Digital, Production, Design and Development

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Course introduction

This course is designed to give learners the skills and knowledge needed to progress into highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher-level study, including university, within the specialist area of software design and development. Learners will benefit from a substantial work placement, where they will further develop skills and key competencies required to work within industry and learn the skills employers value most. 

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What will I study?

Core Content 

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

Core Content (Employer Set Project)

  • Planning a project
  • Identifying and fixing defects in an existing code
  • Designing a solution
  • Developing a solution
  • Reflective evaluation

Subject Specialist

  • Be able to analyse a problem to define requirements and acceptance criteria aligned to user needs 
  • Apply ethical principles and manage risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software
  • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge
  • Design
  • 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

Specific course entry requirements

To study towards a T-Level at St John Rigby College you will need to have achieved a minimum of five Grade 5s at GCSE. This must include both Mathematics (5) and English Language (5).

How will I be assessed?

There will be a several externally assessments which take place over the duration of the course. 

  • Core exams which will test the fundamental skills 
  • An employer set project which will be completed and sent away for marking (completed during the 315hr work placement)  
  • Externally marked occupational specialism

Maths and English are also key competencies which will be assessed throughout the course. 

Where will this course lead me?

Skilled occupation or further study; for example, a higher or degree level Apprenticeship, or higher-level technical study, including higher education.

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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