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    So I am choosing my A-levels at the moment and one of the subjects I'm thinking about is Computer Science, but I wanted to know how much you need to know about programming and the such before you start. I'm good at maths and ICT, so there's no problems there, but my knowledge of programming and stuff like that is not so good, what do you think?
    Thanks :-)

    Hey there!

    I'm currently in year 12 doing AQA AS Level Computing. I started with a bit of programming knowledge but by no means was I an expert programmer. I'd say 60% of my Computing class had never seen computer code before but no one has dropped out (Most people are now competent at programming and are working at their target grade). You don't need to know an awful lot about programming for AS (you will for the A2 project) but I'd definitely recommend practising programming if/once you start the course.

    I do Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computing. Computing is by far my favourite course, it's so varied and the theory is actually interesting.

    If you ever need any help, whether its help choosing the course, programming or theory, just pm me!


    I'm studying at A2, and doing same subjects as rich (above).

    I had some experience of programming before starting my A-levels having learnt some Javascript from codecademy and when we started learning Python in class I was faster at picking it up that those without prior programming experience.

    However through the year my advantage began to fade as everyone else learnt to code.
    So programming experience will help, but there will always be a some things you haven't learnt that will be taught to you. If you don't have prior experience you may need to spend some time a week extra on some programming homeworks.

    Computer Science isn't all programming. It's an important part of the course but you'll also cover structure of a processer, the law, and other stuff.

    How ICT is more about how to use a computer, I've found Computing to be more about how the computer works.
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