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    Heya.
    I'm currently doing my AS levels (Computing, Biology, Geography and Eng. Lit.) and very much want to study Computing at university. However, I don't know what I want to specialise in! I've been looking over all of the computing courses at different universities but some require Maths A level and the others seem a little too general.
    What courses would anyone reccommend? If you are in the same situation, do you know what you want to specialise in? Also, do you know what Oxford Brook's repuation is for computing as i'd like to go to a campus uni out of London.

    Many thanks,
    Izzy.

    P.S. Whats the ratio of girls to boys doing Computing at uni.....am I gonna be all alone!?!
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    Izzy,

    Quite a few people doing computing related subjects do Computer Science and under this degree title you can quite often specialise in a particular area by doing certain optional modules. However, there are also other degrees such as Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Games Design, etc. There's quite a few so if you're particularly interested in specialising in a particular area I would do a search on the UCAS website. Your A-level choices should be fine for most universities as long as you have a decent grade in GCSE Maths (most universities ask for at least a GCSE grade B). Hope that helps.
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    Don't worry, not all uni's want A-level maths, they just want GCSE maths at grade C or above. Most good uni's will require AS/A-level maths though. Nevertheless, I know some good uni's that accept GCSE maths (e.g. Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, etc...). Just browse in this website and see which one you want to specialise in: http://search.ucas.co.uk/cgi-bin/hsr...rch.run?y=2005

    I would think carefully which one you want to specialise. I decided to specialise in the 'internet' part, as I like the networking, protocols, and the communication side of computing. For starters, you could click on the 'BSc/MComp Internet Computing' link in my signature to see if you like the specialism in the internet and networks. No matter what computing type degree you do, there will be some aspects of programming. Typical programming languages include VB, C++, C#, and java.

    I'm not sure about the ratio stuff though, however, there are more guys on the course than girls. I'm sure later on there would be an increase in girls doing computing type courses. You could contact the uni for those kinds of statistics.
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    (Original post by trev)
    I'm not sure about the ratio stuff though, however, there are more guys on the course than girls. I'm sure later on there would be an increase in girls doing computing type courses. You could contact the uni for those kinds of statistics.
    Apparently at some Universities its about 50:50. Not sure which ones though. Perhaps some people doing computing courses on this forum could provide more information on that.
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    (Original post by Chris87)
    Apparently at some Universities its about 50:50. Not sure which ones though. Perhaps some people doing computing courses on this forum could provide more information on that.
    The uni I'm going to is not 50:50. :p: Probably the traditional uni's have 50:50. Yeah, I think the undergrads should tell us about the ratios of guys and girls doing computing type courses.
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    I think it's roughly 11:1 for me.

    She's not at advantage here, applying without maths. Theories in CompSci is rediculously confusing. Probably isn't hard, more confusing than any other aspects. Sets? Argh... it gives me headache just looking at that word...

    Then again, I'd welcome any girl who wants to do it. (No hints there of course)
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    Well I'm at Warwick doing Computer Systems Engineering and the ratio for my year is roughly 3:45 (girls:guys), which is pretty shocking I guess! Must admit it doesn't actually bother me cos I get on well with the guys on my course (the other two girls are international students who pretty much keep to themselves) and I have plenty of other friends who aren't on my course. I guess the ratio is probably more reasonable for Computer Science (though I'm afraid I couldn't say what, and I definitely wouldn't have said 50:50, 30:70 maybe?) but unfortunately it's still an area where guys dominate in numbers! Don't let that put you off though - it's nice being special! And while you'll probably be in a minority I wouldn't think you'd be 'all alone'!
    I'm not sure about places that don't require A-level maths, but I'd say look carefully at courses before deciding they're definitely too general. As Chris87 said, courses often look general but then it turns out you can specialise by choosing modules which particularly interest you.
    Hope that helps a bit,
    Jenn xx
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    UCL's CompSci prospectus front cover was a picture of 2 female students at a computer. I remember thinking to myself "that's probably the entire girl population for that course" :p:
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    as Jennllama said- cs in warwick is about 70:30 guy-girl ratio.

    Exeter isn't bad for cs and doesn't require alevel maths. The main advantage of unis not requiring alevel maths is that you won't spend 3 years doing what is at times not far off a maths degree and instead you'll spend more time doing practical stuff.
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    Thank you so much everyone for your advice! Its really useful.
    Hope you are all enjoying your courses......summer soon!

    Thanks again,
    Izzy.
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    Hi Izzy, the ratio for Girl / Boy is not very good considering the years I have been in the field and have had 80-90% male.

    I had enough of this trend personally and decided on a compromise of IT & Business at QM. Maths does play a part, but if you can asure them that your capable, you should be alright.
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    (Original post by Ynox)
    as Jennllama said- cs in warwick is about 70:30 guy-girl ratio.

    Exeter isn't bad for cs and doesn't require alevel maths. The main advantage of unis not requiring alevel maths is that you won't spend 3 years doing what is at times not far off a maths degree and instead you'll spend more time doing practical stuff.
    Warwick has a nice ratio in my opinion.

