The Sector

There are some 1.2million people employed in this sector which impacts on virtually every aspect of modern life. The UK has one of the largest Information and Communication Technology markets in the world with subsectors spanning soft and hardware development, databases, website design, programming and gaming, across some 100,000 companies such as Microsoft, Google and the telecoms giants like BT and Vodafone. Gaming alone has an annual value of over £4 billion in the UK.

 

The Careers

As IT is at the heart of businesses everywhere, careers are available in almost any business you can think of. Careers options include programming, games development, networking engineering, telecoms, website design and software development, or even digital forensics and business analytics. Many smaller businesses employ IT technicians who will be multi-skilled in a range of IT disciplines.


Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration

Information Technology & Administration

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration is a high quality training programme designed to help administrative employees to become as efficient and effective as possible in their career. This Apprenticeship is suitable for anyone working in a business environment and can be tailored to a wide range of specific occupational roles, such as administration, marketing, customer service, PA, IT support and more. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Advanced Apprenticeship in Medical Administration

Information Technology & Administration

This Apprenticeship is suitable for employees working at a more advanced level within the specialised administration functions of medical environments and healthcare providers, such as general practices, dental practices, hospitals, pharmacists, opticians, NHS Trusts and health authorities.understanding, knowledge and skills that will meet the special administration support needs of a range of healthcare providers and enables students to progress to higher level positions.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Advanced Apprenticeship IT Application Specialist

Information Technology & Administration

This Apprenticeship covers all job roles for advanced IT Application Specialists working in any industry sector. The Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Advanced Apprenticeship IT Telecoms

Information Technology & Administration

These qualifications are designed to prepare learners for employment in the IT and Telecoms sector and are suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work within the IT and Telecoms industry. This is a technical based apprenticeship and learners must be working in an IT technical based role. Please refer to the units. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Apprenticeship in Business Administration

Information Technology & Administration

The Apprenticeship in Business Administration is a high quality training programme designed to help people become as efficient and effective as possible in their careers and gain a nationally recognised certificate relating to their work. It is suitable for those working in a very wide variety of office-based roles, as the skills developed are relevant in almost all office and administrative environments. The Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Apprenticeship IT Application Specialist

Information Technology & Administration

This Apprenticeship covers all job roles for IT Application Specialists working in any industry sector. It is suitable for those just starting out in an IT role. The Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Apprenticeship IT Telecoms

Information Technology & Administration

These qualifications are designed to prepare learners for employment in the IT and Telecoms sector and are suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work within the IT and Telecoms industry. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Computer Science (IT) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Information Technology & Administration

The Computer Science course is designed to equip you with a wide range of IT skills so that you can adapt to the frequent changes in the world of computing. The areas of IT covered will include Web Design, Database Development, Graphics Design, Networking, Software Development, and Systems Analysis and Design. In addition to this you will also benefit from learning a number of key IT skills for business solutions. On successful completion of this course you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT qualification.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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IT OCR Level 2 (Edexcel)

Information Technology & Administration

This course provides you with high quality, industry recognised qualifications that help you to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to work as a professional in the IT sector. The programme begins with an introduction to using IT tools to communicate and exchange information safely, securely and effectively and looking at the available professional IT job roles. You will then have the opportunity to develop specialist understanding and skills in installing and maintaining computer systems or software development and automated computer systems, depending on which strand you choose.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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IT Users BTEC Level 1 Diploma

Information Technology & Administration

This course will help you to develop your IT skills and knowledge, enabling you to use IT effectively in your daily life. The course includes IT and communication software, digital lifestyle, using mobile IT devices, multimedia and design software, document design, digital imaging and computer systems. You will also develop a range of functional skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Networking with Digital Forensics (IT) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Information Technology & Administration

Do you want to be the next Sherlock? Then learn the ins and outs of detecting and solving cybercrime on the exciting new Digital Forensics and Networking programme, where weÕll teach you all the fundamentals that are required in this growing business sector, including crime scene management, networking, security, operating systems, scripting and case management. YouÕll also benefit from learning a range of key IT skills for business, making you truly business-savvy for when you progress into employment or to university. Digital Forensics is offered as an Honours degree programme at local universities, giving you an ideal route onward in this fascinating subject area. On successful completion of this course you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Networking and Systems Support) qualification.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Software Engineering with Games Programming (IT) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Information Technology & Administration

