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    Hi,

    This thread is primarily aimed at students who're currently studying Computer Science at lancaster. Simple question really, how did you get onto the course through traditional A level route or a BTEC course.

    Thanks in advance.
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    A level. However I have met very few people on Cs who got in with A levels. A lot got in on BTEC's. For some reason Lancaster doesn't require Maths past GCSE level, which is uncommon for CS courses. However I think this will change in the near future.

    Also I know a lot of people who got in on BTEC's and are really struggling with the course. I don't know what you learn in an IT BTEC but from what I've seen it doesn't prepare you well for the course or uni in general.

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    A level. However I have met very few people on Cs who got in with A levels. A lot got in on BTEC's. For some reason Lancaster doesn't require Maths past GCSE level, which is uncommon for CS courses. However I think this will change in the near future.

    Also I know a lot of people who got in on BTEC's and are really struggling with the course. I don't know what you learn in an IT BTEC but from what I've seen it doesn't prepare you well for the course or uni in general.

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    Thanks. I believe Lancaster offer a Computer science and mathematics course, maybe that would of been the better choice for you.
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    A level. However I have met very few people on Cs who got in with A levels. A lot got in on BTEC's. For some reason Lancaster doesn't require Maths past GCSE level, which is uncommon for CS courses. However I think this will change in the near future.

    Also I know a lot of people who got in on BTEC's and are really struggling with the course. I don't know what you learn in an IT BTEC but from what I've seen it doesn't prepare you well for the course or uni in general.

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    Also, should the fact that a lot of students that got onto the course through BTEC worry me?. I do think that I've been gained a lot of new skills that will help me on a computer science degree; some of which that students doing A levels may not have. However, I do appreciate the fact that mathematics will be a large portion of the subject, therefore students studying A level maths may find CS less challenging. I've always been pretty good ( B GCSE ) and enjoy it! but I didn't decide to go through the traditional A level route.
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    Thanks. I believe Lancaster offer a Computer science and mathematics course, maybe that would of been the better choice for you.

    Huh? I don't understand how you came to that conclusion.

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    Also, should the fact that a lot of students that got onto the course through BTEC worry me?. I do think that I've been gained a lot of new skills that will help me on a computer science degree; some of which that students doing A levels may not have. However, I do appreciate the fact that mathematics will be a large portion of the subject, therefore students studying A level maths may find CS less challenging. I've always been pretty good ( B GCSE ) and enjoy it! but I didn't decide to go through the traditional A level route.
    What new type of skills do you think will help you on a Cs course that A level students won't have?
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