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    Hey there,

    Hopefully next year I will be studying Computer Science in a decent University at London. I did not do A Levels and done BTEC ICT for some stupid reasons, however I love computers and technology. I taught myself some programming languages like JavaScript and Python, which I would say I know that basic. My maths level is average, I would say A-Level. The question is that I am afraid I might not cope with the subject especially the Maths in the modules. I am willing to study a lot and love the subject, since I was young I was involved with computers, and not only gaming. :P Anyone that studied this subject before please share your opinion. Thanks in advance.
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    Hey, do you do the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT?

    if so, it is accepted at most universities and is good preparation for Computer Science.

    I did the same one and I now study BSc Computer Science at Royal Holloway, University of London, where the offer is DDD with 4 Computing modules (OOP, EDP, Procedural Programming, Sofware D&D, Maths for IT, Data Analysis, Developing Computer Games or Networked Systems Security) or if you dont have all 4 there is another list where 2 units count as one to make the 4 required.

    Other University of London Colleges that accept it include: Queen Mary, Kings College London, Goldsmiths, UCL (Info Management not CS)


    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by yt7777)
    Hey, do you do the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT?

    if so, it is accepted at most universities and is good preparation for Computer Science.

    I did the same one and I now study BSc Computer Science at Royal Holloway, University of London, where the offer is DDD with 4 Computing modules (OOP, EDP, Procedural Programming, Sofware D&D, Maths for IT, Data Analysis, Developing Computer Games or Networked Systems Security) or if you dont have all 4 there is another list where 2 units count as one to make the 4 required.

    Other University of London Colleges that accept it include: Queen Mary, Kings College London, Goldsmiths, UCL (Info Management not CS)


    Hope this helps
    Yes I'm finishing Extended Diploma, I know it gives you good offers but does it prepare you enough to cope with the University's standards? Thanks for the help
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    (Original post by Massive.Attack)
    Yes I'm finishing Extended Diploma, I know it gives you good offers but does it prepare you enough to cope with the University's standards? Thanks for the help
    Easily, in my opinion it is much better than A level Computing

    and some of my uni modules have been very similar in content to my BTEC modules

    what modules are your doing on your BTEC?
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    These are the units that I have done:

    Unit 1 - Communication and Employability Skills for IT

    Unit 2 - Computer Systems

    Unit 3 - Information Systems

    Unit 4 - Impact of the use of IT on Business Systems

    Unit 7 - Organisational Systems Security

    Unit 8 - E-commerce

    Unit 12 - IT Technical Support

    Unit 14 - Event Driven Programming

    Unit 17 - Project Planning with IT

    Unit 18 - Database Design

    Unit 22 - Developing Computer Games

    Unit 25 - Maintaining Computer Systems

    Unit 28 - Website Development

    Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software

    Unit 30 - Digital Graphics

    Unit 31 - Computer Animation

    Unit 39 - Web Animation

    Unit 40 - Game Design
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    (Original post by Massive.Attack)
    These are the units that I have done:

    Unit 1 - Communication and Employability Skills for IT

    Unit 2 - Computer Systems

    Unit 3 - Information Systems

    Unit 4 - Impact of the use of IT on Business Systems

    Unit 7 - Organisational Systems Security

    Unit 8 - E-commerce

    Unit 12 - IT Technical Support

    Unit 14 - Event Driven Programming

    Unit 17 - Project Planning with IT

    Unit 18 - Database Design

    Unit 22 - Developing Computer Games

    Unit 25 - Maintaining Computer Systems

    Unit 28 - Website Development

    Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software

    Unit 30 - Digital Graphics

    Unit 31 - Computer Animation

    Unit 39 - Web Animation

    Unit 40 - Game Design
    That meets the entry requirements for Royal Holloway(DDD)

    And I'm sure if you achieve good grades you'll be able to get into other good University of London Colleges QMUL(D*DD) and KCL(DDD)
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    (Original post by yt7777)
    That meets the entry requirements for Royal Holloway(DDD)

