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a-levels, college, and future career plans- Leicester Beachamp City

Hi, I was thinking to go to Beauchamp City Sixth Form as it is currently the best college in my location. However, we are required to choose 2 core subjects but I want to do Computer Science and Business Studies. As it is a college I am considering, I was just wondering does anyone In Leicster know if it have any uniform or require us to wear professional clothes only?

Also I am thinking to be a software developer/ tester as well as be an entrepreneur (probably after gaining finance from a 9-5 and learning how to make a website and after talking to experienced people at uni and at the job- most likely a clothing line with small sized females/ both genders or for all sizes but modest+ stylish clothing). What do you guys think about my plan about my future and on what 3 a-levels I should choose? Blunt, detailed advice or advice from someone experienced or knowledgable would be much appreciated :smile:
Original post by neha_9
Hi, I was thinking to go to Beauchamp City Sixth Form as it is currently the best college in my location. However, we are required to choose 2 core subjects but I want to do Computer Science and Business Studies. As it is a college I am considering, I was just wondering does anyone In Leicster know if it have any uniform or require us to wear professional clothes only?

Also I am thinking to be a software developer/ tester as well as be an entrepreneur (probably after gaining finance from a 9-5 and learning how to make a website and after talking to experienced people at uni and at the job- most likely a clothing line with small sized females/ both genders or for all sizes but modest+ stylish clothing). What do you guys think about my plan about my future and on what 3 a-levels I should choose? Blunt, detailed advice or advice from someone experienced or knowledgable would be much appreciated :smile:


I'm not based in Leicester and I don't know Beauchamp City, so I will ignore the first question. However, from the following page it doesn't seem like the students are required to wear a specific uniform or have a particular dress code so long it's casual (contact them to be sure: https://www.beauchampcity.org.uk/contact/) : https://www.beauchampcity.org.uk/prospective-students/sixth-form/admissions/

If you want to be technical about it, you don't really need degrees to work in IT or become an entrepreneur, and neither if you want to become an entrepreneur in the tech space. See the following for specifics:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/software-developer
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/test-lead
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-your-education-and-training-choices/start-a-business
https://www.startupdonut.co.uk/start-up-business-ideas/is-running-a-business-really-for-you/do-you-need-a-degree-to-run-a-business
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/self-employment/how-to-start-a-business

However, if you solely want to do a degree in it, I would recommend taking at least A Level Maths for the computer science element. It's a common requirement for most top end computer science degrees (single or joint honours). Business studies degrees generally do not require any specific A Level i.e. you can do French, Politics, and History of Art, and still get into a business degree.
Some universities can ask for computer science in computer science degrees, but it's often not the mandatory subject; maths usually is.

See the following pages' entry requirement sections as examples of what they typically look for:
https://warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/computersciencebusiness
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2022/computer-science-with-management-itmb/
https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/degrees/index.php?action=view&code=GN42
https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/computer-science-business-bsc/september-2022

Note the title of the degree can determine the type of degree you're studying. If the title includes the keywords 'and' or 'with', it means it's half one subject and half another. If it contains 'for' or says something along the lines of 'Computing in business', it implies it's one subject within the context of another (usually a computer science degree tailored for business use). From what you have told me, you're looking for a degree where you want half of the modules in computing/computer science and the other half in business.

Failing to secure a joint bachelor's degree in business studies and computer science, you can do your first degree in one subject and a master's in another (although I don't see the point in getting either degrees at master's level). For example, you can do your undergrad in computer science (in which case A Level maths is strongly recommended) and then a master's in business (MSc, MA, or MBA; your choice). Alternatively, you can do your undergrad in business (which requires 3 random A Levels) and then a master's in computer science (not advanced computer science, which requires an undergrad in computer science).

The hard part will be getting the grades and getting into a top end university that you want (if you want to go to a top end university).
Other than A Level maths, you can pick any 2 other subjects that you want (ideally in subjects you can score A*s and As in, irrespective of whether they are relevant to the course or not). Neither computer science nor business studies are facilitating subjects for computer science nor business studies at degree level, so I wouldn't do them unless you're very interested and can be confident that you will score high grades.

In terms of starting a business, I recommend either getting some experience in the fashion industry first or partner with someone with the industry experience. Going in blind can work, but it's often the riskier option (not everyone can be Sir Richard Branson). It's a fast paced and very competitive space. If it's highly competitive and challenging, you will need as much support as you can, ideally getting advice from experienced business mentors who have extensive experience running successful fashion businesses.
Building websites isn't rocket science. A random person from college can build one with a certain level of proficiency. A person finishing GCSE can learn to put a half decent one together.
If you are referring to web development, then that's a bit more challenging and requires people with programming skills (at either college level or higher). A degree is a bit much, but I have friends who went into web development after getting their computer science degrees (they have never studied business).
It is strongly recommended that you have a job to financially support you and then build the business on the side (it will be stressful, but it's sustainable). Going in cold turkey isn't really recommended unless you have to. You can look into funding your business, so self financing through your personal savings isn't always required. However, available funding is more or less dependent on whether your idea and business are marketable or whether the financiers can see opportunity for the business to grow (thereby being a financially less risky proposition). Financiers can sometimes get it wrong, but on average they do get it right.

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