Buckinghamshire College Group is excited to be able to offer the new Computing T Levels from September 2021.
T Levels are new two-year, Level 3 study programme that will follow the study of GCSEs and Technical Awards at Key Stage 4 and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and Apprenticeships. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 315 hours of industry placement with an employer to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.
The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T Level and will see students learning from a curriculum that has been shaped by industry experts. During the two-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge that underpins each industry and they will also develop occupationally specific skills that will allow them to enter skilled employment within a specific occupation.
What will I learn?
This T Level programme has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so everything you will learn will meet the needs of industry and prepare you for work. They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher level study, including university.
- Core: Problem solving
- Core: Introduction to programming
- Core: Emerging issues and impact of digital
- Core: Legislation and regulatory requirements
- Core: Business context
- Core: Data
- Core: Digital environments
- Core: Security
Specialist: Be able to analyse a problem to define requirements and acceptance criteria aligned to user needs
- Specialist: Apply ethical principles and manage risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software
- Specialist: Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge
- Specialist: Design Create solutions in a social and collaborative environment
- Specialist: Implement a solution using at least two appropriate languages
- Specialist: Testing a software solution
- Specialist: Change, maintain and support software
How will I be assessed?
The core is assessed by 2 external core exams and an Employer Set Project which is set by the Exam Board after consultation with Employers. The occupational specialist is assessed by an extensive synoptic skills-related project (a project that will draw on all the skills you have learnt.
5 GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above including Maths, English and Science
a relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit or Distinction and GCSE Maths and English grade 4 (C) or above
An interview is required to identify suitability of the course.
Progression & Career Opportunities
Students can either go into industry, into an apprenticeship or onto University.
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 Application, Software Developer, Junior Programmer and many more in the industry
Please note: T Levels are only available for students that will be 16-19 whilst studying the qualification.