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If you did a btec level 3 extended diploma in IT, what you doing now?
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Currently in an IT job working towards further qualifications.
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Just about to start my new Computer Science course in uni.
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Oh sick! What uni?
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Oh sick! What uni?
In University of East Anglia.
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In University of East Anglia.
Fair dos. And you did a btec level 3 in IT?
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Fair dos. And you did a btec level 3 in IT?
Yep, I finished my 2 year BTEC Level 3 Ext Dip in IT 3 months ago.
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Yep, I finished my 2 year BTEC Level 3 Ext Dip in IT 3 months ago.
Ah cool. Yeah I'm doing that this year, just wanted to see the general vibe of it all. I'm looking to either do computer science or software engineering if I decide to go to uni
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Ah cool. Yeah I'm doing that this year, just wanted to see the general vibe of it all. I'm looking to either do computer science or software engineering if I decide to go to uni
Are u doing Unit 26: Mathematics for IT Practitioners?
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Are u doing Unit 26: Mathematics for IT Practitioners?
I'm not, no. I'll list all the units we're doing tho:

Year 1 -
Unit 01 - Communication and Employability Skills
Unit 02 - Computer Systems
Unit 04 - Impact of the use of IT
Unit 07 - Organisational Systems Security
Unit 08 - E-commerce
Unit 14 - Event Driven Programming
Unit 23 - Human Computer Interfave
Unit 30 - Digital Graphics
Unit 31 - Computer Animation

Year 2 -
Unit 03 - Information Systems
Unit 05 - Managing Networks
Unit 06 - Software Design and Development
Unit 13 - IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair
Unit 15 - Object Oriented Programming
Unit 28 - Website Production
Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software
Unit 22 - Developing Computer Games
Unit 35 - Digital Graphics for Interactive Media
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I'm not, no. I'll list all the units we're doing tho:

Year 1 -
Unit 01 - Communication and Employability Skills
Unit 02 - Computer Systems
Unit 04 - Impact of the use of IT
Unit 07 - Organisational Systems Security
Unit 08 - E-commerce
Unit 14 - Event Driven Programming
Unit 23 - Human Computer Interfave
Unit 30 - Digital Graphics
Unit 31 - Computer Animation

Year 2 -
Unit 03 - Information Systems
Unit 05 - Managing Networks
Unit 06 - Software Design and Development
Unit 13 - IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair
Unit 15 - Object Oriented Programming
Unit 28 - Website Production
Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software
Unit 22 - Developing Computer Games
Unit 35 - Digital Graphics for Interactive Media
There are many excellent universities which do Software Engineering and CS and accept BTEC Ext Dip in IT. In my opinion, I chose CS because I simply didn't know which path I should take in university since there are many different areas I could have chosen from. For example, Networking, security, data science, software development etc. On the other hand, Software engineering is preferred and picked by students who enjoy doing programming and creating software and artificial intelligence. In some cases, universities sometimes include Software Engineering into the CS course. I know for a fact, Lancaster University do a MSc Software Engineering course.

Unit 26 is an optional unit, which teaches you maths topics in the computing spectrum needed in universities. Especially if you want to do Software Engineering. I was taught how to use and solve matricies problems and plot graphs using matricies sums. Tricky at first, but it gets easier if you spend time with your teacher in college and at home.

My end grade was D*D*D* after the 2 year course. I would say the experience is very enjoyable and we had some fun times in the course. Since moving on to uni, I have definitely missed the best moments in college especially spending time with the teachers. In my opinion, if you get D* in every single unit, and put your head down and work hard, you can reach the potential top 20 universities with full marks.

A list of units I did in college:
Unit 1- Communication and Employability Skills
Unit 2 - Computer Systems
Unit 3 - Information Systems
Unit 8 - Ecommerce
Unit 9 - Computer Networks
Unit 12 - IT Technical Support
Unit 14 - Event Driven Programming
Unit 18 - Database Systems
Unit 23 - HCI
Unit 25 - Maintaining Computer Systems
Unit 26 - Maths for IT Practitioners
Unit 28 - Website Production
Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software
Unit 30 - Digital Graphics
Unit 35 - More Graphics
Unit 36 - Computer Games Platforms and Technologies
Unit 40 - Games Design
Unit 42 - Spreadsheet Modelling
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There are many excellent universities which do Software Engineering and CS and accept BTEC Ext Dip in IT. In my opinion, I chose CS because I simply didn't know which path I should take in university since there are many different areas I could have chosen from. For example, Networking, security, data science, software development etc. On the other hand, Software engineering is preferred and picked by students who enjoy doing programming and creating software and artificial intelligence. In some cases, universities sometimes include Software Engineering into the CS course. I know for a fact, Lancaster University do a MSc Software Engineering course.

