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Digital Production, Design & Development T Level

Software and web developers, coders and programmers – this is the T Level for you. This course offers you an attractive alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. Designed with employers to give you the industry skills you need in order to start your career within the digital industry.

T Levels are a brand new 2-year high-quality, technical qualification, developed in collaboration with employers and businesses. They are designed to help you progress into highly skilled employment, a higher apprenticeship or university. This qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels. You will spend 80% of your time in college and 20% (45 to 60) days on an industry placement with an employer to make sure you gain real hands-on experience in the workplace.

The core element of a T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding in a broad range of topics such as programming, coding, the use of data and the different platforms of delivery in the digital industry. It’s a fast-moving and cutting-edge subject and you’ll also learn about the potential security risks that organisations can face and how to analyse problems and identify solutions through computer programs.

You’ll then move on to study the subject in more detail through the occupational specialism. This is where you can get deeper into specific aspects of the subject, developing and practising the skills needed for an occupation.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
2 Years
Level 3
Course Level

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE’S at Grade 4 or above including English and maths

What you will study

You will cover digital-related topics such as:

  • Business Contexts – from infrastructure design to managing change
  • Digital Culture – covering ethical/moral issues
  • Data Analysis – with data capture, collection, visualisation and modelling
  • Digital Analysis – understanding algorithms, abstraction, pattern recognition and decomposition
  • Digital Environments – covering system fundamentals for physical, virtual and cloud computing
  • Diversity and Inclusion – understanding and valuing differences, sensitivities and equality
  • Digital Learning – covering emerging technologies, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), computer graphics (3D)
  • Digital Legislation and Security – from data protection and intellectual property to security and data sharing
  • Planning and Programming/Software Development – building project plans, integrating software development lifecycle (SDLC), critical paths, application and solution development
  • Testing and Tools – covering testing methods/types, industry-based digital tools and usability/user experience (UX) user interface(UI) testing

In addition to the core content, each student will also develop skills in digital production, design and development. The content will include:

  • analysing a problem to define requirements and acceptance criteria aligned to user needs
  • designing, implementing, and testing software
  • changing, maintaining and supporting software
  • creating solutions in a social and collaborative environment
  • discovering, evaluating, and applying reliable sources of knowledge
  • applying ethical principles and managing risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software

What's Next?

Further Study

The employer who provides your industry placement may offer you work opportunities or this course will help you secure a university place, employment or Apprenticeship.


  • Software development technician
  • Junior developer
  • Junior web developer
  • Junior application developer
  • Junior mobile app developer
  • Junior games developer
  • Junior software developer
  • Junior application support analyst
  • Junior programmer
  • Assistant programmer
  • Automated test developer
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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