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What jobs can you get with a computer science A-level
Original post by Jaydenc99
What jobs can you get with a computer science A-level

I get annoyed with these sort of questions, partly because they show that people don't know what A Levels are for.

A Levels by themselves are not useful. They are usually useful as stepping stones for the next stage in the process, be it a degree, apprenticeship, or professional qualification.

The individual subjects that you picked at A Levels don't really matter for career prospects. They do matter for entry requirements for specific degrees though.
Unfortunately, computer science is only a semi-required subject for CS degrees, so by itself it means very little. Even the tech industry either demands degrees in CS (or similar) or professional IT certificates. No company is going out of their way to ask what specific A Levels you did; at most they would look at what grades you have got.
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Original post by MindMax2000
I get annoyed with these sort of questions, partly because they show that people don't know what A Levels are for.
A Levels by themselves are not useful. They are usually useful as stepping stones for the next stage in the process, be it a degree, apprenticeship, or professional qualification.
The individual subjects that you picked at A Levels don't really matter for career prospects. They do matter for entry requirements for specific degrees though.
Unfortunately, computer science is only a semi-required subject for CS degrees, so by itself it means very little. Even the tech industry either demands degrees in CS (or similar) or professional IT certificates. No company is going out of their way to ask what specific A Levels you did; at most they would look at what grades you have got.


In which case I will likely try and get too university and study cs there. Not to be annoying but what jobs are made possible with a cs degree or qualification.
Original post by Jaydenc99
In which case I will likely try and get too university and study cs there. Not to be annoying but what jobs are made possible with a cs degree or qualification.
There isn't any specific job that requires a CS degree for any regulatory purposes. So having a CS degree isn't a passport to any specific job.

On the other hand, a CS degree would teach you programming skills as well as data science knowledge.

Jobs in the tech sector don't usually require specific qualifications. If you have the skills and experience, you are usually good enough to get the job. If you have qualifications specific for the job, you are better off in your application; however it's usually the professional IT certificates that the employers value.
Those that ask for CS degrees either don't know what they are looking for, or usually have a very long list of demands e.g. doing multiple jobs whilst paying for one. There are some cases where you would have roles where they are more suited for graduates e.g. NHS bioinformatics and big tech companies.

Then you can apply for jobs that don't require specific degrees or qualifications e.g. business, civil service, property, etc. However, do be aware that some companies might push you to doing a tech role based on your CS degree, even though you wanted to apply for something else entirely (purely because they are badly in need of tech people).

Do also note with any degree, you can go into academia based on the subject that you are studying e.g. postgrad in CS, something related to maths, data, etc. Then there's teaching that you can do with a degree in any subject.

See the following for job profiles in tech:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-categories/computing-technology-and-digital
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/browse-sector/information-technology
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/software-systems/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/data-network/job-profiles
https://life-pilot.co.uk/job-sectors/software-systems/job-profiles
https://life-pilot.co.uk/job-sectors/data-network/job-profiles

Of course, there are hundreds of roles that you could do with just A Levels alone. There are probably more after that with the CS degree, so I am not going to list out all of the possible jobs that you can do. It would be pointless for me to do that. Instead, it makes more sense if you specify what individual roles you want, otherwise look through the job profiles yourself.
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