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    Hi, I'll be starting college in September and there are two Btec level 3 extended diplomas. There's the old 2010 specification in IT which is 100% coursework and the new 2016 computing spec which is a mixture of coursework and exams.
    I can go to a college that does either one and am more inclined to do the old spec but on the Pearson website it says this qualification is going to be under review to see whether it gets withdrawed in December 2017. Let's say I've done my first year of this course and have got the 90 credit diploma and want to move onto the extended diploma in 2017, what if in December they decide to withdraw what happens to the extended diploma qualifcation?

    I know this is really long but please help! Thanks!
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    Also the top unis require just a relevant Btec extended diploma with maths A level for computer science. Does this new 2016 qualifcation change that or will the old It one still be acceptable?
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    What does this mean if I choose to do the 2010 Btec level 3 extended diploma in IT which will I'll be doing at college in September of this year instead of the new 2016 computing Btec?
    http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...xtensions.html
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    Can you take a look at the link in my last post on this thread and help?
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    Haha I meant to reply to this yesterday but my phone died,

    Honestly, just go with what you prefer in terms of course content, both are very similar and a lot of the units from the old spec are present in the new spec but there is a lot more focus on actual Computer Science in the new spec + some really nice looking units relating to Security and the one in Mobile App Development looks good too

    But it wont matter for universities either one will be accepted,

    in terms of A level Maths its only really the top 10-15 unis that require it, if you are aiming to go for that sort of level then you will need Maths and either one of the qualification, but again which one you choose wont really affect any offer you may get, basically if they accept the 2010 spec they will most likely accept the 2016 spec

    in my personal opinion I would go with the new spec, as some of the specialist units look really good also you cut all the Business **** taught on the old spec which is really dull and by doing the new spec you can just focus on the things from the old spec which are relevant in CS.

    I did the old spec obviously and the actual CS related modules that I did as part of the course were incredibly enjoyable, if I could have not done some of the business stuff (about 25% of my course) and could have focussed on the stuff I wanted then it would have been better, but some people from my course went onto study joint IT/Computing with Business at uni so I guess for them it was good, I went on to do straight CS so I found the Business side pretty boring, however if you choose the old spec, I speak from experience it is still really good, just make sure they teach a good amount of CS related units, but if they are teaching the new spec simultaneously I assume they will try and match the content of the old spec - just do a little research, i'd be happy to answer any questions relating to specific units if I can

    And the new spec unit 'Fundamentals of Computer Science' (i think its called) is a really good introduction and covers a lot of what you will do in your first year of a CS degree.

    Hope this helps, feel free to ask me anything else
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    (Original post by yt7777)
    Haha I meant to reply to this yesterday but my phone died,

    Honestly, just go with what you prefer in terms of course content, both are very similar and a lot of the units from the old spec are present in the new spec but there is a lot more focus on actual Computer Science in the new spec + some really nice looking units relating to Security and the one in Mobile App Development looks good too

    But it wont matter for universities either one will be accepted,

    in terms of A level Maths its only really the top 10-15 unis that require it, if you are aiming to go for that sort of level then you will need Maths and either one of the qualification, but again which one you choose wont really affect any offer you may get, basically if they accept the 2010 spec they will most likely accept the 2016 spec

    in my personal opinion I would go with the new spec, as some of the specialist units look really good also you cut all the Business **** taught on the old spec which is really dull and by doing the new spec you can just focus on the things from the old spec which are relevant in CS.

    I did the old spec obviously and the actual CS related modules that I did as part of the course were incredibly enjoyable, if I could have not done some of the business stuff (about 25% of my course) and could have focussed on the stuff I wanted then it would have been better, but some people from my course went onto study joint IT/Computing with Business at uni so I guess for them it was good, I went on to do straight CS so I found the Business side pretty boring, however if you choose the old spec, I speak from experience it is still really good, just make sure they teach a good amount of CS related units, but if they are teaching the new spec simultaneously I assume they will try and match the content of the old spec - just do a little research, i'd be happy to answer any questions relating to specific units if I can

    And the new spec unit 'Fundamentals of Computer Science' (i think its called) is a really good introduction and covers a lot of what you will do in your first year of a CS degree.

    Hope this helps, feel free to ask me anything else
    Always appreciate your advice, thanks so much!
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    (Original post by Axlerod)
    Always appreciate your advice, thanks so much!
    No worries at all, happy to help
 
 
 
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