• Question: what qualifications do you need to become a computer scientist

    Asked by xlworld to Tom on 24 Jun 2011.
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      Tom Crick answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      Hello, great question: the best thing you can have is a passion for computing and technology! Best A-levels to study are usually Mathematics, Computing and the sciences. Mathematics because it provides problem-solving and analytical skills, as well as providing the mathematical foundations for computing.

      With regards to Computing and ICT qualifications at school, there is a wide variation in the topics studied on these; some have too much focus on using applications and technologies, rather than explaining how they work and deeper underpinning concepts. Some programming experience is helpful, but not essential.