What's it all about?

People working in the dynamic computing and IT industry are highly skilled. Most IT workers are employed outside of the sector, they work in IT departments of organisations in the public sector, manufacturing or retail. Smaller companies and new tech start-ups also offer exciting job opportunities.

Who is it for?

To work in this sector you must be innovative and enjoy working with computers. You also need good numeracy and project management skills, able to think logically in order to solve problems and technical know-how is a definite!

Who we work with

We work with the following employers to help you gain real work skills: Digital Union and tombola.

Computing at Sunderland College

of our computing and IT students progressed to employment or further study.*

*Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (FT FE 16-18 students)

College of the Year

*Pearson BTEC College of the Year 2019

Have you seen our excellent facilities?

We have some of the best facilities for computing and IT students including:

  • Specialist classrooms, laptops and IT software.

Expert & friendly support

Study Computing and IT as an Apprenticeship


What are the career prospects like? There will be 53,865 computing and IT jobs in 2024 (NE).

Careers could include: Engineer, Web Developer, IT consultant or Data Manager.

There are currently 5,694 IT Specialist Managers employed in our local region and they earn £43,888 a year.

IT operations technicians

IT operations technicians are responsible for the day-to-day running of IT systems and networks including the preparation of back-up systems, and for performing regular checks to ensure the smooth functioning of such systems.

Medium Salary

£ 28184

4005 people employed as IT operations technicians in the current year.

IT user support technicians

IT user support technicians are responsible for providing technical support, advice and guidance for internal/external users of IT systems and applications, either directly or by telephone, e-mail or other network interaction.

Medium Salary

£ 28350

3848 people employed as IT user support technicians in the current year.

IT specialist managers

IT specialist managers plan, organise, manage and coordinate the provision of specialist IT services and functions in an organisation.

Medium Salary

£ 47091

6184 people employed as IT specialist managers in the current year.