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Self study A level Computer Science or A level Maths

Im currently about to finish the first year of my btec level 3 extended diploma in engineering predicted distinction and Ive been learning to code in my spare time with online courses like the odin project and I want to know if it would be worth self studying a level maths or computer science to give myself the best chance of getting a degree apprenticeship in either software engineering or electrical engineering and how I would go about displaying a predicted grade for this
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Original post by Fkhadim
Im currently about to finish the first year of my btec level 3 extended diploma in engineering predicted distinction and Ive been learning to code in my spare time with online courses like the odin project and I want to know if it would be worth self studying a level maths or computer science to give myself the best chance of getting a degree apprenticeship in either software engineering or electrical engineering and how I would go about displaying a predicted grade for this

I would say both for value and for ease, A level Maths. I do both at A level currently and I'm finding it much easier to do Maths A level than CS A level. Many employers also like to see someone that has done A level Maths so it will boost your application even further whereas CS is not as widely appreciated because it is far more theoretical, exploring Big O-Notation, certain algorithms like Dijkstra's algorithm and tree traversals and data structures and then the actual theory side of the content with ethics and system architecture networks etc.

There's a wealth of resources available for A level Maths and there's so much you can do to prepare whereas this is not the case for CS. It is so much harder to prepare and revise.
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Original post by vnayak
I would say both for value and for ease, A level Maths. I do both at A level currently and I'm finding it much easier to do Maths A level than CS A level. Many employers also like to see someone that has done A level Maths so it will boost your application even further whereas CS is not as widely appreciated because it is far more theoretical, exploring Big O-Notation, certain algorithms like Dijkstra's algorithm and tree traversals and data structures and then the actual theory side of the content with ethics and system architecture networks etc.
There's a wealth of resources available for A level Maths and there's so much you can do to prepare whereas this is not the case for CS. It is so much harder to prepare and revise.

If i do this how do you think my qualifications would stack up against somebody who did 3 A levels like Maths Physics and Computer science when applying for both computer science and engineering degree apprenticeships. also how difficult would the process of getting a predicted grade be with self learning if I don't decide to use an online platform like NEC or Oxbridge home learning
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Original post by Fkhadim
If i do this how do you think my qualifications would stack up against somebody who did 3 A levels like Maths Physics and Computer science when applying for both computer science and engineering degree apprenticeships. also how difficult would the process of getting a predicted grade be with self learning if I don't decide to use an online platform like NEC or Oxbridge home learning

I'm too sure how valued BTECs are tbh so I can't say but with A level Maths over A level CS and the rest of your qualifications, you put yourself in a better position. As for predicted grades, I'm not too sure about that either. Do some research and see what you find.
Original post by Fkhadim
Im currently about to finish the first year of my btec level 3 extended diploma in engineering predicted distinction and Ive been learning to code in my spare time with online courses like the odin project and I want to know if it would be worth self studying a level maths or computer science to give myself the best chance of getting a degree apprenticeship in either software engineering or electrical engineering and how I would go about displaying a predicted grade for this

Hey bro im in year 11, should I do a level 3 aeronautical engineering extended diploma or a levels
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Original post by codyvarga
Hey bro im in year 11, should I do a level 3 aeronautical engineering extended diploma or a levels

If youre on the fence between two things like I am right now go for A levels but if you know what you want to do then go for the btec as long as your uni choice allows it
Original post by Fkhadim
If youre on the fence between two things like I am right now go for A levels but if you know what you want to do then go for the btec as long as your uni choice allows it

The thing is, college here is regarded as the place for "dumb people", I'm not sure what to pick. Why is btec good if I'm set on what I want to do?
Original post by Fkhadim
If youre on the fence between two things like I am right now go for A levels but if you know what you want to do then go for the btec as long as your uni choice allows it

Also, I want to get a degree apprenticeship not go to uni straight up
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Original post by codyvarga
The thing is, college here is regarded as the place for "dumb people", I'm not sure what to pick. Why is btec good if I'm set on what I want to do?

Its not its just easier and allows you the same route to most unis as A levels
Reply 9
Original post by codyvarga
Also, I want to get a degree apprenticeship not go to uni straight up

Then you should probably do A levels
Original post by Fkhadim
Then you should probably do A levels

I thought btec was better for apprenticeship as its more vocational

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