Professional Qualifications

We are incredibly proud to offer all of our students the opportunity to complete industry standard professional qualifications alongside their programme of study.

These are funded by the UTC which means they are free to students. These are highly valuable, globally recognised qualifications that will set our students apart from the rest as they build a portfolio of skills and knowledge. While it would be easy to assume that the professional qualifications are targeted for those interested in careers in the computing industry, they are for everyone, whatever their chosen subject is and are attractive to all employers, whatever the industry. 

Our expectation is that all students achieve a minimum number over their time with us, but we have found that students love to work on these and achieve them. It is not uncommon for students to achieve ten qualifications per year. 

Professional qualifications offered at UTC Reading:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Expert
  • Microsoft Certified Fundamentals
  • Adobe Certified Professional (ACP)
  • Adobe Certified Professional – Speciality
  • Autodesk Certified User (ACU)
  • Information Technology Specialist (ITS)
  • Swift Certification (App Development)
  • Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST)
  • Communication Skills For Business (CSB)
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB)
  • META Certified Digital Marketing Associate
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)


Wisam Sherwi, former UTC Reading student, is studying a four-year degree course in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oxford, his first choice.

During his time with us, talented Wisam has enjoyed success at the MOS PowerPoint UK and Ireland Championship, was ranked in the top 10 per cent of students nationally in the Senior Maths challenge, and in the top 14 percent in the British Physics Olympiad.

“I joined UTC Reading (in Year 12) because the professional environment of UTCs appealed to me and I found that UTC Reading is one of the best. They helped me prepare for my future with vast opportunities and extra-curricular activities, such as work experience and professional qualifications.”

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