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Information Technology

Ways in

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There are many ways in to the IT industry, and people may start their training with very different levels of educational qualifications.

  • Some introductory computer courses provide the skills needed for many jobs, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and the internet.  At levels 2 and 3, courses begin to teach specific skills such as programming, web site design, and database development.

  • For professional and management jobs most entrants have qualifications at degree level. Employers vary in their requirements for specific degrees - some do want one related to IT, others are fine with business, maths, science or, sometimes, any subject

  • For Forensic IT professional jobs there are a range of specialist forensic computing/security IT degrees available

  • Computer engineers at highly skilled levels will need degree-level education in computer or electronic engineering or a related subject.

  • Some universities offer the ITMB (Information Technology Management for Business) degree, which was designed with the involvement of major companies and which gives students useful opportunities to meet with employers and tackle real business problems

  • Employers may set tests to see if a possible entrant has an aptitude for computing


For courses in higher education, see UCAS

For courses in schools and colleges, see UCAS Progress

For Apprenticeship information, including vacancies, see the National Apprenticeship Service