Join the most in-demand industry and secure your future
Studying Digital Technologies, or Computing as you might call it, offers you the chance to develop some of the most in-demand, essential skills that employers are looking for.
The opportunities in the industry are endless, with constant innovation and inspiration coming from every corner. It’s no shock to the system that we live in an entirely digital world. From our phones holding our most personal information to robots that can serve your dinner, technological advancements have come on threefold in the last decade. Take the first step and join the changemakers.
What are the career opportunities?
The great thing about having digital skills is that you can work in pretty much any industry. All companies rely on their IT systems, and most use some form of specialist software. Security, websites, apps… the opportunities are endless!
Jobs you could get include:
- Web Developer
- Cyber Security Specialist
- IT Support Technician
- App Developer
- Information Scientist
- Network Engineer
- Technical Architect
What are the steps to get there?
Once you’ve completed your Advanced (Level 3) qualification, there are lots of different options open to you. What you choose to do depends on your goal – have you got your mindset on a certain specialism, or do you want to develop more technical knowledge first? Your options are:
Take what you’ve learnt on your course and apply it to a role within the industry, where you will experience life in the workplace a few days a week, as well as continue to learn in college.
Got a specialism in mind? This is your perfect chance to study what you love further – whether it’s programming, cybersecurity or web development, your Advanced (Level 3) qualification will give you UCAS points to apply for further study.
On the next page, you will see what you could progress to after completing one of these courses!
You could search for an entry-level position with a company, where you will take the next step on your career journey.
Digital skills shortage in the UK
There has never been a better time to study Digital Technologies. The UK has been identified as a global leader in the field, however there is so much work to do to make sure it stays that way.
Computer Science – Access to Higher Education Diploma
Access to Higher Education, Computing & IT, Digital Technologies
T Level Technical Qualification in Digital Business Services: Data Technician
Computing & IT, Digital Technologies
Meet the tutor Dan Purdy
Areas of Expertise: Computer Networking & Infrastructure, Web Technologies
Where did your interests in Computing come from?
My first proper experience with Computing was in 1995 when I had access to my first home Windows PC (running Windows 95). Starting as a basic user, I soon found myself interested in being able to configure and maintain computer systems.
I spent a lot of my teenage years studying IT, but my interests were within the computer hardware and maintenance.
After leaving school, I moved on to study a BTEC Level 3 in IT where I gained further knowledge and skills in a range of areas of interest, including website development, computer networks, and software development.
Why did you become a tutor?
I was studying for my Bachelor’s degree through Anglia Ruskin University. Half-way through my 2nd year of the programme, I was approached by the programme manager of the FE college
I previously attended to undertake some hourly paid teaching.
At the age of 19, I was teaching FE students a range of subjects – from Spreadsheet Modelling to Digital Forensics. This opportunity provided me with the ability to pass on my knowledge and skills to learners who also wish to enter the field of Computing.
This was my motivation to remain a FE lecturer, and become a qualified teacher following my studies.
Intermediate or Advanced?
You may have seen our courses split up into Intermediate and Advanced. Here’s the lowdown on what they mean…
This level of study is equivalent to Level 1 & 2.
This will offer you a dedicated support system to prepare you for progression. You will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in your chosen specialism, encouraged by your tutors and peers. Your experiences will enable you to decide what you want to do next, whether it’s an apprenticeship or an Advanced (Level 3) study programme at College, you will discover the wide range of options open to you.
This level of study is equivalent to Level 3.
Put your passion for your chosen subject into action with a variety of work experience opportunities. You’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test by taking on work experience in your chosen industry, getting an insight into what life in that career will be like. You’ll develop your learning at College, taking full advantage of our industry-standard facilities. Professionalism is a must for advanced programmes, as you will be making contacts and opening doors for yourself which could lead to something extraordinary.
This level of study is equivalent to Level 4, 5 & 6, and is only for people who have already completed an Advanced (Level 3) qualification (BTEC or A Level or equivalent).
Take your career to the next step with undergraduate qualifications, from HNCs to BA Degrees. Focus on your specialism, developing advanced technical, practical and research skills to prepare you for a fulfilling and successful career. With expert lecturers, small class sizes and access to facilities mirroring industry, get ready to become an expert in your chosen field.