Studying Decision Maths helped Phoebe with her computer programming

When it came to choosing her subjects, Phoebe Lord knew she wanted to work with computers and was attracted to The Manchester College by the Computing A-level.

‘Not many colleges offered it’ she said, ‘but once I started studying, I realised that my passion was in computer science so I changed courses to explore it in more depth.’

Whilst at the College, Phoebe took part in the first ever online competition ‘the MathsBombe’ run by the University of Manchester’s maths department. Every two weeks they released a maths question. ‘We got to solve the problem and talk about maths’ said Phoebe, ‘it was different to what we were being taught in the classroom and was a real challenge. I was in one of only three teams from the College.’

‘I really enjoy working with computer programming and the extra support really helped me.'

Phoebe also benefitted from the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP). ‘I chose to study Decision Maths’ she said, ‘I really enjoy working with computer programming and the extra support really helped me. I was able to study from home and ask questions in live online lectures.’

‘The experience I got from the FMSP helped me decide where to go next. I wanted to continue my journey at the University of Manchester as I’d seen the campus and met some of the PhD students through the events. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do when I’ve finished my course, but I’d like to work with computers – I particularly enjoy programming with Swift and Java.’

 

Phoebe Lord

Computing A-level