Information and communication technology (ICT) impacts on virtually every aspect of modern life and the UK has one of the largest ICT markets in the world. There are over 100,000 software companies in the country spanning soft and hardware development, programming, website design and gaming. Gaming alone adds over £4 billion to the economy.
ICT and computing are needed for communication all over the world so there will always be jobs in this ever-changing sector. Studying an ICT-based course could lead to a dynamic and global career in areas ranging from intelligence analytics, to website design or games testing.
Our IT and computing students are based at our Stevenage Campus.
Our ICT and computing courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like Fujitsu, ECP Network, Avnet, computer centre and Royde and Tucker
Engagement with guest speakers from businesses like Hertfordshire Constabulary, Royde and Tucker and Holition
The opportunity to enter Worldskills competitions to showcase your skills against the best students from around the world
Enrichment activities such as a visit to Euro Gamer,
The National Museum of Computing, Cyber Security Conference and the UCAS Convention.
ICT and computing courses develop you to the highest standard with a range of skills from computer systems and networks to advanced database design and software development. Whether you’re beginning your career, want to retrain within ICT or want to study for fun, our courses will meet your needs and interests. NHC courses prepare you for entry level employment in jobs such as:
Web developer: also known as web designers or producers, this job comprises everything related to creating and building websites – from what they look like to the general public, to how they’re constructed and held together behind the scenes. The job is both technical and creative, as it involves lots of programming and problem solving, but you also get to play with how a webpage looks and feels.
Programmers/applications developers: applications developers programme codes, create and maintain programs and apps. You’ll specialise in a certain field (i.e. mobile phones or offices suites) and have expert knowledge of that computer language. You may also be commissioned by clients to come up with a solution to specific app or computing need that they have. You’ll develop apps from the initial idea, through the building and testing stage, to going live and then repairing or modifying after that.
Customer ICT/technical support: in this profession, you troubleshoot all manner of ICT-related problems. You’ll work on the helpdesk of major hardware and software suppliers and manufacturers. You’ll use your wide-ranging tech knowledge and communication skills to provide support to end-user businesses and customers and resolve any issues they may be experiencing.
Network engineers: network engineering is a technically demanding role that requires skills of analysis, logical thinking and problem solving. You’ll set up, maintain, update and troubleshoot local and wide area networks and other communication systems for different organisations. When everybody’s internet goes down or computer won’t log on, you’ll be the person to fix it! Network or hardware engineers are also responsible for data storage, security and recovery.