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Computing and Digital Technologies

STUDYING COMPUTING AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AT WESTON COLLEGE 

The Digital Technologies sector continues to grow, with a tenth of all UK job vacancies being within a tech related role, this means there are plenty of available jobs, with over 100,000 job openings per month.

We’re one of the leading colleges in the UK for computing and digital technologies courses, and have a history of success in this sector. Studying with us means you’ll be taught by lecturers with an exceptional track record for teaching the skills you need to be successful in the IT industry.

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We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

We have a number industry accreditation, and these are important factors in ensuring your study programme with us makes you job ready. These include: Microsoft IT Academy Programme Member, BCS Chartered Institute of IT, CISCO Networking Academy, Microsoft Showcase College

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Level 1

Computing & IT, Certificate

1 Year
Sep 2024
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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This programme is a great way to start learning about computing and IT. You'll learn both theory and practical skills, exploring different areas like programming, networking, databases, and cybersecurity. The course will help you understand and adapt to the fast-changing world of technology, and you'll learn how to come up with innovative solu...

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Level 2

Computing & IT, Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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The Computing & IT Diploma is a comprehensive programme that explores the dynamic world of technology. If you love computers, solving problems, and being innovative, this diploma is perfect for you. You'll learn a variety of subjects, including programming, software development, network administration, cybersecurity, and database managemen...

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Level 3

Computer Science, A Level

2 Years
Sep 2024
LOXTON CAMPUS
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Computer Science A Level offers a strong foundation in the exciting world of computer science, opening doors for future studies and a rewarding career in the field. The course covers a wide range of topics, including computer systems, algorithms, programming languages, data structures, software development, and computational problem-solving. Y...

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Level 3

Digital: Production Design and Development, T Level

2 Years
Sep 2024
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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Digital Production Design and Development is an exciting and rapidly changing field that involves creating digital content. With technology advancing quickly, there is a growing demand for professionals who can design and develop engaging digital experiences. Whether it's making beautiful websites, creating virtual reality experiences, or deve...

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Level 3

Digital: Support Services, T Level

2 Years
Sep 2024
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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In an increasingly technological world, there is a growing demand for professionals who can provide technical support, fix software and hardware problems, and ensure smooth digital operations, whether assisting users with complex systems, managing computer networks, or ensuring cybersecurity. The Digital Support Services T Level provides you w...

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Level 3

Esports, BTEC Extended Diploma

2 Years
Sep 2024
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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The Esports BTEC Extended Diploma is an exciting and comprehensive programme that immerses you in the rapidly growing world of competitive gaming. With esports gaining immense popularity worldwide, there is a need for skilled individuals who can excel in this dynamic and competitive industry. The diploma provides you with the opportunity to d...

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Level 3

Information Communication Technician, Apprenticeship

18 Months
Aug 2024
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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Our online Information Communication Technician Apprenticeship offers a valuable opportunity to embark on a rewarding career in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). In today's digital world, ICT plays a critical role in the smooth functioning of businesses and organisations across various industries. There are three p...

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THE FACILITIES

Our Digital Technologies courses are based at Knightstone Campus, where we have lots of industry standard equipment to prepare you for life after college. By joining us in September, you will get access to:

  • Our exciting Alienware room
  • VR kits
  • Hardware such as a Raspberry Pi
  • State-of-the-art computing classrooms
  • Our online systems and resources from any location or device via our online student portal
  • Spacebar, our new digital hub where you gain industry experience working with local businesses
  • Streaming opportunities through our Twitch account
  • Specialised software packages through Microsoft and CISCO
  • Opportunities to undertake specialised vendor qualifications on top of your programme.

