Digital Support Services (Cyber Security) T-level


All organisations, private and public sector use information technology and networks to communicate and exchange information, but what happens when these systems go down? Every day organisations face global Cyber threats which can cause considerable disruption. When a Cyber-attack occurs, an organisation can be vulnerable to data breaches and loss of profits both of which could impact their reputation. In the public sector, health service downtime can result in cancelled operations or medical appointments due to equipment not working correctly, which can directly impact a patient’s health. Working in Cyber security can be both exciting and rewarding learning the latest techniques to stay one step ahead of the hackers. This course will give you the skills needed to identify and prevent Cyber threats – you will have the opportunity to attempt ethical hacking in our off-grid sandbox lab and complete vulnerability testing. You will also be monitoring threats in real time and finding innovative ways to intercept them before they cause significant problems. You will be investigating DDOS and ransomware attacks and how to mitigate these. This is an exciting time to join the Cyber and IT security industry and this course will prepare you to enter the industry.

What will I study in Digital Support Services (Cyber Security) T-level?

The core part of the qualification will give you a baseline understanding of the industry. It covers a range of areas, giving you a vital underpinning knowledge and experience of concepts and the skills you’ll need in this sector.

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

  • The Business Context
  • Culture
  • Digital Analysis
  • Digital Environments
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Learning
  • Legislation
  • Planning
  • Security
  • Testing
  • Tools

In addition learners will complete an employer-set project.

The specialism is the second part of the course which covers content which aligns with industry specific skills or directly relevant content for your chosen occupation.

The third part of the course is an 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 careers advice and guidance to make a relevant and substantial study programme.

The specialist elements of digital will be covered through developing your skills:

  • Identifying Cyber threats and how to mitigate these
  • Reviewing different types of attacks including social engineering, phishing, spear phishing, vishing, smishing, shoulder surfing and dumpster diving.
  • Denial of service (DoS)/ Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
  • Malware, e.g, virus, adware, ransomware, trojan, botnet, spyware

In year 2 you will complete an occupational project and will be assessed on how you can mitigate Cyber attacks. This will include developing skills with firewalls, vulnerability scanning, anti-malware, device hardening and server configuration.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE Grades level 4 or above including Maths and English

How will I learn?

A typical week could see you learning how to prevent cyber attacks and put in place protection measures, having a lecture on cyber attacks or working in a team to test network security and vulnerabilities.

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.  Although we do provide some support with helping to find a placement we expect learners to be actively looking and making their own applications. They are also required to formally apply and attend an interview.  The placement can be completed with one or two employers. It 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 year 1 and 2.

We also expect our students have the required professional standards in the workplace. Dressing smartly, and arriving on time is key to making a good impression. Learners will need to be able to communicate with client’s effectivity and be productive in the workplace. There will be a support to develop these professional standards within the course.

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

Any trips?

Learners will attend day trips to a range of IT organisations.

Are there any costs involved?

No additional equipment is needed however a computer or laptop at home would be useful


What careers can this course lead to?

Career opportunities

  • Network and Cyber Security specialist
  • Digital support specialist
  • Digital applications specialist
  • Digital service specialist
  • Infrastructure specialist
  • IT solutions specialist
  • Digital Systems operator
  • Technical Support specialist

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 in 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.

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 is the course 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 under-pinning 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 are 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.

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's not possible to study any other course alongside a T-level.

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T Level
[168 UCAS pts. available]

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