Subject Overview

Computers are everywhere – on your desk, in your phone and even your washing machine! The Computing and IT Academy (CITA) offers courses covering all levels from entry level courses for beginners to foundation degrees. Our courses are arranged in clearly defined pathways at all levels.

The full-time hardware pathway encompasses courses related to technical support, networking, and computer security and most recently we have added computer forensics to our portfolio of courses.

The full-time software pathway encompasses courses related to web design, programming, games development and e-commerce applications.

To complement our full-time programmes we currently offer Higher Education qualifications in Networking and Web Design which enable students to progress from the full-time pathways to higher level courses.

To complete our portfolio of courses we offer a range of professional development courses. We are an established academy centre for Microsoft, CISCO, Cyberoam, Linux, CompTia and VMWare.

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  • Aaron Harter

    Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development & Computer Programming)

    Previous school
    Bedale High School

    What did you enjoy about your course?
    Learning industry standards, new techniques and better ways of completing work more efficiently.

    What attracted you to Darlington College?
    After visiting the college on an open day and seeing the IT department, meeting and speaking to the tutors, I was impressed by their experience and quality of teaching.

    What are your career aspirations?
    I'd like to become a Software Developer in the games industry, or to become a successful Indie Developer.

    What is the next step in your education?
    I'm currently in my second year at university, so I want to finish my degree and gain industry experience. When I'm ready I hope to return to university and gain a Masters degree in a computing related subject.

    How has this course prepared you for the next step?
    This course enabled me to progress onto my bachelors degree.

    What advice would you give to other students?
    Study hard, be yourself and aim high. You never know what you can achieve. Don't forget to relax, you'll need to!

  • Amy Neil

    Diploma in IT

    Previous school
    Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

    What do you enjoy about your course?
    Being able to learn in depth about IT and networking and meeting other students who have the same interest.

    What attracted you to Darlington College?
    The ability to study one subject in such detail and the recommendations I received from friends who have studied here.

    What are your career aspirations?
    To develop a career in IT.

    What is the next step in your education?
    Possibly to continue my studies at university.

    How will this course prepare for your next step?
    It will provide me with the knowledge I need to develop my studies further.

    What advice would you give to other students?
    Come prepared and enjoy your time here.

  • Callum Bell

    Diploma in Information and Creative Technology Level 2

    Previous School
    Longfield Academy of Sport

    What do you enjoy about your course?
    I love the course content such as building websites.

    What attracted you to Darlington College?
    I enjoyed the open day I attended and I liked the practical side that the course has to offer me.

    What are your career aspirations?
    Either to develop a career in IT or join the police force.

    What is the next step in your education?
    Possibly to study one of the Uniformed Public Services courses.

    How will this course prepare you for your next step?
    It will provide me with some vital life skills that will help me in future employment.

    What advice would you give to other students?
    Its a good place to study as its such a friendly place.

     

  • Norsheen Maroof

    Web Design Foundation Degree

    What do you enjoy about your course?
    I like the practical side of creating and designing websites.

    What attracted you to Darlington College?
    The links it has with Teesside University.

    What are your career aspirations?
    I would like to become a web developer/designer.

    What is the next step in your education?
    I would like to study for a masters degree.

    How will this course prepare you for your next step?
    It will provide me with the qualifications I need to pursue my desired career in IT.

     

  • Afshana Ahmed

    Web Design Foundation Degree

    Previous school
    Stockton Riverside College

    What do you enjoy about your course?
    The modules are very interesting and the tutors are really helpful.

    What attracted you to Darlington College?
    Its facilities and its link to Teesside University.

    What are your career aspirations?
    To become a web designer.

    What advice would you give to other students?
    Its a good place to study at with very friendly tutors.

  • Lewis Chapman

    Computing (Networking) Foundation Degree

    Previous school
    Staindrop School

    What do you enjoy about your course?
    The course content and the facilities that the college provides.

    What attracted you to Darlington College?
    The quality and knowledge of the tutors.

    What are your career aspirations?
    I would like to be a Cisco network engineer servicing their networks.

    What is the next step in your education?
    After finishing my second year on this course, I hope to go to university.

    How will this course prepare you for your next step?
    It will provide me with the key skills I require for my future career.

    What advice would you give to other students?
    Prepare yourself for some hard work but the rewards are worth it.

    Where is Lewis now?

    After completing the Foundation Degree in Computing (Networking) in 2015, Lewis continued his studies at Teesside University and gained a BSc in Computing. Lewis currently works for SPA ICT Service Ltd. as a Site Technician covering tasks such as cyber security, remote support, network systems set up, and Office 365 administration.

  • Matthew Rakos

    Computing (Networking) Foundation Degree

    Previous school
    Woodham Community Technology College

    What do you enjoy about your course?
    Its a very interesting course and the practical aspects will help me in my future career.

    What attracted you to Darlington College?
    The college was recommended to me by a friend.

    What are your career aspirations?
    To work in IT or become a network engineer.

    What is the next step in your education?
    I want to complete my final year and then go on to study for a degree.

    How will this course prepare you for your next step?
    By gaining this qualification I will be able to further my studies and it will help me with my job prospects.

    What advice would you give to other students?
    Make sure you study a subject area that you're really interested in.

     

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