Computer Science I.T.

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Studying Computer Science could lead to the following careers/job roles:

  • Web Developer
  • IT Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Network Optimisation Engineer
  • Network Support Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • Sales & Marketing Executive
  • Information Analyst
  • Graduate Management Trainee
  • IT Implementation Support Analyst
  • IT Help Desk Supervisor
  • Business Analyst
  • Assistant Project Planner
  • Enterprise Risk Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Programmer
  • Founder of start-up
  • Self Employed 
  • Computer Science Teacher

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Additional Advice:

To work in this area, both university courses and apprenticeships or on the job training are equally as useful.  Getting experience while you are studying is key, in order to familiarise yourself with the technology in the professional world and also to get to know other professionals as networking can be key to success. 

There’s a massive range of IT, technology and computing roles so first narrow down what you want to do. The skills you need to improve depend on which job you’re aiming for.

Computer science is seen as a rigorous academic discipline. The skills developed in computer science are transferrable and could be used in any chosen career path.