Maths A level / struggling between picking BTEC Computing or doing A levels Watch

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Lately I've been thinking about what is the best choice for focusing on programming in university. As I find maths a bit hard right now, I MIGHT not be able to achieve a 7 in the new 9-1 GCSE, therefore A level maths would seem like a nightmare for someone who cannot achieve at least a 7 (I'm currently on a 6). Achieving a grade 7 is not impossible, but the fact that A levels tend to be a lot harder than GCSEs might drag my final grades down, which would ultimately result in low grades for uni.

Main question: What do you think about BTEC Computing/ BTECs in general (level 3) ? Would 2 years of A levels be enough to significantly improve in mathematics? What do you think about academic vs practical courses?
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Personally,lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnng story short-A-levels!
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I did a BTEC Level 3 in Computing and went on to do a BSc Computer Science degree and now I'm studying for my MSc. I got a B (6 in new grading) in Maths GCSE and did fine in my CompSci degree which was maths heavy and I didn't do A level Maths.

Personally, I think the practical skills you get from the BTEC are more beneficial, I also work as a Software Engineer and I use skills learnt from my BTEC years ago in my job such as: tools for requirements modelling e.g. UML, development methodologies, database design and the programming modules on the BTEC were my first experience with writing code which got me to pursue a career in Software Engineering.

Also, don't worry too much about unis accepting the BTEC, people from my BTEC class got offers from: Kings College London, Southampton, Manchester, Surrey, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Bath and UCL - All very respectable universities.

A level Maths would help you though, if you can take both the Computing BTEC and Maths A level that would be a very good combination and would allow you to apply to the very top universities (Including Oxford who accept Triple Distinction (DDD) + A* in the BTEC in IT/Computing + Maths).

I assume you are looking to do a degree in Computer Science?
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(Original post by yt7777)
I did a BTEC Level 3 in Computing and went on to do a BSc Computer Science degree and now I'm studying for my MSc. I got a B (6 in new grading) in Maths GCSE and did fine in my CompSci degree which was maths heavy and I didn't do A level Maths.

Personally, I think the practical skills you get from the BTEC are more beneficial, I also work as a Software Engineer and I use skills learnt from my BTEC years ago in my job such as: tools for requirements modelling e.g. UML, development methodologies, database design and the programming modules on the BTEC were my first experience with writing code which got me to pursue a career in Software Engineering.

Also, don't worry too much about unis accepting the BTEC, people from my BTEC class got offers from: Kings College London, Southampton, Manchester, Surrey, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Bath and UCL - All very respectable universities.

A level Maths would help you though, if you can take both the Computing BTEC and Maths A level that would be a very good combination and would allow you to apply to the very top universities (Including Oxford who accept Triple Distinction (DDD) + A* in the BTEC in IT/Computing + Maths).

I assume you are looking to do a degree in Computer Science?
Thank you so much for your response!
Yes, I intend on studying a Computer Science in university. I always thought a BTEC would help me more when it comes to practical skills and the way I learn, however many people think it’s not the best choice.
You helped me view BTECs in a more positive way.
I realised it all comes down to what you’re the best at (not what other people expect you to do).
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(Original post by Syhal)
Thank you so much for your response!
Yes, I intend on studying a Computer Science in university. I always thought a BTEC would help me more when it comes to practical skills and the way I learn, however many people think it’s not the best choice.
You helped me view BTECs in a more positive way.
I realised it all comes down to what you’re the best at (not what other people expect you to do).
No problem at all,

Agreed when I was at college people questioned me for taking the BTEC but its taken me a lot further than those people who did question me, definitely one of the best choices I made for my education.

Exactly correct. I was considering Computing and IT A levels but I couldn't decide on a third A level so I decided on doing the triple BTEC (Extended Diploma) because that counted for 3 A levels and covered pretty much everything from Computing and IT A levels and loads more useful skills that have benefited me, as well as that you have a compulsory work placement with the BTEC, I'd recommend sorting this out early and get the best one possible for you, for example a local software development company? You'll find having this short relevant work placement very useful when applying to internships/grad schemes later on where most others will not have done any relevant work.

A level Maths can be quite useful for Comp Sci though, if you have the option to I would recommend taking it.
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