T-Level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development

As part of the first wave of T-Levels released, our T-Level Technical Qualification in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development has been developed in collaboration with employers, professional bodies, universities and businesses to ensure you are prepared for the world of work or further study.

The two-year programme will provide you with the experience, skills and knowledge required to progress into a skilled occupation, or further study, in the following specialisms; web design, IT business analyst, systems design, software development or digital marketing.

+Entry requirements

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.


+Interview instructions

Please bring school attendance record, relevant qualifications and at least one reference from a teacher.



This qualification is for you if you want to start a career in software and digital design as, for example, a programmer, web designer, IT business analyst, systems designer, software development technician or digital marketer.

The course is designed for post-16 students 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.



You will study the following modules:

  • Problem solving
  • Programming
  • Emerging issues and impact of digital
  • Legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Business context
  • Data
  • Digital environments
  • Security.


+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-based 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.


+Work placement

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.


+Industry links

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

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

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

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


*All information is accurate as time of publication.