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I'm interested in studying computer science at portsmouth, I was looking for background on the difference between MEng and BSc (hons). How was was the first year? Do you believe that you need to have the aptitude and math skill for computer programming? I studied maths up to AS at college, I'm competent but don't excel at it

Any information on your study would be appreciated
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I'm sure you will have a maths module in your first year of university, which sets you up for the upcoming years. Check out this thread on learning computer programming: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4072475
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Thanks, I've started the learnpythonthehardway book, other than setting up Python on windows it's pretty been enjoyable so far. That thread should be very helpful
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Also look at how certain games are developed to help you understand programming more, for example, Space Invaders Java code: http://zetcode.com/tutorials/javagam...spaceinvaders/

Most uni's will use Java, C#, C++, Python as their language. You will learn Object Orientated programming, Software Development, web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript), PHP databases, Algorithms.

What specific area are you looking to go into? Software development, programming, web development, networking, security, video games development, etc?
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Thanks for that post, very helpful. I'm looking to go into software development. Video games would be very interesting, but I'm assuming that it would be a bit too specialist and extremely competitive to get into work wise

Do you have any tips that could help me get a head start, how many languages do people generally learn? I'm obviously not going to have mastered Python by the time the course starts but I thought it might make me fairly literate. How far into your course are you?
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I'm almost into my third.

You'll learn programming, this thread I mentioned with the link:http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4072475 contains a lot of detail on how to get into Software Development. Those are literally the steps you need to take and it will boost your employability too.

People learn Java, Python (could be any other two), as well as HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL, etc.

You'll learn programming, networking, maths and then on the second year software development, web technologies, algorithms, object orientated programming. Onto the third software engineering, IT service, AI, you could pick other modules and a computing project.

You can Google those programming languages, there is a lot of detail on the internet, Youtube videos, other websites, the internet is your best friend.

As for video games, you are right, however C++ is widely used for games and you can build your own games and add it into your portfolio to give you the edge.

Good luck
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(Original post by Jored1990)
I'm interested in studying computer science at portsmouth, I was looking for background on the difference between MEng and BSc (hons). How was was the first year? Do you believe that you need to have the aptitude and math skill for computer programming? I studied maths up to AS at college, I'm competent but don't excel at it

Any information on your study would be appreciated
Hi, I'm a current Computing final year student at the University of Portsmouth. There aren't many differences between MEng and BSC in your first. If you do well enough in your second year you can ask to be transferred over to the MEng if you would like to, with many of my friends being offered that while away on a placement year. So you can start on the BSc and change if you feel that it's right for you instead of starting on a MEng.

The first year compromises of 5 units: Introduction to programming (a double unit), Computer Architecture, Network Fundamentals, Web Foundations, and Introduction to Design and Development. There may still be some maths attached to the programming unit which you can get help for if you're struggling. (I personally had only done maths up to GCSE and only started doing it again when I came to university)

If you've got any more questions I'd be happy to answer them
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