Use these pages to find out about the different careers available and the various different routes you can take to work in these computer science roles.
The Prospects website contains details of a wide range of jobs available involving computer science
Our local colleges offer very similar A Level Computer Science courses. See below for details.
Ashton – Computer Science
Marple Sixth Form College – Computer Science
Clarendon – Computer Science
There are a huge number of organisations that provide fantastic computing related apprenticeships. These are some of my favourites.
Cyber First – this apprenceship in the Government Communications Headquarters is part of the government’s National Cyber Security Programme meaning that you would work in partnership with the secret service (MI5 and MI6) to tackle cyber terrorism. You earn a degree and a substantial salary over the 3 year apprenticeship with a high chance of being offered a full time job at the end. They have offices in Manchester and London.
BBC – only down the road in Media City, there are plenty of fantastic apprenticeships offered every year including software engineering and cybersecurity.
UK Fast – One of the fastest growing tech firms in the UK is based here in Manchester. They offer a wide range of apprenticeships every year. Every apprentice they have ever had has been offered a full time job at the end of their apprenticeship. I applied for a job with them but didn’t get it 😦
Manchester University has one of the best Computer Science departments in the country. As a result the minimum entry requirements are very high – usually three A grades including Maths. Click here for more information.
Manchester Metropolitan University also has Computer Science courses available. While they may not have the reputation for computing that Manchester University has, they still cover all the content required to prepare you for the workplace. The entry requirements are significantly lower – usually two B grades and a C including either a maths or science subject. Click here for more information.
The University of Bolton was one of the first UK universities to offer dedicated Games courses. They have connections within the games industry including Son, Codemasters, and D3T. Their graduates are now in some of the world’s best games companies, working on titles that include the Grand Theft Auto series and the Lego franchise. Click here for more information.
Futureworks is a small third level institute based in Manchester that offers courses only in creative media subjects. They offer specialised courses in computer game design, digital animation and game art. Their main requirement for entry on to the courses is a genuine passion for your chosen subject. Click here for more information.
Sheffield University offers a wide range of courses with different foci including artificial intelligence. Each course has its own entry requirement, but they also offer a foundation year for students that do not achieve the minimum requirements. Click here for more information.