Computing

Computing is available at UTC Sheffied Olympic Legacy Park.

Are you full of ideas? Do you like solving problems? Do you enjoy playing online games or using technology to make and create?

If so, you’ve already got the kinds of skills that employers need because technology is now such a big factor in almost every walk of life. According to the Tech Partnership:

  • The tech sector workforce makes up 5% of the entire UK workforce
  • Employment of tech specialists is growing over four times faster than that other UK professions
  • 134,000 new entrants a year are needed to fill tech specialist job roles in the UK

One of the most exciting areas involves ‘big data’ – using massive data sets to get to the bottom of big issues and improve the lives of people all over the world. For example, preventing fraud and terrorism, making life easier for people who are house-bound, solving environmental problems, bringing education and resources to people in remote communities, to name but a few. Across the board, making technology fun and a pleasure for people to use is now a priority so there are all sorts of jobs connected to the ‘user experience’ or UX for short.

Coding and digital making, big data and user experience are all areas that the UTC will specialise in leading to a host of job possibilities in any sector.

You could set up and run your own tech company, deal with clients, manage projects, develop software or look after big IT systems, or you could become any of these people:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Games Developer
  • Solutions Analyst
  • Web Designer
  • UI/UX Designer

The UTC will also help you explore options for tech-related jobs in the healthcare section, such as:

  • Medical Technologist
  • Clinical Research Administrator
  • Healthcare Information Technology Manager

> Find out more in the Computing Specialism Leaflet

What you will study?

At KS4, you will study the Edexcel Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA) along with GCSE Computer Science alongside GCSEs.

In addition, will have time dedicated to Physical Education, Citizenship, Careers Education and Guidance, and Personal, Health and Social Education, as well as plenty of opportunity for independent study time.

At KS5, you will study Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technicals in IT alongside A Levels.

If you are studying at Level 3, technical studies will account for 60% of your curriculum time. There are also opportunities to follow a Level 2 course.

Employer-led projects

You will undertake projects set by some of the region’s leading IT companies. We already have organisations with major IT departments involved in the UTC – organisations such as the Home Office, Sheffield International Venues and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust – alongside local entrepreneurial companies such as Birchenhall Howden, Mundojumbo, Scrapbook Development, SkillsLogic, and Yoomee.

You will work with computing professionals on a whole range of project ideas – not just related to healthcare and sports; for example you might be working with the Home Office on a project to look at ideas for managing queuing at airports. Given the location of the UTC on the Olympic Legacy Park and the focus on Health and Sport, as well as Computing, there will be significant opportunities to work with athletes and healthcare professionals on projects to do with health, wellbeing and lifestyle. For example, you might work with Sheffield International Venues on developing a new membership wristband to help people monitor their exercise. Another project might include capturing data and modelling health outcomes working with professional Basketball players, or designing a mobile app to enable people in the community to monitor and manage their blood pressure.

This is just a small subset of the many exciting ideas for projects provided by the UTC’s university and industry partners.

What jobs are available in Computing?

Programmer/ 3 D Developer/ Web Developer/ Technology Runner/ Software Engineer/ Junior Data Scientist/ Cyber Security Analyst/ Games Developer

  • You can be one of the 1.46 million people working in the fast-moving and exciting tech industries driving the digital economy here in the UK and globally
  • Learn in world class facilities that include IT suites with both PC industry-level specifications and flexible a Raspberry Pi lab.
  • Study academic programmes which can include GCSE Computing and A Level Computing, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry as well as the latest Cambridge Technical qualifications in IT.

Employer Partners

UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park