If your ambition is to work at the forefront of the computer games or software industries, then this course will set you on the right path. You will focus on developing programming skills through units in developing computer games, software design and development, computer games design, event driven programming, object oriented programming, and computer game platforms and technologies. You will also benefit from learning a number of key IT skills for business solutions, so that you are truly ready for employment or to progress to university, where you could study games programming, software engineering, or games concept design. You could also progress onto a higher level apprenticeship in an IT technical role. On successful completion of this course you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development) qualification.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Computing – CISCO CCNA Parts 1 and 2

Information Technology & Administration

This course will be an introduction to networking using the Cisco CCNA Networking Academy curriculum. Content includes Fundamental Networking Principles, IP Addressing, Routing Protocols, Network Device Configuration, OSI and TCP/IP Layers and Cabling. The main focus of the module is to cover the basic network concepts and to be able to configure small networks with appropriate IP addresses with routing protocols.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
4
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Database Software

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. This is the final unit of the full award and brings all prior learning together to form the full ECDL qualification at level 2.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT – Database Software Level 1 IT User Skills Unit

Information Technology & Administration

You will learn how to use a software application designed to organise and store structured information and generate reports. This unit is about the skills and knowledge required by an IT user to use database software tools and techniques to: enter straightforward or routine information into a database; set up a single table in a flat file database; retrieve information by running routine queries; and produce reports using predefined menus or short cuts. The structure and functionality of the database will be predefined.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT – Database Software Level 3 IT User Skills Unit

Information Technology & Administration

This level 3 IT module has a technical focus and is aimed at learners who want to work in IT or, who wish to progress on to more specialised studies in this subject area (such as higher education). Learners may well have used databases either at work or at home although they may not have constructed one. This module enables students to design, develop and modify a database including how to define relationships and use SQL statements.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
3
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IT – ECDL Individual Units – IT Presentations (L1 & L2)

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. Available for study at levels 1 & 2, this unit focusses on using IT facilities to develop and support the use of presentation software (PowerPoint) within a business environment.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT – ECDL Individual Units – IT Productivity L2 Only

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. This is the final unit of the full award and brings all prior learning together to form the full ECDL qualification at level 2.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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IT – ECDL Individual Units – IT Security (L1 ONLY)

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. Available for study at level 1 only, this unit focusses on IT security to enable individuals to work confidently and safely in a business environment.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT – ECDL Individual Units – IT Spreadsheets (L1 & L2)

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. Available for study at levels 1 & 2, this unit focusses on using IT facilities to develop and support the use of spreadsheet software within a business environment.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT – ECDL Individual Units – IT User Fundamentals (L1 ONLY)

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. Available for study at level 1 only, this unit focusses on basic knowledge of computers and computer systems to enable individuals to work confidently in a business environment.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT – ECDL Individual Units – IT Word Processing (L1 & L2)

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. Available for study at levels 1 & 2, this unit focusses on using IT facilities to develop and support the use of word processing software and documents (Word) within a business environment.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT – ECDL Individual Units – Project Management Software L2 Only

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. This is the final unit of the full award and brings all prior learning together to form the full ECDL qualification at level 2.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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IT – ECDL Individual Units – Using Internet and Email (L1 ONLY)

Information Technology & Administration

ECDL aims to meet the needs of a range of computer users, from beginners to the more advanced, in the work environment. ECDL is a benchmark standard in a number of large and government organisations. Available for study at level 1 only, this unit focusses on using the internet and email to enable individuals to work confidently and safely in a business environment.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT Security for Users

Information Technology & Administration

This level 3 IT module has a technical focus and is aimed at learners who want to work in IT or, who wish to progress on to more specialised studies in this subject area (such as higher education). Learners will develop knowledge of IT System Security including security issues, precautions, security risks and aspects of cyber security.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
3
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IT – Spreadsheet Software Level 1 IT User Skills Unit

Information Technology & Administration

This unit will teach you the basic functions of spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. You will learner how to enter, edit and organise numerical information as well as how to use formulas and other key spreadsheet tools that will improve your productivity at home and within the workplace.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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IT User Skills Level 1 Award

Information Technology & Administration

This course is for those students who wish to develop their knowledge Word processing, Spreadsheets and Databases. NOCN Level 1 Award in IT User Skills will provide you with key applications based skills that can be applied within the work place or at home. The aim of this qualification is to improve applications based productivity and to enhance employment opportunities.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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IT User Skills Level 2 Certificate (OCNWM)

