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Why choose us?

At St Helens College and University Centre St Helens you will learn from tutors who have held successful careers within the computing industry, so you can be confident in knowing that you are learning from the best. You will also be able to work towards the qualifications needed to become a Microsoft Office Specialist Master, a qualification that looks excellent on your CV when applying for a job or university.

You will benefit

The common misconception about studying computing and IT is that it can only lead to a career in IT support for a company or working as a database analyst behind a desk. This is not true! There is a whole world of unlimited opportunities that involves creative individuals putting their skills to use whether it be through web design, programming or computer game developing.

Our department alone offers more than 100 computers that you will have access to, in addition to software such as MS Office apps, Visual Studio Development, Unity Graphics Engine and Geometrics, so you can rest assured that you'll have all of the latest equipment and software to maximise your studies.

You will succeed

Follow in the footsteps of our previous students who now work with industry leaders such as Microsoft, BT and a wide range of local computing firms. Others have gone on to secure places within the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship which attracts more than 400,000 candidates from around the world. Finalists will travel to Dallas, Texas where they will compete and demonstrate their exceptional talents.

You will stand out

As well as providing courses with a wide variety of units and progression opportunities, our computing tutors will work to ensure that you stand out when applying for jobs or further qualifications. Not only will you be encouraged to compete in competitions, you will be able to take part in a number of enrichment and extra-curricular activities. 

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Why study Computing and IT with us?

Microsoft Office Specialist

Impress future employers and universities by gaining MOS status alongside your course.


Tutors are passionate about the subjects they teach with years of experience.

Progression Routes

Progress onto university, an apprenticeship or into employment.

Valuable Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience in the computing and IT industry to boost your CV. 

Diverse Range of Skills

You'll learn everything from programming and web design to multimedia application production.

Technical Support

You'll have access to the latest software to help you get the most out of your course.