76,490 students were studying this subject in 2014/15.
- 87% UK
- 13% international
- 83% full-time
- 17% part-time
Top five graduate destinations:
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Professional, scientific, and technical
What courses are available?
Universities and colleges in the UK are offering courses in the following subject areas:
- Computer science
- Information systems
- Software engineering
- Artificial intelligence
- Health informatics
'Careful consideration of the content of any course prior to selection is key, as course titles may not accurately reflect the content. IT is continually evolving and developing, and degrees are subject to annual review and adaptation, students are advised to look out for new elements and options which may develop during the course.’
Chartered Institute for IT
Subject combinations and available course options include:
- single, joint, and multiple subject combinations
- full-time, part-time, and flexible study options, as well as courses with a placement (sandwich courses)
- qualifications ranging from BA, BSc, BEng (Hons), and MSci degrees, through to HND, HNC, and Foundation Certificates
A number of universities offer four year undergraduate or integrated masters degrees (MSci) in computer science. Many also offer an opportunity to work in industry for a year or study abroad as part of the degree.
Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:
- Business analyst
- Data analyst
- IT security analyst
- Network engineer
- Software engineer
- Information security – e.g. cyber security technologist
- Network engineer
- Software developer
A levels – To get on to a computer science related degree you will usually require at least two A levels or equivalent.
‘Specific entry requirements vary considerably, depending on the focus of the course. For example, a very theoretical course may require A level mathematics, whereas Business IT programmes would probably not ask for any science background beyond GCSE. Few courses specify A level Computing or equivalent.’
Institute of Analysts and Programmers
In addition to the different A level requirements above, you will also need at least five GCSEs (A-C) including science, English, and maths. Some universities require a B in maths GCSE for computer science degrees.
Vocational courses – Other relevant Level 3 qualifications such as the BTEC Diploma in computing are accepted by some universities. You will need to check specific entry requirements individually with course admissions tutors.
Universities are looking for:
- evidence that you are well informed about the subject and have strong interest/motivation
- a range of interests outside of academic study
- a well written statement that demonstrates your ability to write persuasive statements
- an ability to work individually and in teams
- the personal qualities required for successful study
Key areas of employment
Where can I find out more?
Visit the websites of the following professional bodies to find out more about courses and careers in computer science.