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.

At Reading College you can progress from Level 1 (Foundation), all the way to a university-level qualification.  

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

Coming to Reading College 2022/23
New technical and digital qualifications to meet in demand skills.

Supporting career pathways in:

  • Digital Software Development and Programming
  • Digital Project Management and Change
  • Digital Security
  • Digital Data Analytics
  • Digital Cloud Networking
  • Digital Games and Animation
  • Leadership 

 Providing project based learning, real research and development, valuable employer partnerships and supportive progression. 

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 South East England, with 22% more jobs than in
Great Britain overall in 2021. Mid-point hourly wages are also well above average at £21.19/hour, so you’ll will be well placed for job opportunities, work experience and career prospects.

In 2020, there was a 20% increase in job vacancies within this industry. Over the next five years, this is expected to triple!

Industry partnerships

Wayne, Computing Level 3 The teachers are supportive, they’ll help you but they also encourage you to work off your own initiative. It teaches you more responsibility but if you have a problem or a question, the help is there if you need it.
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