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

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Lewis
The amount of opportunities my provider has offered has made me more capable than I would have ever been if I just did a full-time degree and I’m very thankful to them.
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Digital and Technology Solutions

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Luke
This course offered me the opportunity to turn something I love doing in my free time into a career I can hopefully travel the world with.. My lecturers have been excellent. They have shown me the opportunities available in esports and always supported me in choosing and taking my next steps at every stage throughout the course.
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Esports BTEC Extended Diploma

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<p>Callum is currently completing his first year of the <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/compu… Level in Design: Production Design and Development</a>, following&nbsp;the <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/compu… 2 course in computing</a>, which acted as a crucial step in laying the foundation for his T Level aspirations. This choice was born out of the need for flexibility and skill-building, especially since Callum had received home education during his final years of secondary school due to medical conditions. The Level 2 course not only provided him with valuable education but also allowed him to regain essential skills, such as punctuality and professionalism, which are crucial in a professional environment.&nbsp;<br />
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What truly ignited Callum's desire to pursue a T Level was the resounding praise he heard from a friend who had recently completed her own T Level. Intrigued by her positive experience, he embarked on an investigation into what Weston College's T Level had to offer. After conversing with his tutors and considering the incredible work experience, high-quality education, and professional atmosphere that awaited him, Callum knew that the T Level was the path he wanted to follow.&nbsp;<br />
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The transition from the Level 2 course to the T Level brought with it exciting challenges and opportunities. One particular highlight for Callum was the coursework focused on data analysis. It was demanding, but it allowed him to engage in a real and time-consuming project, preparing him for the rigors of the T Level program.&nbsp;<br />
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However, the real gem of Callum's T Level journey lies in the work placement component. Callum eagerly anticipates gaining real-world working experience and skills, a prospect made possible by Weston College's support in finding suitable placements. He has set his sights on securing a work placement with Lloyds Bank, a company renowned for its commitment to T Level students and for its investment in their development. Hearing about a friend's successful transition into an apprenticeship at Lloyds Bank post-T Level further motivated Callum to pursue this opportunity.&nbsp;<br />
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The support from Weston College's staff has been instrumental in Callum's success so far. From academic guidance to a brilliant resource for seeking support when needed, the college has been a constant pillar of assistance. As a student with ADHD, Callum has been particularly appreciative of the support provided by the college's ADHD support teams. They have not only made him feel comfortable but also offered practical solutions to navigate challenges effectively.&nbsp;<br />
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Callum's journey at Weston College exemplifies the transformative power of T Level programs. His story serves as an inspiration for those considering embarking on their own educational journey. To those contemplating joining the T Level transition course, Callum offers valuable advice: it's an excellent starting point, whether you're looking to bolster your grades or overcome personal challenges. The transition course provides the flexibility and time needed to prepare oneself for the enriching T Level experience that Weston College offers. With dedication and the right support, students like Callum can thrive in the professional world, ready to make a meaningful impact on society.</p>

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<p>In an era where virtual arenas are as fiercely competitive as traditional sports fields, esports has risen to become a globally recognized and respected industry. Among those looking to succeed in the area is <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/compu… 3 BTEC Esports</a> learner Ciaran, who is ready to take the next steps towards his future career. But this isn't just any step – it's a leap across the Atlantic Ocean to join Northwood University's esports team in the USA.</p>

<p>The journey began with a spark of curiosity that blossomed into a well-orchestrated plan. Studying abroad had always been on the radar, but it wasn't until a past esports team manager suggested it that the idea gained serious traction. With Overwatch boasting an official collegiate circuit in the USA, opportunities to transition into pro leagues from universities abound, unlike the UK's esports landscape. These American institutions also offer scholarships to talented players, setting the stage for both academic and esports advancement.</p>

<p>Ciaran had honed his Overwatch skills for over five years, and his aspirations extended beyond gameplay alone. A desire to work in collegiate esports in the UK fuelled his ambitions, and a transatlantic education seemed tailor-made. However, the decision wasn't made lightly. The selection process was methodical, involving careful filtering of potential universities based on factors like esports courses, strong teams, and scholarship opportunities.</p>

