Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's multi-award-winning Computing and Media programme area offers full and part-time courses to suit all learners: from Level 1 to full Honours Degrees in Computing (Networking), Computing (Software Development), 3D Animation and Games Development and Digital Technology…to name but a few.

There is a wide range of industry-standard hardware and software available for learners to utilise, as well as the enviable range of courses on offer. These specialist programmes provide you with expertise, a recognised qualification, and the opportunity to enter the any area of the industry.

Many of the courses are developed in consultation with employers, to equip learners with the skills and knowledge that employers require and to make the progression into employment easier.

Our qualifications give you a thorough grounding in areas such as multimedia, networking, programming and computer games development. They will give you the finest opportunities to enter the career of your dreams. These include: Computer Animator; Computer Programmer; Multimedia Producer; Network Administrator; Software Developer; Systems Analyst and Web Designer.

The Computing and Media department has secured partnerships with some of the world's most successful electronics and gaming brands. It has been registered as both Xbox and Nintendo developers, which is a possible first for any college or university in the UK! It is also part of Sony Interactive Entertainment's global academic programme - PlayStation®First.

Due to huge demand, the college group recently announced that it was offering an A-level-equivalent qualification in Esports! Learners will be taught this course within the brand new £120,000, state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Suite at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus.

As competitive video games continue to integrate into popular culture, total Esports' viewership is expected to leap from 454 million in 2019 to 646 million in 2023, per insider intelligence estimates.*

Esports is part of a multi-billion pound worldwide industry with no physical barriers, and this innovative qualification will afford you with real career prospects in the burgeoning UK market, as well as gaining access to global industries in the US, Asia and Europe! As a new co-owner of an Esports business, even David Beckham is getting in on the act!

The Esports course provided by the college group is backed and supported by the British Esports association and we are part of the British Esports Championship. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai even has its own Esports team called Llandrillo Dragons which you can become a member of!

As a student within the Computing department, you will have access to top-of-the-range gaming consoles, VR/AR (Hololens, Oculus Rift), 3D printers, Wacom graphics tablets, computer hardware and software labs. You will also be using state-of-the-art PCs capable of running technical industry software including Maya, Unreal, Unity, Game Maker, Animate, Microsoft Visual Studio, Python, App Inventor, Lego Mindstorms and the Adobe Master Suite.

Networking students have access to extensive online materials and a network simulator from Cisco. Programming and Networking students also have access to free legal copies of key Microsoft software through the Imagine programme.

Obtaining experience in a real-work environment is also a key consideration. As well as having full access to the industry standard, in-house training facilities, local and national work placements on major projects with recognisable employers such as TT Games and Pixel Knights, provide opportunities for learners to develop crucial employability skills.

IT industries are on the up: UK technology workers' average salary increased by 13% in 2019 to reach around £74,000 a year. The UK also recorded the highest salary rise worldwide for technology workers in 2019, outstripping other tech hotspots such as San Francisco and New York.**

One of many Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Computing students who have excelled on a national stage is Konrad Jastrzebski from Llandudno, who moved to Wales from his native Poland at the age of 14. He scooped the gold medal in the '3D Digital Game Art (Advanced)' competition at the Skills Competition Wales national final.

Konrad said:

I was delighted to come first out of the all the best games development students in Wales. The competition was extremely challenging but great fun. It was a test of all things that I have learned on the course.

One Broadcast Media student got the chance to work on the biggest TV show of last year: 'I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here', whilst another learner joined the BBC as a network engineer, working on many TV programmes, including Doctor Who, whilst also studying for his degree.

*businessinsider.com

**computerweekly.com