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    I'm taking Digital Technology now in Lower 6th and I'd like to move to Computer Studies for my last year (Upper 6th). I'd obviously put the work in over the summer in preparation, and the subjects are relatively similar in their specifications so I don't think it would be too much of a jump. Does this sound feasible??
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    Not really.

    Computer Science is now a non - reformed subject which means that the exams are taken at the end of the two years. In order to get a decent grade or at least pass the subject you would need to do Computing for two years which would mean redoing year 12. You'd give yourself a fighting chance if you did the Computing at GCSE but only enough to get possibly a D grade at the end.

    I know you said the Spec is quite similar but Computing also has a Programming exam and a programming project which is 20% of your final grade so you need to ace that piece of coursework. You would need to go to all the programming lessons and sign up for Code academy in order to do that because there is only so much help the Computing teachers can give you.

    You could put the work in but a lot of the topics - floating point binary/normalisation, Dijasktra algorithm - do need a lot of extra explaining so you probably wouldn't get it first time round.

    I'm not trying to say don't do it because Computer Science/IT courses prove vital in the World of Work and you're more likely to be employed with it but just talk it through with the Sixth Form Staff, your Digital Technology teachers and the Computer Science teachers and make sure this is truly what you want you want to do before making a solid decision as it is a lot of work trying to catch up.

    Good luck.
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    (Original post by LoukaGreen)
    Not really.

    Computer Science is now a non - reformed subject which means that the exams are taken at the end of the two years. In order to get a decent grade or at least pass the subject you would need to do Computing for two years which would mean redoing year 12. You'd give yourself a fighting chance if you did the Computing at GCSE but only enough to get possibly a D grade at the end.

    I know you said the Spec is quite similar but Computing also has a Programming exam and a programming project which is 20% of your final grade so you need to ace that piece of coursework. You would need to go to all the programming lessons and sign up for Code academy in order to do that because there is only so much help the Computing teachers can give you.

    You could put the work in but a lot of subjects - floating point binary/normalisation, Dijasktra algorithm - do need a lot of extra explaining so you probably wouldn't get it first time round.

    I'm not trying to say don't do it because Computer Science/IT courses prove vital in the World of Work and you're more likely to be employed with it but just talk it through with the Sixth Form Staff, your Digital Technology teachers and the Computer Science teachers and make sure this is truly what you want you want to do before making a solid decision as it is a lot of work trying to catch up.

    Good luck.
    Thank you! It's only an idea at the moment, I do enjoy Digital Technology but I'm going to speak to teachers about it and see other possibilities. Thank you for your advice anyway!
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    (Original post by sarah.mcm)
    Thank you! It's only an idea at the moment, I do enjoy Digital Technology but I'm going to speak to teachers about it and see other possibilities. Thank you for your advice anyway!
    No problem, buddy. Happy to help. I only know that because I went straight into doing Computer Science without having done it at GCSE. It was really hard for me to catch with the two years of the GCSE content but I managed it within half a year as A-level just builds ontop of GCSE so it was quite easy to grasp it after a while. I can only image how hard it's gonna be catching up with the A-level stuff, though.
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    Depends on the subject. Note that a lot of subjects are now terminal-exams-only so you'll have to do the entire two-year course in one year which would be incredibly difficult. You might be able to switch to an AS, but you'll find it much harder to get into uni if you don't have three A-levels (AS-levels are worth much less now).
 
 
 

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