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    I have a passion for computing and computer science although this isn't demonstrated through my work experience and current GCSE subjects. I'm in year 11 and hope to take an apprenticeship or uni degree in software engineering/development etc. HOWEVER... I'm not really sure whether to or not take BTEC IT or 3 A-levels inc. Computing to get to where I want to be. My question is does BTEC IT allow me to become a software engineer/computer scientist? & also does it teach you to program/code?
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    I did it (same goals, same situation) and strongly disliked the course, which was oriented towards Microsoft Visual Basic was just not abstract enough. You really need to consider A level Maths for CS, for coding A level computing I think they do python or something now so it's still high level but you'll get a bit more beyond the Microsoft apologist (don't get me wrong, I love Visual Studio but some of us want to know how the computer actually works, and VB is a terrible platform for this)
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    I did BTEC IT alongside 3 AS levels, dropped it and now doing 3 a-levels. As 'Donald Trump'( congrats on the win btw ) it was all based on microsoft and I felt as if we almost copied stuff straight off google and did not learn anything as there was not enough time.
    Pick Computer Science if computing is your thing, not BTEC IT.


    Although, it is a easy distinction* ....

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    (Original post by lee1999wright)
    I did BTEC IT alongside 3 AS levels, dropped it and now doing 3 a-levels. As 'Donald Trump'( congrats on the win btw ) it was all based on microsoft and I felt as if we almost copied stuff straight off google and did not learn anything as there was not enough time.
    Pick Computer Science if computing is your thing, not BTEC IT.


    Although, it is a easy distinction* ....

    Good Luck
    Thank you, it was a great win, the best win.

    I felt exactly the same, a year of google basically. If you're interested in an entry level IT or office type job where you don't need to know much about the internals it's probably a great course. If you're more academic and have a passion for what is actually going on you'll hate it with a passion.
 
 
 
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