For a career in Computing and IT, our qualifications give you a thorough grounding in areas such as multimedia, networking, programming and computer games development.

You will have access to gaming consoles, 3D printers, Wacom graphics tablets and PCs capable of running technical industry software including Maya, Unreal, Unity, Game Maker, Flash, and the Adobe Master Suite.

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Top career opportunities

IT Operations Technicians

Average salary: £30,222
Experienced salary: £44,794

IT User Support Technicians

Average salary: £30,472
Experienced salary: £42,125

IT Engineers

Average salary: £28,388
Experienced salary: £44,847

Top jobs in sector

  • Information Technology and Telecommunications Directors
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the work and resources necessary to provide and operate information technology and telecommunications services within an organisation.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £56,115 per year. That is about £4,676 per month, or £27 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £31,921 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £105,441 per year.

  • IT Specialist Managers
    What does this career do?

    IT specialist managers plan, organise, manage and coordinate the provision of specialist IT services and functions in an organisation.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £47,549 per year. That is about £3,962 per month, or £23 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £28,591 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £81,587 per year.

  • IT Project and Programme Managers
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group manage, coordinate and technically supervise specific IT projects and programmes of a discrete duration and/or budget.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £53,404 per year. That is about £4,450 per month, or £26 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £32,686 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £75,777 per year.

  • IT Business Analysts, Architects and Systems Designers
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group provide advice on the effective utilisation of IT and design IT systems in order to meet the business objectives or to enhance the business effectiveness of the organisation.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £40,019 per year. That is about £3,334 per month, or £19 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £23,914 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £73,678 per year.

  • Programmers and Software Development Professionals
    What does this career do?

    Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £39,541 per year. That is about £3,295 per month, or £19 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,585 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £71,768 per year.

  • Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 213: Information Technology and Telecommunication Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £36,795 per year. That is about £3,066 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,559 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,754 per year.

  • IT Operations Technicians
    What does this career do?

    IT operations technicians are responsible for the day-to-day running of IT systems and networks including the preparation of back-up systems, and for performing regular checks to ensure the smooth functioning of such systems.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £30,222 per year. That is about £2,518 per month, or £15 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,197 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,794 per year.

  • IT User Support Technicians
    What does this career do?

    IT user support technicians are responsible for providing technical support, advice and guidance for internal/external users of IT systems and applications, either directly or by telephone, e-mail or other network interaction.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £30,472 per year. That is about £2,539 per month, or £15 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,356 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,125 per year.

  • IT Engineers
    What does this career do?

    IT engineers install, maintain and repair the physical components of computer systems and equipment.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £28,388 per year. That is about £2,365 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,239 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,847 per year.

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