Digital Level 2 T Level Transition Programme

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

IT and computing


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2020

This Digital T Level Transition programme has been designed to support young people’s progression onto a Digital T Level programme the following year.

This transition programme will be taught from September 2020.

If you would like to start a Digital T Level in 2021, this transition programme will ensure you are prepared for—and have a clear understanding of—the work involved and guarantee you an interview for the T Level at the end of the year.

Local employers n the digital industries will support you on this programme by offering opportunities such as:

  • shadowing (observing workers performing their daily tasks)
  • work tasters (you visit an employer for a short time during the day, visiting once or regularly)
  • work experience (you are temporarily treated as an employee, performing tasks throughout the day for a set number of days)
  • projects before you progress onto a T Level programme

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new qualification that will be equal to three A Levels.

The difference between a T and an A level is that with a T Level, 80% of the course is in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where you’ll put these skills into practice.
T Levels have been designed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so that you will learn everything you need to prepare for the workplace.

T Levels offer you more practical work experience and industry placement hours as part of your education than any other qualification currently available, except for apprenticeships. In fact, as part of your T Level education, you will do more than 300 hours of industry placements over the course of your two-year programme.

And because they are the equivalent of three A Levels, T Levels also give you the option to move onto university or a higher apprenticeship once you’ve completed the programme.

You can learn more about T Levels on our government's website.

What courses are available and when do they start?

T Levels go live at Activate Learning from September 2021, and we will be offering the following programmes in the following areas:

  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Healthcare Science

More T Level subjects will be offered from September 2022 onwards.

learn more about T Levels

What I'll learn

You will learn introductory knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable you to gain access and thrive on the T Levels Digital programme.

You will start to develop the knowledge that underpins most jobs in the digital industry and you will also develop occupationally-specific skills.

You will develop your core literacies such as English, maths and other digital capabilities that will enable you to study at level 3 or enter employment within the digital industry.

To ensure you are fully ready to succeed on your chosen T Level pathway, you will: 

  • undertake an industry-focussed course designed to help you achieve your academic potential 
  • have an opportunity to do an extended work placement with a business relevant to your course 
  • benefit from a course tailored to the current needs of local and national industry 
  • be trained by a team of specialist teachers with a wealth of knowledge about the industries that your course is linked to
  • be supported to develop the skills, knowledge, and attributes needed to embark on your chosen career 
  • receive additional support to ensure you achieve grade 5s in English and maths GCSE


How I'll learn

Each T Level includes the following compulsory elements:

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

To prepare you for this, teaching methods on this course will include:

  • Formal instruction
  • Discussion
  • Individual tuition
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical experience

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.


Entry Requirements

You will need at least two GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including maths and English.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.