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Sounds like a stupid question, but computer science is a lot of maths, hence the word science, but I don't know if I'm really interested in it all.
I am doing a level 3 btec in computing, and I love it, especially the programming. Would it really be worth doing a computer science degree just to become a programmer?
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look at the university's modules to see how much maths and programming is involved
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Sounds like a stupid question, but computer science is a lot of maths, hence the word science, but I don't know if I'm really interested in it all.
I am doing a level 3 btec in computing, and I love it, especially the programming. Would it really be worth doing a computer science degree just to become a programmer?
I agree with the above reply - not all computer science degrees have a lot of maths/theory so check the content of the degree rather than the title. You will find the Computer Science degrees at the highest-ranked universities (around the 'top 20' ish) are alot more mathematical, but most other universities focus on the vocational skills such as programming as well as Networking, Databases, Hardware, O/S's, Web/UI/UX design, Security, etc.

'Computer Science' is only one of many kinds of Computing degrees that you can find - there are specialised degrees which lead to particular career paths such as Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, Network/Infrastructure engineering, or System/Hardware engineering, etc. You'd usually find a lot less maths on those kinds of specialised degrees, but they do tend to lead to specific careers.

Another alternative is to choose a Degree-Apprenticeship programme whereby you'd spend 3-4 years working and studying at the same time - the split is 4 days per-week in a relevant job, and 1 day-per-week in a classroom - for example: https://www.instituteforapprenticesh...sional-degree/
The apprenticeship schemes are in fairly high demand though - there's a lot of competition for being accepted into the placements, but it's the employers who are making the decision to hire rather than universities so unlike university admissions, employes focus on your ability to demonstrate strong analytical, technical and problem-solving skills. (So the BTEC in computing is a good foundation, and if you've taught yourself any other computing/IT skills or spent time working on other hobby projects then that can be helpful in interviews).
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Sounds like a stupid question, but computer science is a lot of maths, hence the word science, but I don't know if I'm really interested in it all.
I am doing a level 3 btec in computing, and I love it, especially the programming. Would it really be worth doing a computer science degree just to become a programmer?
Depends if you think your interests could change, Computer Science is an excellent degree subject and would provide you with the skills to go into any direction within the industry.

This could be general Software Engineering (like most people do) or something more cutting edge or research based where the need for deeper technical knowledge may prove useful compared to doing a standard Computing/IT related degree. Although, this is still dependent on the university, some unis don't develop programmes with a distinct difference, or just name a degree Computer Science without actually teaching any theoretical computer science content (which is wrong in m opinion).

There is a still usually a massive amount of programming in a Computer Science degree, so don't worry on that front, generally the level of programming work can be a lot harder and more demanding than a generic Computing/IT degree. As you rightly point out, there is usually (and there should be) plenty of maths in a good Computer Science programme, it's just the nature of the subject. But I wouldn't worry about this, it's generally the sign of a good CS degree and will only improve your analytical and reasoning skills, as well as providing core knowledge for many more technical areas in Computer Science which will allow you to study such topics in more depth and not just a high-level understanding.

Like yourself, I also did a BTEC Level 3 and I went on to do BSc in Computer Science and then a more applied MSc mostly related to software engineering and I now work as a Software Engineer in a large IT company, so it worked out quite well for me. I was initially worried about the level and amount of maths before starting my BSc Computer Science degree but I actually found my maths modules interesting and very useful to improve my analytical and problem solving abilities.

Additionally, most good Computer Science degrees will have at least one module related to algorithms/complexity, data structures, computational theory, discrete maths, computational optimization etc. which will prove very useful when it comes to applying to Graduate/Entry Level Software Engineer job interviews as a lot of companies use these kinds of topics for interview questions and many generic Computing/IT related degrees may not cover such topics in much depth or not even at all.

Hope this helps
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Depends if you think your interests could change, Computer Science is an excellent degree subject and would provide you with the skills to go into any direction within the industry.

This could be general Software Engineering (like most people do) or something more cutting edge or research based where the need for deeper technical knowledge may prove useful compared to doing a standard Computing/IT related degree. Although, this is still dependent on the university, some unis don't develop programmes with a distinct difference, or just name a degree Computer Science without actually teaching any theoretical computer science content (which is wrong in m opinion).

There is a still usually a massive amount of programming in a Computer Science degree, so don't worry on that front, generally the level of programming work can be a lot harder and more demanding than a generic Computing/IT degree. As you rightly point out, there is usually (and there should be) plenty of maths in a good Computer Science programme, it's just the nature of the subject. But I wouldn't worry about this, it's generally the sign of a good CS degree and will only improve your analytical and reasoning skills, as well as providing core knowledge for many more technical areas in Computer Science which will allow you to study such topics in more depth and not just a high-level understanding.

Like yourself, I also did a BTEC Level 3 and I went on to do BSc in Computer Science and then a more applied MSc mostly related to software engineering and I now work as a Software Engineer in a large IT company, so it worked out quite well for me. I was initially worried about the level and amount of maths before starting my BSc Computer Science degree but I actually found my maths modules interesting and very useful to improve my analytical and problem solving abilities.

Additionally, most good Computer Science degrees will have at least one module related to algorithms/complexity, data structures, computational theory, discrete maths, computational optimization etc. which will prove very useful when it comes to applying to Graduate/Entry Level Software Engineer job interviews as a lot of companies use these kinds of topics for interview questions and many generic Computing/IT related degrees may not cover such topics in much depth or not even at all.

Hope this helps
Thanks for the great response,

I think I will be doing a computer sceience degree. I did foundation maths at gcse and got a grade 5, which is like low B/high C (For me foundation was really easy, but I was doing it because I found higher too hard). Also, my BTEC computing course does not have any maths units.
What background did you have in maths for like gcse and in btec?
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Thanks for the great response,

I think I will be doing a computer sceience degree. I did foundation maths at gcse and got a grade 5, which is like low B/high C (For me foundation was really easy, but I was doing it because I found higher too hard). Also, my BTEC computing course does not have any maths units.
What background did you have in maths for like gcse and in btec?
No problem at all, happy to help.

Your grade 5 could be an issue, although not as bad as a grade 4. A lot of unis will ask for a B/6 as a minimum requirement, I would suggest retaking it of your college allows for it. Saying this however, there are still good places that will accept you with a 5 however, e.g. Kent and Essex. But having a B will make your life a lot easier.

I did not very much maths on my BTEC, apart from briefly looking at doing unit 26 (Mathematics for IT Practitioners) and the very subtle maths in unit 19 (Computer Systems Architecture) although this was the old 2010 spec course. I believe the 2016 spec, which I assume you're doing, includes a module called 'Foundations of Computer Science'? This I believe has some relevant maths content in it, but don't worry about it because it won't be a requirement for universities, good unis which don't require A level maths will use GCSE (usually B/6) as a benchmark.
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