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I have no idea what the difference is between them I thought they were the same thing. I did Computer Science at GCSE and then realised that they are different after I chose Computing for A-Level, need help
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Anyone?
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At A Level there is no difference.
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Not sure, but think that computer science is more theoretical. Computing is more about computers as a whole, i.e. hardware+software, while computer science only deals with software. Not sure though...
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Hi, I study computer science A level and we cover both theoretical stuff and programming but I heard computing A level is more about hardware stuff (like how computers work) Do you have a choice between computer science and computing A level?
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They are the same thing I believe. They have changed the name from computing to computer science recently.
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I think they're just different titles used by different exam boards.

It shouldn't be difficult to find the relevant course specifications and compare them. I imagine they'll be largely similar between exam boards.

If you're considering pursuing Computer Science at university, it would be recommended to take Further Maths.
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(Original post by Katy Kim)
Hi, I study computer science A level and we cover both theoretical stuff and programming but I heard computing A level is more about hardware stuff (like how computers work) Do you have a choice between computer science and computing A level?
I would have to go to another college or sixthform, but is it worth it?
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I would have to go to another college or sixthform, but is it worth it?
That's what I've seen in AQA website for both computing and computer science A level. But I recently heard they're getting rid of computing and keep computer science only. Go to your exam board website and look through both specifications if there are.

I would say moving to another college just because of this issue is not a good idea. If you are happy with your current college like location, other curriculum, teachers.. etc, stick to computing A level as both of them are recognised by unis.
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(Original post by Katy Kim)
That's what I've seen in AQA website for both computing and computer science A level. But I recently heard they're getting rid of computing and keep computer science only. Go to your exam board website and look through both specifications if there are.

I would say moving to another college just because of this issue is not a good idea. If you are happy with your current college like location, other curriculum, teachers.. etc, stick to computing A level as both of them are recognised by unis.
I agree with you I probably wont move college. I can tell by AQA website that A-Level computing looks outdated and has less units and topics than computer science. But if they are both recognised by unis then it should take me to the path I want.
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I know that on OCR the old spec GCSE/A-level was called Computing but the new specs are called Computer Science. I don't think there's much difference
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Ofqual decided Computing should be renamed Computer Science so one has replaced the other. The GCSe and A levels in Computing have now been completely phased out and only the new Computer Science specifications are available. If anywhere is still offering an A level in Computing then it will actually be Computer Science.
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