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I have done IT at GCSE and am currently doing it at A level.
The coursework is done using office and adobe applications. The class i'm in did ok at the web design task. It was my first introduction to CSS - I started with no knowledge of it, now i feel quite comfortable with it.
Two of my friends really did well at that task due to their knowledge of HTML, CSS, Php, SQL etc. They have even made a social networking website that we use at school. It's got a few features facebook doesn't have
such as a "dislike" button, random facts and animated GIF's for profile pictures.
I'm currently debating whether to go to university. I love the hardware side of IT and am not sure whether a degree is needed for a hardware based job.
Teaching programming languages at schools is a great way to show people how the websites they work everyday using languages such as PHP or how apps are made. I believe they should start from a young age (middle school) using simple languages such as VB and gradually moving on to more complex languages. More practical aspects could also be added. E.g when teaching parts of a computer, open up a computer and physically show students.

Don't go to university just to go to university like "everyone else".

Trust me. Please dont just go to university because its the "next step".

If you know what you want to do, cool.

If not, think about actually starting work in a field you think you want to be in and gain real world EXPERIENCE because after those 3-4 years of straight uni time, you'll go to your first interview (for a job you feel you should be doing after getting your qualification) and all that evil looking man/woman on the other side of the desk will really care about is what you can do for them right now, not how or where you got your degree or that you're willing to learn.

Work experience is much more important than a degree in my honest opinion.
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My Secondary School was supposed to be an IT College when I started going. During the course of my time there it jumped ship to a Drama School. I was devastated.

We did have a brilliant ICT, Computing and Electronics teacher called Brian Smith who invented something or other. But other than that, this is right on, boring and dull.

During College I took a IT Practitioners course and was disappointed to find, again, that Access and Excel featured heavily. They also had "Employability and Communication Skills" and "Management Information Systems" However I was able to abuse my position as Course Rep to push for Programming (basic PHP), Web Development, Organisational System Security and Network System Security to be taught as modules. I explained how many of the people on the course were wishing to either go onto Higher Education or would want jobs in an Organisation... not working in an Office typing letters.
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I'm rather looking forward to this change. I was educated under the old system and all the way from GCSE to A-level, my ICT courses were mainly focused around Microsoft Office and a couple of Adobe programs with very little actual understanding of programming.

With this knowledge and going to University on a computer science course was a bit of a kick really as most of the stuff I had been taught was useless and took a long time to get my head around it all so it'll be good for the future generation to be able to actually work at a more effective level.

It will also be interesting to see how well this gets implemented. I now work in a school (as a IT Tech) and there are plenty of ICT teachers who have no clue about computer programming (a lot of them were retrained as ICT teachers when schools started to take up the subject). So there runs the risk of it turning it into a complete failure.

I hope it ends with the kids actually learning programming properly and not just copying and pasting code from various websites in order to get it to work, something which i see all too often when they are trying to build websites.
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Don't go to university just to go to university like "everyone else".

Absolutely.

University will teach you a lot, about yourself and the topic, however lots of people go just to get the degree, and pay little attention to the knowledge they can gain. This is backwards, and in that situation you would be better off getting a job and accumulating resume experience. However if you really want to get educated, choosing a good school with good faculty and a serious program will give you advantages that you might not pick up as quickly on your own. Be it knowledge or face to face contacts.

The counterpoint here is that if you don't go to college, you need to be dedicated to learning on your own and advancing. If you don't do that, you will just work a menial job for 30 years and get laid off.
    
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