The new Coventry University College has partnered with HP to launch a range of courses to provide students with business-ready IT skills.

Coventry University College is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coventry University and opens its doors to students for the first time this September. It aims to deliver courses to 1,500 students in the first year, rising to 3,500 students by 2015. Courses include those covering accounting, banking, legal studies, sales, marketing, engineering and IT.

The college will be offering HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) certifications, which validate performance in the four key areas of connected devices (PCs and printers), networks, servers and storage, and the cloud.

John Dishman, CEO of Coventry University College, said, "Our association with HP, with its status as a global leader in IT, means we will be able to attract more students, improve their employability and help them to become the IT professionals of the future."

In launching the HP-course, the Coventry college follows in the recent footsteps of Buckinghamshire New University.