We started our T Level journey with the Digital Production, Design and Development course as one of the limited first wave 2020 providers. In August 2022 we had our first cohort complete the T Level and achieved some phenomenal results. 60% of the cohort achieved a Distinction with the remaining 40% achieving a merit.
The course itself is split into 3 sections,
- Core Unit
- Industry Placement
- Occupational Specialism
The core unit is split into 3 sections assessed by 2 exams and a practical assessment called an employer set project.
|Employer Set Project (ESP)
|This exam will test your problem solving and programming knowledge. It also looks at emerging technologies and legislation affecting the Digital industry.
|Exam 2 focuses on the business context of the Digital industry including the digital environment. In addition, how it uses data and the security implications of a digital system.
|The employer set project is a set task that will demonstrate your decision/planning skills, show that you can debug and correct errors in someone else’s code, design, build and evaluate a software app of your own.
In the industry placement, you will work in a software developer role for a minimum of 45 days (or 315 hours). You will start the placement as a 3-week block placement. This is then reduced to 3 days per week until the placement has been completed.
This unit is where you start to specialise in software development topics.
- You will look at the different roles within a development team.
- You will learn how to program in a second language
- You’ll also be expected to come up with and carry out a test plan and evaluate the software that you have made.
- Show that you can work collaboratively on a project.
This is a task set by the exam board and completed over a number of weeks. The work you do will be sent off and marked like an exam.