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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:52 am 
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Anyone with a child interested in a career in computer science and cyber security? There are some summer courses offered for different age groups. Worth knowing about for next year if places are filled in your area.
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cyberfirst-courses


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:19 am 
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Thank you. I have been looking for something like this. Fully booked in our area for this year but will discuss with DC for the future. He is keen to get some relevant material to put on his UCAS form as well.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:55 am 
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You don't need this for UCAS - there are other ways of showing interest.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:55 am 
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Hera wrote:
Thank you. I have been looking for something like this. Fully booked in our area for this year but will discuss with DC for the future. He is keen to get some relevant material to put on his UCAS form as well.



I think Reading uni are doing something but can’t find.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:09 am 
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Guest55 wrote:
You don't need this for UCAS - there are other ways of showing interest.


Of course there are, but it is relevant, he will be extremely interested in doing it and as an added bonus it is something relevant for his UCAS form.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:14 am 
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I think Reading uni are doing something but can’t find


Thank you Tinkers I will have a look. The course I had found at a London Uni was run by a private organisation offering multiple different subjects and DS was not all impressed at what they had to offer; plus it was very expensive.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:20 am 
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Hera wrote:
Of course there are, but it is relevant, he will be extremely interested in doing it and as an added bonus it is something relevant for his UCAS form.

Universities tend not to take note of organised courses such as this [not available to everyone] - it's far better to set up something for yourself.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:39 am 
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Universities tend not to take note of organised courses such as this [not available to everyone] - it's far better to set up something for yourself.


The course as far as I can see is available in different parts of the country and is offered free. It is extremely hard to organise work experience in a relevant company, believe me DC has tried and is currently doing a week's post GCSE work experience in an unrelated area. We are in a better position than many to understand and access this as DH works for a major blue chip IT company and DC lives and breathes tech. Work experience is definitely not available or accessible for the masses. This post is really useful for us and your comments are not overly helpful and are a little condescending :cry:


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:12 am 
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Hera - I was involved in UCAS applications for many years - so I speak with knowledge about the process. You do not need work experience or a course for computing degree; they won't help an application.

Many families won't be able to access these courses - they cost money to get to and there are none local to many parts of the country.

Your child is better of getting involved with a computing club or teaching themselves a computing language.Universities will value this FAR more than any organised course or work experience sorted out by a relative [not available to all] If you don't want this advice them do ignore it but it might help others - widening access means filtering out this sort of advantage.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:55 pm 
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I know that travel costs are a consideration but I can’t help but think this is a good opportunity as the course itself is free.
Presumably this is government sponsored.


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