Nescot's computing department brings you teaching from industry experts combined with the drive for innovation and success. Our students have excelled in national and international IT competitions, and many progress into prestigious universities and careers.Department information
Level 1.5 Business & Information Technology
This course is made up of modules from the OCN Level 2 Diploma for IT Users, the OCN Level 1 Award in Essential Digital Skills and NCFE L1 Award in Developing Enterprise Skills. The course will help you develop the necessary IT and business skills and techniques that are required in the workplace, whilst also making you aware of the personal qualities and attitudes needed to succeed in working life. It provides the opportunity for progression to continue to develop your IT skills at further study levels. The IT units will provide practical opportunities to use a range of computer programmes typically found in a variety of workplaces.
Computing: Level 2 Certificate in Information and Creative Technology (BTEC)
This course is designed to equip you with the skills required by employers in the workplace such as Web design, networking, mobile app development and computer hardware.
IT: Level 3 Diploma - Application Developer Pathway or Digital Technician Pathway
The OCR Diploma in IT is designed to give students the skills and knowledge they need to gain employment in the IT Sector or move on to further study of Computing at a higher level. There are two distinct pathways – software and hardware - you could follow on this diploma course, depending on interview, experience and assessment. The course will involve visits to networking and software development events.
Nescot’s computing department is highly successful in WorldSkillsUK competitions and our students compete every year at a national and international level in IoT, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security and IT Infrastructure. Tutors have excellent experience within the industry and have forged strong links with national and local IT Companies.
You’ll be taught by people with experience in the industry. Our tutors have worked in Network Administration and Security, Project Management, Web Applications Development, Software Development and Database Programming. We have close links and academy status with the leading organisations in Big Data, Cloud Solutions and Cyber security. The Department also has a 20-year relationship with Cisco and was one of the first institutions to be granted Cisco Academy status.
You will train on our two floors of modern computer suites, equipped with the latest software. The department can also boast its own specialist electrical circuit design software, multisims and satellite tracking equipment.
Every single student in this department will research, apply for and carry out work experience in an area that interests them. This is made possible by our fantastic links with businesses and organisations such as Toyota and London Transport. You will also benefit from activities with cutting edge companies like Atkins and specialist industry speakers.
Computing extends to every area of the economy and no other skill is so uniquely placed to allow you to map your own future. Whether you long to be part of a large international company, or the key person in a small organisation, computing skills can take you wherever you want to go. All our courses give you the option of pursuing your education or entering employment.
Our students have gone on to:
At Nescot we encourage our students to think ahead, so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future. We also use an innovative online platform called Start, which is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering students a single starting point to help simplify careers guidance. Students can build a personal profile aimed at guiding them throughout their career. Find out more here.
Skills you will gain
All organisations rely on IT and there a huge number of opportunities for a successful and varied career for people skilled in IT. Our courses teach transferable skills that will help you adapt and grow throughout your career.
- Software development
- IT Networking
- Hardware installation and maintenance
- Literacy and numeracy
- Motivation and self-development
- Interview skills
- Professional standards
“At the moment we’re working on databases and spreadsheets, and next we’re starting a unit about networking. Everything we’re studying is new to me, but the teachers are so good at explaining things. I’m made so much progress since I started at Nescot, and that’s all because of the teachers.”
We’ve studied everything from website development to networking, programming, and cyber security. There are so many different potential career routes, and you get to explore them all to see what would suit you in your career or at university. In the future I’m planning to work for the police, specialising in cyber security.
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