As citizens of a modern world, an understanding of Computer Science and ICT is fundamental to your future. It allows you to understand the impact of technology on your own life, as well as making you more capable of shaping the world in a meaningful way. The subject covers a wide range of areas ranging from the hardware you hold in your hands, the software that allows you to use it but also gives you the skills to create your own solutions to enhance your life.
Ever wondered how Netflix comes up with your recommended watch list? Ever wondered how your predictive text on your 'phone seems to know what you want to type before you type it? These are just some of the mysteries that Computer Science helps you unravel putting you back in control of your life in an ever changing world.
Computer Science an important option subject you can choose at KS4. Not only does it enhance your understanding of the modern world around you, it gives you specific practical and cognitive skills that employers and colleges feel are essential for future success. Computer Science is regarded as a Science (giving it the same prominence as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and as such is included as part of the English Baccalaureate.
Your future employment may well rest on your knowledge and understanding of modern technologies. Computer Science based jobs are not limited to "programming" as people often believe, there is a need for Computer Scientists in every field you can imagine. Finance, Medical, Environmental, Retail, Research, Security and just about every other sector you can think of has a need for Computer Science. The technology industry is one of the only growing employment markets in the United Kingdom and it is expected that many existing non-Computer Science jobs will be replaced over the next 20 years. The sheer number of potential careers is too vast to list here, but here is as an example of Computer Science type jobs:
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