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Hi, i am currently doing AS Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computing with the intent to drop Computing.

For Computing, we are expected to learn Python but i'm really struggling in it as i can't find the time to learn it while studying the 4 courses. I feel it is more beneficial to get the grades instead of learning to code and leave that for the summer holidays (i would spend a lot of that time doing so as i want to have some coding experience).

How important is having coding experience in terms of a competitive application assuming i have got the grades required?
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Hi, i am currently doing AS Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computing with the intent to drop Computing.

For Computing, we are expected to learn Python but i'm really struggling in it. I feel it is more beneficial to get the grades instead of learning to code and leave that for the summer holidays (i would spend a lot of that time doing so as i want to have some coding experience).

How important is having coding experience in terms of a competitive application assuming i have got the grades required?
What exam board are you on for computing? My exam board has a whole unit for programming. If you want I could help you with python.

Are we talking job application or uni?

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(Original post by ayylmao12)
Hi, i am currently doing AS Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computing with the intent to drop Computing.

For Computing, we are expected to learn Python but i'm really struggling in it. I feel it is more beneficial to get the grades instead of learning to code and leave that for the summer holidays (i would spend a lot of that time doing so as i want to have some coding experience).

How important is having coding experience in terms of a competitive application assuming i have got the grades required?
You definitely don't need coding experience for a computer science degree, I'd assume that most people wouldn't have any serious programming experience. However, I would question whether or not computer science is the right direction for you if you're struggling with python which is pretty much as basic a programming language as you can get. Obviously, there's a lot more to computer science than programming but still...
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What exam board are you on for computing? My exam board has a whole unit for programming. If you want I could help you with python.

Are we talking job application or uni?

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Hi, i am doing OCR

This would be for a uni application.
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You definitely don't need coding experience for a computer science degree, I'd assume that most people wouldn't have any serious programming experience. However, I would question whether or not computer science is the right direction for you if you're struggling with python which is pretty much as basic a programming language as you can get. Obviously, there's a lot more to computer science than programming but still...

Well, it's more having the time to sit down and go through it rather than finding it difficult, sorry i may not have worded it well by saying struggling.
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Hi, i am doing OCR

This would be for a uni application.
Well for uni, you don't need masses of experience. But you will have to program to a good level on the uni course (or at least from what I gather). Basically the more experience the better. Like chlorophile said I would question if it's your subject.

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Well for uni, you don't need masses of experience. But you will have to program to a good level on the uni course (or at least from what I gather). Basically the more experience the better. Like chlorophile said I would question if it's your subject.

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That wouldn't be a problem if it is my only focus, at the moment i have 4 rather time-consuming subjects, if i only had to code (and maybe a bit of maths i think you do in the first year) i could quite comfortably manage that.
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That wouldn't be a problem if it is my only focus, at the moment i have 4 rather time-consuming subjects, if i only had to code (and maybe a bit of maths i think you do in the first year) i could quite comfortably manage that.
I know the feeling - I'm on the same courses haha.

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I know the feeling - I'm on the same courses haha.

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ayy lmao, i think maybe in the A2 year instead of computing i could spend that time doing it then, a year's worth should be sufficient
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ayy lmao, i think maybe in the A2 year instead of computing i could spend that time doing it then, a year's worth should be sufficient
You see my problem is more: I can code, it's just the theory aspect that gets to me

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You see my problem is more: I can code, it's just the theory aspect that gets to me

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I think theory is pretty straightforward, well for OCR anyway, so far we've done datatypes, arrays, flowcharts, RAD, OSs, data representation and well components of a computer system which is all pretty straightforward.

Although you'll tell me now Python is straightfoward as well XD
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Computer science isn't a programming course, it's more theory.
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Computer science isn't a programming course, it's more theory.
can you go further into that please?
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I think theory is pretty straightforward, well for OCR anyway, so far we've done datatypes, arrays, flowcharts, RAD, OSs, data representation and well components of a computer system which is all pretty straightforward.

Although you'll tell me now Python is straightfoward as well XD
Yeah I mean I get the concepts, it's just they're picky on the words you use.

Python is one of the easiest languages to program in my opinion. However, you could learn every command in the language, but it's the process that you need to learn.

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Yeah I mean I get the concepts, it's just they're picky on the words you use.

Python is one of the easiest languages to program in my opinion. However, you could learn every command in the language, but it's the process that you need to learn.

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True, but i suppose that makes the A level challenging and being specific is probably important when it comes to computing.

I started CodeAcademy and that goes slow but is well explained so i think i can manage it all, thanks for your replies!
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True, but i suppose that makes the A level challenging and being specific is probably important when it comes to computing.

I started CodeAcademy and that goes slow but is well explained so i think i can manage it all, thanks for your replies!
Yeah I guess you're right there, it's just annoying when you hate words.

Ahh yes codecademy was how I learnt python, good website.:yep:

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Yeah I guess you're right there, it's just annoying when you hate words.

Ahh yes codecademy was how I learnt python, good website.:yep:

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Yeah i felt like that in some of my GCSEs which were stupidly specific, oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do eh?
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Yeah i felt like that in some of my GCSEs which were stupidly specific, oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do eh?
Haha yeah true

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