IT and Computing

You will learn to design algorithms, use logical reasoning to debug errors, create programmes, and understand the differences between data and information.

Through practical, hands-on exercises using the latest equipment, you will build an understanding of different operating systems and learn to evaluate the quality of various solutions when recommending improvements.

You’ll also have the opportunity to gain industry insights and experience through employer visits and projects set by external mentors. Past students have gained experience in programming VEX robots, inspiring local school children in the use of Raspberry Pi computers, and the use of Lego Mindstorm, as well as enjoying guest lectures and cyber-security curriculum design from IBM.

Activate Learning has recently formed a collaborative partnership with Milton Keynes College, to build a new Institute of Digital Technology. 

Key growth areas within the IT and computing industry include social and digital media, data protection, cyber security, games design, website development, and cloud/mobile technologies.

The IT and Computing industry is a strong employer in the South East of England, with 26% more jobs than in Great Britain overall in 2020. Mid-point hourly wages are well above average also at £21.19/hour, so you’ll will be well placed for job opportunities, work experience and career prospects.

You could from progress on this pathway into a number of jobs, including helpdesk operator, business analyst, senior IT manager or director of IT operations.

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Yasmine, Computing Level 3 Alongside my work (at Cisco), I’ve been working hard to gain my BSc in Digital and Technology solutions. Time management and prioritisation skills have been key – skills that I learnt at college.
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