risual Microsoft Academy

We are excited to announce the launch of the new risual Microsoft Academy at New College Swindon!

This initiative will provide:

  • A new innovative Academy in partnership with risual Education

  • Specialist IT suite and equipment

  • Digital learning, IT training and qualifications

  • A range of IT Apprenticeships

 The UK faces a growing shortage of digital skills and the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has identified growing digital capability as one of its five key strategic objectives. 

Through this innovative academy we will help to support the digital needs of individuals, employers and communities within the Swindon and Wiltshire area.  The Microsoft Academy has a new IT suite and equipment, where students will study courses and Apprenticeships from the latest in cyber security to cloud infrastructure technicians.

The new suite of exciting IT, software and web Apprenticeships is also available to the wider business community to train their next generation of IT professionals.  The apprenticeships will be flexibly designed to meet employer needs and linked to industry recognised vendor qualifications (Microsoft MOS, MTA, MCP). 



Qualifications available from September 2018:

Level 3 Software Developer

The Apprenticeship standard for a Software Development Technician is for someone who wants to work as part of a software development team. They would build simple software components, (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software projects. They would learn a range of technical competencies through work and College as well as gain a broad understanding of technical knowledge and two specific knowledge modules.


Level 3 Infrastructure Technician

The Apprenticeship standard for Infrastructure is for someone to provide support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs, by using tools to problem solve and trouble shoot non-routine problems.  Apprentices learn a range of technical competencies and gain technical knowledge either through undertaking bespoke knowledge modules or Vendor/Professional qualifications.


Apprenticeship qualifications in development*: Level 4 Software Developer; Level 4 Network Engineer; Level 4 Digital Marketer

Other Qualifications

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification at three certification levels (Specialist, Expert, Master)

  • Microsoft Project (Level 2)

  • BTEC Level 3 in Computer Science


*Subject to demand and availability


Want to know more?  Then email info@fastforward.newcollege.ac.uk or call our Fast Forward team on 01793 732892.