Digital : IT Production, Design & Development

T Level (Level 3)

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

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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This two-year course has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to meet the needs of industry and preparing you for the world of work. Employers involved in designing the T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development T Level include Fujitsu, IBM and Cap Gemini.

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

Core Units

There will be three T Levels focusing on the digital industry. Digital Production, Design and Development will be launched at HSDC
in September 2020. Further T Levels in Digital Business Services and Digital Support and Services will launch a year later.

All three courses will teach the same core units, these include:

  • 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 costbenefit, dependencies, prioritisation quality and time
  • Security: understanding privacy and confidentiality of information, processes and protocols plus threats, vulnerabilities and risk management
  • Testing: importance of testing of components, interfaces, usability etc
  • Tools: understanding digital tools and their use in business


Specialist Units

This content develops 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.

The specialism has six performance outcomes, each covering a range of key skills:

  • Analyse a problem to define requirements and acceptance criteria aligned to user needs
  • Design, implement and test software
  • Change, maintain and support software
  • Create solutions in a social and collaborative environment
  • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge
  • Apply ethical principles and manage risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software

Exam, industrial placement, work-based project, synoptic assessment.

On successful completion of this course, you could progress directly into employment, begin further study with digital-related degree programmes or specialisms like cyber security or perhaps move onto a Higher Apprenticeship. 

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