Two Years | Level 3 Digital Production, Design & Development

TWO YEARS | LEVEL 3

  • INTRODUCTION
  • WHAT ARE T LEVELS?
  • COURSE FACTS
  • COURSE ELEMENTS
  • THE INDUSTRY PLACEMENT
  • AFTER YOU FINISH
  • HOW TO APPLY

This new Level 3 T Level is a fantastic way to gain the skills for a career in software development and related programming and tech roles. The T Level is really careers-focused, combining college-based teaching with an industry work placement which will take place in the second year.

WHAT ARE T LEVELS?

T Levels are a brand new qualification, for 16 to 18 year olds, designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. 

They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. 

The 2-year qualification brings classroom and industry placement together, on a course designed in collaboration with the best employers and businesses. 

You’ll spend 80% time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement to equip you with the knowledge and skills employers are looking for. 

Your T Level will help you to step up straight into your chosen career, an apprenticeship or a degree. 

From September 2020, 50 colleges will deliver the first T-Levels in the country across three routes: Digital, Construction & Education & Childcare. 

September 2021 will see the rollout of other courses in Engineering, Health & Science and Legal, Financial and Accounting. Followed by Creative & Design and other pathways, which will be introduced in 2023.

 

If you know what you want to do and want to be supported in the classroom as well as on a work placement, then stand out from the crowd and have a qualification like no other. 

COURSE FACTS

QUALIFICATION:
T Level: Digital Production, Design & Development (Pearson Level 3 Qualification)

HOW LONG?:
Two years

WHERE?:
Manchester

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?
We want your creative passion and commitment to develop above all else. However, you will need to demonstrate that you are able to work at Level 3 (A Level standard). This means achieving at least four GCSEs at grades 4-9 (C-A*), including English and mathematics, or other equivalent qualifications. Other grades will be considered on a case by case basis. You must be 16-18 years old or 19-24 with an EHCP. 

COURSE ELEMENTS

The course is split into three elements, so your studies reflect the career path of your choice.

Core concepts
This element will introduce you to the digital industry. Studying areas such as: digital analysis, digital environments, testing and security, it will give you the foundations relevant to any digital occupation and support your technical skills.

Specialist skills
You will then learn specialist skills in software application, design and development, such as: design and implementation, problem analysis and collaborative working to specifically focus on refining your technical skills.

Industry placement
You will spend at least 45 days on a work placement to really get a feel for the job and the industry.

THE INDUSTRY PLACEMENT

The game-changing part of the T Level is the industry placement. 

Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer, focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the job. 

To achieve your qualification you will complete at least 45 days of work experience related to your area of study, which accounts for 20% of the course. Placements could be undertaken as a block, or as individual days, depending on the model that works best for you, the employer and us. All placements take place in the second year of the course.

AFTER YOU FINISH

You’ll be ready for the world of work! You could enter into a career in Software Development, Computer Programming, Software Testing, Games Design, Web Development and Database Administration.

Or, if you’d like to try something slightly different, or take your education further, you’ll have the quals to get you onto a Higher Apprenticeship or a degree course (up to 168 UCAS points).

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply for the course by clicking APPLY below. It typically takes around 10-20 minutes to complete and we look forward to receiving your application.

Passion and energy always comes first, however, it is important that we place you on the right level of course for your current skill set.

  • LEVEL 3: you will need to show that you are capable of working at Level 3 (A Level standard) by achieving at least four GCSEs at grades 4-9 (C-A*), including mathematics & English, or other equivalent qualifications. 
  • You must be 16-18 years old or 19-24 with an EHCP. 

 

Other grades will be considered on a case by case basis. Places are conditional based on this achievement and we will discuss options with you if you do not attain these.

If you are still at school we recommend you supply a school reference confirming your predicted qualification grades. 

 

Interviews

Once you have applied, we will contact you to arrange an interview date. Your interview is all about placing you on the right course, rather than being a test of your abilities.

Do come prepared to talk about your interest in the subject and how you want to progress. Bring a portfolio of work, or show us links to your work online. 

We’ll give you more information and guidance for your interview once we have received your application. In the meantime, read Freya’s useful guide to interviewing on our blog.

Please let us know if you require any support in completing your application form or any special arrangements for attending your interview.

You can email us on

admissions@accesscreative.ac.uk or call 0800 28 18 42.

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