Digital, Production, Design & Development

What will I be studying?

You will learn about the following topics:

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

What skills will I learn?

The transferable skills that universities and apprenticeships value including:

• the ability to learn independently

• the ability to research actively and methodically

• being able to give presentations and being active group members

• reading technical texts

• effective writing

• analytical skills

• creative development

• preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

Will I have exams?

Yes, you will have 2 core exams. These will each four topic areas.

Paper 1: Digital Analysis, Legislation and Emerging Issues (17% of final grade)

An externally-assessed written examination comprising two sections. You will answer all questions in Section A and Section B. The examination will include short, medium and extended open-response questions, as well as labelling questions. It will include content on:

  • Problem solving
  • Introduction to programming
  • Emerging issues and impact of digital
  • Legislation and regulatory requirements

Paper 2: The Business Environment (17% of final grade)

An externally-assessed written examination comprising two sections. You will answer all questions in Section A and Section B. The examination will include short, medium and extended open-response questions, as well as labelling questions. It will include content on:

  • Business context
  • Data
  • Digital environments
  • Security

Will I have project-work to complete?

Yes, you will have 2 projects to complete:

Employer Set Project (16% of final grade)

You will need to draw on knowledge and understanding form across the core content in a synoptic manner, in order to effectively respond to a brief within a vocational context.

There are five parts to the assessment:

  • Task 1: Planning a project
  • Task 2: Identifying and fixing defects in existing code
  • Task 3: Designing a solution
  • Task 4a: Developing the solution
  • Task 4b: Reflective evaluation

Occupational Specialism Project (50% of final grade)

In this project, students will:

  • Analyse a problem to define requirements and acceptance criteria, aligned to user needs
  • Design, implement and test software
  • Change, maintain and support software
  • Create solutions in a social and collaborative environment
  • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge
  • Apply ethical principles and manage risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software

Where might it lead me?

This Technical Qualification aligns to the Software Development Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship and therefore supports progression to entry-level job opportunities in software design and development. Job roles could include:

  • Software Development Technician
  • Junior Developer
  • Junior Web Developer
  • Junior Application Developer
  • Junior Mobile App Developer
  • Junior Games Developer
  • Junior Software Developer
  • Junior Application Support Analyst
  • Junior Programmer
  • Assistant Programmer
  • Automated Test Developer.

The jobs available to the students will be based on their individual abilities in the digital sector and will be supported by their achievement of this qualification.

For progression to a degree course, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Animation
  • BSc (Hons) in Digital Media
  • BSc (Hons) in Web Technologies
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Systems

Who can I ask for more information about this subject?

Mr Pountney

Room 0048

jamespountney@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk

Where can find more information about T-Level Digital, Production, Design & Development?

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/t-levels/digital-production-design-and-development.html

Are there any specific subject requirements?

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths

Level 2 Pass in a Computer Based Subject (iMedia or IT)