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Welcome to IT & Computing

If computers, programming, software and technological advancements are your passion, then a career in IT or Computing could be the ideal choice.

The IT and Computing industry is one of the biggest and fastest-growing sectors around; there isn’t an employer out there who doesn’t use technology in one form or another. With developments happening each and everyday, there’s never been a more exciting time to get into the industry.

Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your IT & Computing career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, join one of our Employers Skills Academies or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our IT & Computing courses and Apprenticeships. 

IT & Computing FAQs

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Technical Diploma in Computing Technologies (Digital and Networking pathways) Level 2

Developed in close conjunction with leading employers, BTEC Level 2 Technicals develop transferable workplace skills, such as good communication and the ability to work in a team, which employers have identified as essential for gaining employment in the sector and for progression once the learner is working.

There has never been a better time to start an IT/Computing career with opportunities locally and globally in the fastest growing industry of the 21st century. 

Check out the quick facts below about this course, also watch this video to see our most asked IT & Computing questions at open day!

  • Location: City Campus
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualification: BTEC Diploma
  • Start date: September 2020

 

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What kind of work will I do on an IT & Computing Study Programme?

All of our study programmes focus on making you as employable as possible, so you’ll develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to make you stand out to employers. This could include learning to write code or mastering popular software applications that are often required of network or desktop support engineers.

Our tutors have backgrounds in almost every area of IT, and many have extensive professional experience so they’re great at helping you apply theoretical knowledge to real life situations. They keep up-to-date with new technological developments so you’re always learning the skills and content that are at the cutting edge.

Trips, Visits & Competitions

Visits to leading companies are also included as part of your student experience. Recently we visited ARM, a multi-million pound chip designer, who we will be working on projects with very soon.

At The Sheffield College, we go further to ensure that you get the best learning and cultural experiences possible to enhance your time with us. Whether that's through visits to local art exhibitions and museums, guest speakers coming in to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, or visiting major industry leaders so you can see how they go further in the real world.

Work-related Activity & Industry Placements

We know that one of the best things we can do for our students is to give them practical experience of the sector they plan to work in so that they feel confident and prepared when it comes to entering the workplace. 

Not only will you learn to work with the most up-to-date software and computer programmes, but you tutors will also support you in finding work experience placements so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life scenarios. You'll also be able to take advantage of visiting guest lecturers, class trip to employers and industry professionals and even entering into competitions to develop your skills.

What's in it for me?

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the work place in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem-solving, social skills, time-management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and team work
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career

Facilities

If you choose to study on one of our IT and computing study programmes, you'll be based at our City Campus. Our facilities here include dedicated computing labs equipped with the latest software and computer programmes and a LEGO innovation robotics suite.

All of our facilities aim to replicate the standard of equipment you would be expected to use in the workplace, so that you're acquiring the skills you'll need for employment.

Click on a button below to explore our facilities through a virtual tour!

What can I do once I finish my studies?

Let's face it, there's no better time to get into working in computing or IT - there's hardly a company out there who doesn't need to use some form of digital technology in their day-to-day operations, and the likelihood is that's only going to increase. In fact, it's estimated that there will be over 7.5K jobs in the digital sector by 2022, and that's in the Sheffield City Region alone!

Future opportunities include:

  • IT Support Technician
  • Cyber Security Officer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer

Employer Skills Academies

We have  teamed up with top Silicon Valley tech company, WANdisco and fast-growing networking and cyber security company, Millgate, to create specialist skills academies.

The skills academies will offer you an incredible insight into two huge companies in the industry, and include work on exclusive projects, work in branded classrooms and placement opportunities.

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC