Your next steps in Digital


What is the South Central Institute of Technology?

The South Central Institute of Technology (SCIoT) is here to transform the world of digital education. Crafted by leading brands such as Microsoft, KPMG, and McAfee, and led by Milton Keynes College, the South Central Institute of Technology provides higher level technical qualifications for a new generation of digital visionaries.

We’re not a school. We’re not a university. We’re the future of education, and we’re looking for a diverse range of people to join us in making the digital world a better place. Employers want more than academic qualifications these days. As well as technical knowledge, they’re looking for a vast range of skills. They need people who can adapt quickly, who can communicate with a range of people, who can manage multiple projects and who are always open to learning new things.

What qualifications do we offer?

We’re here to disrupt and do things differently. So, we don’t offer a one-size-fits-all approach with traditional courses or exams. In the real-world, a complex problem can arise anywhere, at any time, so you need to be equipped with the skills to adapt, learn and un-learn. We offer a flexible range of levels which can be studied full-time or part-time to suit your needs.

We offer:

Higher National Certificates

These are a Level 4 qualification and are equivalent to the first year of a university degree.

Higher National Diplomas

These are a Level 5 qualification and are equivalent to the second year of a university degree.

Higher Apprenticeships with leading employers.

These courses are for individuals over the age of 18, who have got their sights set on a innovative career where no two days are the same.

You can complete these qualifications in Computing or Digital Creative. We’ve worked closely with employers to develop pathways across Digital Creative and Computing, which include:


During your computing studies you’ll cover core modules across:

  • Security
  • Programming
  • Analytics
  • Networking

You can then choose to specialise in Data, Security, Networking or Software, based on your interests and career aspirations. You will also have the opportunity to partake in an industry work experience placement allowing you to top up your theoretical skills with experience in industry.

Digital Creative

During this qualification you’ll learn a range of skills spanning:

  • Games
  • Animation
  • Programming

You’ll also have opportunities to visit a number of sector specific events including UKIE Student Game Jam and Student Conference, London Games Festival, British Esports Championships and the EGX Conference

Where is the South Central Institute of Technology?

We’re situated in Milton Keynes, just 32 minutes from London in the vicinity of Bletchley Park, and halfway between Cambridge and Oxford. We’re located in the heart of a region with a high concentration of digital companies, who are urgently in need of skilled people to join them.



1000 Learners each year

43 Partners

How long do the qualifications take?

Full time: one year for a Higher National Certificate, or two years for a Higher National Diploma. Part-time: two years for a Higher National Certificate, or four years for a Higher National Diploma.

Meet Laura,

Head of Curriculum

Areas of Expertise/Interest: information management, research projects, cyber threats and legislation, maths in computing

Where my interests in Computing first started I was 13 when I first hacked a computer system and expelled from school. Whilst many consider this ‘cool’, it was a really difficult time and I was banned from using computers until I turned 18. Anybody in the industry would tell you that five years is the same as a life-time in IT. By this time everything had changed, I felt really far behind and thought that my time to be a part of the digital era had completely gone.

When I joined Loughborough University, I realised that computing didn’t always have to be practical. The university were so impressed with my final dissertation from my Information Management and Business course that I was funded to do a PhD, and for four years was paid to do some exciting research for the government about human-computer interaction. I now get to write monthly opinion articles for Information Age; an online magazine that supports CTOs, CIOs, and other technology leaders in managing business-critical issues both for today and in the future.

Why did you become a lecturer? My mother always said I would be a teacher or police officer… and I have never looked good in a hat! There is nothing more rewarding, fun, or entertaining than working in an FE college. People at any age and from any background come together to share an interest or passion in a particular area. I watch every day as students arrive first thing in the morning, or come late in the evening after work, to study and they all share the same thing... determination and commitment to learning. There is no place I would rather be and it is a pleasure to watch, support, and manage their individual learning journey along the way!