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Is it a good idea to take Computer Science A-Level without previously doing GCSEs? watch

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    I am currently Year 11 student and I've not done Computer Science on my GCSEs, however i was thinking of doing it on A-Levels as it opens a lot of options. Would it be too hard for me to study it at A-Levels without having a knowledge of GCSE Computing as long as my Maths skills are very good? Thanks!

    Despite what most people think, A Level computing science doesn't really contain much math, well the theory side anyway. The actual 'math' you would use when it comes to programming and coursework but even then it's pretty minimal. The main 'difficulty' if you could even call it that is that most of what makes A Level CS challenging is the theory which can get pretty in depth if you havent done GCSE CS. But overall if you have a good understanding of how a computer represents text, images and music files with binary, how the CPU works in depth in terms to registers and the actual processing of data you should be fine.

    I wouldn't recommend it if you didn't do it at GCSE, A-level Computing is HARD, really really hard so is the coursework so unless you are familiar with Computer theory and programming languages like JavaScript and HTML which you would have done in GCSE I wouldn't do it at A-levels if I were you.

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