Best route for me into Software Engineering HELP

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Software Engineering is something that i've always wanted to do and still is what i really want to do. I'm a year 11 leaver about to start sixth form, tomorrow; however i'm having doubts about whether A levels are the best option for me. I got pretty good grades at GCSE, lowest grade being a B; i just don't know if i'm going to be able to get what i need at A levels to go to university. I just don't want to waste 2/3 years doing A levels if i don't make it in the end... I've chosen Maths (dynamics), Physics, History, Computing. I'm not confident i'd be able to manage maths and physics...
I was wondering, if i'd be better off doing a lvl 3 extended diploma in IT and then taking it from there... I'm just not confident i'm going to be able to cope with A levels, or enjoy it; please help.
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(Original post by LoneRangerS)
Software Engineering is something that i've always wanted to do and still is what i really want to do. I'm a year 11 leaver about to start sixth form, tomorrow; however i'm having doubts about whether A levels are the best option for me. I got pretty good grades at GCSE, lowest grade being a B; i just don't know if i'm going to be able to get what i need at A levels to go to university. I just don't want to waste 2/3 years doing A levels if i don't make it in the end... I've chosen Maths (dynamics), Physics, History, Computing. I'm not confident i'd be able to manage maths and physics...
I was wondering, if i'd be better off doing a lvl 3 extended diploma in IT and then taking it from there... I'm just not confident i'm going to be able to cope with A levels, or enjoy it; please help.
Well A levels are hard and require good exams ability. However I would say you are much better off with doing BTEC in IT and going from there. Its all coursework, worth 3 a levels and its no exams. It is still at the same level but its is more practical and offers more opportunities for you. Its also means you can focus on 1 subject instead of focusing on 4 different subject all at once. That all I can say.
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I feel as though software development apprenticeships are the best route into a career in software engineering/development. You can find loads all over the country and the best thing about it is you gain work experience while also achieving respected qualifications that are enough to get you into uni should you decide to go there, but you really don't have to considering the company you're at usually end up giving you a full time job in software engineering. Work experience in programming/coding is much more valued than academic qualifications in said area. Not to mention you get a bit of money on the side and you don't have to worry about student debt.
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BTEC then UNI

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BTEC IT with Maths A level would be the best combination.
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Work experience in programming/coding is much more valued than academic qualifications in said area.
You can't make that as a blanket statement. Different companies are looking for different things. At my company, we specifically recruit graduates, and we don't care about past programming experience. We want people who are smart, and who have proven that through their academic qualifications; we're happy to teach them programming ourselves.
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(Original post by LoneRangerS)
Software Engineering is something that i've always wanted to do and still is what i really want to do. I'm a year 11 leaver about to start sixth form, tomorrow; however i'm having doubts about whether A levels are the best option for me. I got pretty good grades at GCSE, lowest grade being a B; i just don't know if i'm going to be able to get what i need at A levels to go to university. I just don't want to waste 2/3 years doing A levels if i don't make it in the end... I've chosen Maths (dynamics), Physics, History, Computing. I'm not confident i'd be able to manage maths and physics...
I was wondering, if i'd be better off doing a lvl 3 extended diploma in IT and then taking it from there... I'm just not confident i'm going to be able to cope with A levels, or enjoy it; please help.
What type of software and what level of abstraction?

Web development? Middleware? Enterprise Solutions? Embedded Software? Control Software etc. All of these are very different and require varying levels of hardware/software interfacing knowledge and skills.

Engineering Software includes: Digital Signal Processing, R-T Embedded Software, Safety Critical Systems, Closed Loop Control Systems, Microcontroller Programming, RISC, CISC, PIC, ASM, Machine Code etc.

This is far more specialised than might at first be apparent.

If you go down the IT route, you will end up in high level IT systems development, web development etc. and a millions others chasing the same career.

If embedded systems tickles your fancy, then you will need a degree in electronic engineering or computer science. Far less applicants chasing the same job and engineering is a highly transferrable and sought after skill set.
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Different companies are looking for different things.
My bad, I guess you're right.
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