hi, just wondering can AS computing be considered a "soft" a level to go with maths bio and chem?..... or is the coursework there way too much
thats As computing not A....
Not as soft as IT and there is some pretty hard stuff on the syllabus
Back then in my computing class we had about 18 people, now there are only about 8 left including me.
I do Maths, F.Maths and Physics. I wanted to drop Computing, but HOY didnt let me.
Computing and IT, in my opinion, are two totally different subjects. A few in my year who took degrees in computer science (they also did A’ level Maths) have dropped out and started a degree in another subject because the jump from IT to Computer science wasn’t what they expected.
I took IT at GCSE and got an A*, went on to do A’ level computing (WJEC) – as I thought at the time I would go on and do an IT related degree, but it totally put me off doing a degree in IT (because it was way too hard!), and as a result, I’m now doing a degree in Politics and International relations (which is absolutely fantastic!!)
I did Computing, Maths, Chem and Human Bio. Dropped Computing after AS though, which was always the plan. Really didnt like it though, thought the topics were boring and the teachers were awful (maybe they go hand in hand?). We had about half the year to do the coursework and in reality, had I worked on it properly could've finished it in about 2 weeks. The only revision I did for it was about an hour before the exam from notes we were given in college. Got an A in the end though.
I suppose it was a welcome contrast to the other 3 subjects. I wouldnt call it soft though.
I have a lot of friends who took AS Computing. They would most definately tell you that it isn't a soft subject, but that may be partly down to the level of incompetance of Computing teachers in my school. My brother, who is going into year 12 next year, was considering taking Computing as a soft option to go with Maths, Physics and Chemistry. After having talked to people who took the subject, he may well be changing to something else, as it seems to be a huge step up from GCSE ICT.
It's an enjoyable subject, but at AS it doesn't really take up a lot of time - the exams are VERY predictable, and there isn't a large amount of theory to learn in each module, especially if you're relatively competent with computers in the first place.
I did AS computing (edexcell).
I gave it up because (get this) it was too easy.
I just diddn't see any point in carrying it on, it was boring, the teachers (and some of the students) were morons. And it was just a complete doss. I diddn't think it was really worth the paper it was written on when compared to say maths or physics.
In terms of difficulty its a fair bit harder than gcse it and in particular the programming is quite tricky. From a practical view it can get quite challenging.
The exams however i'd describe as not much more than gcse level and they treat you as if you were that age.
Just my opinion, i know its a bit harsh but after doing it for a year it just felt so soft compared to maths etc