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Is computer science hard if you know nothing about coding
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Hi, I am studying Computing Science at Scottish Higher level having never done it before and I'm getting on just fine. Sure, there has been a little extra work I've had to do to catch up with the others in the class but as for the coding side, I haven't found it too difficult. When I did find it difficult it was something that was new for everyone in the class so it's not as if I just didn't know because it was a new concept for everyone.
Honestly, if you work hard I don't think you'll have much bother.
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Hi, I am studying Computing Science at Scottish Higher level having never done it before and I'm getting on just fine. Sure, there has been a little extra work I've had to do to catch up with the others in the class but as for the coding side, I haven't found it too difficult. When I did find it difficult it was something that was new for everyone in the class so it's not as if I just didn't know because it was a new concept for everyone.
Honestly, if you work hard I don't think you'll have much bother.
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I am currently studying Computer Science as an A level and I did it in GCSE. When I first started most of the class weren't sure what to expect. No one knew how to code so everyone starts from scratch. It is also useful to note that not all of it is on code, most of what you learn is theory.
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I am doing OCR Computer Science 9-1. Honestly, it isn't bad or hard, pretty much the same as every other subject. For me, there is 2 exams and 1 NEA. The NEA is where you code however DO NOT stress because a lot of the marks are from your analysis and written work. You even get marks for sensible variable names. My teacher did coding with us all through year 10 and learning the theory side at the same time. If you really want, just google videos, download whatever you use to code with (I used Python) and start coding simple and get progressively harder. The tests aren't too difficult there is a few things to remember but you can get a revision guide to help you. The NEA is only a small fraction of the overall GCSE so do not worry about the code because you will learn it and get the hang of it.
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Yeah. For your 20% coursework (NEA) most of the marks are based on your writeup, not your code. I can't remember what it was at GCSE, but at Alevel it's something like only 15/70 marks is based on your actual code.
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What about math ? I also thinking to study Computer Science in the future I'm pretty good at coding I've already written my small applications on JavaScript and I also good at algebra it is just enjoyable for me but I don't know anything about Calculus or Liniar Algebra so will it be a problem for me ? Or am I going to learn about that in the university ?
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Is computer science hard if you know nothing about coding
Not at all. They teach you how to program on the course most likely. With the course that I am taking now, AQA CS GCSE, there is a built in module for Python Programming. I'm sure that other exam boards out their provide the same thing. If you're looking into A-Level though, I'm pretty sure that they teach C++ / C# as a module. With that, I would say that you would need some programming knowledge behind you (including some of the complicated stuff, such as polymorphism, inheritance, memory manipulation and extended data types).

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Take the CS Course that you are looking at, but on the side, make sure that you are looking into the programming behind it.
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What about math ? I also thinking to study Computer Science in the future I'm pretty good at coding I've already written my small applications on JavaScript and I also good at algebra it is just enjoyable for me but I don't know anything about Calculus or Liniar Algebra so will it be a problem for me ? Or am I going to learn about that in the university ?
You only learn abt that stuff at university, although it comes up in maths / further maths a level .
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What about math ? I also thinking to study Computer Science in the future I'm pretty good at coding I've already written my small applications on JavaScript and I also good at algebra it is just enjoyable for me but I don't know anything about Calculus or Liniar Algebra so will it be a problem for me ? Or am I going to learn about that in the university ?

Nope. Maths on comes into it on a very basic level (the stuff you know). A few equations pop up here and there, but nothing that's not simple. At A-Level, mathematics will play a key role in what you do.
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