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

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 qualifications 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 in Business, IT and Travel Kingsway 1 Year
2 BTEC Extended Certificate Information and Creative Technology Kingsway 1 Year
3 BTEC Extended Diploma Creative Media Digital Games 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
Computing and IT at Riverside College

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 5 A*- C GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language and Maths.

Level 2

A minimum of 4 A* – D GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language.

Level 1

A minimum of 4 A* – E GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, 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.

In the News:

Robot Wars at Cronton Sixth Form

Robot Wars at Cronton Sixth Form
Inventive IT students had the opportunity to put their knowledge and talents to the test, in a competitive ‘Robot Wars’ contest at College.

Five teams were each tasked with designing their own unique warrior, and choosing an effective attack weapon and defence strategy. The completed machines then battled in a ‘last robot standing’ event to be crowned the ‘Cronton Robot Wars 2015 Champion’.

Student Rebbeca Cushnie, formerly of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic College, said “When designing our robot, we thought about what could be more defensive against others and decided on a swinging claw weapon. There are two sensors on the robot; an ultrasonic sensor which detect targets, and a colour sensor which will detect the arena edge to prevent the robot from leaving. We used loop coding and programming so the robot will strike when a target is detected.

“It’s quite a fun module and very practical. In the future I’m hoping to work in programming; robotics is something I am considering as it is used in everyday life and would be a good career to follow.”

Robot Wars at Cronton Sixth Form

Student Joshua McQuillan, formerly of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic College, said “Our robot is small in size and built for speed. We added arms either side of the robot to prevent it from being tipped over by bigger enemies, adding stability to the design and hopefully giving us an advantage.

“It’s been a very good module and fun to make the robots. In the future I’m looking at a career in IT, such as coding and programming, hopefully I can work in some form of robotics as I find it very interesting.”

The event is part of the ‘Controlling Systems’ module on the Level 3 BTEC IT Practitioners course. The module involves students designing and implementing a robot control system, including user requirements, proposed design sketches, inputs, processes and outputs, and a programming flow chart for the proposed system.

The Robot Wars battle was eventually won by the team of Bradley Scamp, Callen Ricardo, and Declan Smith. The winning robot used a vehicle design with a projectile weapon situated at the front.