Why study Computer Science?

Computer science is our everyday magic. The software languages programmers use prompt computers to take actions, turning manual processes into automation. You can find computer science just about anywhere from online shopping to the next generation of robots.

3 reasons to study Computer Science

  • A balance of tech and creativity - Computer science will require you to come up with creative solutions to technical issues. Imagery, storytelling, project management – all of these elements can come into play in Computer Science careers. You can even end up inventing your own programming language for commands.
  • Work across industries - Computer Science doesn’t lock you into a few industries. Programming careers live in e-commerce, entertainment, social media, finance, technology, education and more. Whether you want to work on a team or on your own, Computer Science gives you the freedom to pursue a work environment that best suits you. You can work for major players in tech such as Google, manage website development for global, on-trend brands like Nike or set up your own business as a coder or consultant.
  • Employability - not only can you look forward to excellent employment prospects, but your newly acquired skills will be in demand with salaries to reflect this. Payscale reports that Computer Science graduates are in the top 20 of highest paying jobs with a Bachelor’s degree. The early career pay is projected to start at $68,800 and grows to $113,900 at the mid-career mark.
Fast facts about Computer Science

You might not realize it, but computer science is the starting point for turning your dreams into reality. As a student, you will enroll in classes through a student portal that was designed using programming languages. When you need to make a doctor’s appointment, you can use an online system that only exists from computer science. Being able to use online banking and view all your transactions online, is all due to automation by computers. Freelancers who are starting their own business need a website to advertise; coding will dictate the design of that website.

If you find problem solving thrilling, love learning new languages, notice patterns in a sequence, and are interested in technology, Computer Science would be an ideal industry for you.

What can I expect from a Computer Science degree?

As part of your degree, you could:

  • learn through a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars and laboratory sessions
  • participate in project and group work to develop creativity and problem-solving
  • learn in state-of-the-art computer labs, some with Linux workstations
  • gain real-life, hands-on experience through work placements
  • undertake a placement year with companies such as Microsoft, IBM and (Sony) Playstation
  • study in CISCO-recognised computing departments
What skills will I develop?
  • Core programming languages like HTML, JavaScript, Python, Lisp, Ruby and more.
  • Develop best practices for debugging, the routine process for finding and removing program ‘bugs’ or errors.
  • Team work: Collaborating with your peers is essential. Many jobs will involve you starting with someone’s code, improving upon it and then passing it back to them to review.
  • Hardware architecture: knowing how to design and refine the hardware of the desktop and mobile devices that you will be programming.
  • Computer history and ethics: Events in recent years like Wikileaks expose why ethics in computer science is vital for understanding the serious consequences associated with strong data protection or lack thereof. Learn how to use good judgement to protect private information and keep morals in mind when faced with security breaches.
What next after graduation?

Computer Science careers advance technology that impacts our daily lives. Popular life-changing careers in Computer Science include:

● Computer Systems Analyst ● Database Administrator ● Information Security Analyst ● IT Architect ● Programmer ● Software Engineer ● Software Developer ● Systems Analyst ● Video Game Designer ● Web Developer

Which subject area is right for you?

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The future of artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t defined by the dated sci-fi references to clunky robots with monotone voices. Artificial intelligence is all about humanizing technology so that we can invent devices that can perform everyday tasks. In AI, you’ll get to design and develop computer systems that mimic what we can do as humans such as see, hear, make decisions and even translate languages.

artificial intelligence

Get your head in the game. Combine narrative strategies from creative writing fields with the design elements of programming to create the next best video game. Picture yourself going into work and having your assignment be imagining another universe. You will invent characters, write their dialogues, visualize what they will look like and design their journey. The programming aspect of your Computer Science education will inform the rules of the game, the consequences for paths the characters take and the end goal for players of the game.

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What does success look like? Being offered a Master’s scholarship from the University of Cambridge and landing your dream job as an Senior Data Analyst!

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Software Engineering

In the digital age, it is more common than not that organizations have an IT system to log requests, repairs, applications and more. Systems Management involves a piece of software that centrally owns the organization’s IT structure and monitors its workflow and ensures the system is running smoothly. When colleagues have issues logging help desk tickets, backing up their cloud data or requesting time off, they would turn to the Systems Manager to fix the error in the software.

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Web Development

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