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Which technology degree is for me?

Confused person sorting cablesComputer science? Information technology? Electronic engineering? Find out the differences between these tech courses.

Computer Science

Computer science looks in depth at how computers work. You will learn about the theory behind computing, data storage, creating algorithms and other essential computing ideas.

Computer science degrees will also involve learning at least one programming language. You are also likely to have the option to study a specialist area like artificial intelligence.

You'll need a good grasp of mathematics for a computer science degree, but there are no other major entry requirements. However, some universities will ask for a science A-level as well.

The main career path for computer science graduates is software development, though other options, such as research, are available.

Information Technology

Information technology (IT) is about using computers in the wider world - for example, setting up a suitable network for a business, or creating a website.

The course will cover a mix of technical skills, such as HTML or database management, and more general skills like project management, problem solving and business knowledge.

Entry requirements are much more flexible for IT courses, but maths, science and computer-related A-levels will boost your chances. There are also many master's degrees available in IT.

Possible careers with an IT degree include system administration (setting up and maintaining IT systems for a business or other organisation), web design and IT management roles.

Electronic engineering

Electronic engineering is at the heart of the tech world: after all, it doesn't matter how well you can code if you don't have anything to run it on! Electronic engineers learn how electronic devices are constructed; however, there may also be some programming or other software-based content to the course.

Getting a place on an electronic engineering degree will require good maths and science A-levels.

For more about electronic engineering, take a look at our engineering section.

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