Course Title Digital Support and Services (specialising in Digital Infrastructure)
Level: 3
Code T101

Overview of the Course

Students studying Digital Infrastructure will discover how to secure computer networks from hardware and software vulnerabilities and threats from organised hacking. You will gain a sound understanding of fundamental principles such as cabling, routing and switching before progressing to specialist technologies; including firewalls and implementing effective cyber security. This will ensure you have developed the skills needed to practically apply your knowledge in the classroom or the workplace.

You will learn about the value of digital technology and gain an understanding of customer and commercial needs. Discussions about the ethical and moral issues raised by the increasing reliance on technology and automation and the importance of legal requirements will form part of your studies.

All that you learn will then be put to practical use on your industrial placement, where you will supported throughout by your tutors and mentors to apply what you have learnt to your job role.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore emerging technology trends and innovations such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Blockchain and 3D printing.

What are the career opportunities?

Career opportunities may include:

  • Network Engineer
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • IT Support Engineer

What are the entry requirements?

5 GCSE passes at grade 9-4, including English and maths. In addition you must also have a grade 9-5 in either maths or Computer Science. Students with a Level 2 Extended Certificate/ Diploma qualification or Apprenticeship will also be considered.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full qualification.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the following core ‘digital elements’:

  • Business context and environment
  • Culture (ethical and moral)
  • Data
  • Digital analysis
  • Digital environment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Learning
  • Legislation
  • Planning
  • Security
  • Testing
  • Tools

Your studies will focus on being able to support different professional roles through:

  • Implementing security controls according to NCSC cyber essentials
  • Managing physical documents in line with GDPR
  • Undertaking a security risk assessment
  • Implementing encryption using industry standard tools
  • Implementing the principles of cyber security
  • Installing, configuring and testing physical and virtual networks
  • Understanding the benefits of DevOps approaches

You will sit an externally-set exam at the end of each academic year to test your understanding of the subject. You will also undertake a skill-assessment to demonstrate your competency skills. Whilst on work placement, you will be set a project by your employer that you must successfully complete to demonstrate your overall breadth of learning.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

This brand-new qualification has been developed in collaboration with employers to ensure that what you are learning meets the needs of the industry. You will combine the benefits of practical and theory-based learning to generate the knowledge and experience needed for skilled employment or further training.

Work experience

Your T Level will include an industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. Bury College will support students in finding relevant work placements. These will last a minimum of 315 hours and average 350 hours (around 45 days). Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a combination of the two.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

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