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Suitable for 16-18
Level 3
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 72 weeks
Subject area Digital Skills & IT
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • East Ham Campus

T Levels are new two-year technical courses that will follow GCSEs or other Level 2 programmes. They are an alternative study option to other existing qualifications such as BTECs, A-Levels, and apprenticeships and provide progression routes into skilled and technical employment, higher or degree apprenticeships, or university.

These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares you for work. They will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during a 45-day industry placement that will give students practical insights into the sector and an opportunity to embed the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. You will spend 70-80% of your time in the classroom and 20-30% on a high-quality work placement with an employer.

Newham College is one of 64 colleges and providers nationally selected to offer T Levels in 2021.

Course description

The course will include core and specialist content, developing your knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • Installing, configuring, and testing physical and virtual networks
  • Install and configure software for network and end-user devices (for example servers, desktop computers)
  • Fundamentals of network topologies
  • Techniques to ensure cybersecurity for systems and networks
  • Network and Infrastructure design
  • Understanding of the importance of testing for all components (including software, hardware, data), interfaces and the resulting service
  • Understanding digital tools and their use in business

Students will also gain core knowledge in a variety of areas including:

  • Business Context
  • Digital Culture
  • Big Data
  • Digital Analysis
  • Digital Environments
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Learning
  • Legislation
  • Planning
  • Security

In addition to the core content, you will pursue a required occupational specialism in either:

  • Digital infrastructure
  • Network cabling
  • Network infrastructure
  • Network engineering
  • Digital support
  • IT Technician

Students will complete 45 days of industry placement within a real workplace setting and be able to apply the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

Additional information

Entry requirements

An interview with a teacher and a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C including English and maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification.


When you pass your T Level, you will get a nationally recognised certificate showing the overall grade you achieved – Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. It will also give details of what you learned on the course to help you move into skilled employment or a higher apprenticeship.

Your T Level will be worth UCAS points – a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A levels at A* – and will be recognised by universities and other education providers so you can choose to continue studying if you wish.

Fees and funding

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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