Computer Science

Computer Science is about solving problems, giving students the experience at using the tools available to build software.  Programming is at its core, but it’s also about applying academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging way.

Computer Science gives students the chance to develop problem-solving skills, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.  It is an intensely creative subject which can provide students with a real satisfaction when something they have built from a blank page works.  It also helps to develop their patience, resilience and problem-solving skills when their program refuses to run as expected!

Computer Science is the study of how computers work and how to make them work.  It is a subject which has a leaning towards Mathematics and logic, with a small amount of Physics thrown in.  However, those are not the only subjects to be studied alongside Computer Science.  All areas of work or study are borrowing from skills that will be learned during the Computer Science course and there are apps related to any subject or topic you care to mention.  The skills learned in Computer Science could be applied to designing Geographical Information Systems to further our understanding of human or natural systems, to editing Digital Media or even modelling the effect of drugs on a disease as part of research.

There is a huge array of Computer Science degree course options on the UCAS website, often coupled with unusual subjects such as oceanography, film and screen studies, robotics, games technology and even philosophy.