Unit 26 is an optional unit, which teaches you maths topics in the computing spectrum needed in universities. Especially if you want to do Software Engineering. I was taught how to use and solve matricies problems and plot graphs using matricies sums. Tricky at first, but it gets easier if you spend time with your teacher in college and at home.

My end grade was D*D*D* after the 2 year course. I would say the experience is very enjoyable and we had some fun times in the course. Since moving on to uni, I have definitely missed the best moments in college especially spending time with the teachers. In my opinion, if you get D* in every single unit, and put your head down and work hard, you can reach the potential top 20 universities with full marks.

A list of units I did in college:
Unit 1- Communication and Employability Skills
Unit 2 - Computer Systems
Unit 3 - Information Systems
Unit 8 - Ecommerce
Unit 9 - Computer Networks
Unit 12 - IT Technical Support
Unit 14 - Event Driven Programming
Unit 18 - Database Systems
Unit 23 - HCI
Unit 25 - Maintaining Computer Systems
Unit 26 - Maths for IT Practitioners
Unit 28 - Website Production
Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software
Unit 30 - Digital Graphics
Unit 35 - More Graphics
Unit 36 - Computer Games Platforms and Technologies
Unit 40 - Games Design
Unit 42 - Spreadsheet Modelling
Ah I gotcha. I'm still not 100% certain weather or not I'll be going to uni once I've finished, but I'm not ruling it out completely.

Last year I started sixth form doing AS Geography, Politics & ICT, but ended up failing them all. Decided to go to college and do a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT. But before applying I went to a couple interviews for software developer apprenticeships. Got a call this morning saying I'd gotten the job. What really stood out to me was that theyd send you off to uni to do these sort of mini courses, possibly even a full degree. Still a bit stuck on weather or not I should stay and complete the BTEC, or go for the apprenticeship.

Yeah, those units look similar to mine, although there are some stuff in there I've not done :P
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Ah I gotcha. I'm still not 100% certain weather or not I'll be going to uni once I've finished, but I'm not ruling it out completely.

Last year I started sixth form doing AS Geography, Politics & ICT, but ended up failing them all. Decided to go to college and do a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT. But before applying I went to a couple interviews for software developer apprenticeships. Got a call this morning saying I'd gotten the job. What really stood out to me was that theyd send you off to uni to do these sort of mini courses, possibly even a full degree. Still a bit stuck on weather or not I should stay and complete the BTEC, or go for the apprenticeship.

Yeah, those units look similar to mine, although there are some stuff in there I've not done :P
I know many of my friends who got an software developer apprenticeships. It's a hard decision unfortunately deciding whether or not finish your BTEC course. I haven't got an answer, but I have a few points which can help you make your decision.
In Y12, I gained some work experience in a IT technical support company which supplies educational computing supplies to primary and secondary schools. I was only there for a week, and quite enjoyed the experience. They were willing to give me an apprenticeship, however, I declined it simply because I wasn't ready to go into the workplace and do 9-5 job hours. I loved the hands on experience, however. But, after I had a discussion with some of my family and friends back home and overseas. One of my relatives has a specialised job in the computing industry and he remembers that coming out of sixth form/college and going into the workplace was the most difficult things he had to anticipate. Getting used to working hours and fewer holidays which meant less time with his friends and family. That decision was the most difficult decision I had to make, whether go into the workplace and do an apprenticeship, or complete the course and go into university. I chose to finish my course because I wanted to specialise in a particular field that I wanted to study e.g. networking/security/data science. Are you willing to sacrifice your life for a 9-5 apprenticeship? My friends who do an apprenticeship have to go into the office every day, and in one week, they will learn topics taught by members of staff or on a computer, for two days of the week. And the rest of the week, they will complete tasks like other normal staff members would do.

Have u had a chat with the company to see whether they will let you complete your BTEC course? I'm just not sure which one to choose in my opinion. But if they don't let you,

Another question I would ask is, how well did you do in your GCSEs? If you look back at your gcse grades which you have accomplished. Is it worth it? The computing industry is growing quickly, and there are many places you can go to.
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I know many of my friends who got an software developer apprenticeships. It's a hard decision unfortunately deciding whether or not finish your BTEC course. I haven't got an answer, but I have a few points which can help you make your decision.
In Y12, I gained some work experience in a IT technical support company which supplies educational computing supplies to primary and secondary schools. I was only there for a week, and quite enjoyed the experience. They were willing to give me an apprenticeship, however, I declined it simply because I wasn't ready to go into the workplace and do 9-5 job hours. I loved the hands on experience, however. But, after I had a discussion with some of my family and friends back home and overseas. One of my relatives has a specialised job in the computing industry and he remembers that coming out of sixth form/college and going into the workplace was the most difficult things he had to anticipate. Getting used to working hours and fewer holidays which meant less time with his friends and family. That decision was the most difficult decision I had to make, whether go into the workplace and do an apprenticeship, or complete the course and go into university. I chose to finish my course because I wanted to specialise in a particular field that I wanted to study e.g. networking/security/data science. Are you willing to sacrifice your life for a 9-5 apprenticeship? My friends who do an apprenticeship have to go into the office every day, and in one week, they will learn topics taught by members of staff or on a computer, for two days of the week. And the rest of the week, they will complete tasks like other normal staff members would do.

