Pre-T Level
Digital Foundation
(Level 2)

Build your digital skills

Get ready for the Level 3 T Level

Experience digital industry

Virtual Reality

About the Course

Course Type:              Level 2 | Full Time

Route:                           Digital

Qualification:              Various Digital Certifications (Level 2), 
                                         EPQ (Level 3), GCSE maths & English.

Duration:                       1 Year

Lessons (per week): 
 12hr digital lessons + 2hr EPQ + GCSE retakes

Other:                              4 week digital work experience

Start Date:                     01/09/2022



The Pre-T Level route is intended for students who want to progress to a career in the Digital sector, with a focus on developing IT and Computing skills.

The purpose of the Pre-T Level curriculum is to preapre students with a range of knowledge and skills so they are able to take on any of our Level 3 Digital T Level courses. 

The course will offer the chance to complete certifications in Python 3 programming, IT proficiency and complete a Digital EPQ AS Level Qualification. Where needed, students can also study their English and Maths GCSEs to upgrade them to a 4+.

We have one of the most successful Eng./Maths retake rates in England and our departments know how to help you improve.

Frequently asked questions

Who can join? What are the entry requirements?

The Pre-T Level | Digital Foundation curriculum has been developed to enhance professional skills and support students in achieving Level 2 standard skills in English, Maths, IT and Computer Science. The course is for students who aspire to work in the digital sector and want to continue onto one of our Level 3 Digital T Level courses. To get onto our Pre-T Level Digital Foundation course, you will need at least: 5 x Grade 3s at GCSE including English and maths GCSEs.

What can I do after completing the course?

The aim of the course is to give students an additional year of specialist teaching and support to go on to Level 3 study. The specific combination of courses on our curriculum aims to get students ready to begin a 2 Year Digital T Level course in Year 13. However, successful completion of maths and English retakes (getting a 4 or above) will open doors into many doors and further qualifications and is deemed essential for progression.

What can I do after completing T Levels?

The Software Developer T Level trains you up to a professional standard in computing, business and product design disciplines ready to go straight into the digital sector. Entry level pay in the sector with a T Level ranges from £25,000-£30,000 with the potential to earn over £60,000. Job Roles upon completion could include: Junior Developer Junior Web Developer Junior Games Developer Junior Application Developer Junior Mobile App Developer Assistant Test Developer The T Level is also worth UCAS points equivalent to 3 A Levels and so students can also go and study a degree or degree apprenticeship.

How are students taught?

Students are taught in range of ways and unlike school we aim to give students a more professional experience within an industry setting: - Seminars - Work Experience (20 day placement) - Teacher-led lessons - Industry lectures from experts in industry - Exam Tuition - Practical work (in industry standard facilities) - Workplace coaching - Online Learning

How do I apply?

To apply, fill in the normal form as you would for other Ferndown Upper School courses. But remember the Pre-T Level | Digital Foundation will be your only option you select as it is a full time course. The link for Sixth Form applications is here:

What is EPQ?

EPQ is an A-level standard standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your students' abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. - it can be taken as an extension of other Level 3 qualifications or vocational qualifications - it's worth half an A-level (28 UCAS points) - it's recognised by universities and employers - many universities make lower A-level offers to students undertaking an EPQ.

How will I be assessed?

For maths and English GCSE retakes, students will be assessed via external examinations in November or June of that academic year. Extended Project Qualification is assessed through the completion of a portfolio, presentation and project report. Other IT and computing qualifications and certifications will vary on how they are assessed but will generally involved Level 2 internal or external exams sat at various stages of the year.

New Digital Building for 2022

Designed for the Digital Age

£1.2million new building

Designed and developed in collaboration with industry partners

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Pioneer Seminar Suite

For up to 80 students with digital device support for laptops provided to our Digital T Level students, access to kitchen facilities for students and a new computing office.

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Conference Meeting


Networking Lab

Containing equipment for network cabling, switch and server maintenance

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Server Installation

Ingenuity Software Development Lab

With top spec computers, our own servers and support for all major operating systems including Mac OS, Windows and Linux

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Computer Tutorials

Part of our Phase 2 Developments, the new building extends our facilities beyond anything else offered locally, to enable training of software developers and network engineers with up to date industry standard hardware and software. A professional environment to nurture a new generation of digital professionals.