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I was wondering if anyone could help.

I've been doing my Computer Science A-level for just over a year now at my Sixth Form. I'm really enjoying it and it has become my favourite subject. I didn't do the subject at GCSE but I was wondering where could I do a Computer Science GCSE because I've had a really long conversation with both my Computer Science teachers today who have said that doing a Computer Science GCSE would be beneficial for me and help me grasp the A-level content a bit better.

They said that if I wanted to I could drop from the A-level and go and sit in with the main school Year 10 GCSE Computer Science students and then do the Computer Science A-level at College.

The reason we had this conversation is because I really want to be a Computer Science teacher. Both teachers said that now because the Exams are harder I need to know the basics of Computer Science and therfore building my knowledge up from GCSE is better and far more beneficial.

Do you guys think this is do-able - bearing in mind I have 2 other A-levels to think about and revise for with exams in May and June or could I find an online Computer Science GCSE course and still do the A-level but go at my own pace with the online GCSE when I have free time? Where could I do an online GCSE Computer Science course?
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Why can you not do them simultaneously?

People do extra A-Levels...

I mean just have both books open whenever you tackle a new subject. Read the GCSE one first. You dont need a formal qualification in something to understand and apply it.
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(Original post by DWSWLM)
Why can you not do them simultaneously?

People do extra A-Levels...

I mean just have both books open whenever you tackle a new subject. Read the GCSE one first. You dont need a formal qualification in something to understand and apply it.
Ok. Thank you.

So I don't need the GCSE Computer Science to become a Computer Science teacher?
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https://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org

I doubt you would be able to study Computer Science online as it would be hard to do the coursework! Why not take a look at this website and also some Computing/Computer Science Past papers and do those, also buy some GCSE textbooks! I doubt you'd need a GCSE in it if you got a good grade at A Level!
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It wouldn't be possible to take online as you'd need to undertake the NEA which would have to be done under supervision. Despite what your teachers have said I can't see any value in taking a GCSE in Computer Science now. Yes you ought to learn the content(if it hasn't come up in A level) but taking the GCSE would be waste of time.
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as far as taking the gcse is concerned, i’m not too sure. but i’m in year ten studying computer science and have done for a year already (our school let us begin gcse courses a year earlier) and honestly if you get a cgp guide you’ll see that there really isnt a huge amount of content to learn. some of it can be hard to grasp/remember but its considerably shorter compared to other subjects i take. another thing that could potentially aid with your coding is codecademy. they go through it step by step and then get you to do an end of module task
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You can study Computer Science at any age. The is one professional who is teaching me Python and my friends Java and VB.

She is very good. Far better than school teacher.


(Original post by ItalianGuy1897)
I was wondering if anyone could help.

I've been doing my Computer Science A-level for just over a year now at my Sixth Form. I'm really enjoying it and it has become my favourite subject. I didn't do the subject at GCSE but I was wondering where could I do a Computer Science GCSE because I've had a really long conversation with both my Computer Science teachers today who have said that doing a Computer Science GCSE would be beneficial for me and help me grasp the A-level content a bit better.

They said that if I wanted to I could drop from the A-level and go and sit in with the main school Year 10 GCSE Computer Science students and then do the Computer Science A-level at College.

The reason we had this conversation is because I really want to be a Computer Science teacher. Both teachers said that now because the Exams are harder I need to know the basics of Computer Science and therfore building my knowledge up from GCSE is better and far more beneficial.

Do you guys think this is do-able - bearing in mind I have 2 other A-levels to think about and revise for with exams in May and June or could I find an online Computer Science GCSE course and still do the A-level but go at my own pace with the online GCSE when I have free time? Where could I do an online GCSE Computer Science course?
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(Original post by chloecam29)
https://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org

I doubt you would be able to study Computer Science online as it would be hard to do the coursework! Why not take a look at this website and also some Computing/Computer Science Past papers and do those, also buy some GCSE textbooks! I doubt you'd need a GCSE in it if you got a good grade at A Level!
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Even to do Computer Science at Uni, all you need is Maths. You can become a CompSci teacher without the GCSE, or you could take the GCSE while you sit the A Level.
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