    And I'm sure if you achieve good grades you'll be able to get into other good University of London Colleges QMUL(D*DD) and KCL(DDD)
    Thanks a lot for your reply it really helped
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    Hey man, i'm hoping to do computer science after i finish my a levels in college, do you think my a level subjects are okay to study it? ' History, english literature, economics and business and government & politics' I took these a levels because i thought i was going to become an accountant or pursue that career but changed my mind :/
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    (Original post by Massive.Attack)
    Thanks a lot for your reply it really helped
    No worries, if you have any spare time around your compulsory units I would recommend looking at unit 26 Maths for IT Practitioners and as much programming as possible Java and OO concepts in particular
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    (Original post by Hefty11)
    Hey man, i'm hoping to do computer science after i finish my a levels in college, do you think my a level subjects are okay to study it? ' History, english literature, economics and business and government & politics' I took these a levels because i thought i was going to become an accountant or pursue that career but changed my mind :/
    Not one of those is relevant, and your total lack of maths and computing rules you out of the top unis. Won't be easy, best of luck.
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    (Original post by TVIO)
    Not one of those is relevant, and your total lack of maths and computing rules you out of the top unis. Won't be easy, best of luck.
    Damn that sucks, well if i fail one of my exams, i might try to pick u computer science as level in my A2 year. Thanks for the reply, i'm not sure what to do now :/
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    A good grasp of A level mathematics (or equivalent) is important in computer science. If anything, it serves as evidence of your problem solving ability and logical thinking. As you go deeper into a comp sci degree, there will be many areas which hugely rely on these skills, such as algorithmics.
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    (Original post by Massive.Attack)
    Hey there,

    Hopefully next year I will be studying Computer Science in a decent University at London. I did not do A Levels and done BTEC ICT for some stupid reasons, however I love computers and technology. I taught myself some programming languages like JavaScript and Python, which I would say I know that basic. My maths level is average, I would say A-Level. The question is that I am afraid I might not cope with the subject especially the Maths in the modules. I am willing to study a lot and love the subject, since I was young I was involved with computers, and not only gaming. :P Anyone that studied this subject before please share your opinion. Thanks in advance.
    The maths is minimal on most courses, you say you know A-level maths so you'll be fine as that's all the expect. You'll be learning Logic which isn't numbers based anyways.
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    (Original post by Dirtybit)
    The maths is minimal on most courses, you say you know A-level maths so you'll be fine as that's all the expect. You'll be learning Logic which isn't numbers based anyways.
    He may not need the maths learned, but the qualification itself is required by almost all universities.
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    (Original post by Deci)
    He may not need the maths learned, but the qualification itself is required by almost all universities.
    Whoops, read that slightly wrong, thought he did Maths. Yeah Maths is pretty essential at most good uni's but he can still find a Uni that will accept him without. He wanted to know if he could survive through the course with the level of Maths they use anyways so I think i've answered him.
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    (Original post by Deci)
    He may not need the maths learned, but the qualification itself is required by almost all universities.
    No its not, not a lot of universities actually require A levels Maths for CompSci and a few Russell group unis don't require it either, I didn't take A level maths and I got 5 offers from good universities
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    No its not, not a lot of universities actually require A levels Maths for CompSci and a few Russell group unis don't require it either, I didn't take A level maths and I got 5 offers from good universities
    You love bigging yourself up don'tch'ya?

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    (Original post by Hefty11)
    Damn that sucks, well if i fail one of my exams, i might try to pick u computer science as level in my A2 year. Thanks for the reply, i'm not sure what to do now :/
    Your situation isn't ideal, but you can still get into a decent uni without them, just not top 10-15
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    You love bigging yourself up don'tch'ya?

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    No, they said that 'almost all' universities require Maths A level for CompSci when actually its the minority of universities that actually require it, and i was pre-empting a response about a uni not being good if they don't require it when actually some top unis actually dont require it, what I said about my offers was just proving my point with an example.
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    (Original post by Massive.Attack)
    These are the units that I have done:

    Unit 1 - Communication and Employability Skills for IT

    Unit 2 - Computer Systems

    Unit 3 - Information Systems

    Unit 4 - Impact of the use of IT on Business Systems

    Unit 7 - Organisational Systems Security
    Unit 8 - E-commerce

    Unit 12 - IT Technical Support

    Unit 14 - Event Driven Programming

    Unit 17 - Project Planning with IT

    Unit 18 - Database Design

    Unit 22 - Developing Computer Games

    Unit 25 - Maintaining Computer Systems

    Unit 28 - Website Development

    Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software

    Unit 30 - Digital Graphics

    Unit 31 - Computer Animation

    Unit 39 - Web Animation


    Unit 40 - Game Design
    what unit was your favourite? just out of interest...
 
 
 
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