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    Hello,

    I am currently at the start of Year 11 and am looking into options for the future. I would like to go into a career of programming. For this would it be better if I took A levels (most likley computing, maths and further maths) or an appreniceship (most likley QA as they give qualifications alongside).

    I would value any opinions or experiance anybody has.

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    Joseph.
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    I'm currently doing A Levels, however I have done Computer Science GCSE and WAS looking into programming career paths, though I have now changed. My opinion is that you take A Levels then you can choose whether you want to go to university or apprenticeship because, in my opinion, just sticking with GCSEs is very basic knowledge and not attractive to employers. Also, you might change your mind whilst doing A levels (as I did although I thought i wouldn't because i was so set yet I ended up changing from maths to philosophy and realized computer science isn't for me)
    NOW to get ahead in programming, look into code academy, khan academy etc. to do coding in your spare time - this is essential to programming. Employers want to know what coding languages you know, which can be learnt at anytime and in your free time. START AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THE MORE YOU KNOW THE BETTER, THE MORE PRACTICE THE BETTER.

    It will definitely look a lot better but most importantly FEEL better for yourself to go through the knowledge of A Levels (it is a massive learning jump from GCSE but it is fulfilling). A levels will give you a much better understanding of programming and for the future when you go into more complex programming.
    There are many degree apprenticeships and other level apprenticeships for computing related things, especially programming. Get ahead start, create a portfolio of your coding so you can show employers etc. It is truly a good thing to do for this.

    Apprenticeship is difficult because unless you get a really good one at this age when you finish Year 11, then you will be stuck with no options and they will use you a bit, due to not doing A Levels. After A Levels, doing an apprenticeship is better because of the pay firstly and you will be able to be competitive in your job and get satisfaction. Also you have the opportunity to go to university (although, research further, i am not sure if degrees are necessary for programming because the best bet would be to PRACTICE PROGRAMMING CONTINUOUSLY AT HOME).

    Apprenticeships after year 11 is usually vocational courses like hairdressing or builders etc. which is great for them but for you, it is best to go for a levels then afterwards see what you want to do. A lot can change.

    Get ahead start:
    https://www.codecademy.com/
    https://www.khanacademy.org
    https://www.madewithcode.com
    *Search up on youtube videos on programmers and how they were able to succeed

    The programming field will be competitive but AMAZING thing about this field is that they are always in need and it is a great pay!
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    (Original post by ttasha)
    I'm currently doing A Levels, however I have done Computer Science GCSE and WAS looking into programming career paths, though I have now changed. My opinion is that you take A Levels then you can choose whether you want to go to university or apprenticeship because, in my opinion, just sticking with GCSEs is very basic knowledge and not attractive to employers. Also, you might change your mind whilst doing A levels (as I did although I thought i wouldn't because i was so set yet I ended up changing from maths to philosophy and realized computer science isn't for me)
    NOW to get ahead in programming, look into code academy, khan academy etc. to do coding in your spare time - this is essential to programming. Employers want to know what coding languages you know, which can be learnt at anytime and in your free time. START AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THE MORE YOU KNOW THE BETTER, THE MORE PRACTICE THE BETTER.

    It will definitely look a lot better but most importantly FEEL better for yourself to go through the knowledge of A Levels (it is a massive learning jump from GCSE but it is fulfilling). A levels will give you a much better understanding of programming and for the future when you go into more complex programming.
    There are many degree apprenticeships and other level apprenticeships for computing related things, especially programming. Get ahead start, create a portfolio of your coding so you can show employers etc. It is truly a good thing to do for this.

    Apprenticeship is difficult because unless you get a really good one at this age when you finish Year 11, then you will be stuck with no options and they will use you a bit, due to not doing A Levels. After A Levels, doing an apprenticeship is better because of the pay firstly and you will be able to be competitive in your job and get satisfaction. Also you have the opportunity to go to university (although, research further, i am not sure if degrees are necessary for programming because the best bet would be to PRACTICE PROGRAMMING CONTINUOUSLY AT HOME).

    Apprenticeships after year 11 is usually vocational courses like hairdressing or builders etc. which is great for them but for you, it is best to go for a levels then afterwards see what you want to do. A lot can change.

    Get ahead start:
    https://www.codecademy.com/
    https://www.khanacademy.org
    https://www.madewithcode.com
    *Search up on youtube videos on programmers and how they were able to succeed

    The programming field will be competitive but AMAZING thing about this field is that they are always in need and it is a great pay!
    Thank you for your very detailed and informative reply. I have been programming since I was in year 5 or 6 when I first heard of the Raspberry Pi and was a fairly early buyer. Since then programming has been my main hobby and I have doen a few things sucha as building my father a website ande entering a couple of competitions so I a pretty darn set on that career path.

    My thoughts with an apprentasip were that whilst you get perhaps less overall qualifications you do get more which are specific to the industry, for example with QA you get a Level 3 and 4 software developer qualification and an MTA which I believe if fairly respected in the industry.

    I will keep on reserching into my best options and very much bare you reply in mind. If you have anything else which may sway me I would vermy much appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Joseph.
 
 
 
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