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Information Technology

Ways in

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There are many ways in to the IT industry, and people may start their training with very different levels of educational qualifications.

There are qualifications at different levels which provide a good grounding in IT. These include:

  • The new Diploma in IT - which is on offer at Foundation, Higher and Advanced level.  The Foundation and Higher Diplomas can be combined with GCSEs and the Advanced Diploma with AS or A levels.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma in computing. Applicants normally need one A level and four GCSEs (A*-C) or a BTEC National Certificate/Diploma. Courses can be full or part-time or sometimes sandwich courses with one year of work experience.
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Information Management Using ICT.
  • The Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) Foundation Diploma.
  • Foundation degrees in computing, computer science and related subjects. These normally last for two years and applicants usually need one A level.
  • NVQs in IT at Levels 2 and 4.
  • Degrees in IT, computing, programming, software engineering and other relevant subjects. Applicants need at least two A levels or equivalent qualifications. Employers consider applicants from other academic degree courses such as computer science, maths and physics, as well as those with business and arts/humanities degrees who have a flair for problem solving in a logical manner.
  • The BSc degree in Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB). This degree is offered at 13 universities across England. The degree combines ICT with business and project management skills.
  • For professional and management jobs the majority of entrants have qualifications at degree level.  For Forensic IT professional jobs there are a range of specialist forensic computing/security IT degrees available. Computer engineers at highly skilled levels will need degree-level education in computer or electronic engineering or a related subject.

Advanced Apprenticeships are another way into the industry at technician level. Higher Apprenticeships are also available and can lead to a Foundation degree.

For more information about the courses on offer locally for 14-19 year olds - including the new Diplomas in IT why not check out your local area prospectus?

For courses in higher education check out the UCAS site

For Apprenticeships check out vacancies on the National Apprenticeship site  www.apprenticeships.org.uk

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