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Unsure if the skills obtained from studying computing A-Level are worth it in other fields, that don't involve programming at all, in comparison to history, which is my other A-Level choice that I am considering taking instead of computing.

To clarify, the computing course is entirely based on programming.
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Depends on your exam board. I did AQA so I had a 20% coursework where you had to code something from scratch and 40% of my grade came from a programming exam. So depends on your exam board
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Depends on your exam board. I did AQA so I had a 20% coursework where you had to code something from scratch and 40% of my grade came from a programming exam. So depends on your exam board
Whole grade comes from things that are programming based. Mostly practical coursework, with some theory.
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Whole grade comes from things that are programming based. Mostly practical coursework, with some theory.
Do it if you enjoy it and don't need history?
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Unsure if the skills obtained from studying computing A-Level are worth it in other fields, that don't involve programming at all, in comparison to history, which is my other A-Level choice that I am considering taking instead of computing.

To clarify, the computing course is entirely based on programming.
Realistically speaking, the (academic) skills you gain at A Level are going to have very little impact on anything you do in the future. A Levels are little more than an introduction and a stepping stone up to University.

It is unlikely that you will only learn programming at A Level. I would argue that everyone should have at least a basic knowledge of technology and how things work, a good portion of which you'll get in the average A Level Computing or CS course. Programming in particular is also good for encouraging problem solving skills and practicing logic.

These A Level skills all basically have the same level of transfer between different job roles and many of them will be of little use. But the A Levels you take don't define your job in the slightest. If you want to take Computing even though you don't want a programming job, that's absolutely fine. There are other technology jobs available if that's what you want. And you're perfectly allowed to take A Levels outside the range of your preferred career
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(Original post by allenpc)
Whole grade comes from things that are programming based. Mostly practical coursework, with some theory.
If programming is not what you want to do then I wouldn't bother and take the history
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What drove you to choose computing at A-level in the first place if it's not something you enjoy? You should choose whichever subjects are going to give you the best chance at getting the grades you need for the next stage in your life - whether that's getting into university or some other higher-education course, or an apprenticeship. If you're not interested in doing any further study nor work involving computing, then there's very little reason to choose Computing at A-level. The grades you get at A-level are important, but your subject choices are mostly irrelevant unless there's some specific requirement (e.g. Maths for a STEM degree).
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