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Introduction to Computer Science/Software Engineering

My daughter is currently choosing her A level subjects. She is fond of Maths and also wants to give Further Maths a try as a fourth A level subject. Maths and Biology will be her first two subjects. She's not quite sure about her third subject, but is leaning towards Philosophy or Psychology.

She is not sure about her future career choice at the moment. One of the areas she would like to consider is computer science or software engineering.

Please could I get some guidance on how she could get a better idea about what to expect as part of a computer science or software engineering degree.
Original post by MazeBuster
My daughter is currently choosing her A level subjects. She is fond of Maths and also wants to give Further Maths a try as a fourth A level subject. Maths and Biology will be her first two subjects. She's not quite sure about her third subject, but is leaning towards Philosophy or Psychology.

She is not sure about her future career choice at the moment. One of the areas she would like to consider is computer science or software engineering.

Please could I get some guidance on how she could get a better idea about what to expect as part of a computer science or software engineering degree.

Hi MazeBuster,

Computer Science and Software Engineering are great degrees to study if your daughter is thinking about her career already.

I work for Wrexham Glyndwr University and we offer degrees in Computer Science and Applied Software Engineering.

The Computer Science degree will equip her with the knowledge and skills required to work as a professional engineer and/or consultant in the design, configuration and management of computer systems. The course has employability skills at its heart, developing team working, project management, communication and creative thinking. We want students to work on practical design projects, laboratory activities and group project work as a key part of their degree. Our degree gives students the opportunity to work on a live work-based project/placement.

In the first year of study, she would learn about some of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to computing and computer applications. Students would be able to demonstrate skills that underpin good practice in the field of computers and computational methods, e.g. laboratory tasks involving the creation of simple programs and the use of operating systems. The second year teaches students the fundamentals of the discipline, and more specialist modules start to be introduced. She would be asked to undertake a group project where she would gain important skills in project management techniques and the professional and ethical issues of project management. In the third year, there is an individual final-year project, which will help prepare her for the kind of tasks and situations she may encounter in the workplace. The final year practical and project work will further develop her analytical skills through the analysis and appraisal of current and emerging technologies, taking into account their impact on society.

If you are interested in more information on the exact course specifications then please check out our course page, https://glyndwr.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-courses/computer-science/?utm_source=studentroom&utm_medium=forum&utm_campaign=studentroom_forum&utm_content=computer_science .

For Applied Software Engineering, we offer a degree apprenticeship that responds to identified skills gaps, providing students with the critical understanding, knowledge and skills needed for successful employment. Personal development planning is integrated throughout the course to develop the skills framework necessary for effective personal, academic and career management.

In year one, students will develop and apply the knowledge and professional skills developed within this programme of learning to their workplace. Developed as a three-way learning partnership between the employer, the student and the academic programme team, this route will enable students to develop skills that will be in high demand in the future, meeting regional skills gap. Year 2 will also deepen her knowledge of programming concepts and approaches as well as being introduced to systems development techniques and the professional, legal and ethical issues relevant to the computing and IT industry. The year three practical and project work requires the type of evaluation of technical and non-technical factors and the management of methodologies and systems development techniques that IT professionals exercise early in their careers.

More information about these courses can be found on our website here https://glyndwr.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-courses/applied-software-engineering-degree-apprenticeship/?utm_source=studentroom&utm_medium=forum&utm_campaign=studentroom_forum&utm_content=software_engineering .

I realise that this is a lot of information and I can only speak on the courses Wrexham Glyndwr University offer, but other institutions will cover similar topics in their degrees.

I hope this helps!

Maddy
Wrexham Glyndwr University

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