Computing and IT

Computing and IT are exciting, dynamic and fast moving subjects and our courses are designed to equip you to work in a growing industry with many varied employment opportunities.

IT courses at Riverside College widnes

Not only do jobs in IT offer great job satisfaction, the skill demand means that good starting salaries are paid especially if you specialise in an area such as programming. We are recognised as a CISCO, Adobe and Microsoft Academy and boast industry qualified staff who have worked in a wide variety of areas and also have their own areas of specialisation. Our students take additional industry standard qualifi cations alongside their courses to enhance their employability. We encourage innovation and creativity throughout the courses.

Courses available in Computing and IT

See below for the full list of Computing and IT courses available at Riverside College. Please refer to the entry requirements listed further down the page to help identify which level is right for you.

Level Qualification Course Title Location Duration
1 BTEC Diploma Vocational Studies and Employability Kingsway 1 Year
2 BTEC Extended Certificate Information and Creative Technology Kingsway 1 Year
3 BTEC Extended Diploma Digital Games Design and Development Kingsway 2 Year
3 BTEC Extended Diploma IT Cronton 2 Year

Once you have made an application to the college you will be invited in for an interview with the admissions team who will help to identify the right course, at the right level to meet your goals and aspirations.

IT and Computing Courses at Riverside College Widnes Runcorn Liverpool Cheshire

Accredited Adobe, Cisco, and Microsoft qualifications

We are recognised as a CISCO, Adobe and Microsoft Academy and boast industry qualified staff who have worked in a wide variety of areas and also have their own areas of specialisation. Our students have the opportunity to take additional industry standard qualifications alongside their programmes.
Microsoft Cisco Adobe Qualifications

Career Paths:

  • Games Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Tester
  • Network Engineer
  • Computer Technician
  • IT Teacher
  • Systems Analyst
  • Robotics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Security

More than just a course

Our students experience the IT and computing industry in a unique way, with many students electing to enrich their studies by developing mobile apps or computer games. Students will also benefit from using exciting industry standard technology, including the latest Virtual Reality equipment.

Students can also compete as part of WorldSkills UK in national competitions showcasing their skills on a national stage. This year our students will be visiting the National Video Game Arcade and will also have the opportunity to see IT in action in Europe.

Unique experience

Gain industry qualifications as well as your main course:

  • Adobe accredited centre
  • Microsoft Academy
  • CISCO IT Essentials and CCNA

Trips such as:

  • Berlin, Germany
  • National Video Game Arcade
  • Bletchley Park

Entry Requirements

Level 3

A minimum of five 9-4 GCSE subject grades, including English Language and Maths.

Level 2

A minimum of four 9-3 GCSE subject grades, including English Language.

Level 1

A minimum of four 9-2 GCSE subject grades, including English Language.

What could these courses lead on to?

At Riverside College you can progress through the levels from entry to level 3 and beyond with our Higher Education courses.

By achieving qualifications in Computing and IT you will be able to start your career in one of the worlds’ most diverse and dynamic industries. Careers include web design, games design, computer programming, technicians, systems development to name just a few.

Following the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma you can progress on to a wide range of degrees in computing such as multimedia, web development, games design and development, networking and visual programming.