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Computing: Digital Production, Design and Development Level 3 (technical qualification) Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This two year study programme starts in September.

Entry requirements

  • English Language & Maths at Grade 4  minimum
  • Five other GCSE at grade 4  or above
  • Dependent on the workplace, a DBS may be required

You will achieve

T Level Technical Qualification in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development Level 3

Course overview

Barnsley College is one of only 54 colleges, and the only College in South Yorkshire, to offer T Levels this academic year.

T Levels are courses for 16 to 18 year olds that are studied at the same level as doing A Levels. They are for young people who prefer a more technical education when they come to College, rather than following a purely academic pathway, or a work-based apprenticeship.

T Levels are new two-year, Level 3 study programmes that will follow the study of GCSEs and Technical Awards at Key Stage 4 and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and Apprenticeships.

T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 315 hours of industry placement with an employer to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.

Students will also need to achieve a minimum standard of English and Maths; GCSE grade 4 or above. The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T Level and will see students learning from a qualification that has been shaped by industry experts.

During the two-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge that underpins each industry and they will also develop occupationally specific skills that will allow them to enter skilled employment within a specific occupation.

The T Level programmes have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare students for work.

They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher-level study, including university.

Course content

1st year students will prepare for two exam papers with units based around employment law and practical skills they will require.

Our new T-Level in Digital Production, Design and Development offer 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, you will aim to 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, IoT, AI, AR, 3D
  • Digital Legislation & Security – from data protection, intellectual property to security and data sharing
  • Planning & Programming/ Software Development – building project plans, integrating SDLC, critical paths, application and solution development
  • Testing & Tools – covering testing methods/types, industry based digital tools and usability/ UX/UI testing

Additional content covered for occupational specialisms will also allow you to cover problem solving techniques, user and client requirements and specification design, developing, implementing and testing software, maintaining and supporting software and creating solutions in a social, flexible and collaborative environments.

This specialist course will also allow you to enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, develop transferable skills in communication (working with real colleagues, customers and clients) and undertake research and live project development work.

Whilst engaging with specialist tutors, support staff and work placements co-ordinators, all learners will also be required to complete an industry placement of at least 45 days – providing the much needed real-world industry experience needed for this industry.

Year 1 – 2 paper-based exams

Year 2 – Employer based coursework assessment

  • Core components will be assessed through a project set by employers from within the industry and two externally-set tests.
  • Occupational specialisms will be assessed through a defined project that is created in conjunction with relevant employers and supported by specialist tutors on programme.

(Optional) Memory Stick, Pen & Paper,

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
Barnsley
S70 2EY

Employment, University, Apprenticeship.

Many students go onto university after completion to study a wide range of computing subjects. Due to the wide variety of skills acquired by learners, this could be: networking, software development, games design, computer science, big data analytics, cyber security, social media and business.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Computing: Digital Production, Design and Development Level 3 (technical qualification) Level 3 Full-time

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