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    Hey all,

    I finished my BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT last year with grades DDD and I'm looking to study Computer Science at university. Unfortunately I messed up my GCSE's while I was in school and ended up with grades E in English and E math - terrible, I know. However, I do have both Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications in these subjects.

    Anyway, I decided to enrol myself in a GCSE math course which consists of 36 weeks and ultimately allows me to re-sit my GCSE math exam in June. Based on past papers that I’ve done this year, I’m working at a grade C on the foundation paper, and almost a grade C on the higher paper with 4 months left to go till my exam. I’m feeling confident that I’ll obtain a grade C or above – but that’s not my biggest concern.

    My biggest concern is that I wanted to re-sit my GCSE English exam this year too but my college decided to stop their GCSE English language course this academic year; as they felt there wasn’t much of a demand for it. Instead, they moved the course to their second campus which is 16 miles away and approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long via public transport. Bear in mind that these courses are evening-based and finish at 9 o’clock in the evening, there would be no way for me to travel back home. After speaking with the receptionist at my college, she had told me that the course is likely to be reinstated in the next academic year.

    Based on what I've said, do you think it would be worth taking another year off or not?

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    zxr
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    (Original post by zxr)
    Hey all,

    I finished my BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT last year with grades DDD and I'm looking to study Computer Science at university. Unfortunately I messed up my GCSE's while I was in school and ended up with grades E in English and E math - terrible, I know. However, I do have both Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications in these subjects.

    Anyway, I decided to enrol myself in a GCSE math course which consists of 36 weeks and ultimately allows me to re-sit my GCSE math exam in June. Based on past papers that I’ve done this year, I’m working at a grade C on the foundation paper, and almost a grade C on the higher paper with 4 months left to go till my exam. I’m feeling confident that I’ll obtain a grade C or above – but that’s not my biggest concern.

    My biggest concern is that I wanted to re-sit my GCSE English exam this year too but my college decided to stop their GCSE English language course this academic year; as they felt there wasn’t much of a demand for it. Instead, they moved the course to their second campus which is 16 miles away and approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long via public transport. Bear in mind that these courses are evening-based and finish at 9 o’clock in the evening, there would be no way for me to travel back home. After speaking with the receptionist at my college, she had told me that the course is likely to be reinstated in the next academic year.

    Based on what I've said, do you think it would be worth taking another year off or not?

    Kind regards,
    zxr
    You do realize that some of the best universities offering Comp Sci will have students who have an 'A' grade in A Level Maths, right? Some might even have Further Maths, too.

    I don't know much about Comp Sci, but I know that Maths is an important part of it. I wouldn't really recommend going for it at a top university if you're doing foundational level GCSE Maths.... /:
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    (Original post by m_james)
    You do realize that some of the best universities offering Comp Sci will have students who have an 'A' grade in A Level Maths, right? Some might even have Further Maths, too.

    I don't know much about Comp Sci, but I know that Maths is an important part of it. I wouldn't really recommend going for it at a top university if you're doing foundational level GCSE Maths.... /:
    I'm taking the higher paper, and I'm not looking to go for a top 20 university. I'm looking to go to a mid-league university which all require grades C or above in GCSE English and mathematics, i.e. Brunel University.
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    (Original post by zxr)
    Hey all,

    I finished my BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT last year with grades DDD and I'm looking to study Computer Science at university. Unfortunately I messed up my GCSE's while I was in school and ended up with grades E in English and E math - terrible, I know. However, I do have both Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications in these subjects.

    Anyway, I decided to enrol myself in a GCSE math course which consists of 36 weeks and ultimately allows me to re-sit my GCSE math exam in June. Based on past papers that I’ve done this year, I’m working at a grade C on the foundation paper, and almost a grade C on the higher paper with 4 months left to go till my exam. I’m feeling confident that I’ll obtain a grade C or above – but that’s not my biggest concern.

    My biggest concern is that I wanted to re-sit my GCSE English exam this year too but my college decided to stop their GCSE English language course this academic year; as they felt there wasn’t much of a demand for it. Instead, they moved the course to their second campus which is 16 miles away and approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long via public transport. Bear in mind that these courses are evening-based and finish at 9 o’clock in the evening, there would be no way for me to travel back home. After speaking with the receptionist at my college, she had told me that the course is likely to be reinstated in the next academic year.

    Based on what I've said, do you think it would be worth taking another year off or not?

    Kind regards,
    zxr
    I'm sorry but I'm going to be honest. Without atleast C in Maths & English you aren't going to go far in terms of job prospects. It's definitely worth waiting on obtaining the grades mentioned before stepping up to university. Like the guy previously motioned you are unlikely to get on a Computer Science degree with these grades.
 
 
 
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