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    I am currently in year 12 studying Chemistry, English Language and History (also studied Physics but dropped it). I recently found that I just didn't enjoy the majority of my subjects. Chemistry I just can't get my head round and every lesson tell myself I shouldn't of taken it, English Language I thoughtI would enjoy because I like writing but I don't seem to have any active interest in any of the technical details. The only subject I do enjoy is History (been getting A's in all of my essays etc.). I feel as though at this rate I'll come out with ADU, which isn't something I want. I like the sound of the Btec National diploma for ICT practitioners because I do have an active interest in computers and feel I would enjoy my studies learning about this. I also like the sound of a degree in computing (Compsi or software engineering). However do I need GCSE IT to understand this course?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
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    Anyone? Please?
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    Do it, although with a BTEC you may not be accepted at some unis, Im not sure exactly what a BTEC for ICT involves, but Computer Science is way advanced and is more programming and stuff than the basics they teach you at A level Computing. So i'd find out where you would be happy to apply for Uni, and what the BTEC involves.
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    Don't worry, I'm not aiming for top universities as I'm looking to stay quite near to home. Do you have any knowledge on whether or not you need GCSE ICT for the Btec?
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    (Original post by Mito)
    I am currently in year 12 studying Chemistry, English Language and History (also studied Physics but dropped it). I recently found that I just didn't enjoy the majority of my subjects. Chemistry I just can't get my head round and every lesson tell myself I shouldn't of taken it, English Language I thoughtI would enjoy because I like writing but I don't seem to have any active interest in any of the technical details. The only subject I do enjoy is History (been getting A's in all of my essays etc.). I feel as though at this rate I'll come out with ADU, which isn't something I want. I like the sound of the Btec National diploma for ICT practitioners because I do have an active interest in computers and feel I would enjoy my studies learning about this. I also like the sound of a degree in computing (Compsi or software engineering). However do I need GCSE IT to understand this course?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
    That's a shame you're not enjoying your subjects. I know a lot of people are surprised by the content of the English Language A Level and everyone says Chem is really hard.

    History, of course, is just fantastic always

    On the other hand, have you considered doing A Levels in computing and maths etc. You could do History as well since you seem good at it. There's nothing to stop you starting new A Levels in Sept.

    If you really want to do the BTEC, however, and A Levels definitely aren't for you, then check with your local college to see whether GCSE IT is a requirement. They may start it from scratch or just require GCSE Maths or something. They'll be the best people to talk to. What Level BTEC is it? Level 3 is equivalent to A Levels, Level 2 to GCSE. You may be able to do Level 2 if they require ICT to that standard before you can progress to Level 3 but it's not something I know about, I'm afraid.

    As a side note, I dropped out of sixth form to go to college and it was the best decision I've ever made.
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    (Original post by Leto)
    That's a shame you're not enjoying your subjects. I know a lot of people are surprised by the content of the English Language A Level and everyone says Chem is really hard.

    History, of course, is just fantastic always

    On the other hand, have you considered doing A Levels in computing and maths etc. You could do History as well since you seem good at it. There's nothing to stop you starting new A Levels in Sept.

    If you really want to do the BTEC, however, and A Levels definitely aren't for you, then check with your local college to see whether GCSE IT is a requirement. They may start it from scratch or just require GCSE Maths or something. They'll be the best people to talk to. What Level BTEC is it? Level 3 is equivalent to A Levels, Level 2 to GCSE. You may be able to do Level 2 if they require ICT to that standard before you can progress to Level 3 but it's not something I know about, I'm afraid.

    As a side note, I dropped out of sixth form to go to college and it was the best decision I've ever made.
    Well my school doesn't offer computing and maths is a no go (C at GCSE). The Btec sounds good, I know that if I'm interested in the subject then I'll do the work because I wantto learn about it. My local college (West Cheshire) is a vocational college so they don't offer A levels. Oh yes and I'm looking at a level 3 course here.

    P.S Yes, History is fantastic, but I don't think its worth staying for one subject :thumbsdown:
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    (Original post by Mito)
    Well my school doesn't offer computing and maths is a no go (C at GCSE). The Btec sounds good, I know that if I'm interested in the subject then I'll do the work because I wantto learn about it. My local college (West Cheshire) is a vocational college so they don't offer A levels. Oh yes and I'm looking at a level 3 course here.

    P.S Yes, History is fantastic, but I don't think its worth staying for one subject :thumbsdown:
    Your local college only does vocational subjects?

    Well, if you're serious about going into computing type stuff then it looks like a BTEC is a good option for you. Once completed, you can progress to a BTEC Higher National Diploma or a degree- the HND is an equivalent qualification and may be a good option for you because it'll have a large vocational aspect. Well, it's equivalent to the first two years of a degree course, I think and can be used for admissions to certain universities.

    You'll have to check uni requirements for a degree in computing though because not all will accept a BTEC for admission. I think I read further up that you want to stay local so check out your local unis and see what they say- you'll want to know what your options are once you've completed your course. The HND I mentioned above can sometimes be done in FE colleges or I think in some universities, or higher education colleges certainly- HND will definitely accept a Level 3 BTEC.

    You may also want to talk to a careers adviser type person for further advice.
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    Well, I rang the college and I've got an appointment to see the tutor next Friday for a chat (chat? CHAT! My school would never have a chat!) and she also said I don't need GCSE ICT :bigsmile: . Its some good news because I got my Chemistry Unit 3 mark back today and I got a borderline E/U :ashamed2:
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    Major bump here but I've not been on here since this discussion.

    I find it amusing reading back what I said as I can't believe I was ever so worried

    I never left sixth form, I dropped Chem and took Media at AS to gain some extra points. Long story short I'm going to Bangor University in September after getting BBD (E in Media but I never took it seriously) to study History.
    Basically, if you got your ASs and you a scared about the future then just stick it out and it'll all pay off
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    (Original post by Mito)
    English Language I thoughtI would enjoy because I like writing but I don't seem to have any active interest in any of the technical details. The only subject I do enjoy is History (been getting A's in all of my essays etc.).
    If you are interested more in writing, than the technical aspects, have you thought of English Literature?
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    (Original post by Mito)
    Major bump here but I've not been on here since this discussion.

    I find it amusing reading back what I said as I can't believe I was ever so worried

    I never left sixth form, I dropped Chem and took Media at AS to gain some extra points. Long story short I'm going to Bangor University in September after getting BBD (E in Media but I never took it seriously) to study History.
    Basically, if you got your ASs and you a scared about the future then just stick it out and it'll all pay off
    woah, well done! (:
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    do not go to an FE college!!!!
 
 
 

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