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Digital & IT

In a world that is continually moving to ever-more digitally connected ways of working and living, there has never been a better time to join the fast-evolving field of digital and IT.

Students studying digital & IT at our Warrington campus will study in our brand new Advanced Creative & Digital Skills (ACDS) Centre inside specialist IT suites, equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment and software, working alongside some of the industries top employers.

Our adult courses range from essential digital skills 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.

I am

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.

I am an

Adult Learner

I am a

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 HNC and HND Computing courses. Both are taught by industry specialists who are passionate about their subject and both are offered on a full-time and part-time basis.

Meet our students

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 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.

Ryan Higgins
The course has given me the opportunity to explore different areas of computing and gain knowledge from experienced tutors.”

Former Level 3 Computing student at Warrington & Vale Royal College, Ryan Higgins, decided to continue his studies with us by enrolling on the HND in Computing. The course was recommended to him by a friend and after researching, he found that the qualification covers a broad range of topics rather than focusing on just one specific area like a lot of the university courses he had considered.

On completion of the course, Ryan hopes to start his computing career working with databases or in software development, but also hasn’t ruled out returning to education in the future to specialise in a particular area of computing.

Emily Freeman
The tutors here are incredibly helpful and are always there if you need them.”

Former Bedford High School student Emily Freeman chose to study at Warrington & Vale Royal College because of the college atmosphere, commenting, “The staff were friendly and answered all my questions.”

During her course, Emily completed several work placements at different departments in her local council. She found these to be enjoyable and gained valuable work experience. She feels the course has given her all the background knowledge she needs, preparing her for the level of work required at university. Emily credits the tutors for their support.

Ethan Ord
The tutors teach us really well and treat us like adults. I have learned a lot of skills which will be useful for future employment.”

Ethan Ord, Level 3 Computing & IT student, is really enjoying his course and thinks highly of his tutors. Ethan, who previously attended Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, aims to embark upon an infrastructure technician apprenticeship to further his knowledge whilst earning a wage.

Meet our tutors

Sharon Busen

Sharon Busen

Sharon is course leader for HE Computing and teaches at levels 3, 4 & 5.

Prior to teaching she worked for a well-known bank as part of a project team responsible for developing and roll out of IT systems to regional centres of expertise. She then took on the role of Technology Manager in Central Birmingham. Her teaching experience ranges from entry level 3, through to level 5.

She specialises in teaching programming languages (Java, Visual Basic, C#), web development languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, SQL Server) and database and has also taught systems analysis, business intelligence, spreadsheets, graphics, animation, games development and IT security management.

Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Lecturer in IT, Mark Evans has 25 years of experience in manufacturing, including 15 years within the IT industry in a variety of roles.

After gaining his degree, he became an IT Manager for a large company. This included PC and laptop installations, support for servers and networking as well as mobile and landline telephony and many other software systems required to run a manufacturing site.

After gaining his PGCE he became an ICT teacher in a secondary school, teaching up to A Level. Within FE, he has taught various levels and units from hardware through to software, adding to his previous industry experience.

Rupon Miah

Rupon Miah

Rupon Miah, Subject Leader for Computing & IT, has eight years of teaching experience within further and higher education. He has lots of industry experience as well as having achieved a BA (Hons) Networking and a PGCE.

Rupon has designed artwork for well-known organisations including Stagecoach and UCLAN. Rupon loves teaching at the college, saying: "I thoroughly enjoy teaching as I love working with the students and watching them develop."

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