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Would a Level 3 BTEC in Games Design allow me to take a Computing Degree or Apprentic watch

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    I didn't do so well in my exams and I have to think through the possibilities and have an upcoming meeting about it.
    I passed Computer Science AS and Physics AS.

    I either have to take another A-Level or take a BTEC. I really enjoyed Computer Science, but the College I go to do not do that as a Level 3 BTEC in computer science, however, they do have a Games Design BTEC.

    I really do not want to move colleges if at all possible - I think that might be too late now anyway.

    Would a Level 3 BTEC in Games Design allow me to take a more generalized Degree or apprenticeship in Computer Science?
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    Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you've posted in the right place? Here's a link to our subject forum which should help get you more responses if you post there.

    You can also find the Exam Thread list for A-levels here and GCSE here. :dumbells:

    Just quoting in Fox Corner so she can move the thread if needed
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    Depends on what you want to go on and do. Every university has different entry requirements, with some accepting any 3 generic A Levels of a certain grade, others having specific requirements for courses/grades, some disallowing BTEC's (or at least preferring A Levels) and so on.

    Are you saying you've currently got an AS in Computer Science and Physics? And that you'd be going on to do A2 Computer Science and Physics, alongside another A Level/Level 3 BTEC? Or that you'd be changing courses completely? If the latter what courses would you be doing?

    Some universities will accept you onto a Computer Science degree with very basic A Levels and the minimum requirement tends to be one STEM subject. Not everyone will look favorably on a BTEC in Games Design but for some places it will cover the one STEM subject you need.

    Not sure if this is going to be moved but I can help!

    A BTEC generally carries some UCAS points but not as much as A Levels do, and in most cases it would be too little to get you into the top universities. University is still an option though.

    Universities have their own policies on what qualifications are acceptable and what aren't, you would probably find it quite difficult to get on a 3-year BSc Computer Science course with just a Games Design BTEC, but that doesn't mean it's impossible especially if you get distinctions. A lot of brick universities are now doing Game Design degrees which are also an option if you find yourself drawn more to game design.

    Another option would be to take a 4-year degree which includes a foundation year. The foundation year is mainly to build upon your skills so that you will not find it difficult to pass the course if you go straight into first year. A number of universities do Computer Science degrees with a foundation year, the ones I know of are Aberystwyth (I am doing the above-mentioned course there :P), Goldsmiths, UWE Bristol, and Swansea but I'm sure there are other choices. Admissions for these are generally delat with on a case-by-case basis and you can e-mail their department and see what they think.

    What do you mean by a computer science apprenticeship? I have done an IT apprenticeship straight out of school at 16 with only GCSEs, if it's Level 3 you generally don't need much else as long as you have some knowledge of computing. This was hardware support though and had nothing to do with computer science or programming. If you mean like a degree apprenticeship i.e. what Capgemini, GCHQ and other Civil Service departments do, then they usually require A Levels but if you can prove that you have an A Level knowledge of Computer Science to them then you may stand a better chance of getting hired.

    Hope I helped a bit and let me know if you have any questions.

    Edit: Got beat to it but I hope I added a bit of info.
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