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Interested in a career in Computing?

Welcome to our Computing Careers Centre. Here you can find out all about different career options that studying Computing can lead to whether you want to go straight to work, take an apprenticeship, or go onto further education.

First things first… What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship involves learning at a college or provider whilst gaining onsite experience. You gain qualifications alongside your apprenticeship such as BTECs, NVQs or even foundation degrees depending on your entry level. Attitudes towards apprenticeships have improved over the last 10 years, however, some people still don’t appreciate the opportunities that they can provide to young people. Taking an apprenticeship is a great way to get into a career and many companies, Network Rail, for example, encourage apprenticeships.

What could you become after studying Computing?

Below are just a few examples of the careers available in Computing.

  • 3D Animation
  • Analyst
Business Intelligence
  • Computer Help Desk support
  • Customer services
  • Computer Game Developer
  • Computing researcher
  • Database Analyst/Designer
  • Database administrator
  • Data Entry
  • Electronics technician
  • Engineer
  • Forensic computing/computer security
  • Graphic design
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Mobile applications and device management
  • Networking
  • Network engineer
  • Programmer/ Software developer
  • Project manager
  • Patent work
  • System analyst
  • Sales
  • Security
  • Systems designer
  • Systems engineer
  • Technical author
  • Technical Writing
  • Web Designer

+ - Leaving at 16?

The best way to pursue a career in Computing if leaving the UTC at 16 is via an apprenticeship.

Traditional Apprenticeships

This will involve 2 years of workplace experience whilst gaining a Level 2 NVQ and/or BTEC.

What do you need?

GCSE grades. Some will be more specific in the grades that they are looking for. For example, A*-C in Maths and English. Depending on the apprenticeship some may require knowledge of programming languages such as Node JS, SQL and MongoDB.

Where will this get me?

  • Higher Apprenticeship
  • Career

+ - Leaving at 18?

If you’ve studied at Bucks UTC for Years 12 & 13 you have a number of options going forwards.

Higher Apprenticeships

This may involve studying for various related BTECs and Higher National Diplomas whilst gaining valuable workplace experience.

What do I need?

This will often vary on the apprenticeship. Some may require A-Levels or equivalent in a related subject. Others may require a certain level of NVQ. Other apprenticeships may require a more tailored qualification to apply. For example, a Project Management apprenticeship may require a PRINCE2 award.

University Degree

There’s a huge range of degrees to choose from, a handful of which include:

Computing, Computer Science, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Maths, Business Information, Business Computing, Game Development, Human-Computer Interaction, Interactive media, Business Management, Accounting, Digital Marketing, Finance, Economics, Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Geography and Education.

So tell me more about some of the jobs I could get

See below for a range of different jobs available which involve computing. Of course, there are many more jobs available, but this should give you a good idea of the different options out there.

+ - Business Analyst

What is it?

They are responsible for identifying the changing needs of a business. They must assess the impact of the change and must capture and document the requirements.

What do I need?

  • A degree in a relevant subject such as Information Systems, Accounting, Business. After this, you may enrol in a business analysis certificate programme.

+ - Computer Game Developer

What is it?

They are involved in the design, programming, artwork and animation of PC games, games console games (PS4, Xbox), online/social games, arcade games or mobile games.

What do I need?

  • A degree in a relevant subject such as animation, computer science, graphic design, mathematics, interactive media or physics,
  • An HND in a relevant subject (If applying with this it may help to have previous experience),
  • Many jobs and universities will request to see a portfolio, especially for artistic roles.

+ - Electrical Engineer

What is it?

They are involved in the design, development and maintenance of electrical control systems and components.

What do I need?

  • A degree in a relevant subject such as Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computing, Software Engineering or Physics.

+ - Graphic Designer

What is it?

A graphic designer can work in a wide range of projects depending on their area of expertise. These can include website design, print advertising, computer game design and branding.

What do I need?

  • A degree in a relevant subject 3D Design, Graphic Design, fine art or visual art,
  • An HND is a relevant subject,
  • Some may not require any qualifications, some may be based on portfolio work and previous experience,
  • An interest in design.

+ - IT Consultant

What is it?

They advise clients on how to best use their information technology to meet their business objectives and overcome any problems they may encounter.

What do I need?

  • A degree in a relevant subject such as business studies, computer science or maths,
  • You can also achieve this role through any unrelated degree, however, previous knowledge or work experience may help.

+ - Technical Support Manager

What is it?

They monitor and maintain the computer systems and networks of an organisation.

What do I need?

  • An HND or foundation degree in a related area such as Business Information Technology, Computer Networking, Computer Science or Software Engineering,
  • A degree in a related area.

+ - Software Developer

What is it?

Software Developers create, maintain, audit and improve software systems to meet particular needs.

What do I need?

  • An HND in a computer related subject,
  • A degree in a relevant subject such as computer science, electronics, information systems or mathematics,
  • Previous experience,
  • Significan’t programming language knowledge.

+ - Project Manager

What is it?

They are in charge of the planning and delivery of a project

What do I need?

  • A degree or foundation degree in a relevant subject such as Information Technology or Business,
  • Knowledge or experience in project management principles and methodologies such as PRINCE2 or Agile.

+ - Website Designer

What is it?

They plan, create and code websites to a required specification.

What do I need?

  • A degree in a relevant subject such as software engineering or Information Technology,
  • Or a foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject,
  • Relevant work experience,
  • Portfolio with previous websites that you have developed,
  • You may also undertake a number of non-university courses that teach web design,
  • Relevant technical skills such as knowledge of Programming Languages.