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    I want to do Computer Science + Triple Science but apparently my school doesn't allow you to. I'm deciding whether to do Computer Science + Combined Science or just Triple Science. I want a medicine career but I really enjoy coding and programming and I want to do that. But would it be better to take Triple Science if I want a medicine career?
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    If you want to do medicine, triple science at GCSE is essentially a must due to the fact that its an extra science GCSE showing future sixth forms/colleges you have an interest in the subject.
    Coming from someone who is currently in year 11: I took computer science, it started with Python coding but no one could teach it so now we've switched to BTEC ICT which I find thoroughly enjoyable. Coding is cool on paper but when you're doing a GCSE in it, it becomes extremely boring.
    Despite a completely new syllabus for next years year 11's (1-9) I'm sure triple science would still be the superior option in comparison to computer science; especially when you aspire for a career in medicine. Ultimately choose the subjects you want to choose, you may want a career in medicine now (im assuming you're in year 10) but by the time you finish your GCSEs you might want to do something completely different.

    Hope this helped
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    My friends do GCSE Computer Science and never stop complaining about the amount of work they have to do especially the coursework. These people have always loved coding and computing too so if they're complaining about the old spec GCSE then I hate to think about what you'd have to do in the new spec. I'd say go with Triple Science since it's required for your future anyway so go with that.
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    I have no idea why you're not allowed to do both, I take triple and CS personally and I wouldn't change that for anything. I would suggest negotiating this with your head of year/whoever handles the options, but if it ultimately comes down between choosing between the two, as said before, I think it is better for you to take triple, especially since you plan to pursue a career in medicine, as for medicine, triple science is pretty much essential.
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    If you do choose CS then I can help. I got A* in it in summer 2016. Can also help with triple science as I got an A in all of them
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    Do both - find a way. If I were you I'd either get my parents involved or I'd go and shout at the head teacher


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    Do both - find a way. If I were you I'd either get my parents involved or I'd go and shout at the head teacher


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    Triple science, you can learn to code in your own time
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    (Original post by bendent1234)
    If you do choose CS then I can help. I got A* in it in summer 2016. Can also help with triple science as I got an A in all of them
    Lucky, you can take both CS and TS. And congrats for the great scores. I hope I can achieve them. I will message u further when I choose it. thanks!
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    (Original post by El Patron)
    If you want to do medicine, triple science at GCSE is essentially a must due to the fact that its an extra science GCSE showing future sixth forms/colleges you have an interest in the subject.
    Coming from someone who is currently in year 11: I took computer science, it started with Python coding but no one could teach it so now we've switched to BTEC ICT which I find thoroughly enjoyable. Coding is cool on paper but when you're doing a GCSE in it, it becomes extremely boring.
    Despite a completely new syllabus for next years year 11's (1-9) I'm sure triple science would still be the superior option in comparison to computer science; especially when you aspire for a career in medicine. Ultimately choose the subjects you want to choose, you may want a career in medicine now (im assuming you're in year 10) but by the time you finish your GCSEs you might want to do something completely different.

    Hope this helped
    I can take ICT but the thing is, isn't ICT BTEC more towards the creative side like creating websites and making posters etc? I suck at that and I hate doing those things. Is BTEC/vocational subjects bad? Because apparently they are worth less and the internet claims that it is useless.
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    (Original post by That'sGreat)
    Triple science, you can learn to code in your own time
    True, but wouldn't it be better for the people who does uni and stuff to know that i can code and program? Or could I include it in my CV or personal statement?
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    (Original post by Mikos)
    I have no idea why you're not allowed to do both, I take triple and CS personally and I wouldn't change that for anything. I would suggest negotiating this with your head of year/whoever handles the options, but if it ultimately comes down between choosing between the two, as said before, I think it is better for you to take triple, especially since you plan to pursue a career in medicine, as for medicine, triple science is pretty much essential.
    Lucky, if you don't mind me asking, which part of the UK are you in? And what should I say to the people who handles the options? Also, have you taken BTEC? Is BTEC truly useless because I've been told that it's worth less than a GCSE and the internet claims that it sucks
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    (Original post by sweetstars)
    True, but wouldn't it be better for the people who does uni and stuff to know that i can code and program? Or could I include it in my CV or personal statement?
    taking computer science wouldt show them this

    you should just build up a portfolio of all your projects and upload it to a website like github if you want to showcase your problem solving skills
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    (Original post by CraigBackner)
    taking computer science wouldt show them this

    you should just build up a portfolio of all your projects and upload it to a website like github if you want to showcase your problem solving skills
    I don't want to showcase it to the public. Just to the people who looks at your GCSE and stuff. Would it be good to include it into your CV that you learnt coding as a hobby?
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    (Original post by sweetstars)
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    I want to do Computer Science + Triple Science but apparently my school doesn't allow you to. I'm deciding whether to do Computer Science + Combined Science or just Triple Science. I want a medicine career but I really enjoy coding and programming and I want to do that. But would it be better to take Triple Science if I want a medicine career?
    friend, i'm currently in yr 13 and I take a-level comp science. I kick myself everyday for not taking it at gsce, it's a good, solid subject that will serve you well considering the technological advances of the future.
    I feel like you don't find computing boring if you enjoy the logic and problem solving of it, even if the theory is (more than) a little dry.
    That being said, if you definitely want to do medicine only, stick with your triple sciences, it'll show your dedication and you can always code in your own time and stick it in the 'interests' part of your Personal Statement.


    hope this helps, and make sure you're going to ENJOY all of your subjects, that's the most important thing. after all, you're going to be studying them a LOT.

    xx
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    (Original post by sweetstars)
    Lucky, if you don't mind me asking, which part of the UK are you in? And what should I say to the people who handles the options? Also, have you taken BTEC? Is BTEC truly useless because I've been told that it's worth less than a GCSE and the internet claims that it sucks
    I live in Nottingham (so East Midlands, to be less specific).

