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Digital & IT

Students studying a digital & IT course at our Warrington campus will work in our brand new Advanced Creative & Digital Skills (ACDS) Academy inside specialist digital suites, equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment and software.

You will study a web of topics such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and smart cities, working alongside a range of the industry's top employers including Draw + Code, UKRI and VizBox.

Our digital and ICT courses for adult courses range from cyber security through to level 5 with the HND.

Trips and visits

Our students have participated in a variety of exciting trips to locations including the National Science and Media Museum and the Arcade Club in Bury.

Students have also had the chance to take an exclusive tour behind the scenes of Manchester Airport AeroZone to learn how digital technologies and practices are deployed in various airport systems to manage and enhance customer experience and develop business efficiency.

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16-18 Years Old

If you studied and enjoyed computing at GCSE or just have a real interest in the ever-changing world of IT and technology, our Level 2 and Level 3 Computing & IT courses may be for you. IT professionals can use their skills to work in a variety of sectors and what's more, with the sector growing at 2.5 times the rest of the economy, IT professionals are in huge demand.

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Adult Learner

We offer a wide variety of adult digital and IT courses.

Some start at the very beginning, serving as a computer course for beginners and range from introducing you to social media and digital photography courses to staying safe online with our online security courses. Other accredited IT qualifications offered both part-time and full-time will enhance your CV and possibly help you change your career or secure a promotion, including our various computer programming courses, such as Introduction to JavaScript and Python, which prepare you to go on to further coding courses and our essential digital skills course. Explore our full offerings below.

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Higher Education Learner

If you would really like to pursue a career in computing and IT or a higher-level computing qualification would complement your career, look no further than our higher education computing course. Discover our brand-new Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) course, HND Computing (HTQ) and gain the skills you need to enter the digital sector, or progress on to further university-level courses.

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If you’re looking for an exciting career in IT and wish to earn while you study, completing a Digital & IT Apprenticeship may be the right path for you. Gain valuable experience, whilst expanding your knowledge on a range of key IT topics that will prepare you to either continue your studies to a degree-level apprenticeship or secure employment within the computing sector. Study options include our fantastic Level 3 data technician apprenticeships or our ICT apprenticeship.

Meet our students

Former Level 3 Computing IT student Lewis Okell

After thoroughly enjoying studying computer science while at Great Sankey High School, Lewis Okell knew he wanted a career in this interesting and in-demand industry, but was not sure exactly which direction to take in this varied sector. He decided to come to Warrington & Vale Royal College after visiting on an open evening, where he learned about how practical and industry-focused the course was, recognising that this would be the perfect next step to suit his learning style and to help him refine his career goals.

“I have been interested in computer science for a long time and knew it would be the right course for me, but I never would have imagined how far I would go with it! I’ve enjoyed my course so much that I have decided to continue my studies and have accepted an offer to study at Edge Hill University.”

Alec Peacock
I have absolutely no regrets jumping into this field and I would say to anyone thinking about a career in computing or considering this course to just go for it! The modules are really interesting and the tutors are brilliant.”

Alec Peacock previously worked as an Estate Agent but always enjoyed coding in his spare time, so decided to turn his passion into a career by choosing to study the HND in Computing.

Being an adult computing student, Alec was initially concerned about funding the course but says the Admissions Team at college made the process of applying for a student loan extremely simple and the course was a more affordable alternative to a degree.

Alec aspires to progress onto work as a Software Developer in either the finance or gaming industry in the future.

Meet our tutors

Digital & IT Tutor Russell Dyson

Russell Dyson

Computing & IT Tutor Russell has an extensive background in the IT industry. After gaining his MSc in Information Systems, Russell has worked in the education sector teaching the next generation of IT for a number of years.

Russell is very dedicated to the progression of his students and enjoys watching them develop and grow on their career journey. Using his expertise, Russell likes to give his students real-life scenarios that will help them with both higher study and employment in the future.

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