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If you are interested in a career in IT or Computing, then you are in a good position…

The IT and Computing industry is continually expanding and there is currently a skills shortage in software and programme development and IT business analysts.

Make your mark by studying across a range of specialisms leading to valuable and rewarding careers; networking, programming, designing and creating. Become a problem solver, an innovator, the creator of something not yet thought about! We have a range of courses that start from the basics and lead through to Higher Education qualifications. The courses on offer have been designed to meet the requirement of the current job market. All students on our computer study programmes will receive free membership to The British Computing Society.

Leading edge software and equipment combined with industry experienced tutors ensure that we are the first choice for those seeking highly regarded qualifications in Computing.

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Courses

Course Campus Full/Part Time Start Length
Access to Higher Education: Computing Amersham Full Time 11/09/2017
Level 1 Diploma in IT Amersham Full Time 11/09/2017 35 Weeks
Level 3 Diploma in IT (Networking or Software pathway) Amersham Full Time 11/09/2017 2 Years
Level 2 Diploma in IT Amersham Full Time 11/09/2017 35 Weeks

Student stories

Kieran Baldwin


ICT

Kieran Baldwin is studying a Level 3 BTEC in Information Technology and he joined the marketing team at The Window Film Company’s head office. We asked him to share his thoughts on the experience in his own words:

“The work I carried out was both interesting and challenging, and I quickly learned the value of marketing. The range of products the company offers was much wider than I had originally thought and I was amazed by the variety on offer. I got the chance to fit a piece of film myself and it was definitely easier than I thought it was going to be!

“I learned the value of teamwork as well as the importance of discipline and multi-tasking; prioritising was important as there was always more than one task that needed completing. The week helped with my self-confidence and I’m happy The Window Film Company took me on. I was encouraged and made welcome the whole way; I was able to feel comfortable in the work place very early on and at the end of the week I was disappointed to leave!”

Speaking about his time at The Window Film Company, Marketing Manager Mike Parkin said: “It was a pleasure to have Kieran join us for the week. He was a credit to himself and the College, setting about the work he was asked to do in an impressive and professional manner. We asked him carry out new tasks in an area in which he had no prior knowledge, and his attitude to learning and then delivering was first class throughout.”

 


Tom Cleaves


ICT

“I arrived at Amersham & Wycombe College having not done very well in my AS levels I was unsure what I wanted the next step to be. I decided to look for a new challenge that was more specific to Computing or IT. Fortunately I gained a place on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT Practitioners course, which was equivalent to three A-levels and opened up the possibility of university.

“During my course I found the practical lessons very interesting learning various skills such as web design & development, animation and programming. The workload was much easier to manage compared to A-levels, furthermore by focusing entirely on one subject (IT) it was so much easier to get my work to a good standard and to immerse myself in the one subject.

“After completing the course I gained a D*D*D* which is the highest mark possible on the BTEC course. I then gained a scholarship of £1500 at Bournemouth University and I will be starting my undergraduate BSc Computing course in September 2015.”


James Canning


ICT

Former IT student James Canning is now working with London-based branding agency Grain, before starting his undergraduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Sussex.
“I have worked on different projects using web technologies such as JavaScript and Python,” said James. “One project I undertook was a way of automating screenshots of websites. I wrote a Python application for inputting the options and URLs before handing off each web address to SlimerJS for rendering. SlimerJS is a scriptable browser engine used for many different things such as testing web applications and measuring performance. Although this worked as intended, the images generated only showed the page contents, without the browser window which was needed. So out with the new and in with the old! Rather than SlimerJS rendering the page, I used AppleScript, a scripting language for interacting with applications on OSX, to open a URL in a browser, take a screenshot, and then close the browser. It now works just as I had hoped.”


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