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    Hi,

    The sixth form I have applied for is not allowing me to do both Computer Science and ICT A level (my other choices maths and business) and not really given me much of a reason, after speaking to the head of department (its my school as well so I know the teachers) he said that you just are not allowed to do them both as your subjects wouldn't be broad enough and the head of sixth form said so . Does anyone agree with this advice? I know I want a career in the IT sector (probably a software developer). I know it might not be that important for some careers but would it be better to study ICT A level (I know if I have to drop one I would keep Computer Science and drop ICT) than a completely unrelated subject (e.g law, product design, physics, biology etc). Also does anyone have an idea why the sixth form is say this? Is it because university's don't like it or something like that?

    Thanks a lot for any help
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    I recall you made a thread about this not too long ago. I'd say it's the same reason as why a school wouldn't recommend you taking Art, Fine Art and Design and Texiles, but they shouldn't be able to force you not to take it. I don't understand why they're really fussed about it when you've already a clear idea of what you want to do. I think they're perhaps worried you'll get halfway through the syllabus and think that CompSci isn't for you, thus performing badly in the exams.

    What have the other sixth forms you've applied to said in regards to your subject choices?
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    (Original post by mattymatty2000)
    Hi,

    The sixth form I have applied for is not allowing me to do both Computer Science and ICT A level (my other choices maths and business) and not really given me much of a reason, after speaking to the head of department (its my school as well so I know the teachers) he said that you just are not allowed to do them both as your subjects wouldn't be broad enough and the head of sixth form said so . Does anyone agree with this advice? I know I want a career in the IT sector (probably a software developer). I know it might not be that important for some careers but would it be better to study ICT A level (I know if I have to drop one I would keep Computer Science and drop ICT) than a completely unrelated subject (e.g law, product design, physics, biology etc). Also does anyone have an idea why the sixth form is say this? Is it because university's don't like it or something like that?

    Thanks a lot for any help
    The obvious reason why they wont let you take both is because they are two very similar subjects, that is what your teachers mean when they say that it isnt broad enough... the more respected one of the two is computer science i dont know why probably because it is harder, ict is using the computers and computer science is the actual programming behind it, there is probably some overlap between the two also.
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    (Original post by ruby420)
    Why did you make another thread about this?
    On the last thread people mostly said that ICT wasn't important or needed to become a software developer however on this thread I wanted to know if it would be disadvantage to do them both over another subject (e.g law, product design, etc). I did ask a question on my previous post however got no responses (although I wasn't very patient). I'm quite new to this site so sorry if I should have just stuck to one thread.
 
 
 
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