With an IT skills shortage in the workplace, now could be the perfect time to study a computing degree. We take a look at the subject of computing, the careers it could lead to, and if it could be the right choice for you.
Computing is part of just about everything we do, from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the way businesses deal with us! And, as reported by the Tech Partnership, the Sector Skills Council for the IT and telecommunications industry predicts that from now until 2020 jobs in IT and telecoms will grow almost twice as quickly as the UK average. So, are you ready to stay connected with a computing degree?
There can be significant financial rewards for pursuing an IT related career - graduate starting salaries have been reported at anywhere between under £21,000 and over £30,000 - and the demand for highly skilled computing professionals is huge. However, a large number of positions are being left unfilled due to an IT skills shortage.
A computing degree is designed to provide you with a range of those skills and resources specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the computing industry. Graduates from these courses have a great understanding of a broad range of computing ideas and are well placed to drive forward future advancements in computing. With the ‘know how’ of coding, programming and database, you’ll soon be speaking the computing language!
From WiFi to smartphones, to social networking and instant messaging: over the last 25 years, technology has dramatically changed the way in which we live and communicate.
Thanks to your impressive IT knowledge and professional analytical skills (not to mention the fact that you’ll be a whizz at problem solving) when it comes to potential careers, the world really is your oyster. Possible positions include:
How's that for choice?
Students on IT & Computing degree courses will normally obtain a BSc (Hons) qualification. Course names may vary between institutions but the most common are Computing, Computer Science or Information Systems. Master's programmes are also available.
No, there are many ways to study for and IT & Computing degree. Online, part-time, and blended (part online, part face-to-face) options are all available.
Degree courses are normally three years. Most students studying part time/online are expected to complete the course in 4.5 years.
A master’s degree can be completed in 1-5 years, depending on the mode of study.
Requirements will vary. In most cases, an A-Level maths qualification (or equivalent) will be required. Some institutions also offer a foundation year which acts as a stepping stone towards a degree.
When applying for a master’s degree, students are normally educated to a degree level.
Often, work experience can be taken into account alongside other qualifications.
Prospects aren’t restricted to ‘IT companies’ as most businesses value IT and computing skills, making this a very flexible qualification. From Data Analyst and Application Programmer to Project Manager and Business Development Office, the opportunities are extremely varied.
Average graduate figures range from £21,000 to £30,000 (see above).
No, you don’t. Computing or Computer Science BSc degree courses will cover a range of theory and applied work. Degrees in niche areas are available such as mobile computing, information management, security IT, however, specialist courses are more commonly at postgraduate level.
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