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: £28,184
Experienced salary: £46,072

IT user support technicians

Average salary: £28,350
Experienced salary: £45,926

IT engineers

Average salary: £30,971
Experienced salary: £43,971

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 £66,851 per year. That is about £5,570 per month, or £32 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £33,509 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £120,141 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 £47,091 per year. That is about £3,924 per month, or £23 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £29,307 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £75,379 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 £49,733 per year. That is about £4,144 per month, or £24 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £33,114 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £80,912 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 £45,178 per year. That is about £3,764 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £29,370 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £71,635 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 £37,440 per year. That is about £3,120 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £23,587 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £60,757 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 £46,904 per year. That is about £3,908 per month, or £23 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £29,411 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £76,502 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 £28,184 per year. That is about £2,348 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,680 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £46,072 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 £28,350 per year. That is about £2,362 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,762 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,926 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 £30,971 per year. That is about £2,580 per month, or £15 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,926 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £43,971 per year.

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