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Our choice of computing and IT courses range from introductory classes, to full-time BTEC Level 2 and 3 courses, up to HNC and HND programmes which focus on modern web and software development, networking and IT technologies.
Our very popular Level 3 courses include a wide range of units, which provide students with a choice of progression pathways and career opportunities. Students can move into areas such as computer programming, web development, software and game development, business analysis, systems analysis, forensic computing, MIS and technician roles to name just a few.
I found that the computing course at Shrewsbury College is the best in the area, with very supportive tutors who encourage individuality and growth. The range of units delivered provides the opportunity to gain broad experience before selecting an area of specialism. I’m looking at working in game programming and I have already been in talks with a games developer for work after I finish this course.
Each year Computing and IT students set up and fully operate the College’s own FixIT business, which is a technical support and repair service. Students have the opportunity to volunteer and apply for work experience at local companies.
Many of our students progress onto university or our HND in Applied Computing. On completion of this most opt to top up to a full degree whilst some have secured apprenticeships or exciting careers at companies such as British Telecom, Cap Gemini and Sky plc. Some students have successfully set up their own business whilst others have opted for a career in teaching.
Career options and national starting averages include:
- Computer Service and Repair Technician £12,000 - £30,000
- Software Developer £20,000 - £70,000
You could move on to be a:
- Forensic Computer Analyst £20,000 - £60,000
- Technical Architect £40,000 - £80,000
Source: National Careers Service
Many years running both my own and other people’s businesses has allowed me to bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, including project management, web solutions and bespoke software solutions. As a result I fully understand what industry requires of modern computing and IT Practitioners and the importance of Higher Education in equipping them with those skills. I recognise that the sector sees a rapid rate of development and as a result always endeavour reflect this in the classroom.