Digital Business Services (ICT for Business) T-level


Data collection and management is crucial for modern businesses and companies need professionals who can use spreadsheets, databases, and creative thinking to use and present this information clearly. If you’ve always enjoyed managing information, working with numbers and influencing big decisions – this could be the course for you! Digital Business Services use and develop your data and computing skills to apply them to real business settings. For example, using website trend data to redevelop and maximise sales for an online retail company, or tracking using data to support user's healthy habits on a health and fitness application. After the course, you could join a career where you collect, analyse and report data to identify new clients and products or improve training and processes. This all helps companies become more effective, supportive, and profitable. Whatever area of business you want to go into, these skills will help you get there.

What will I study in Digital Business Services (ICT for Business) T-level?

Data analysis has become a vital element in every organisation from sport performance to marketing. Data technicians are responsible for collecting, analysing, and implementing information, as well as facilitating data storage processes, creating detailed reports based on their work, and providing conclusions based on their observations. This course will help you to develop your skills using databases and spreadsheets and apply them in business contexts. Business analysts use the data to identify new clients, products, improve training and processes, and help their companies become more effective and profitable.

This course is made up of different sections. The first is the core. This will give you a baseline understanding of the industry. It covers a range of areas, giving you a vital underpinning knowledge and understanding of concepts and the skills that you’ll need in this sector. You will also complete an "Employer Set Project"  as part of this core learning.

The core elements of digital will cover a host of themes including the following:

  • The business environment
  • How organisations respond to change
  • Ethical and moral issues in IT
  • Concepts and fundamentals of data
  • Understanding algorithms and how they work
  • Abstraction, Action, Decomposition and Patterns
  • Digital environments
  • Emerging technologies
  • Planning and Security
  • Fundamentals of testing
  • Digital tools

In addition, the employer set project will test you on a host of skills including:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Setting performance criteria
  • Carrying out primary research

The specialism part of the qualification covers content which aligns with industry specific skills or directly relevant content for your chosen occupation. The third section of the course is “Industry Placement” which gives you valuable work experience and also has a work related project attached to it. In addition, there are a host of other elements such as preparation for work, T-Level specific tutoring and career advice and guidance to make a relevant and substantial study programme.

The specialist elements of digital will cover developing your skills:-

  • Source, organise and format data securely in a relevant way for analysis
  • Blend data from multiple sources
  • Analyse structured and unstructured data to support business outcomes
  • Interpret data and communicate a result appropriate to the audience
  • Can apply legal, ethical and professional principles when manipulating data
  • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge


Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above all from the core subjects including Maths and English Language.

What is the T-level industry placement?

The Industry Placement

Your industry placement gives you a great opportunity to put your learning into practice and develop your technical skills and knowledge for the industry your placement is in. It will help you to progress once you have finished your T-level, whether that is directly into employment, an apprenticeship, or more education.

This is a compulsory part of your T-level, and you must complete it to get your T-level certificate. You will spend a minimum of 315 hours on your placement, or 750 hours for Childcare and Education T-level students.

How will I learn?

At the hub of every business are the members of staff who keep the business running from an information point of view. In Cirencester College these members of staff work with all the information which produces our timetables, organises students on courses and makes sure they are entered for the correct qualifications etc. In a world of growing complexity, organising the information in the business world is crucial in making sure the business can run smoothly and effectively, and frequently this will be the difference between success and failure of a business. Whether you would like to work in digital information for the NHS, helping patients to receive the correct appointment information, storing their details correctly, or for an international retailer tracking products for export, this course will provide you with the necessary skills.

During the two-year programme, you will learn the core knowledge that underpins most jobs in the digital industry and you will also develop occupation-specific skills that will allow you to enter skilled employment within the data analysis industry. In addition to the minimum of 45-day work placement in the industry, you will be trained and guided, by our expert staff, as you work on a set of exciting projects outlined by employers in the industry to develop your technical and professional skills further. Our pioneering T-Level in Digital Business Services is an ideal qualification for you if you are passionate about utilising IT technology and data intelligence to build digital business information systems which help enterprises make decisions and attain business objectives. You will learn the essential industrial digital skills, such as data analysis, how businesses interact with technology, culture and legislation so as to build and test robust information systems and empower businesses. You then build on this, in the 2nd year, by developing specialist skills such as: understanding how to securely source, format analyse and interpret reliable data to support business needs; use data blending tools and techniques such as macros in spreadsheets, databases query languages (SQL, NoSQL) and OLAP (online analytical processing); apply legal, ethical and professional principles when manipulating data

How will I be assessed?

The core is assessed with two exams which are externally marked. Both are two hours long. Learners are also required to complete an employer set project task as part of the core.

All learners will complete a 45 day industry placement as part of their course. This can be completed with one or two employers. The placement can be a day release or over a number of weeks as a block placement. Learners must pass the industry placement. Learners will complete their placement in years 1 and 2.

The Occupational Specialism Assessment (OSA) will be assessed by three assignments which are completed under control assessment conditions.

Any trips?

Learners will visit a range of organisations to see how digital technology is used in industry.

Are there any costs involved?

There are no additional costs however learners would benefit from having access to a laptop of computer at home.


What career opportunities are there after studying this course?

Careers could include

  • Business Information Systems Analyst
  • Data Analyst / Technician
  • Database Engineer/Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • E-Commerce / Digital Marketing Data Advisor
  • Digital Marketing Data Advisor
  • Data Support Analyst
  • Junior Data Analyst
  • Junior Information Analyst.

Can you tell me about the industrial placement?

The work placement will be over 45 days. You will have the opportunity to work with one or two employers within the IT industry. Your work placement could be a day release or a number of weeks. We work with many organisations within the IT industry and will help you find a suitable placement. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain skills using the latest technology.

Can I go to a University with a Digital T-level?

Over 80 Universities currently accept T-levels. The T-level Digital qualification is equivalent to UCAS points however please keep in mind that T-levels have very much been designed to prepare learners to work in a specific sector of IT.

Can I study an A-level alongside a Digital T-level?

A T-level is a full-time programme equivalent to 3 A-levels – it is not possible to study any other course alongside a T-level.

I am not sure what I want to do are these the right courses for me?

It’s really important you do your research and have an interest in a career in the digital sector. Whilst we appreciate not everyone at a young age knows exactly what they want to do next we would not recommend these courses if you have no idea what you want to do.  These courses have been designed to prepare you to work in a specific sector of the digital industry.

How will I be assessed?

The Digital T-level course is made up of three key parts.

  • Core – The academic part of the qualification graded A to E. You will learn the underpinning knowledge in this part of the course and study a range of topics. This is assessed by two 2.5-hour exams and an Employer set project (ESP) This Employer Set Project is set by the exam board but they have consulted with employers. This consists of a series of tasks completed under exam conditions.
  • Occupational Project – This is generally completed in the second year and is the vocational part of the qualification graded Pass, Merit, Distinction.  Leaners specialise and complete a series of controlled assessments under exam conditions. These can range between 35 and 65 hours in total.
  • Industry Placement - There is no grade for the placement but learners need to complete the required hours over two years with up to two employers.

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