Achieve your Level 3 City & Guilds Qualification

Get your first Tech and Digital qualification

Why shouldn’t YOU be the one who makes a digital difference at work?

Not only will you achieve a nationally-recognised Level 3 Qualification in ICT Systems & Principles from City & Guilds, TDM’s coaching will support you to find yourself a local digital Apprenticeship opportunity or reskill or upskill in your current role.

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What is the Programme?


What pathways are available on the Programme?


What career development is there?


What are the eligibility criteria?


Frequently Asked Questions


How do I sign up?


“As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, companies are seeking to harness new and emerging technologies to reach higher levels of efficiency of production and
consumption, expand into new markets, and compete on new products for a global consumer base composed increasingly of digital natives.”

World Economic Forum – “The Future of Jobs Report”

“The technology industry is one of the most dynamic in the UK and as a result, demand for IT professionals is sky-rocketing. High-calibre tech specialists are increasingly sought after to support new start-ups and SMEs and provide vital in-house functions for larger firms.”

“70% of the tech industry experience skills shortages” –


What is the programme?

This programme is for learners who are aged 19+ and live in the West Midlands Combined Authority area. For the full criteria, please click here.

A programme of coaching, training and learner support delivered by TDM’s industry-specialist Skills and Knowledge Coaches

Includes core modules on Tech and Digital fundamentals followed by a choice of specialist pathway


Support to secure a job or reskill in the tech and digital industry with support from TDM’s Professional Development Coaches and Career Builders

Download the full Programme Prospectus

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Your City and Guilds Diploma

City and Guilds is the awarding body for this programme, where learners will achieve the diploma in ICT Systems and Principles.

The City & Guilds Diploma is a substantial and impressive qualification ensuring that you have the right skills to thrive both now and in the future, in a Tech and Digital role.

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Core Programme Modules

Pathways available

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UX / UI design

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Digital Support/Marketing

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Cyber Security

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Coding (Java and .NET)

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Tech and Networking

After struggling to make a move into a new career in Digital Marketing, I started the […] programme.

Since then, I have now managed to land myself my dream career in a PR and Digital Marketing Agency.

I couldn’t have achieved this without the help of the […] programme from TDM.


Median Salary (West Midlands)

Programme Pathway

Software Developer £41,500 Coding (Java and .NET)
Cyber Security Analyst £52,500 Cyber Security
Digital Marketing Manager £34,500 Digital Support / Marketing
Data Analyst £39,000 Data
UX / UI Designer £35,000 UX / UI Design

Career progression in Tech and Digital

In 2021, the West Midlands was named as the fastest growing tech sector in the UK.

To the left are indicative salaries in the West Midlands region compiled by IT JobsWatch, demonstrating the attractive levels of salary in these career pathways where workers have a few years of experience

Learners on this Programme can start their Tech Careers through full Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeship programmes such as:

Careers can further embedded and developed via Level 6 Integrated Degree Programmes such as:

Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility

What is Digitial Transformation?

Digital Transformation is the use of new, fast-paced and frequently changing digital technologies to solve problems in organisations. Employers are looking to adopt these technologies to compete effectively in the marketplace of the 21st century.

As certain jobs are becoming obsolete, new skills are needed and new opportunities are appearing – it is down to you to take on and develop new skills that the job market is now needs!

In 2021, the West Midlands was named as the fastest growing tech sector in the UK.

Who is eligible to sign up for this programme?

This programme is for learners who are aged  19 + who where they will work to achieve their City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma for ICT Systems and Principles for IT Professionals.

You must fit the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must have been aged 19 or over on 31/08/2021
  • You need to live in the West Midlands Combined Authority, we will check this for you.
  • If you do not have a Level 3 Qualification currently
  • If you do already hold a level 3 qualification, to be eligible you must be earning under £19,500 per year. You cannot access a Level 3 qualification if you have a qualification of the same or higher level in the same subject.
    • A full Level 3 is equal to x2 A Level passes, x2 BTECs, x1 BTEC Extended Diploma or a Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • You are not able to engage with this programme, and another Government funded educational programme at the same time. This is called “Double Funding”

Learners will achieve their Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma for ICT Systems and Principles for IT Professionals.

As this programme accesses UK Government funding, there is a strong requirement for commitment from learners to achieve the outcomes of the Diploma. Learners must be available to attend all the Training Days, Workshops and Coaching sessions and to do the wider work and reading set by their coaches

What does the programme consist of and what are the commitments?

Download the programme prospectus for a full breakdown.

Each programme consists of:

  • Classroom teaching days on the Core Modules and the Pathway
  • Prep and Application Tasks done away from the classroom, guided by TDM coaches with access to learning materials on TDM’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • “On track” calls with coaches – 30 mins per week

By the end of the programme, you will achieve a recognised City and Guilds Qualification.


You are expected to attend all of the sessions.

You will be expected to do wider reading outside the classroom, accessing learning materials on TDM’s Virtual Learning Environment and books from the TDM library.

Classroom days will mainly consist of taught elements in the morning with assignments written in the afternoons. An ability to effectively write about the learning you have engaged with is essential on the programme.

How much does it cost?

This programme is being funded by the UK Government Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) which has been devolved to the West Midlands Combined Authority so there is no charge for eligible learners.

This funding supports adults to achieve the qualification outcomes that enables either new employment or reskilling in current roles.

How do I sign up and what is the sign up process?

If you are interested in participating in our Tech and Digital Programme, please click here to fill out our expression of interest form.

Once you have completed the expression of interest form, the next steps in the process are:

  • We’ll check you’re eligibility.
  • If you are eligible to take part in the programme, we will invite you to complete a number of initial assessments, which help us to assess where you are at as a learner.
  • Once these initial assessments are completed, you will be sent a sign-up form in order to obtain the remaining information required for your place on the programme.

Orientations for this programme will run on Thursdays.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our team:
0333 10 100 40

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- Quality of Education
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With an overall Good rating