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Computer Engineer

Canterbury Christ Church University & IET


  • Video »
  • Case Study »
    • A computer engineer is a professional who combines computer science with electrical engineering to build new computers and computer systems.
    • Seb is passionate about contributing to the attainment of the next generation into a STEM career.
  • Did you know? »
    • Like Seb, you don’t always have to go straight from school to university. You can take up studies later in life.

  • Routes »

    University course: You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or a degree in:

    • computer science
    • information technology
    • software development
    • financial technology
    • software engineering for business
    • maths

    College course: You could do a college course, which may lead onto more advanced qualifications or a higher apprenticeship, or help you to get a trainee position with a company. Courses include:

    • A Level in Computing
    • Level 3 Certificate in Programming
    • T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
    • Higher National Certificate in Computing

    Apprenticeship: You could do a software developer higher apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship in software engineering. You could also complete a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

    Graduate training scheme: You may be able to apply for a place on a graduate training scheme with a company if you have a degree. These are often open to non-IT graduates as well as those with a computing qualification.

  • Entry Requirements »

    University: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

    2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

    College: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and computing

    4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

    1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma

    Apprenticeship: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Analytical thinking skills
    • Maths knowledge for understanding programming
    • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • Ability to come up with new ways of doing things
    • Complex problem-solving skills
    • Excellent verbal communication skills for sharing ideas
    • Persistence and determination
    • Thinking and reasoning skills
    • Understanding of computer systems and applications

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Research into areas of your own interest
    2. Future-focused: new technology to work with
    3. Always an opportunity to learn new things
    4. Creative in finding ways to make things work
    5. Watching other people learn and understand
    6. An essential job: all devices need processing
    7. Important role – making electrical objects work
    8. Inventive nature
    9. A vital job in modern technology
    10. Many opportunities to branch out

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • Senior Developer
    • Project Management
    • Researcher
    • Systems Designer
    • IT Architect
    • Business Systems Analysis
    • Entrepreneur
    • Consultant

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I knew what I wanted to do at University, but I waited until I was ready. Here I am doing this, and it’s so enjoyable.