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Digital Production, Design & Development Pathway

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Learn the essentials behind all digital roles by understanding data and digital systems; how software and business interact; security; testing; planning; and legal issues. You will then build on this by developing specialist skills in understanding user needs, and designing and developing digital systems*.


In our increasingly interconnected world, technology plays an important role in every aspect of our lives. The digital future we are part of requires highly skilled individuals to design, implement, maintain and innovate, and the demand for software developers will continue to grow. There are jobs today that simply did not exist in the past, enabled by technical innovations and the people that create and consume them.


This T Level will equip you with the knowledge and the practical experience to set you on track for a successful career in digital production, design and development.


T Level study programmes will include the following elements:

 •  A ‘core’ set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills, tailored for their chosen industry and occupation: ‘core content’
 •  Specialist content covering occupational or industry-specific skills: ‘occupational specialist content’
 •  An industry placement with an employer, which will last for a minimum of 315 hours.


 *The information above is taken from the DfE outline content publication for Digital Production, Design & Development. This should only be used as a guide and further information on final course content will be available in the New Year.


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What will I learn?

The course will cover the following core elements:

 •  The Business Environment
 •  Digital Analysis
 •  Digital Environments
 •  Data
 •  Culture
 •  Legislation
 •  Planning
 •  Security
 •  Testing
 •  Tools
 •  Diversity & Inclusion


Specialist elements include:

 •  Problem Analysis & User Needs
 •  Design, Implement & Test Software
 •  Change, Maintain & Support Software
 •  Creation of Digital Solutions

Industry Placements

Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer, focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.


Click here for a comprehensive overview of the core and specialist elements of this course.


Progression Pathways

With further study, this Digital Production, Design & Development T Level could help you find employment in one of the following roles:

 •  Software Developer, earning up to £50,000 a year
 •  Games Developer, earning up to £50,000 a year
 •  Software Tester, earning up to £40,000 a year
 •  Application Developer, earning up to £50,000 a year
 •  Web Developer, earning up to £50,000 a year


Alternatively you may choose to continue your studies. On successfully completing this course you may consider one of the following degrees:

 •  Computer Science
 •  Software Engineering
 •  Network Engineering
 •  Web Technologies & Digital Media