    You should just tell them why you should be able to take both, it's not like they clash because in my opinion, actual science and CS are very different subjects. You could even state that you know of people who have taken both (myself namely), and tell them that I and many others have no problem with it. There are 2 CS classes in our year, and they are split by who is doing double and triple (probably for the sake of timetabling, but to put it into perspective).

    As for BTECs, it really depends what you want to do. BTECs are vocation based qualifications and are therefore specific to a very limited amount of jobs. So for example, there are many careers to be made from sciences, but only a few for BTEC media or BTEC construction. If you don't plan to pursue a career in the subjects at hand, yes, they'll probably seem useless, although BTECs are, to my knowledge, usually easier than GCSEs. A common impression that some (not all) people get from BTEC students is that they're taking the subject for a lazy lesson (of course this isn't necessarily true, but I know of some people who believe that)
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    (Original post by PeaTea)
    friend, i'm currently in yr 13 and I take a-level comp science. I kick myself everyday for not taking it at gsce, it's a good, solid subject that will serve you well considering the technological advances of the future.
    I feel like you don't find computing boring if you enjoy the logic and problem solving of it, even if the theory is (more than) a little dry.
    That being said, if you definitely want to do medicine only, stick with your triple sciences, it'll show your dedication and you can always code in your own time and stick it in the 'interests' part of your Personal Statement.


    hope this helps, and make sure you're going to ENJOY all of your subjects, that's the most important thing. after all, you're going to be studying them a LOT.


    xx
    Thanks and what if in the future I suddenly change my career course? Like I want to join a game developing company. Would adding in coding in my Personal Statement suffice? I'm kinda scared that I might change my career into something I never took before at GCSE or A-Levels and then I won't be able to ever do that career.
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    I live in Nottingham (so East Midlands, to be less specific).

    You should just tell them why you should be able to take both, it's not like they clash because in my opinion, actual science and CS are very different subjects. You could even state that you know of people who have taken both (myself namely), and tell them that I and many others have no problem with it. There are 2 CS classes in our year, and they are split by who is doing double and triple (probably for the sake of timetabling, but to put it into perspective).

    As for BTECs, it really depends what you want to do. BTECs are vocation based qualifications and are therefore specific to a very limited amount of jobs. So for example, there are many careers to be made from sciences, but only a few for BTEC media or BTEC construction. If you don't plan to pursue a career in the subjects at hand, yes, they'll probably seem useless, although BTECs are, to my knowledge, usually easier than GCSEs. A common impression that some (not all) people get from BTEC students is that they're taking the subject for a lazy lesson (of course this isn't necessarily true, but I know of some people who believe that)
    I will try to persuade them then! Thanks

    Have you or anyone you know have took Health and Social Care? I want to take that but I'm new to it so I don't really know what the course has to offer. It is a BTEC. Thanks!
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    (Original post by sweetstars)
    I can take ICT but the thing is, isn't ICT BTEC more towards the creative side like creating websites and making posters etc? I suck at that and I hate doing those things. Is BTEC/vocational subjects bad? Because apparently they are worth less and the internet claims that it is useless.
    My course was split into 3 units: 75% coursework 25% online test

    Making a website, The online world and Internet portfolio.

    In some aspects its worthless, but it provides a foundation of skills others wont have; improving your chances of employment. I get what you mean, my handwriting is dreadful and so are my artistic qualities - the course is 90% computer based with a tiny amount of work done on paper by hand so its not too much of a problem.

    The biggest bonus for me is we're predicted to finish the whole BTEC by mid April. Giving me a 'free period" for 1-2 months before GCSEs which is pretty nice for revision.

    If I was in year 10 and computer science was originally called "BTEC ICT level 2" I wouldn't have chosen it, I basically got forced into doing it instead of computer science; regardless its extremely easy and is basically a free qualification.
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    (Original post by sweetstars)
    Thanks and what if in the future I suddenly change my career course? Like I want to join a game developing company. Would adding in coding in my Personal Statement suffice? I'm kinda scared that I might change my career into something I never took before at GCSE or A-Levels and then I won't be able to ever do that career.
    if you want to be a doctor now and choose triple science then curse yourself in 2/3 years then so be it. that's exactly what i did. i'm applying for a games design course at uni right now, but 2 years ago i wanted to be a voice actor (wtf me). this is also why i'm kicking myself over not picking computer science, i chose drama, french and history. my GCSEs are all over the place.
    the important thing to realise is that as soon as you're in 6th form or college, your gcse are nothing but grades. when applying to uni (if that's what you want) they really don't care beyond "112 points" or "BBC". only the specialist courses require actual subjects, like one of my uni courses wants a media or art related subject at a-level.
    not to mention, as an adult, you're way more flexible in what jobs you can choose than you might think. it doesn't really matter what gcses you got, it's about experience. if you show up at a games company at 28 with a portfolio of computing projects, they're not going to turn you down because you picked triple sci at gcses. xx
 
 
 

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