Computer Science & Digital at Derby College

ICT plays a part in all our lives. Most industries use ICT and there are countless jobs where you can take on a specialist role – developing computer programs, building IT systems, setting up networks, fixing problems or harnessing social media.

Is this you?

  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good problem-solving and organisational skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A willingness to keep up-to-date with developments in technology
  • Good teamworking skills

Getting into Computer Science & Digital

Computer Science, Networking & Digital Technology

  • Full time at College The range of ICT courses at Derby College includes Information and Creative Technology, Networking and Systems Support and Software Development.
  • Apprenticeships An apprenticeship in ICT, available through Derby College, enables you to gain work experience and relevant qualifications in areas like IT applications, social digital media and information security. For some apprenticeships, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education Many jobs in ICT such as computer programmer, systems analyst or web designer may require you to have a degree, foundation degree, HNC or HND. Some higher education courses can be studied part time alongside a job.
  • Jobs You can go into certain jobs within ICT without any specialist qualifications. These are usually lower skilled positions, such as an IT operator or data entry assistant.

Why choose Derby College?

  • We have launched an ICT Employment and Skills Academy, offering our most talented Students an enhanced programme including guru lectures, industrial mentoring, work placements and paid internships.
  • Our courses are up to date and relevant: in line with the demands of leading companies like Google and Microsoft, we place emphasis on latest programming language and coding for web technologies.
  • Working in dedicated ICT classrooms, you’ll learn leading-edge techniques from our expert teaching team.
  • Your studies will be enriched by challenging ‘real-world’ projects, site visits, guest talks and team-building exercises.
  • You could even head overseas to gain insights into industry practice: some of our Students went on work experience to Germany thanks to our strong international links.

If you want to work with – or even devise – the latest technology, ICT is an industry with excellent career prospects. And a Derby College course will give you the cutting-edge skills that employers value most.


Derby College Course Listings - IT, Digital Skills and Computer Science


PT Apprenticeship Level 4 Software Developer : Standard : Site Other

PT CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Parts 1-4 - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Certificate in Information and Creative Technologies - Level 2: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Diploma in Computing - Level 2: Site Joseph Wright Centre

PT Diploma in Information Security (Cyber Security) - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technologies - Level 2: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Foundation Degree Computing (FdSc): Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Foundation Diploma in Information Systems - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

PT Level 3 Apprenticeship: Software Development Technician Standard : Site The RoundHouse

FT Software Development Bootcamp: Site Other

FT T Level Digital Production, Design and Development: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT T Level Foundation Programme: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT T Level In Digital Support Services: Site Joseph Wright Centre

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Design, Media, Engineering and Customer Service are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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Maths & English

Find out how Maths and English can benefit you.

Sam Mount

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Logging into a social media career

Apprentice Sam Mount is helping Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Hotel to improve its social media presence. He is one of three apprentices recruited by the hotel across its operations in a new partnership with Derby College.

One of the city’s top boutique establishments, the hotel is a business focused on customer experience, and values its social media credibility highly. Sam’s work plays an important role in communicating and engaging with customers as well as building the hotel brand through creative platforms.

He attends Derby College on day release every two months as he works towards an NVQ award.

While the social side of university life appealed to me, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to study for three years, especially when there was no guarantee of a job at the end of it.

I’d always been interested in both the software and hardware aspects of computer technology, so when I saw the social media opportunity on the national apprenticeship website, I decided to give it a go.

Did you Know?

  • The success of the local economy is dependent upon high level IT skills
  • Nearly 300,000 new recruits will be needed for the sector by 2020
  • 21% of IT and telecoms professionals are aged between 16 and 29
  • The digital sector is one of the most productive in the UK
  • There are 1.1 million people working as IT specialists in the UK

Recent Vacancies

IT support technician
£18000 per year starting salary.
Finding and correcting problems for computer users

Social media co-ordinator
£23,000-£25,000 per year
Implementing a social media strategy in an e-commerce team

Web design professional
£22,000-£35,000 per year.
Using creative and technical skills to build websites

Experienced IT project manager
£38,000+ per year.
Planning, developing and installing computer systems

Site Information


Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus, Joseph Wright Campus and in the workplace. About the Roundhouse »

About Joseph Wright Centre »

Useful Websites
The Sector Skills Council for ICT


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