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IT and Computing

IT and Computing

Welcome to IT and Computing

The IT and computing industry is one of the biggest and fastest-growing sectors around. With technology constantly developing, there are new opportunities in software development, app writing and artificial intelligence every day.

Our specialist computing labs and robotics suites give you the opportunity to master code and software applications, so you have the skills and confidence to break into the industry and lead the way for new technologies in the world!

IT and Computing

“My Apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to combine study and valuable hands-on work experience in a large IT department at Liberty Speciality Steels.”

Robert Henson, Apprentice IT Practitioner at Liberty Speciality Steels

Which programme is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your IT and computing career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, join one of our Employers Skills Academies, head straight into an Apprenticeship, or choose to study one of our brand new T Levels, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style.

T Levels

T Levels are a brand-new 2-year qualification which can be studied after you finish school instead of A Levels, Apprenticeships or vocational study programmes.

T Levels have been created with top employers, and mix classroom learning and industry experience so that you get the skills and knowledge to help you progress into your dream career.

From September 2023 we will be offering the following IT and Computing T Levels:

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

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 and 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 and 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 your 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


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.


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.

Spotlight on...

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 and computing career with opportunities locally and globally in the fastest growing industry of the 21st century. 

  • Location: City Campus
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualification: BTEC Diploma
  • Start date: September 2022

University level courses

HNC and HND in Computing

Our university level qualifications in computing have been developed in conjunction with employers in the Sheffield City Region and address the key skills required for a successful career in the computing industries.

The course covers a range of advanced level skills in high demand, both locally and internationally, and is designed to bridge the digital skills gaps with an industry-specialist
taught advanced programme. 

You will study topics which include programming, security, computer systems artchitecture, AI, forensics and virtual and augmented reality development.

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. 

Example careers

Ever wondered how much an accountant is South Yorkshire earns? Or what skills you need to become a developer?

IT Technician

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Programmer and software development professional

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What Courses are available

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Computing Technologies

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