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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

Why should you study IT and computing at The Sheffield College?

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.


Full-time vocational programmes

Our vocational study programmes range from Level 1 to Level 3 and offer you the chance to explore a specialist pathway in depth. Whether you choose to focus on software development or cyber security, these vocational programmes wll allow you to develop an excellent theoretical knowledge whilst also advancing your practical skills.


IT and Computing at UC Sheffield

Ever thought about studying computing at degree level? At UC Sheffield you can study up to HND (Level 5) and really enhance your computer skills to meet the demands of local employers. These hands-on qualifications are an excellent way to develop your existing skills and knowledge of computing technologies and get an introduction to more progressive techniques to an advanced level.



What kind of work will I do on an IT and Computing study programme?

The skills and knowledge you develop will depend upon which specialism you choose, but all of our programmes are designed to make you stand out to employers. This could include:

  • learning to write code
  • mastering popular software applications
  • developing apps and websites
  • modelling databases
  • managing projects

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.

Employer Skills Academies

We have teamed up with top Silicon Valley tech company WANdisco and one of the UK's leading IT service providers, Highlander Computing Solutions, 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.

Where will I be studying?

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. Take a look around using our virtual tours below!


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 11,700 jobs in the digital sector by 2028, and that's just in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority alone!

Future opportunities include:

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


Work-related activity

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. 

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the workplace 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

Employers we work with

We work closely with local businesses and employers in your field to make sure you're developing the skills you need for the real world. These employers might set project briefs, invite you in for guided tours at their workplace, or event run workshops and seminars.

Recently we've worked with:

  • Highlander Computing Solutions
  • Discovery STEM
  • WANdisco
  • University of Sheffield

Enrichment opportunities

Visits to leading companies are also included as part of your student experience. Recently we visited ARM, a multi-million pound chip designer.

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.

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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Certificate in Software Development

City Campus
Level 3

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