Sixth Form Pathway

Curriculum Outline: Digital T Level

About the Course

During the 2-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of digital occupations. This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in software production and design.

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 onto 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

The digital sector has one of the largest projected economic growth outputs in the UK which means that there will be lots of future jobs in this ever-changing and quickly evolving sector. Significant changes in employment working practices will continue to take place as more companies embrace the many benefits of digital technology.

The Digital Production, Design and Development T level will give you the skills and knowledge needed to flourish in this exciting sector so that you can be part of the future digital workforce. You’ll learn a wide range of knowledge on topics needed to be successful in the fast-paced Digital industry such as Digital Analysis, Diversity and Inclusion, Security and Testing.

Entry Requirements 

To be considered for this course – you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs at 5 or above (including English, Maths and Computer Science) as well as demonstrate a passion, dedication and interest in the digital side of media, broadcast and production.

What I will study / do during the course? 

The type of topics which you’ll cover during the course could include:

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), artifical 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.



The overall grade is subject to completion of all T Level requirements – not just the components of the technical qualification (TQ).

T Level grades are worked out from students’ grades for the technical qualification core and occupational specialisms. For example: to be awarded a Distinction*, you must achieve an A* in the core and a Distinction in the occupational specialism(s).

To ensure fairness, the tables are slightly different for different T Levels depending on the size of the core component and occupational specialisms (OS), based on the guided learning hours (GLH).

Core GLH Occupational Specialism(s) GLH Total GLH Proportions %
600 600 1200 Core 50%

OS 50%

What qualification will I get? 

Students taking this course will receive a Level 3 Digital Production, Design and Development T Level.-  which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course offers up to 168 UCAS Points – depending on the grade you have achieved (pass, merit, distinction).

What partners are involved in the course? 

Across the course – you will be required to complete an industrial placement of at least 315 hours (approx 45 days). This will provide you with an invaluable insight into the demands of working within the creative media industries and will equip you with professional skills such as undertaking research, generating ideas, communicating ideas, developing ideas working collaboratively with others and developing your reflective practice.

Global Academy will be working closely with employers as part of the sixth form course who will host a student placement across the two year course.


Where could this course take me? 

Many students go to 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.

Possible jobs could include:

  • Web Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Software Engineer
  • Music Streaming / TV Streaming / Video Streaming Developer
  • Computer Games Developer
  • E Learning Developer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer

Scheme of Work

Year 12:   TBC (Launching September 2024)

Year 13:  TBC (Launching September 2025)


Course Resources and Downloads

Pearson Digital T Level Resources

Revision Notes Available to Purchase 


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