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I want to study a degree that will involve computers and computer hardware as I am interested in building computers and other devices etc, however I studied Electronics at GCSE and failed it (my teacher wasn't great). I may apply to computer science but is this mainly software based?

There are other courses such as "computer engineering" which seem to include more hardware based around computers.

Should I try studying electronic engineering and/or computer science at university or are there any other courses I should look into?
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I want to study a degree that will involve computers and computer hardware as I am interested in building computers and other devices etc, however I studied Electronics at GCSE and failed it (my teacher wasn't great). I may apply to computer science but is this mainly software based?

There are other courses such as "computer engineering" which seem to include more hardware based around computers.

Should I try studying electronic engineering and/or computer science at university or are there any other courses I should look into?
What A-levels are you doing?

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What A-levels are you doing?

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Maths, IT and Psychology
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Ok. So Physics is required by many universities for electronic engineering but by no means all.

CompSci is more about the academic principles behind computing although there are certainly significant elements of coding in it. Not so much the electronics though.

Probably best to read up on the detailed content of the various courses at different universities and go along to some Open Days or UCAS Fairs to get a better idea of what interests you.

(I wouldn't worry about your GCSE - it's not a problem).
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I want to study a degree that will involve computers and computer hardware as I am interested in building computers and other devices etc, however I studied Electronics at GCSE and failed it (my teacher wasn't great). I may apply to computer science but is this mainly software based?

There are other courses such as "computer engineering" which seem to include more hardware based around computers.

Should I try studying electronic engineering and/or computer science at university or are there any other courses I should look into?
You will need Physics for Electronic Engineering and they do like Physics for Computer Science.
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You will need Physics for Electronic Engineering and they do like Physics for Computer Science.
Most universities only prefer physics and don't require it
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Most universities only prefer physics and don't require it
Yes, I know.
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(Original post by DeeplyThinking)
I want to study a degree that will involve computers and computer hardware as I am interested in building computers and other devices etc, however I studied Electronics at GCSE and failed it (my teacher wasn't great). I may apply to computer science but is this mainly software based?

There are other courses such as "computer engineering" which seem to include more hardware based around computers.

Should I try studying electronic engineering and/or computer science at university or are there any other courses I should look into?
Lots of unis have different programs tailored to what they think is best for their students e.g. Durham CompSci is a lot more theory based but York CompSci is very pratical.
I suggest looking at the course contents of the universities your looking at for computer science and then computer engineering and see what you prefer.

Personally I'd go for COmputer Science, Ive just applied for CompSci and Maths
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