Information Technology & Administration

This course is for those students who have completed the NOCN Level 1 Award in IT User Skills or those that already have a good working knowledge of Word, Spreadsheets and Databases. This course will further develop your applications based skills and is aimed at improving work based productivity.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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IT – Website Software Level 3 IT User Skills Unit

Information Technology & Administration

This level 3 IT module has a technical focus and is aimed at learners who want to work in IT or, who wish to progress on to more specialised studies in this subject area (such as higher education). Learners will no doubt be familiar with the use of websites although they may not have constructed one. This module enables students to design, develop, construct and validate websites to comply with industry and legal standards. The module will use the latest standards: HTML 5 and CSS 3. You will also learn how to add multimedia and interactive features.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
3
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IT – Word Processing Software Level 1 IT User Skills Unit

Information Technology & Administration

Used within almost every type of employment, being able to effectively use word processing software is a fundamental part of most job roles. This unit will develop your skills within popular word processing software. You will learn how to enter, edit and combine sources of text, structure word processing documents and use a variety of tools to format and present documents. The main aim of this course is to increase your productivity within your place of work or at home.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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Microsoft Office Specialist/Expert (MOS) – Word

Information Technology & Administration

Stoke on Trent College is a registered Microsoft Academy which means we are able to offer Microsoft Certifications that recognised internationally within business and industry. This is a vendor based qualification. This course offers an opportunity to achieve a professional and internationally recognised qualification. You will develop in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Word and learn how to use this software to support the production of professional documentation. Specific skills include creating documents, producing templates, formatting, and error checking and using a range of software specific tools to improve productivity. Additionally, you will gain a thorough understanding of the features contained within this package above that obtained from non-vendor developed qualifications or units.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Microsoft Specialist – Access (MOS E-Learning)

Information Technology & Administration

Stoke on Trent College is a registered Microsoft Academy which means we are able to offer Microsoft Certifications that recognised internationally within business and industry. This is a vendor based qualification. Microsoft Office Specialist aims to certify excellence in the use Microsoft application packages. It aims to meet the needs of the more advanced users, in the work environment. The courseware is developed and tested by Microsoft.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Microsoft Specialist – Outlook (MOS E-Learning)

Information Technology & Administration

Stoke on Trent College is a registered Microsoft Academy which means we are able to offer Microsoft Certifications that are recognised internationally within business and industry. This is a vendor based qualification. Microsoft Office Specialist aims to certify excellence in the use Microsoft application packages. It aims to meet the needs of the more advanced users, in the work environment. The courseware is developed and tested by Microsoft.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Microsoft Specialist – PowerPoint (MOS E-Learning)

Information Technology & Administration

Stoke on Trent College is a registered Microsoft Academy which means we are able to offer Microsoft Certifications that are recognised internationally within business and industry. This is a distance learning course offering an opportunity to achieve a professional and internationally recognised qualification. You will develop in-depth knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint and learn how to use this software to support the production of professional documentation.

Type:
Course - Part Time
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Computing BSc (Hons) Foundation Year – In Partnership with Staffordshire University

Information Technology & Administration

The Foundation Year is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to move onto a three year Computing Honours degree at Staffordshire University. During your time on this course you will study a range of topics including: Computer Hardware, Database Development, Programming, Introductory Maths, Networking, Programming, Study Skills and Web Technologies.

Type:
HE
Level:
3
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Computing Science HNC – Awarded by Staffordshire University

Information Technology & Administration

The programme covers a range of Computing topics including: Database Development, Networking, Hardware, Web Development, Professional Skills and Programming. It will help you to develop practical skills and gain confidence as well as enhancing your analytical, team working and communication skills.

Type:
HE
Level:
4
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Facilities for you:

  • Based in the hi-tech new Enterprise Hub
  • Microsoft Academy Status
  • Industry approved courses
  • Dedicated hardware and software laboratories
  • Networking labs delivering
  • CISCO Essentials and CCNA
  • Excellent links with employers
  • Close links with local Universities

 

Careers in this sector:

  • IT Manager
  • Games Designer
  • Network Administrator
  • Website Developer
  • IT Analyst
  • Digital Forensic Investigator
  • Cyber Security Technician

 

Lewis Farrell – Software Engineering with Games Programming

I’ve always been interested in programming so this course was perfect.  This course means I get to learn more about something I enjoy and it will help towards getting a career in the industry.  I recently travelled to Sweden to compete in a Smite tournament against teams from across the globe.  The tutors have been really supportive.