<p>Directly reaching out to coaches, esports directors, and managers of collegiate Overwatch teams was the next strategic step. Each university had its own scouting process, which often entailed showcasing gameplay through VODs (videos of gameplay), revealing ranks, and detailing path-to-pro experiences. The standout choice was Northwood University, renowned for its robust esports program and a victorious collegiate circuit run. Surprisingly, before he even sent a comprehensive application, Northwood had already scouted this aspiring esports pro.</p>

<p>The news of selection came from none other than Cody Elsen, the Director of Esports at Northwood. Ciaran's prowess had caught the eye of this prestigious institution, underlining their talent and potential. Now came the momentous decision of accepting the offer. While the prospect of moving abroad alone was daunting, the scale seemed to tip overwhelmingly in favour of acceptance. The allure of enhancing their CV, gaining valuable experience in the US collegiate esports system, and playing alongside esports heroes became irresistible.</p>

<p>Fast forward to the present day, and preparations are well underway. Flights are booked, residence secured, and essential arrangements like healthcare and banking are being sorted. The anticipation is palpable, fuelled by the excitement of experiencing American life, excelling in a future career, and elevating esports prowess.</p>

<p>However, the journey isn't without its apprehensions. Battling anxiety and social anxiety in the past, Ciaran acknowledges the challenges of acclimating to a new environment and starting afresh. Having previously experienced living away from home for his studies, this transition is an entirely different ballgame. But with resilience honed over the years, Ciaran is ready to tackle these new challenges head-on.</p>

<p>Ciaran concluded by saying: “I'd like to thank my parents their financial and social support. My mother has helped me through the whole application process immensely (the recent decision to study abroad has made this quite the rush). She is all things esports. She might actually watch more esports in her own time than I can. My father has kept me grounded and realistic. I'm lucky to have to both of them as my parents. I'd also like to mention that my lecturers at Weston, Cam Lyes and Will Price, were excellent all throughout my time there. We said goodbye to Cam at the end of this year, I wish him the best in Bristol. Will is staying at Weston College this year. People planning to study esports at Weston are in good hands.”</p>

<p>We wish Ciaran the very best of luck with his future!</p>

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<p>"My name is Josh and I just completed the level three <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/compu… at Weston college and have just been offered a job with <a href="https://www.swfc.co.uk/">Sheffield Wednesday Football Club</a>!</p>

<p>I found out about the job when they wanted to bring me in as a Content Creator for streaming. They found my studies interesting and then asked me to apply for the job. The application was pretty straight forward as they knew me already but the trip up to the stadium was amazing and I loved that part of it!</p>

<p>Studying at Weston College was great; the classroom was kitted out with high-end equipment, and we definitely made the most out of it. I learnt a lot from the course about how to build both mine and other peoples brand online.</p>

<p>In my first year, the support team at Weston College helped me with my dyslexia by guiding me to the dictator function on Word. For me, it’s easier to get my ideas down by speaking them instead of writing. I found it challenging and it has always been difficult trying to understand things more than once, but I finished the course with top marks which is brilliant!</p>

<p>The wait for the phone call confirming the job was incredibly long, and truthfully when they told me I had got it, I didn’t believe them, but I was relieved and couldn’t wait to get started! I officially start my job on the 7th&nbsp;of August and I’m both nervous and excited. Moving away from everything I know is the worst bit, but I know I’ll learn and adapt to new surroundings and hopefully it will be a good few years!</p>

<p>I’m looking forward to starting a career I’m passionate about and also getting paid for it. As well as this my office is in the football stadium which is awesome! I can’t wait to get started!"</p>

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<p>The <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/compu… </a>Course at Weston college explores both the theoretical and practical areas of the industry. On the course you cover a variety of subjects including Business, Sport and Creative media. 69% of parents believe that the Esports Course at Weston college teaches their children skills that cannot be learnt by traditional learning. Alongside the course you can join our Esports Academy, train for national competitions and become an ambassador for our area.</p>

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