    I know some computing type courses at Exeter need A-levels maths (i.e. I saw in the 2005 prospectus these courses Internet Computing and Internet Engineering require AS or A-level maths). I think doing practical stuff without maths is good in some ways, as it will be useful in the future. In the course content of Internet Computing and Internet Engineering maths is only covered in the 1st year I think and maybe some in the second. I don't understand why CS doesn't need maths and Internet computing/engineering needs AS/A-levles maths. :confused:

    I would prefer practical stuff though, as it's useful in the future.
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    Hi Izzy

    I'm female and started a degree in Computer Science at Kent University last September. I thought that studying Comp Sci would give me a broad grounding in computing whilst also enabling me to specialise later on but unfortunately I found the course tediously boring so dropped out and have reapplied to study AI this October. Comp Sci/Computing degrees greatly differ from university to university so make sure you choose a course with modules that appeal to your interests. Most first year modules will be pretty boring i.e introduction to maths for computing (often disguised as foundations of computing) but in the second and third years there are a number of optional modules. As for the boy:girl ratio, I think there were only 4 girls out of around 200 students on my course at Kent!
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    Oxford Brookes is good for computing. What type of computing course do you want to look at at OB? In the league tables, it ranked 42 for CS/IT type courses. Therefore, it's not that bad. It seems that Oxford Brookes course are BA or BSc. I would go for a BSc. They would need GCSe maths at grade C and 240 points (CCC) at A-level.

    If you really can't think of where to specialise, I would go for the generic computing course for the time being. Then in the second year, you could transfer to another course with that specialism you want to do.

    I would look into specialism like software engineering/programming, communications/networks, and stuff like that. Those are kind of in demand if you look at the job vaccancies. In addition, every company/business has computers and they neeed a network manager to take care of it, for example.

    Computer systems - http://www.brookes.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/comp_sys
    Computing - http://www.brookes.ac.uk/undergradua...rses/computing
    Information Systems - http://www.brookes.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/info_sys
    Intelligent Systems - http://www.brookes.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/int_sys
    Software Engineering - http://www.brookes.ac.uk/undergradua...s/software_eng
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    Hi Izzy! I'm a girl, and I'll be starting the Computer Information Systems course at Bath in the autumn (I hope).

    In my experience, I was vastly outnumbered on open days and at interviews etc. For example, when I went to a Cardiff visit day, there were only about 4 or 5 girls in a room of at least 50 boys! The same happened at Bath on the day of my interview, there were only two other girls.

    I'm quite lucky though, in that I tend to get long better with guys. And at least we'll never be short of boyfriend material, if compsci guys float your boat.

    I don't have A-Level Maths either, which did limit my options a bit, but still managed to get onto Computer Science courses at Royal Holloway, Cardiff, Reading, UWE and Portsmouth (and obviously the course at Bath). So its not impossible, and if you work hard I'm sure you'll get the hang of it.

    Also, if you're looking for a campus university outside of London I really recommend having a look at Bath, its such a nice town and the university has a good reputation
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    If there are maths content in the computing type course you are doing, it's usually discrete mathematics.
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    Hi Izzy. You should be fine applying for computing without A level maths. My friend applied for computing/ computer science this year with only 2 A levels and 2 ASs and no maths and got 6 offers which were Leeds (AA), UEA (BB), Nottingham Trent (BC), Oxford Brookes (DD), I can't remember the other two. He has Nottingham Trent as firm and Oxford Brookes as insurance. I think for computing its less subscribed so as long as you have a good personal statement and OK predictions you should do great. Good luck.
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    (Original post by izzyzb)
    Heya.
    I'm currently doing my AS levels (Computing, Biology, Geography and Eng. Lit.) and very much want to study Computing at university. However, I don't know what I want to specialise in! I've been looking over all of the computing courses at different universities but some require Maths A level and the others seem a little too general.
    What courses would anyone reccommend? If you are in the same situation, do you know what you want to specialise in? Also, do you know what Oxford Brook's repuation is for computing as i'd like to go to a campus uni out of London.

    Many thanks,
    Izzy.

    P.S. Whats the ratio of girls to boys doing Computing at uni.....am I gonna be all alone!?!
    Im at Bristol and it has an excelent CS course! The boy girl ratio is def in favour of boys i think i know of about 10 girls to about 100 boys lol but hey i was shocked to even see that many! Throughout my alevels i knew none apart from in maths! msg me if you want any more info!
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    Was in the minority for most open days and interviews, as in the '1 in 3 outta 30 ppl' kinda minority. (3 girls being pretty much the maximum out of all 6 unis)

    (Looked at Imperial, UCL, Warwick, Bath, Loughborough and Nottingham)
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    It's not like Computer Scientists are good at relationships (why do you think they turned to computers?), so why worry about sex ratios? :p:
 
 
 
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