Do you want to develop the skills and the technical know-how to change the digital industry? The Computer Science programme is at the core of all three of our curriculum pathways, propelling you to where you want to be.

The Computer Science offer at Ada is a groundbreaking effort to change the way we educate young people to be job-ready for the future. It's not exclusively about learning to code, or learning to create digital products, but rather about problem solving, thinking laterally and becoming a successful lifelong learner. Our values include creativity, curiosity, collaboration, resilience and rigour — all crucial to a successful career and rewarding life.

The importance of Computer Science and digital skills in today’s workplace and society cannot be underestimated. We teach the BTEC in Computer Science, as the range and scope of projects that our students undertake through this course, gives them a chance to see the huge variety in digital careers: social media; IT systems security; building computer systems, networks and databases; game design and development; user interface and user experience design. The impact of computing on society is unparalleled. In each of these areas, we maintain a strong industry presence by way of talks, workshops, visits and challenges.

At Ada, the role of our teachers is more of a facilitator of learning than a fount of all knowledge. We use our networks and Ada’s extensive industry contacts to bring the real world into the classroom and the students out into the real world. We work collaboratively with industry partners to shape students' learning experience and deliver workshops for students to explore the breadth of different industry sectors. We are incredibly lucky at the College to have great founding partners, willing to share their time and expertise with our students, giving them the benefit of their experience as successful IT professionals.


What you'll learn

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Computer Games Development
  • Planning and Management of Computer Projects*
  • Business Applications of Social Media*
  • The Impact of Computing*
  • Mobile Apps Development*
  • Software Design and Development Project**
  • Computer Networking**
  • Human Computer Interaction**
  • Systems Analysis and Design**
  • Relational Database Design**

*BTEC National Diploma and BTEC Extended National Diploma in Computing only

**BTEC Extended National Diploma in Computing only




Entry Requirements

Extended Certificate

To begin this course students must have achieved at least 5 GCSE qualifications at grades 4-9 from the following list; Maths, Computer Science, IT, English Language, English Literature, Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Double/Triple Science), History, Geography, Art, Media, Business, Psychology and Modern Foreign Languages.

National Diploma

To begin this course students must have achieved at least 5 GCSE qualifications at grades 4-9 from the following list; Maths, Computer Science, IT, English Language, English Literature, Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Double/Triple Science), History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages.

Extended Diploma

To begin this course students must have achieved good GCSE passes in Computer Science, Mathematics and English Language, and at least two other GCSEs at grade 4-9 from: IT, English Literature, Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Double/Triple Science), History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages.




Progression and career opportunities

  • Database developer
  • Games developer
  • IT consultant
  • Security Analyst
  • Software developer
  • Web designer / developer

See more at prospects.ac.uk