Barnsley College is one of only 54 colleges, and the only College in South Yorkshire, to offer T Levels this academic year.
T Levels are courses for 16 to 18 year olds that are studied at the same level as doing A Levels. They are for young people who prefer a more technical education when they come to College, rather than following a purely academic pathway, or a work-based apprenticeship.
T Levels are new two-year, Level 3 study programmes 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.
Students will also need to achieve a minimum standard of English and Maths; GCSE grade 4 or above. The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T Level and will see students learning from a qualification 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.
The T Level programmes have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare students 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.
1st year students will prepare for two exam papers with units based around employment law and practical skills they will require.
Our new T-Level in Digital Production, Design and Development offer you an attractive alternative to A-levels and Apprenticeships. Designed with employers to give you the industry skills you need in order to start your career within the digital industry, you will aim to cover digital-related topics such as:
Business Contexts – from infrastructure design to managing change
Digital Culture – covering ethical/ moral issues
Data Analysis – with data capture, collection, visualisation and modelling
Digital Analysis – understanding algorithms, abstraction, pattern recognition and decomposition
Digital Environments – covering system fundamentals for physical, virtual and cloud computing
Diversity and Inclusion – understanding and valuing differences, sensitivities and equality
Digital Learning – covering emerging technologies, IoT, AI, AR, 3D
Digital Legislation & Security – from data protection, intellectual property to security and data sharing
Planning & Programming/ Software Development – building project plans, integrating SDLC, critical paths, application and solution development
Testing & Tools – covering testing methods/types, industry based digital tools and usability/ UX/UI testing
Additional content covered for occupational specialisms will also allow you to cover problem solving techniques, user and client requirements and specification design, developing, implementing and testing software, maintaining and supporting software and creating solutions in a social, flexible and collaborative environments.
This specialist course will also allow you to enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, develop transferable skills in communication (working with real colleagues, customers and clients) and undertake research and live project development work.
Whilst engaging with specialist tutors, support staff and work placements co-ordinators, all learners will also be required to complete an industry placement of at least 45 days – providing the much needed real-world industry experience needed for this industry.
English Language & Maths at Grade 4 minimum
Five other GCSE at grade 4 or above
Dependent on the workplace, a DBS may be required