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So I’m applying for uni next year and I’m still not sure what I want to do. I’ve thought about doing Computer Science as the job prospects and versatility is appealing to me. However I don’t have any prior knowledge of CS or how to code. I’m not sure if I should go into a course not knowing anything at all.

People say you should do what you’re passionate about but I’m not really passionate about anything education related lol. I do enjoy subjects like Maths which I’m decent at but wouldn’t want to do it at uni. Also I’ve heard being good at maths is essential for CS.

Any thoughts/suggestions?
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depends where but maths is usually a required module and it may get quite intense which you should be aware of so check the module list for the courses you apply to

computer scientists don't really need to code pre-university but now would be a good time to start because it gives you time to actually know a language before you get stuck in to a degree. if you just complete a python course or whatever you're unlikely to really gain much relative to the time you spend doing it

if you like maths you can also do degrees like economics (if bsc) but look around because three years of a degree will be exhausting if you've no motivation to do the work
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depends where but maths is usually a required module and it may get quite intense which you should be aware of so check the module list for the courses you apply to

computer scientists don't really need to code pre-university but now would be a good time to start because it gives you time to actually know a language before you get stuck in to a degree. if you just complete a python course or whatever you're unlikely to really gain much relative to the time you spend doing it

if you like maths you can also do degrees like economics (if bsc) but look around because three years of a degree will be exhausting if you've no motivation to do the work
I’m actually doing my A levels this year so I haven’t found the time to start a coding course. I’ve applied to uni but I’m not sure if I want to do the course I’ve applied for so I’m thinking about taking a gap year to go into CS.
But thank you for the suggestions.
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So I’m applying for uni next year and I’m still not sure what I want to do. I’ve thought about doing Computer Science as the job prospects and versatility is appealing to me. However I don’t have any prior knowledge of CS or how to code. I’m not sure if I should go into a course not knowing anything at all.

People say you should do what you’re passionate about but I’m not really passionate about anything education related lol. I do enjoy subjects like Maths which I’m decent at but wouldn’t want to do it at uni. Also I’ve heard being good at maths is essential for CS.

Any thoughts/suggestions?
Coding projects is good to show interest. There will probably be quite a lot of intense maths but this depends on the university as well as the flexibility of the course - you may be able to choose non-maths modules.

You don't need to have prior knowledge in computing but doing some coding and having sound maths basics would help a lot. Maybe look at some first year lecturs and see if you would enjoy that. Take a look at course modules and flexibility as well to see what you can specialise in.

If you're good at maths then you should be fine
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Coding projects is good to show interest. There will probably be quite a lot of intense maths but this depends on the university as well as the flexibility of the course - you may be able to choose non-maths modules.

You don't need to have prior knowledge in computing but doing some coding and having sound maths basics would help a lot. Maybe look at some first year lecturs and see if you would enjoy that. Take a look at course modules and flexibility as well to see what you can specialise in.

If you're good at maths then you should be fine
Thanks, I’ve noticed some unis offer a joint CS and Maths course, is this still as good as a normal CS course? Also I don’t study furthermaths so I’m not sure if I meet the requirements for certain unis.
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Thanks, I’ve noticed some unis offer a joint CS and Maths course, is this still as good as a normal CS course? Also I don’t study furthermaths so I’m not sure if I meet the requirements for certain unis.
Yep that course is good or even better. The more mathematical the better in my opinion but that's personal preference so it doesn't really matter. Not having further maths will only disadvantage you if you are looking to apply to the very best unis like Oxbridge and Imperial. Universities have the requirements on their websites so check them out to see if you meet them
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