Course Area Overview

Computing & IT Courses

Computing and IT are a part of our everyday lives from smartphones and tablets to hashtags and likes. It is also one of the fastest growing and in-demand industries in the world and if you want to be part of it, then South West College can help you achieve your goal.
BCS Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (ECDL Essentials) (ITQ)

The ITQ provides an up-to-date, nationally recognised IT user qualification tailored to business and individual needs.

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BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Extra) (ITQ)

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT offers the ECDL qualification at three different levels. The first of these, ECDL Essentials, is an excellent introduction to the world of technology.

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City & Guilds Entry Level Award for IT Users (Start IT - iTQ) (Entry 3)

The Award for IT Users (Microsoft Digital Literacy) is ideal for anyone new to the world of computing who wishes to follow the Microsoft Digital Literacy learning programme. This first step in understanding IT can aid progression on to further qualifications.

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City & Guilds Level 1 Award for IT Users - (ITQ)

It is ideal for anyone new to the world of computing.

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City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles

Anyone wishing to develop their ICT competency; from those just starting out in the industry to those in senior management roles. You could be working within the ICT sector, or providing IT support or strategy in any other sector.

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City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence

These comprehensive qualifications are ideal for anyone looking for a career in ICT, wishing to improve their professional ability or hoping to progress in their role. You can choose the skills and knowledge you require to specialise in anything from office equipment servicing to software development and games design.

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About our Computing & ICT courses
To become an IT professional, you will gain valuable knowledge and skills in computing and communication devices, the software that controls them, the apps that run on them and the systems built with them. Each course offered in this curriculum area will build on the key IT concepts: Data, Hardware, Security and Software.

About the qualifications

Our professional IT qualifications are designed to help you build the practical skills and knowledge you need to work in the IT
industry. They provide you with a clear pathway to achieve the qualifications needed to become a computing professional.
Level 2 OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT
Level 3 Pearson BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in IT (Strands in Business, Networking, Software Development)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (Night class)
Ulster University Access Course – Computing (Mature students)
Level 4/5 Ulster FdSc in Computing / Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) Model

Progression to the Honours Degree:
Ulster BSc Hons Computing Science (Full-time / Jordanstown)
Ulster BSc Hons Computing Systems (Part-Time / Jordanstown)
Ulster BSc Hons Computer Science (Full-time & Part-time / Magee)

Who is it suitable for?

Like a challenge? Enjoy learning something new? Interest in IT? Looking to earn more than the average UK wage? Want a good work/life balance? Then the IT industry is for you! Our courses offer you progression from the basics in IT all the way to degree level. Example of Jobs: Animator, Database Administrator, IT Technician, Programmer, Software Engineer, Tester, Web Developer.

Core areas of study

  • Animation
  • ​Computer Hardware
  • Databases
  • Digital Graphics
  • Programming
  • Systems Analysis
  • Website Development