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What is computer science?
Computer science is a broad subject covering hardware, software, user interaction and design. Each of these is grounded in mathematics and programming, combined with either engineering, data science, psychology or creativity.
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Do you like to think critically, analyse and solve problems?
Critical thinking and problem solving come naturally to some people, for others it is a learned skill. If you find yourself responding to your friends’ questions with ideas and look for logical solutions, then you are a problem solver.
Would you enjoy learning programming languages?
There are different types of programming languages depending on what you work on and the developer you are creating for. For example, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are the chief developers of recent languages Swift, Hack and Bosque, respectively. Are you interested in learning to code in these languages?
Are you interested in the latest technologies?
Computer science has driven every technological advance in recent decades, it is a field that is constantly changing and adapting to users’ needs, from emerging industries to making life easier day to day.
Do you work well in a team?
Huge amounts of code and development time are required before any computing product or service can be launched so you will need to be able to collaborate with different teams to deliver on projects.
Why study computer science?
1. Highly employable
Computer scientists are needed in every industry in the digital age, you could work in many areas from developing new technology to software fixes and more.
2. Solve complex problems
Apply your skills to finding new ways to drive changes in your chosen industry. Computing will train you to think about multidimensional problems from different perspectives.
3. Make a difference in the world
With the many issues facing the world, technology has a huge role to play in finding solutions so you could find yourself at the forefront of helping to address the climate crisis or inequality.
4. Be creative
As you could work on ideas that have never before existed, you will be using your imagination to organise data in the most efficient way. You could also apply your creativity as a de