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    Not sure if I've asked this before (maybe I have but it's for the wrong spec) but what is the subject like, is it hard, would I enjoy it etc...

    Also I've heard there is 2 papers for the qualification done both at the end of the second year and some coursework - what is it supposed to be like (what do you do in Python, is there recap from GCSE) and how much is each component in terms of the course - is coursework 25%?
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    (Original post by BlueNova42)
    Not sure if I've asked this before (maybe I have but it's for the wrong spec) but what is the subject like, is it hard, would I enjoy it etc...

    Also I've heard there is 2 papers for the qualification done both at the end of the second year and some coursework - what is it supposed to be like (what do you do in Python, is there recap from GCSE) and how much is each component in terms of the course - is coursework 25%?
    coursework is 20% and will consume most of your time unless you're really experienced.

    the subject is challenging at times but definitely rewarding.

    if you want to do computer science at uni, i'd say go for it but prepare for the project in advance.

    if you dont want to do computer science at uni, i wouldn't advise taking the course in its current state. there's very few resources and lots of unqualified staff (most graduates go into industry).

    hope this helped.
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    Course is examined by coursework (50 hours roughly in class) and two papers: theory and practical. The coursework isn't hard if you pre-plan it and work on it outside of school. This course gives you a lot of programming practise which is good for the future if you do do computer science at university.
 
 
 
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