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 IT Application Specialist

Information Technology & Administration

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work within an IT support role at an advanced level. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a Diploma in IT User Skills at Level 3. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, which could include, responding to hardware and software problems; setting up user hardware, software and security; designing solutions to improve business processes using IT, being responsible for others’ use of IT; developing and streamlining business processes for efficient office operations; setting up and using advanced application software features. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Advanced Apprenticeship IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional

Information Technology & Administration

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work within an IT and Telecoms role at an advanced level. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and have the opportunity to use the new modern facilities within the College. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals and a Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles, at Level 3. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, which could include, designing and planning the installation of IT and Telecoms networks, maintaining company networks, including servers, software and security. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship IT Application Specialist

Information Technology & Administration

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work within an IT support role. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a Diploma for IT User at Level 2. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve maths and English at Level 1 and ICT at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, which could include, applying a range of IT systems and software to support your organisation’s customers, people and processes. This will generally involve applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and internet/email. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
Level:
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Apprenticeship IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional

Information Technology & Administration

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work within an an IT and Telecoms role. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and have the opportunity to use the new modern facilities within the College. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals and a Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles, at Level 2. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, which could include, setting up new equipment or upgrading existing systems, monitoring website content and editing and uploading material, install, connect, maintain, test and repair equipment and services. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
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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.

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Course - Full Time
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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.

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Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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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.

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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.

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Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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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.

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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.

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Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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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.

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Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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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.

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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.

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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 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
Level:
2
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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – Access

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
Level:
2
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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – Outlook

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
Level:
2
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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – PowerPoint

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.

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Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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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.

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HE
Level:
4
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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:
HE
Level:
4
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Computing CISCO CCNA Parts 3 and 4 (HE Unit)

Information Technology & Administration

This covers the Cisco CCNA curriculum content parts 3 and 4. The CCNA certification will be awarded following the successful completion of an external exam. This course will be an introduction to switching, network security and management and wireless standards using the Cisco CCNA Networking Academy curriculum.

Type:
HE
Level:
4
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Computing – Computer Hardware and Networking (HE Unit)

Information Technology & Administration

This course provides an introduction to computer hardware architecture including building, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting as well as introducing network concepts and configuring small networks. Hardware content includes: desktop build and configuration, server administration, virtualisation, imaging, maintenance and troubleshooting. Networking content includes: fundamental networking principles, IP addressing, routing protocols, network device configuration, OSI and TCP/IP layers and cabling, This covers the Cisco CCENT Networking Academy curriculum (CISCO CCNA parts 1 and 2 which following the successful completion of an external exam will award them a CCENT).

Type:
HE
Level:
4
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Computing – Further Networking with Wireless (HE Unit)

Information Technology & Administration

This covers the Cisco CCNA curriculum content parts 3 and 4. The CCNA certification will be awarded following the successful completion of an external exam. This course will be an introduction to switching, network security and management and wireless standards using the Cisco CCNA Networking Academy curriculum. Content includes basic switching concepts, VLANs, switch protocols, inter-VLAN routing, switch port security, network security and management (including ACLs), NAT & PAT, DHCP, WAN standards (such as PPP and Frame Relay) The course then looks into wireless technologies, such as: Installing/configuring Access Points and Bridging technologies. The theory side is also covered looking at site surveys and the various antennae used in the different topology options. The kit we use is of Business class Cisco aironet, combined with the latest Cisco IOS. The main focus of the course is to cover basic switching concepts, ACLs and wireless standards.

Type:
HE
Level:
4
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Computing – HNC in Applied Computing

Information Technology & Administration

This course follows from the HNC in Applied IT (available to students who cannot enrol on the first two years of the Foundation Degree in Computing as they are not in suitable employment). The modules include: Rich Internet Applications, Multimedia, HND project and Web Development with Microsoft Technologies.

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HE
Level:
4
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Computing – Introduction to Web and Database Development (HE Unit)

Information Technology & Administration

The course covers the development of a web site that connects to a database along with associated technologies that allow a database interactivity by the end user. The content includes: HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, web database connectivity, HCI design, storyboarding, graphics, data modelling, usability and web standards. This course offers a hands-on approach to designing and developing using the latest features.

Type:
HE
Level:
4
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Computing – Programming Concepts with C# (HE Unit)

Information Technology & Administration

This course is an introduction to programming using the popular industry standard Microsoft?s C# language. Content includes: Variables, Keyboard Input, String Methods, Selection, Loops, Arrays, Methods, Exceptions Handling, Searching and Sorting Algorithms, Files, Classes, Attributes, Association, Inheritance, Polymorphism, Aggregation, Database Connectivity and GUI design. The main focus of the course is to teach fundamental programming techniques, which are applicable regardless of language.

Type:
HE
Level:
4
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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.