Software, Cyber Security & Network Engineering

T Level , Level 3
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What Our Students Say

“Before I came to Leeds City College, I was in school, I was in such a bad way at school, skiving lessons all the time, teachers always on my case, getting kicked out numerous times almost. So I applied for here just hoping to get on a course, I got accepted – it was entry Level 3. Dave was my tutor and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better as a tutor, because he just helped me. He helped me with every regard, with Maths and English, workshop work, the theory side of the workshop work – telling me how everything is and showing me what’s what.”


“The tutors here, they are really interactive and they’re always there, even outside of lessons whenever you need something, we don’t go around calling everyone Sir or Miss, second names – we use first names for everything and there’s a more relaxed and friendly communication between the tutors and the students.”


“So the tutors are great for a number of reasons – they’re casual, you don’t feel like you’re being forced to do anything that’s uncomfortable, they’re not strict, they’ll have a laugh with you if you want to and they know how to get stuff done when they need to if we’re on a bit of a time crunch, but they also know how to have a bit of fun and not put pressure on you – and they’re great, they’re always there to give you information if you need it for at-home tasks and they’re always on Google Hangouts to message you if you need anything and they get back to you really quickly.”


Course Information


The Digital Production, Design & Development T Level is an exciting, cutting edge technical qualification which has been created by employers such as BBC, BT, Cisco, CompTIA, Nationwide and Siemens. It has been designed as ‘career ready’ education, which explores the world of Computer Science & IT theoretically and practically, whilst giving students a vast industry placement. This will prepare students for the world of work, enhancing specific and transferable Digital & IT employability skills, recognised by employers and giving students the edge in an interview or University application.

More about STEM


Are you interested in starting a career as a software developer, mobile app
developer, web designer/developer, programmer, automated test developer?

T Levels offer an exciting alternative to A Levels and Apprenticeships. The T
Level will fully immerse you in industry informed live and simulated projects
which give you the flexibility to learn how to manage projects and develop
skills around software development.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of different Computer
Science, IT and employability skills subjects such as problem solving,
programming, emerging technologies and issues around digital, digital and IT
business environments, data, cloud & virtual environments and cybersecurity,
all of which are identified as key requirements by employers.

Year 2 of the T Level will consist of developing an occupational specialism,
giving you the flexibility to tailor a project to your interests, whilst
developing skills specified by large digital employers.

The course will be run over 2 years, each academic year consisting of 36

Who is this course for?

The course is for ambitious 16-18 year olds who want to pursue full time education, but still want to develop the key digital, computer science & IT skills and experience identified by small & large and influential employers.

Course units/modules

The Core Component (Year 1) consists of a range of topics regarding digital related knowledge and employer informed skills:

  • Problem Solving
  • Programming/Coding
  • Emerging Technologies/Trends (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality) and Issues in Digital
  • Legislation
  • Data
  • Digital Environments (Cloud/Virtual)
  • Testing & Cyber Security
  • An Employer-Set Project (ESP) which consists of applying the above skills in a real life working environment e.g. being presented with a problem and then planning, solving and evaluating the issue and solution.

The Occupational Specialism (Year 2) allows development and practical use of employer informed skills such as:

  • 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

Benefits and skills

  • You will complete a 45 day industry experience where you will be fully integrated into a digital and IT employer, gaining real life skills, which are vital additions to your CV and UCAS applications for university.
  • You will develop STEM skills needed in industry, such as problem solving, creative thinking, communication, data driven decisions, intellectual curiosity, flexibility and collaboration.
  • You will gain industry skills through exciting live project work.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English, Maths and Science.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

  • You will have the opportunity to progress to University, with excellent real life experiences to use in your application.
  • Progression to a higher education course at our University Centre Leeds.
  • After completing this T Level, this will support progression to entry-level job opportunities in software design and development, web development, mobile app development, programming.

Assessment types

All assessments are externally marked.

  • Year 1 consists of 2 Exams and an Employer-Set Project.
  • Year 2 consists of an Occupational Specialist Project.

Course details

Duration: 2 years
Start Date: 09/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 76693-01

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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