4 Sep 2023

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


2 years


Level 3

Awarding body


Course code

Fee Information

16-18 - FREE (if meet residency criteria)

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see Fees and funding ( for more information.

This two-year course has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares you for work, further training or study, through a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 45 days.

Course details may be subject to change

This T-Level in Digital Business Services has been developed in collaboration with digital employers, professional bodies, universities and businesses so the content meets the needs of the industry and will prepare you for the workplace.

You will develop a strong set of transferable core skills that will equip you for a career in digital business services or to go on to do a higher-level apprenticeship or degree.

You will spend 80% of your time at college where you will develop a broad range of core skills from across the whole sector. In addition to this, you will work on an employer set project and engage in a 45-day industry placement in a digital organisation, giving you hands-on experience in a real-life setting.

This T-Level is a technical qualification that includes the following compulsory elements:

  • core theory, concepts and skills for the chosen sector
  • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer which runs for a minimum of 315 hours (45 days) overall and gives you practical insights into the sector and an opportunity to embed the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom
  • a minimum standard in English, maths and digital provision are also built into the classroom-based element of the T-Level, meaning students will be given a solid foundation of transferable skills.

Entry Criteria

You will hold five GCSEs at grade 5, including maths, English and science, or a digital subject.

You will need to be able to commit to an industry placement of at least 45 days.

What are the next steps?

You will be invited to attend an interview where you will be given details of the programmes available and you will meet some of the curriculum team and have the opportunity to see the classrooms in which you will study.

You will be asked a series of questions so we can find out more about you and your career aspirations. Your parent/guardian is welcome to attend the interview with you.

Please bring your predicted grades, school attendance record and at least one reference from a teacher or the contact details of your teacher.

Additional Costs

You will be required to contribute £30 to trips and visits annually; this is payable in September.

You will also need to attend college equipped with basic stationery, such as a notepad, pencil case, pens, calculator, pencils and ruler.

Study Aims

This qualification is for you if you want to start a career in Digital Business Services as, for example, a Digital Data Technician, Digital Business Analyst, Digital Data Analyser or IT Business Analyst.

The course is designed for school leavers (aged 16) and is an ideal qualification if you are intending to progress directly to employment within the digital industry, to a digital apprenticeship or to higher education.

Modules Studied Core Component:

  • Business Context
  • Culture
  • Data
  • Digital Analysis
  • Digital Environments
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Learning
  • Legislation
  • Planning
  • Security
  • Testing
  • Tools.

Occupational Specialism: Digital Technician:

  • Source, organise and format data securely in a relevant way for analysis
  • Blend data from multiple sources
  • Analyse structured and unstructured data securely to support business outcomes
  • Interpret data and communicate a result appropriate to the audience
  • Apply legal, ethical and professional principles when manipulating data
  • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge.

Times of Delivery

Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching will be a variety of classroom based, self-study and workplace learning activities. Assessment is both formative and summative.

Formative assessment of learning will be through a range of methods including peer assessment, self-assessment and tutor assessment and aims to support your learning in preparation for summative assessment.

Summative assessment is undertaken through synoptic projects, an employer-set project and exams and is conducted by the awarding body.

Your industry placement is assessed through your performance in the workplace by your work-based supervisor and your tutor.

Industry Links

The computing and IT curriculum area enjoys extensive links to industry, including:

  • Durham County Council
  • Leighton Group
  • Waterstones
  • CA Group
  • Nissan
  • And many more.

Our employers work with us to support curriculum design, live projects, work placements, guest speaking, competitions, and educational trips & visits.

All of these activities help to enhance the teaching and learning experience and ensure relevance to curriculum content helping ensure you gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected in the digital sector.

We hold a key industrial links with Karbon Housing (part of the Isos Group). We have worked closely with them on many projects over the years, including student placements and technical support events for people in the local community.

Other links include:

  • British Telecom
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Business Durham
  • Geek Talent
  • British Airways
  • Sage.


You will undertake a minimum of 315 hours of work placement in industry. You will always perform to the best of your ability and conduct yourself in a professional manner as if an employee of your placement organisation.

Where can it take me?