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About the course

T Levels

T Levels are qualifications which will follow GCSEs and Technical Awards and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. Each qualification lasts two years and is equivalent to three A-Levels. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 45-day industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace.

The Course

Our Software Development course if for those who are interested a career in the Digital sector, with a focus on software design and development. You'll learn how business and software interact while gaining an understanding of data, testing, hardware and planning. This T-Level aims to provide you with knowledge of digital technologies and their use for analysis and problem solving as well as security, legal and moral implications. You will also learn about topics specific to software development, including roles within the software development sector, communication in software development, fault analysis and problem resolution.

What the course covers

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

We will be working with the students to teach them these four core employability skills ready to work in the software development sector

  • Core skill 1: Communicate information clearly to a technical and non-technical audience
  • Core skill 2: Work with stakeholders to clarify and consider options to meet requirements
  • Core skill 3: Apply a logical approach to solving problems, identifying and resolving problems whilst recording progress and solutions
  • Core skill 4: Ensure activity avoids risks to security

The second year of the course will then enable the student to progress into:

  • Occupational specialism: Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Apply ethical principles and manage risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software
  • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge
  • Create solutions in a social and collaborative environment
  • Implement a solution using at least two appropriate languages
  • Test a software solution
  • Change, maintain and support software

Course Assessment:

  • Two core knowledge exams
  • Employer set Project
  • Occupational specialism synoptic project

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's at Grade 4 or above including English and maths as a minimum

Progression

  • UCAS tariff points in line with 3 A Levels to support progression on to a computing degree course
  • Higher Apprenticeships

Days & times

Starting September 2023


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