What students say about computer science
On my computer science course, we have three types of teaching: labs, lectures and example classes. Labs are marked and you have demonstrators in each lab session to help you with the practical work. We have one or two lectures per week per course unit. In example classes, you have to do by yourself some similar examples to the ones explained in the lectures. The course is very interesting.2nd year, University of Manchester
I'm doing computer science. If you haven't done programming before then it is quite challenging to start off with, but you get lots of help and support and it starts very basically. If you have done programming before then the first semester of programming will likely be quite easy. Programming is quite fun and you make a few programs of increasing complexity through the first year. Software engineering is about getting you familiar with how software is developed in industry. A lot of the first year maths is A-level maths, but there are a few extra things you have to learn.1st year, University of Bath
On average I have four lectures per week - each of three hours - with additional hours (two-four extra hours) for practicals (lab sessions on programming, small group tutorials for a module). The content of my course consists of programming, some theory and some maths/logic modules. As someone who likes maths and found a likeness for programming in the first semester of my course, I find the content really interesting.2nd year, King's College London, University of London
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Further maths
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
Whether it's talking about any computer programming you've done or an app you've built, the key to computer science personal statements is in the 'personal'.
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Software developer
- Web designer
- IT support technican
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- Management consultant
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Some of the most popular degrees in the country are focused on computer science so there are a lot of options on offer depending on what you want to study. Subject-specific skills you can learn include different programming languages; construction and maintenance of computer hardware and computer modelling and analysis. In a highly digitised world, there are few employers who don't value computing specialists. Last year, some of the industries that employed the most computer scientists - apart from the many branches of the IT industry itself – included electronics, oil and gas, and printing and publishing.