Start a career in IT – a short guide

“I’ve never seen a better time to get into tech. There’s more opportunity and more chance to apply creativity, technical excellence and multiple different skill sets to the opportunities out there than ever before.”

“The tech industry is going to employ more creative people in the next two years than any other industry.”
– Alan Laing, managing director UK and Ireland at Sage. 2017

Thousands of people are employed in computing industries in the UK. With us, you’ll be learning in our very own Hampshire Business School, where students also come to study for degrees and professional programmes. This means your teachers will have masses of experience, and know a thing or two about the industry as well – so you’ll have lots of information about what career you could be starting!

What kind of job could I train for?

You could work in a range of settings – from a football club to a telecommunications company. Example roles include:

Why Study at Farnborough?

“I’m glad I chose this course because I get to do hands-on work with technology, and even create apps that can be used in the real world!”
– Dan, IT Student

With us you’ll belong to an Ofsted Outstanding college with access to a range of facilities. As part of our IT department you’ll benefit from:

    • Being taught by teachers who also lecture on university-level courses
    • The option to stay with us for a University Centre Farnborough higher education course
    • Work placements and links to industry
    • Plenty of practical work
    • High success rates and opportunities for university, including our Degree Passport Scheme
    • Interesting real-world assignments
    • Lots of personal support

IT at Farnborough

We offer a range of courses that will give you a great platform to build a career from:

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (equivalent to three A Levels)

This course provides a direct route into university and covers subjects such as systems security, network fundamentals, website production & management, programming, software design & development and developing computer games. Apply now to start this September.

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Games Development (equivalent to three A Levels)

This course will prepare you for university and the workplace, covering topics such as app production, website production, digital games production, games testing, 2D animation, working in the creative media industry and concept art for computer games. Apply now to start this September.

Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate in ICT

This course provides a pathway into a relevant Level 3 course and the workplace, with subjects such as hardware and software components, website development, mobile application development, and multimedia development. Apply now to start this September.

Level 1 BTEC Diploma in Business with IT

This entry-level course is designed to give you a comprehensive background to business, IT and tourism. It’s a foundation year in preparation for further study and includes communicating with customers. exploring visitor attractions, digital information and presenting a business idea. Apply now to start this September.


Earn while you learn! You could be working for an employer while studying towards a qualification. Apply now to start this September.

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