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    Hi,

    I'm in year 12, and I've started thinking about uni course options, and I think I'd like to take computer science. Here's my problem, though: I don't have a GCSE in IT or computing/computer science, and I don't take either for A level. I take physics, maths, further maths, and chemistry; should these options be okay?

    Also, does anyone know of any books/experiences that would look good on a personal statement, or whether I should have a base knowledge in any computer languages / concepts if I do end up doing it at uni?

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by beccanovak)
    Hi,

    I'm in year 12, and I've started thinking about uni course options, and I think I'd like to take computer science. Here's my problem, though: I don't have a GCSE in IT or computing/computer science, and I don't take either for A level. I take physics, maths, further maths, and chemistry; should these options be okay?

    Also, does anyone know of any books/experiences that would look good on a personal statement, or whether I should have a base knowledge in any computer languages / concepts if I do end up doing it at uni?

    Thank you!
    learn how to program in a language or two and make a few projects. Also try to get some work experience at a software development firm or something similar.
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    (Original post by beccanovak)
    Hi,

    I'm in year 12, and I've started thinking about uni course options, and I think I'd like to take computer science. Here's my problem, though: I don't have a GCSE in IT or computing/computer science, and I don't take either for A level. I take physics, maths, further maths, and chemistry; should these options be okay?

    Also, does anyone know of any books/experiences that would look good on a personal statement, or whether I should have a base knowledge in any computer languages / concepts if I do end up doing it at uni?

    Thank you!
    You're A levels should be fine since most unis take either maths or a computing related subject.

    For your personal statement I think its important especially for computer science that you show that you know what doing a computer science degree entails and what you want to do with the degree afterwards (as in job prospects)

    Also show your interest in maths too then afterwards include any relevant experience
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    when i was around your age I bought "accelerated c++: practical programming by example". i didn't get very far through it, either because of boredom or difficulty or both. i also bought "The C programming language". I experimented with these making simple programs (which i thought were complex at the time). i also downloaded Love2D and started trying to make very basic 2D games, i learned the most from doing this, and used the online reference manual as well as buying the guide for Lua (the scripting language used in the engine). i highly recommend getting a free 2D engine such as Love2D and playing around with it using the online guide/wiki, it's great fun and you learn a lot.

    however my advice in spite of all of this is to learn c# and download visual studio. you can make gui's with that, which are the most useful programs.

    another thing is make sure you write down all your program ideas and keep them safe for future reference, you'll eventually find out how to make them and it'll be great because you can end up running out of creativity as you age and specialise in science.
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    The A levels you are doing are ideal for Computer Science. Just remember its quality over quantity though so if you are struggling to do 4 subjects then drop one after AS - keep doing Maths and Further Maths whatever though.

    No real programming experience is needed but it wouldn't hurt if you had some on your personal statement - maybe a little Java or C++. Youtube is your friend.
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    (Original post by beccanovak)
    Hi,

    I'm in year 12, and I've started thinking about uni course options, and I think I'd like to take computer science. Here's my problem, though: I don't have a GCSE in IT or computing/computer science, and I don't take either for A level. I take physics, maths, further maths, and chemistry; should these options be okay?

    Also, does anyone know of any books/experiences that would look good on a personal statement, or whether I should have a base knowledge in any computer languages / concepts if I do end up doing it at uni?

    Thank you!
    You don't need to have studied computing to do a computer science degree, you just need to know why you want to study computer science. Your maths and further maths A levels will be perfect for entry requirements.

    You don't need any programming knowledge, they will teach you that though it wouldn't hurt to get some experience.

    As for things to read pop into your library and grab an AS/A level computer science textbook. Having a fundamental knowledge of system and memory architecture would be useful.

    If you're interested in AI/machine learning I'd also recommend some books by Steven Pinker, I'm currently reading How the Mind Works. Check out some of his stuff on youtube as well.
 
 
 
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