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Digital Production, Design & Development Transition Programme (Level 2) : 2022 intake

Digital: Digital Production, Design & Development

  • Overview of the course

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    We are currently in a digital revolution, with technology encompassing all sectors of employment. To meet the needs of this growing sector, highly-skilled young people are needed to design, implement, maintain and innovate, and the demand for a skilled workforce just keeps on growing!
    This one-year programme is specifically designed to help you transition to the Digital T Level. If you…

    • Are determined to progress on to the Digital T Level
    • Would benefit from additional time to build your knowledge and skills in English and Maths to meet the entry requirements
    • Are keen to build your skills to make a good impression in the digital sector

    …then this programme is for you!
  • What you'll learn

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    You’ll learn the fundamental processes of the IT/Digital industry. Throughout, we’ll assess your needs, identifying gaps in learning, so that at the end of your programme, you’ll have the skills and confidence to succeed on the Digital T Level programme.

    Elements of Study

    Your programme consists of the following elements:

    • Study of your vocational subject, preparing you for progression to the Digital T Level, where units include: Programming; The Impact of Digital; Data & Security; and Digital Environments.
    • Employability skills, such as punctuality, attendance, communication and team work
    • Work experience, giving you a taste of working life
    • English, continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 or equivalent
    • Tutorial and personal development and skills focusing around employability within the IT/Digital industry.

    Work Experience

    Work experience is a key element of this programme, enabling you to develop the skills to successfully complete the T Level Industry Placement, and for future workplace readiness. The course will consist of a 90 hour placement which leads to a 315 hour placement for the following year. Successful placements often lead to employment.
    You’ll be prepared for your work experience in advance with talks and pre-visits, ensuring you get the most out of the experience.
    You’ll also be supported to develop your employability skills - problem solving, interview skills, CV writing and more - as part of the programme.
  • Entry requirements

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    Three GCSEs, at a minimum of grade 3, in any subjects as well as GCSE English & Maths, with at least one at grade 3 and one at grade 4. You will also need an absolute determination to progress and succeed on the Digital T Level.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed via a mixture of assignments, employer-set projects and exam(s).
  • Future opportunities

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    Successful completion of this programme will allow you to progress directly on to the Digital T Level, a qualification that will prepare you for employment in most sectors, where digital skills are always in high demand. You could work as a:

    • CAD Administrator in the engineering industry, upgrading systems and troubleshooting support tickets, earning up to £50,000 per year
    • Games Tester, pinpointing gameplay errors, glitches or bugs, earning up to £50,000 per year
    • A Web Designer for an online shopping retailer, earning up to £40,000 per year
    As the T Level is equivalent to three A Levels, you could even decide to progress to university or a paid Apprenticeship, if you choose.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services including FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Enrichment

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    Sitting a job interview, writing a personal statement, applying for university - taking part in our enrichment programme will give you a CV to wow in all of these situations! You’ll benefit from:

    Inspiring trips and experiences
    Meetings with industry experts
    Visits to leading companies in your sector

    As well as giving you essential professional and technical skills, you’ll demonstrate that you’re a successful and well-rounded person, helping you to make a lasting impression.

    We want you to have fun, so we also have plenty of leisure and sporting activities for you to enjoy, improving your health and wellbeing.
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    Working with your Tutors, Careers Coaches and Learning Development Mentor, this element of the programme will be tailored to your individual needs, supporting your progression to T Level. You’ll receive individual mentoring and personal development tutoring, including:

    • Activities to develop confidence and resilience
    • Group work to develop communication skills
    • Tutorials and seminars, including careers education
    • Study skills, with opportunities to develop reading, writing, referencing and interpretation
    • Life skills

    We will also provide you with additional support, if you need it.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you’re a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will challenge you, encouraging you to fulfil your potential. You may have the opportunity to study additional qualifications, with
    support in place to complement your study programme experience.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships. We’ll reward your achievements with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award. Our £75 million campus offers a newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a theatre and dance studios; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen. You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Find this course on our website via then click the ‘Apply’ button. You’ll be asked to set up a Learner Hub account, so that you can track your application and enrol online in August. If you have any difficulties setting up your Learner Hub account, please email
  • Open Events

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    We can’t wait to tell you about the amazing opportunities here at Bolton College so this year, we’re giving you TWO opportunities to help you discover what we’re all about.

    You can either visit us in person at one of our Open Events, or if you’d rather learn about us from the comfort of your own home, you can check out our Virtual Open Event instead, or even do both! Open Event Dates at Deane Road Campus are as follows:

    • Tuesday 19th October 2021, 5pm-8pm
    • Wednesday 17th November 2021, 5pm-8pm
    • Thursday 9th December 2021, 5pm-8pm
    • Tuesday 18th January 2022, 5pm-8pm

    If you’d like to attend one of these events, please register your interest by visiting If you can’t visit our Open Event in person, or would rather find out about us online, check out our Virtual Open Event and access over 40 videos at a time convenient to you. Just visit
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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