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Computer Science or History?

I am in year 9 and I am picking my options in a couple of hours and I have sorted everything out except I don't know whether to pick computer science or history. I am already picking German, geography, and art but I need something else and I don't know what to pick.

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Reply 1
i always regretted not doing history.
History fits better alongside the subjects you've already picked because its a humanities. I was reluctant to take GCSE history and now I'm studying it at A level, I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. It's not an easy subject at all and requires quite a bit of effort to get high grades but its well respected and worth it in my opinion.
Computer science is much more useful, and you'll learn a lot about computers/programming. But it could be demanding if you're not a logical thinker. The programming tasks are long asf too.

For history, you have to learn a lot of things. For me, we had 3 units; Nazi Germany, Crime and Punishment and Protest, law and order. Because i'm naturally good at history (total war games, wikipedia) the crime and punishment part was easy for me, Nazi Germany was easy because i'm a national socialist, and we haven't learnt much of protest law and order yet.

So I ended up doing both, because we had to choose from Geography and History, I chose history, and I chose CompSci because I want to pursue a career in it.
Reply 4
History. Especially now the computing course is something like 70% theory, **** that.
Do Computing. It's so much more simpler than History. (unless you're talking about coding + programming) History is a lot of rigorous work and you need to have a lot of opinions about the topics to do really well, whilst a lot of Computing is mainly theory work and a lot of just common sense. I've always hated picking History, the entire spec is just a big blur to me lol, and I'd rather have some coursework in Computing than none at all in History.
You generally need GCSE History to do History at A-Level but you generally don't need GCSE Computing to take it A-Level. Just something to think about.
Reply 7
Original post by saharan_skies
Do Computing. It's so much more simpler than History. (unless you're talking about coding + programming) History is a lot of rigorous work and you need to have a lot of opinions about the topics to do really well, whilst a lot of Computing is mainly theory work and a lot of just common sense. I've always hated picking History, the entire spec is just a big blur to me lol, and I'd rather have some coursework in Computing than none at all in History.


Theory in computing is pretty dry, I find it pretty boring even though I'm interested in computers.
Reply 8
I did both at GCSE. And I can safely say I enjoyed history way more. I'm definitely more of a STEM person but I still found history more interesting. So personally, I would say do history.
Original post by b7621b
Theory in computing is pretty dry, I find it pretty boring even though I'm interested in computers.


Agree. It's pretty straightforward and easy to remember tho. The coursework was pretty hard for me to complete tho :s
Reply 10
Yeah me too I'm more of a STEM person and I do like history and my syllabus is based on war which I really like. I just need a subject I know I can do well in.
Personally, i'd choose history. I just find it more interesting
Original post by A___
Yeah me too I'm more of a STEM person and I do like history and my syllabus is based on war which I really like. I just need a subject I know I can do well in.


If you're good at maths, you'll be good at computer science. I did GCSE computing and it was a complete waste of time because I'd done a bit of programming before and the course has to cater for beginners. I'd say history was much more interesting (did both) but computer science could be potentially more useful if you have no prior programming experience and are intrested in STEM things
pick History
Reply 14
Hey guys quick question. Im doing both computer science and History in GCSE, Im really good and confident in unit 1 of computer science (Theory), but i struggle with unit 2 (Python programming etc). Im a fan of history, apart from weimar germany. But I am confident, with anglo saxons, crime and punishment etc. My teachers are asking me to drop one subject out of the two, which should I drop, and which one would benefit me? Thank you
Reply 15
Original post by Praefectus
Computer science is much more useful, and you'll learn a lot about computers/programming. But it could be demanding if you're not a logical thinker. The programming tasks are long asf too.

For history, you have to learn a lot of things. For me, we had 3 units; Nazi Germany, Crime and Punishment and Protest, law and order. Because i'm naturally good at history (total war games, wikipedia) the crime and punishment part was easy for me, Nazi Germany was easy because i'm a national socialist, and we haven't learnt much of protest law and order yet.

So I ended up doing both, because we had to choose from Geography and History, I chose history, and I chose CompSci because I want to pursue a career in it.

Which is more easier and interesting and less stressful???
Original post by aryc_30
Which is more easier and interesting and less stressful???

History is for sure more interesting, all of my freinds including me has found history really engaging. For history, a general understanding of what happend in each decade is quite good, whereas in Computer Science, more specific things are needed. Personally, both are equally as stressful, since there is a lot to study. Different exam boards will study different things, which is why I suggest looking further and choose something you like.
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Reply 17
Original post by XxArchiexX
History is for sure more interesting, all of my freinds including me has found history really engaging. For history, a general understanding of what happend in each decade is quite good, whereas in Computer Science, more specific things are needed. Personally, both are equally as stressful, since there is a lot to study. Different exam boards will study different things, which is why I suggest looking further and choose something you like.

Btw what examboard did you do for each and my examboard for cs is ocr and for history is edexel??
Original post by aryc_30
Btw what examboard did you do for each and my examboard for cs is ocr and for history is edexel??

im doing AQA for history and OCR for Computer Science, so same computer science course
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Reply 19
Original post by XxArchiexX
im doing AQA for history and OCR for Computer Science, so same computer science course

Oh so which do you recommend my school do OCR CS same as you and do you recommend it to me over history which is edexel and you do aqa

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