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    About the course

    In this course you will learn the essentials of digital infrastructure by understanding networking and digital security systems. You will install and configure both physical and virtual infrastructure. And understand relevant security, testing, planning and legal issues.

    Entry requirements

    5 GCSEs grades 4 - 9 or equivalent including English and maths at least grade 4

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

    Awarding Body

    NCFE

    Why study?

    The TQ (technical qualification) in digital support services has two components: 

    • Core component – comprising route core, pathway core and core skills 
    • Occupational specialism components: 

    Digital infrastructure

    • Apply procedures and controls to maintain the digital security of an organisation and its data 
    • Explain, install, configure, test and manage both physical and virtual infrastructure 
    • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge
    • An industry placement with an employer, which will last for a minimum of 45 working days, conditions permitting.

    You will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in:

    • Installing, configuring, and testing physical and virtual networks.
    • Install and configure software for network and end user devices (for example servers, desktop computers) 
    • Fundamentals of network topologies
    • Techniques to ensure cyber security for systems and networks
    • Network and Infrastructure design

    Where will this course take me?

    Learners can progress into employment and work in roles such as:

    • Network engineer
    • Cyber Security Support
    • Cloud technology Operative
    • Digital Services Architect
    • Wireless Network Engineer

    Core modules

    T Level study program will include the following mandatory elements: 

    A 'core' set of underpinning knowledge, concepts, and skills, tailored for the digital industry.   

    The core knowledge and understanding focuses on the students’ knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts, theories, and principles relevant to the T Level. 

    The employer-set project provides the opportunity to develop and apply a minimum range of core skills important for employability. 

    The aims of the modules:

    • Understand the principles of network and infrastructure design
    • Be able to install, configure, test, and manage both physical and virtual infrastructure 
    • Be able to apply security measures to integrate digital communications systems and networks
    • Be able to apply physical security measures to networks and infrastructure

    How will I be assessed?

    The core knowledge and understanding is assessed through an onsite assessment and core skills through a practical employer-set project.

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

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    T Levels Q&A

    WHAT ARE T LEVELS?

    T Levels are new technical courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They are Level 3 course that span approximately 1800 hours over 2 years. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

    T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

    WHEN WILL T LEVELS START?

    Harlow College will offer T Levels starting in the 2021/22 academic year, initially in the following areas:

    • creative and digital
    • construction
    • childcare and education
    • health and science

    WHO ARE THEY FOR?

    T Levels are ideal for learners who are looking for a more technical route into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

    T Levels are a technical alternative to A Levels and prepare learners for technical careers.

    STRUCTURE OF A T LEVEL

    T Levels will include the following compulsory elements:

    • a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
    • an industry placement with an employer
    • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them

    T LEVELS AND INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

    T Levels include 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of industry placement with an employer. Around 80% of time will be spent in the classroom and 20% on placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% in the workplace and 20% in the classroom.

    Industry placements can be undertaken as a block, as individual days, or a combination of the two.

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