Course Code: IF1FE27 Digital Support Services - T Level Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration 05 Sep 2022 Bispham Campus 2 Years Apply now 05 Sep 2023 Bispham Campus 2 Years Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course Summary Digital is everywhere and increasingly influences everything we do. As a result, the world continues to need experts to make sense of technology and its growing impact; to show us the way, to simplify the complex; and to be amply rewarded for being both guides and gatekeepers. There are jobs today that simply did not exist in the past, enabled by technical innovations and the people that create and consume them. The digital future we are part of requires highly skilled individuals to design, implement, maintain and innovate. The demand for technical skills will continue to grow. The core element of a T Level in Digital Support and Services will boost your knowledge in a range of topics such as programming, coding, the use of data and the different platforms of delivery in the digital industry. It’s a cutting-edge subject, so you’ll also learn about the potential security risks that organisations can face and how to analyse problems and identify solutions through computer programs. You’ll then choose a specialism designed to support your interests, so you can get deeper into your chosen subject and build up the skills you need for your future job. You can choose from specialist modules in either Digital Infrastructure, Network Cabling or Digital Support. Then you’ll be able to put everything you learn into practice, with a substantial industry placement of around 45 days. You'll have an amazing opportunity to work with an employer while you study, such as an IT company or department, and gain invaluable experience as well as key skills that employers are looking for. B&FC's Computing and Digital Technologies department features hi-tech, industry standard equipment to support your success. We have state-of-the-art labs and the latest network engineering equipment. This study programme provides the knowledge and experience to open doors to highly skilled employment or university study, including higher and degree apprenticeships. If you've just left school and are considering a career in Computing and IT, this T Level is an excellent launchpad providing you with skills to thrive and excel. Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above in English and Maths a successful interview with a tutor the ability to study independently a genuine interest in the subject good communication skills hardworking approach towards the industry All 16-18 year old applicants will be invited to attend an interview to meet a tutor and ask any questions they may have about the course. Essential Skills – English and Maths If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject. Qualification Obtained T Level Technical Qualification in Digital Support Services Year 1 Focuses on your knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts, theories, principles and core skills relevant to job roles referenced in Career opportunities. Business Context Culture Data Digital Analysis Digital Environments Diversity and Inclusion Learning Legislation Planning Security Testing Tools As part of the first year you will choose your pathway which will be selected from below: Careers within the digital support services sector Communication in digital support services Fault analysis and problem resolution Year 2 Study one of these options: Digital infrastructure Network cabling Digital support Your chosen option will include the following mandatory elements: a ‘core’ set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills, tailored for your chosen occupation specialist training covering industry-specific skills an industry placement with an employer, which will last for a minimum of 45 working days (between 315 – 420 hours) Industry Placement and Field Trips You will be required to complete an industry placement with an employer, which will last for a minimum of 45 working days (between 315 – 420 hours). Industry placements are managed by an appointed workplace coordinator within the curriculum area who maintains liaisons with employers, performs visits and logs required documents such as insurance. Learning and Teaching Methods Teaching and learning differs for each element, with practical topics incorporating a summative assignment that results in product creation. Students are initially supported by demonstrations and walkthroughs and later by a workshop/individual focus intended to foster creativity. Modules are delivered by subject specialists with industry experience. Facilities and resources are regularly updated to improve your experience in college and online to match the needs of the course. Expert Tutors All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice. Assessment Methods The core content (year 1) is assessed through an examination and a practical employer-set project The specialism (year 2) is assessed through practical time based project Tuition Fees If you are 18 and under no fees are payable. If you are 19+, please read our tuition fee guide for adult learners. Other Costs and Equipment Needed No specialised hardware and software is required but you would be expected to have access to a computer with internet access. Trips will be offered but these will not be required for the course and may be partly subsidised by the college. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: NCFE Regulatory Body: Ofsted Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Career Options and Progression Career opportunities this programme could successfully pursue include: Network Engineer Network Support Analyst Architecture Analyst IT Support Engineer Desktop Support Telecommunications Analyst Technical Architect IT Manager Network Cable Installer On completion of this course you have the opportunity to progress to Higher Education. You could chose to study at B&FC for a Foundation Degree in one of the following: Computer Science Software Engineering (Game Development) or (App Development) Network Engineering (Systems Administration) or (Cyber Security Web Technologies and Digital Media Or you may gain employment in the Computing Industry which would then enable you to study at B&FC one day a week on one of the four BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship pathways (Network Engineer, Cyber Security Analyst, Software Engineer or Data Analyst).