised by the increasing reliance on technology including impact on culture, autonomous operations and addiction
  • Data: concepts and fundamentals of data including how organisations use data, key features and functions of information systems, data format, analysis and maintenance, data modelling and data across different platforms
  • Digital analysis: understanding algorithms, action and pattern recognition
  • Digital environments: systems fundamentals including physical, virtual and cloud
  • Learning: awareness of emerging technology trends and innovation
  • Legislation: legal and regulatory requirements and importance of industry standards, where to find them and staying up to date
  • Planning: principles of planning including cost-benefit, dependencies, prioritisation, quality and time
  • Security: understanding privacy and confidentiality of information, processes and protocols plus threats, vulnerabilities and risk management
  • Testing: the importance of testing of components, interfaces, usability etc.
  • Tools: understanding digital tools and their use in business

In addition to the core units, there are also specialist units that develop the specific knowledge and skills needed to design, implement and test software while also considering ethical principles and legal or regulatory requirements. It also develops skills to change, maintain and support software and to analyse problems and work collaboratively to find solutions.

You will be taught on campus three days a week with a full time programme of lessons in our specialist digital development centre. We provide the specialist knowledge and industry expertise to prepare you for employment with top digital employers. Each week you will also work with one of our partner employers, each leaders in their field, who will help you apply the theory and skills learnt in College to real industry applications.

You will be assessed through an exam, industrial placement, work-based project and synoptic assessment.

On completion of the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level, you could secure jobs such as programmers and software development professionals.

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

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The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

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