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    I am currently progressing through my final year of my GCSEs and trying to plan my future. Ever since I moved up to high school I've always had a passion and interest for ict and have always been good with computers. I've had it in my head for 5 years that I want to progress on to do IT. I want to go to college and do a level 3 extended diploma in IT however many of my teachers are telling me it's the wrong decision. I am fairly intelligent and recently received my grades in mathematics and numeracy which I achieved two A*s for. In my first year of my gcses I got an A* in my ict course work and a b in the Exam (which is pretty good for the unit 1 exam as it's difficult) as a cash in (average) I got an A in year 10. I wish to go to uni to do computer science and I know it is possible to get in with the level 3 it I wish to study. Is it worth going to college or do I stay on for sixth form ?
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    I am currently progressing through my final year of my GCSEs and trying to plan my future. Ever since I moved up to high school I've always had a passion and interest for ict and have always been good with computers. I've had it in my head for 5 years that I want to progress on to do IT. I want to go to college and do a level 3 extended diploma in IT however many of my teachers are telling me it's the wrong decision. I am fairly intelligent and recently received my grades in mathematics and numeracy which I achieved two A*s for. In my first year of my gcses I got an A* in my ict course work and a b in the Exam (which is pretty good for the unit 1 exam as it's difficult) as a cash in (average) I got an A in year 10. I wish to go to uni to do computer science and I know it is possible to get in with the level 3 it I wish to study. Is it worth going to college or do I stay on for sixth form ?
    Many people do BTEC IT with a level maths alongside so maybe you could do that
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    I remember when i was in the same situation a year ago, having an interview with the head of my school's sixth form. He was persuading me to stay on and go to sixth form, even though discussing about going to study Btec ICT at college (which was more specific and what i wanted). Personally, i believe he was trying to raise the numbers and grades in the sixth form. After nearly completing my first year, I couldn't be more certain that going to college was the right choice, even though I had doubts before I started the course. Currently, I am looking around different universities, (including Russel Group unis). In terms of the maths, it varies per uni. Some want a distinction grade in a maths module (which i have done), and some want a decent GCSE grade. It is certainly worth checking now on various uni websites about their entry requirements. But in terms of the course, i love it as it is more specific to IT than 3 a levels, and I find it is a middle point between school and uni.

    Hope this has helped, and good luck for the future!
 
 
 
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