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Course Info: Computer Sciences

Computer Sciences and IT constitute fast–moving, thrilling subjects at the forefront of technology and innovation. Read more about what you can gain from this degree.


With the world around us moving at the pace of technological innovation and the need to make computers and other gadgets more and more efficient, Computer Sciences and IT constitute fast–moving, thrilling subjects at the forefront of technology and innovation. Our Hotcourses editor, Umar, wants to tell us why choosing this subject can place you among the pacesetters of our generation.

Computer Sciences brings together fields such as mathematics, programming, engineering, psychology and linguistics. This course will be ideal for someone with a keen mentality, an interest in technology and solid problem-solving skills. It can be found in the technologies that run our transport set up, our economics, our homes and our communications systems.

It also covers how to accurately design specific programmes, how to implement efficient solutions in systems, how to choose the appropriate programming languages and engineering techniques, and how to ensure that any programme works correctly.


Course structure

The course structure allows students to choose course units according to their interests, so they gain skills to contribute to this exciting and rapidly evolving field. It focuses on core principles and practical knowledge of the modern technologies, so you are ready to face the job market with relevant experience.

The length of the course is usually 3 years full-time, 4 years with a placement and 5 years part-time. Furthermore, a wide range of themes from across the discipline allow you to specialise in the second and third years.

It mainly focuses on computer systems and software development in a networked environment. The emphasis relies on tools and services for constructing distributed applications and will have an appreciation of how improvements in network technology affect the systems depending on it.


Where can I study this course?


Application Procedure

For undergraduate level, applications are made online through the UCAS website. You will need to accumulate (280) UCAS Points and include two A-levels or equivalent. It is strongly advised to apply early as:

    - Some of the more popular courses get full very quickly
    - There will be a better choice of accommodation
    - It will buy some time to make immigration, visa  and travel arrangements.

English requirements: Grade C in GCSE and/or Score of 6.0 or above in IELTS (varies according to the each institution’s requirements).


Career opportunities

The Computer Science degree prepares the student with a wide range of varied careers.  As a graduate, there will be excellent career prospects as a software engineer, programmer, web developer, games programmer or a computer graphic designer in a wide range of organisations.

There is also the potential to work as a self-employed director of your own business: Some universities are encouraging students to develop and market their own ideas through science and technology project fairs and prizes awarding innovation and creativity.


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Computer experts are difficult to come by in US to protect networks, according to a recent report by Reuters.

If you need a little help on deciding which university to choose, you can read more about UK academic institutions and the latest university rankings.

We also recommend that you stay up to date with changes to visa legislation as they occur, or visit the Official UKBA website

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