• Head of Computing & ICT


    Welcome! I’m Andrew Alston, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Open Event and to introduce you to the subjects in Computing & ICT. I hope you find all this course information really useful and it helps you feel excited about the future!


    e: openevents@runshaw.ac.uk

  • Course Leader - Computer Science

    Tanya Jones

    Job Title: Course Leader for Computer Science

    University attended: Edge Hill University

    Why should students choose your subject?

    The world of Computer Science is a fast paced one. At Runshaw, we believe that people beginning a career in technology need to have the skills that are currently required in industry and the ability to work well with others in team situations. We deliver a course with modern and relevant content, enabling students to be aware of how computers operate at low level, the social impact of applications and programming concepts. Through a project-based scenario, students get the opportunity to program a fully functional solution to their own problem.

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    Many of our learner’s progress to a degree in computer science – with others applying for degree apprenticeships.

  • Course Leader - T Level Digital Level 3

    Ian Bruce

    Job Title: Digital T Level and Transition Programme Leader

    University attended: Salford University

    Why should students choose your subject? 

    The Digital T Level is a brand new, exciting course which brings together the exciting world of Digital, even more prevalent in today’s society, and our learners.  Students on this course use a range of techniques to explore new concepts, experiment as Digital Professionals and be recognised for doing so by part achieving the prestigious RiTTech certification from the British Computer Society.  The Digital Production, Design and Development course looks at all aspects of software development.  The knowledge aspect of the course will equip you with the basic underpinning knowledge that is so much in demand in today’s society.

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    Over ¾ of our vocational learners take up places at Higher Education institutions, often opting for the in demand careers such as forensic computing or multimedia computing.  The T Level offers students extended work placements (approx.. 45 days) and progression routes include Higher Apprenticeships, Degree apprentices and straight into relevant employment.  The Transition course at Level 2 prepares students for study on the T Level at Level 3.

  • Course Leader - Level 3 Computing & ICT

    Julie Kermode

    Job Title: CIT Leader BTEC Level 3 Information Technology

    University attended: Edgehill University/Liverpool Hope University

    Why should students choose your subject?

    Information technology (IT) involves the use of computers in industry, commerce, the arts and elsewhere. Increasingly businesses are implementing IT strategies to manage and process data, both to support business processes and to deliver new opportunities. The UK is one of the leading digital nations in the world, its economy has the highest % of GDP involved in the digital economy of all European nations. The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted, in order to confirm its relevance to current industry practice in IT.

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to the admission requirements to many relevant courses. Universities typically regard the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma as equivalent to three A Levels.  We are proud to see our students progress to various destinations- into employment, level 4 & degree apprenticeships, HND courses, various related BSc & BA (Hons) degrees

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