Have u had a chat with the company to see whether they will let you complete your BTEC course? I'm just not sure which one to choose in my opinion. But if they don't let you,

Another question I would ask is, how well did you do in your GCSEs? If you look back at your gcse grades which you have accomplished. Is it worth it? The computing industry is growing quickly, and there are many places you can go to.
Yeah tell me about it mate, I'm in a bit of a dilemma. What I've been thinking tho is to continue with the course, but ask the company if I can do some work experience or something with them, while I'm doing my btec. It does sound a bit cheeky to just turn them down and ask for something else.

I'm also thinking, what if the apprenticeship doesn't work out, what will I do from there. I can't just go back to college, cus ill have to pay alot of money to do that. At least with the btec I can choose to go to uni, get a job, or even a level 4 apprenticeship. As opposed to starting back at square 1 if the apprenticeship goes down hill.

Yeah, I didn't do too bad in my GCSE's. I managed to get 7 C's and 2 B's, which admittedly arent great, but I passed them all. Got a B in English and IT, and a C in maths (although I got a D originally but retook it last year when I was in 6th form and got a C)
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If you did a btec level 3 extended diploma in IT, what you doing now?
I’m in year 1 of this course. I plan on going to uni though what units you doing?
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I did one, am going to Lancaster for computer science. My only advice would be just be bothered to do the work it's not hard and go for D*D*D* (I didn't go for that I'd have more choice if I did)
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I’m in year 1 of this course. I plan on going to uni though what units you doing?
Me too! I'm doing:
Year 1 -
Unit 01 - Communication and Employability Skills
Unit 02 - Computer Systems
Unit 04 - Impact of the use of IT
Unit 07 - Organisational Systems Security
Unit 08 - E-commerce
Unit 14 - Event Driven Programming
Unit 23 - Human Computer Interfave
Unit 30 - Digital Graphics
Unit 31 - Computer Animation

Year 2 -
Unit 03 - Information Systems
Unit 05 - Managing Networks
Unit 06 - Software Design and Development
Unit 13 - IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair
Unit 15 - Object Oriented Programming
Unit 28 - Website Production
Unit 29 - Installing and Upgrading Software
Unit 22 - Developing Computer Games
Unit 35 - Digital Graphics for Interactive Media
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Yeah tell me about it mate, I'm in a bit of a dilemma. What I've been thinking tho is to continue with the course, but ask the company if I can do some work experience or something with them, while I'm doing my btec. It does sound a bit cheeky to just turn them down and ask for something else.

I'm also thinking, what if the apprenticeship doesn't work out, what will I do from there. I can't just go back to college, cus ill have to pay alot of money to do that. At least with the btec I can choose to go to uni, get a job, or even a level 4 apprenticeship. As opposed to starting back at square 1 if the apprenticeship goes down hill.

Yeah, I didn't do too bad in my GCSE's. I managed to get 7 C's and 2 B's, which admittedly arent great, but I passed them all. Got a B in English and IT, and a C in maths (although I got a D originally but retook it last year when I was in 6th form and got a C)
Sorry for causing a dilemma. Yes, you can do your work experience whilst doing your btec course as long as u tell your college about it.
With a C in maths, you will be limited with the amount of options as most require a B in maths if you want to do Software Engineering or CS. But not to worry, there are still loads who accept Cs.
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I did one, am going to Lancaster for computer science. My only advice would be just be bothered to do the work it's not hard and go for D*D*D* (I didn't go for that I'd have more choice if I did)
Yeah, hoping to get D*D*D*. Gonna be hard with my lazy attitude 😂. What'd you get?
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Sorry for causing a dilemma. Yes, you can do your work experience whilst doing your btec course as long as u tell your college about it.
With a C in maths, you will be limited with the amount of options as most require a B in maths if you want to do Software Engineering or CS. But not to worry, there are still loads who accept Cs.
Yeah. I'm just glad I passed honestly. I've heard top unis will still accept you with a C I'm gcse maths - like the university of bath, southampton and lancaster (not sure about lancaster, but pretty sure they do.) This past years been a bit stressy, but it all worked out in the end.
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