T Level Digital Production, Design and Development

About the Subject

The Digital T Level is a full time technical course, equivalent to three A Levels, which equips young people with the skills that the industry needs. The course consists of a mandatory industry placement of at least 45 days, and a ‘core’ set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills.

The course is suitable for students who plan a career in software development and will develop the following specialist skills:

Learning Styles

  • 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


Students can progress from college directly into work or move on to a higher-level or degree apprenticeship, or university.

Subject Modules and Assessment

Year 1 The core component will be assessed through a project set by the exam board related to the digital industry and two externally set external exams.
Year 2 The Occupational Specialism Project.

Minimum Subject Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in Maths and English, and a GCSE in computer science (preferred but not essential.) Students who do not meet the subject entry criteria will be required to re-sit Maths and/or English (as a Level 2 pass in both subjects is a mandatory element of the T Level qualification.)

The T Level is a great opportunity for students to gain real industry experience working alongside talented people and for companies like Red River to meet some of those looking to become the next generation of talent.” Robyn Dessoy, Development Lead at Red River