T Level Technical Qualification in Digital Support Services (Level 3) (delivered by NCFE)
About this qualification
The technical qualification (TQ) forms part of the new T Level study programme.
The purpose of the level 3 technical qualification is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level technical training relevant to the T Level.
The T Level study programme is eligible for UCAS points. Please check the UCAS website for more information.
The TQ is eligible for performance points.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for post-16 students looking to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the digital sector.
This technical qualification will support students onto a range of progression routes including employment, higher education and higher apprenticeships.
What are the entry requirements?
This qualification is designed for post-16 students.
There are no specific prior skills/knowledge that a student must have for this qualification. However, students may find it helpful if they have already studied at level 2.
How is this qualification structured?
The technical qualification is split into 2 component parts:
Core component: the knowledge and underpinning concepts, theories and principles as well as core skills for the digital sector.
• Digital Infrastructure
• Network Cabling
• Digital Support
• Cyber Security
Students will only complete one occupational specialism.
The occupational specialisms provide students with knowledge and skills required to enter employment or further study in the specific occupational area.
How is it assessed?
• paper A written examination
• paper B written examination
• employer set project
In order to achieve a grade for core component, students must have results for both sub-components (the core (written) examination and the employer set project).
The combined results from these sub-components will be aggregated to form the overall core component grade (A*–E and U).
If students fail to reach the minimum standard across all sub-components, they will receive a U grade. No overall grade will be issued for the core component until both sub-components have been attempted.
Occupational specialism component:
• synoptic assignments
The student is also required to successfully achieve a distinction/merit/pass grade in one of the occupational specialism components. If the student fails to reach the specified level of attainment, they will receive a U grade.
What related qualifications can you progress to?
Students who achieve this qualification could progress to the following, depending on their chosen occupational specialism:
• higher education
Funding for our qualifications
Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.
Please see the Key Dates Schedule below for a timeline of the key dates for this qualification.
T Level Technical Qualifications Key Dates Schedule 2023/2024 and 2024/2025
Qualification specification - first teaching from September 2021; up until September 2023 (PDF | 1897 KB)
Qualification specification - first teaching from September 2023 (PDF | 2326 KB)
Digital Support ESP Digital Infrastructure & Network Cabling mark scheme (PDF | 372 KB)
Digital Support ESP Digital Infrastructure & Network Cabling project brief (PDF | 477 KB)
Digital Support ESP Digital Infrastructure & Network Cabling provider guide (PDF | 356 KB)
Exemplar employer set project – Digital Infrastructure and Network Cabling – Grade A (PDF | 2181 KB)
Exemplar employer set project – Digital Infrastructure and Network Cabling – Grade C (PDF | 2287 KB)
Employer set project - student pack (Network Cabling and Digital Infrastructure) (PDF | 1106 KB)
Network Cabling assignment 3 test plan template assignment brief insert (PDF | 191 KB)
Digital Infrastructure assignment 2 pass assignment brief (annotated checklist for task 2) (PDF | 305 KB)
Digital Infrastructure assignment 2 distinction assignment brief (annotated checklist for task 2) (PDF | 295 KB)
Digital Support assignment 2 recovering files and using email pass (ZIP | 5846 KB)
Digital Support assignment 2 recovering files and using email distinction (ZIP | 10341 KB)
Digital Support appendix 4 network overview diagram distinction (PDF | 119 KB)
Digital Support appendix 5 company A penetration test report pass (PDF | 1169 KB)
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