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Applying for a Computing Course Quiz

If you are planning to apply for a computing course in the near future you should take a few minutes to do this Quiz.... It may help point out some gaps in your preparation and suggest where you can find the answers. Enjoy it!


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#1. Do you know why students drop out of this course?

Students may drop out for a variety of reasons. However, not knowing what the course is about and not making good use of the Open Day are high on the list. Ask questions before you decide and once you are happy with the information make a decision yourself, don't be pushed into it just because there are lots of jobs at the other end.

#2. Do you think ability in maths is important if you are to choose a Computing course?

Ability in Maths is essential as it indicates problem solving abilities, attention to fine detail and persistence.

#3. Do you know of any online course that could help you decide?

There are several Online Courses available, here are a few to get you started. Click here for list of Online Computing Courses ...

#4. Do you know if the college has a support network for students?

Support outside of lectures is widespread in Colleges. Check for details on the Colleges website and if you need extra help get it sooner rather than later.

#5. Can I do a postgrad in this area?

Any Primary Degree will have Postgrad options, many are very useful for potential employment and later advancement in the career. Click here for a long list of postgrad courses ...

#6. Do you know what kind of job this will lead to?

Do you understand any of the roles or functions that are available after this course? This website is one of many that will help you get a clearer view of what a career in computing might look like - click here ...

#7. Do you understand the modules in the course?

When you read the Course content you may be looking at terms that are not familiar to you. Most of these will be explained here ...

#8. Have you spoken to students currently in the course?

College information sources can only go so far in giving you the full picture of what you would face as a student. However, talking to current students can help you get a far better view of what studying a particular program is actually like.

#9. Have you ever done any coding?

Doing even a small amount of Coding is a help particularly if you like it.

#10. Do you like logic problems?

These are the kind of questions that test your ability to solve problems arising out of confusing data.

#11. Do you have a lot of patience?

Frequently things just won't work, but it requires patience to stay with it until you discover the problem and get the whole thing to work.

#12. Are you creative?

Creativity is one of the core requirements for a career that involves programming or other aspects of Internet work.

#13. Do you like solving tricky problems in Maths?

If you are good at solving Maths problems it is likely that you would also be good at solving programming problems.

#14. Do you like languages in general?

Most programming is based on systems structured like a language and are in fact referred to as languages. Students who like learning other spoken languages find it easier to learn computing languages. Click here for information on some of the Computing Languages ...

#15. Are you good at working in groups?

Much development work requires a team approach with each member bringing different skills to complete the task. Would you like to work as part of a team?

#16. Did you ever do any programming?

If you have never done any programming it is very advisable that you at least do one of the online programming tutorials. This will give you a feel for what the course might contain and help you make a better choice.

#17. Have you ever attended a workshop like CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.  Click here for more information ...


#18. Have you ever attended a computing Summer camp?

Several Colleges run these events and they are advertised on this website from April onwards. They provide an excellent opportunity to learn about Computing and see if you would like it.

Click here for further information ...


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