T Levels – General

Digital T Level starting September 2020

Find out more about the brand new qualification we are offering for September 2020. Harness your creativity and develop the skills that employers really want with The Digital T Level (Digital Production, Design and Development).

Why a T Level?

T Levels are two-year qualifications that equal 3 A Levels. However, rather than covering a broad range of subjects such as A Level maths and history, a T Level will allow you to develop a specialism in one specific area, e.g Digital Technologies.

Why Painsley?

Painsley Sixth Form College offers:

  • One of the top performing Sixth Forms in the country in 2019.
  • One of the very first centres selected nationwide to offer new T Level qualifications from September 2020.
  • An outstanding and proven record in teaching and learning.
  • Academic excellence.
  •  Excellent enrichment opportunities including sports, societies including the medical and law society, trips and work experience.
  • A personal tutor and mentor system.
  • A mature learning environment.
  • An outstanding bridge to university and employment.

Work is also about to start on the new Digital Hub building, which represents almost a million pound investment. The Hub will be the home of the Digital T Level, and will feature state of the art learning pods, interactive technology and a study area of the future. We welcome students from other secondary schools of all faiths and none – all are welcome to apply.

Digital Course Content

Core Content
Business Context Culture Data Digital Analysis
A look at how digital is used in business including the infrastructure and managing change. Ethical and moral issues surrounding the use of digital technology. Why data is important to companies.

How data is collected and kept reliable.

How data can be visualised.

Using data to model situations.

Understanding how algorithms work to solve a problem.

Understanding how abstraction, decomposition and pattern recognition are used to solve problems.

Digital Environments Diversity and Inclusion Learning Legislation
Learn computing system fundamentals including what physical, virtual and cloud computing are. The value of difference and being sensitive to the needs of others (Equality act 2010) Awareness of emerging technologies such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Blockchain and 3D printers. The legislation that affects the use of digital technologies including:

• Data Protection

• Security

• Intellectual Property rights

• Data Sharing

Planning Security Testing Tools
Why there is a need for planning and the principles of planning. This includes cost, cost benefit analysis, prioritisation. The importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality. The processes that are used to ensure data stored on digital systems is kept safe from threats and the precautions that companies have to take. Understand the need for testing, the different types of testing that covers concept testing and usability testing. An understanding of what digital tools are and how they are used in business.
Specialist Content
Analyse a problem to define requirements acceptance criteria for a specific user. Design, Implement and test software.
You will learn about the software development lifecycle and the methodologies that development companies use to produce their software. In addition, the roles that people have within a development team and what they do. Using this information you will learn how to analyse a given problem to identify the key requirements to make the project successful. In the design phase of the cycle you will learn how to design the User Interface, Back end data storage and key algorithms that will be needed to make the system work. You will also learn how to use tools including IDE’s and version control software (GIT). You will also learn to develop in at least 2 different high level languages. Once the implementation section is complete you will then learn how to test your code to ensure it performs efficiently using a range of tools and approaches.
Work Placement
You will combine the core and specialist knowledge and skills to complete a project whilst on your

work placement.

• Communicate information in a technical and non technical manner.

• Develop a piece of software to solve a problem. E.g. an app or website.

• Show a logical approach to solve the problem and that you are able to fix an issues you encounter.

• Take into consideration any security issues.

• Be reflective and evaluate your work

 

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