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    I need some good advise from ppl who have done the AS and A2 Computing and Chemistry courses.

    I was planning to take:

    Maths
    Biology
    Physics
    Computing

    however when i was collectin my gcse results today from my form tutor who is he head of chemsitry strongly recommended me to do Chemistry and drop computing as chemistry is regarded as a 'stronger' subject. In otherwords he thinks computing is not as good as chemistry. (i originally chose computin because i thought it was easy and it was a A grade in a bag)

    (i got A in both chem and ict @ gcse lvl)

    So i have to make a quick decision which i want to do. From what i read in the forums computin takes alot of time from other subjects as theres an large amount of coursework and Chemistry is sometimes boring and hard.

    I do well in other science subjects i.e. Biology. I do find chemistry harder than biology and physics at GCSE lvl.

    I wouldn't like to lessen the chance of gettin 3 A grades at A2 by choosin a very hard subject or a extremely time consuming one. I also do plan to go to universities like bath, bristol, durham even oxford and cambridge if im indeed lucky enough.

    Personally i do not hate computin or chemistry but i do find chemistry harder.

    Soz for any typos but this is urgent as i need to make up my mind quickly so please any advice is welcomed!! (also if u have any concern about my AS choices please say so!!)

    Thx beforehand
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    Ok Ive done both (but only to AS level so far) Chemsitry and Computing are both considered to be some of the hardest subjects you could study at A-Level, but it all depends on how you think, Computing - You have to be good at thinking logicaly and quickly, also there is alot of termanology to remeber for the exam, Chemsity - quite a few odd names for relativly simple processes but it requires you to have a good understaning of how things work and what seems like thousands of chemical reactions.

    In my opinion I think Computing is harder than Chemistry (even though I did better in computing) but again it depends on how you think.

    Also just as an after though If you plan on doing a traditional science degree at Uni, Chemistry would be more favourable than Computing
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    What exam board for Computing?
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    (Original post by kpg)
    What exam board for Computing?


    our sixth form does AQA only
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    (Original post by Silvas)
    Hi

    I need some good advise from ppl who have done the AS and A2 Computing and Chemistry courses.

    I was planning to take:

    Maths
    Biology
    Physics
    Computing

    however when i was collectin my gcse results today from my form tutor who is he head of chemsitry strongly recommended me to do Chemistry and drop computing as chemistry is regarded as a 'stronger' subject. In otherwords he thinks computing is not as good as chemistry. (i originally chose computin because i thought it was easy and it was a A grade in a bag)

    (i got A in both chem and ict @ gcse lvl)

    So i have to make a quick decision which i want to do. From what i read in the forums computin takes alot of time from other subjects as theres an large amount of coursework and Chemistry is sometimes boring and hard.

    I do well in other science subjects i.e. Biology. I do find chemistry harder than biology and physics at GCSE lvl.

    I wouldn't like to lessen the chance of gettin 3 A grades at A2 by choosin a very hard subject or a extremely time consuming one. I also do plan to go to universities like bath, bristol, durham even oxford and cambridge if im indeed lucky enough.

    Personally i do not hate computin or chemistry but i do find chemistry harder.

    Soz for any typos but this is urgent as i need to make up my mind quickly so please any advice is welcomed!! (also if u have any concern about my AS choices please say so!!)

    Thx beforehand
    Both are difficult subjects particularly if taken to full A-Level. GCSE is a breeze but most people find A/S level a big step up. Both subjects require logic however Computing does require it more because lots of algorithms to follow. Chemistry does to but its about understanding a particular effect has on a reaction or what product will be produced or the identity of reagents. I wouldn't take any subject you don't enjoy or find difficult because you will find it harder........

    Good luck
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    (Original post by Silvas)
    our sixth form does AQA only
    I did Edexcel chemistry at both AS and A2 but only did AQA Computing till AS. My honest opinion is that it [computing] was ***** and a total waste of time. Now, that may reflect the quality of teaching and other factors, I dunno but I found it a really poor subject. The coursework isn't overly difficult and we had something like 3 months to do it and it can be done in Access. We had no other real marked pieces of homework or assignments. The content in the syllabus isn't that difficult. A lot of it you may know from GCSE ICT and some is common sense. Other bits I didn't find that hard to pick up except the programming but that doesn't make up a huge amount of the exam and given time, can become quite logical. The exam papers are virtually identical every year, a large proportion of questions are virtually repeated each time round. I got an A with really minimal effort. Do a search on here and you'll get a few more opinions but mine is go for Chemistry. I didn't particularly enjoy it at first but I didn't put enough effort it. Once you learn the basics it becomes quite interesting and in my opinion got easier as we went into A2 (things start to make sense a lot more).

    I suppose if you want to go into Computer technology or whatever at uni then go for computing but if it's something un-related to both subjects then my opinion would be Chemistry.
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    great, thx for all the advice so far! keep them comin!
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    I shall be applying for Computer Science at Cambridge this year, and my opinion is that Chemistry is a much stronger AS level than Computing - although I do have both.
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    (Original post by gwright)
    I shall be applying for Computer Science at Cambridge this year, and my opinion is that Chemistry is a much stronger AS level than Computing - although I do have both.
    I agree with George.
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    I'd go with Chemistry. It's more of an established A-level, and even some universities (you'd have to check depending where you want to go) say that they have no preference as to whether or not a prospective computer science candidate is doing Computing A-level. Also with chemistry you do many different topics, and do practicals, wheras you might feel you do lots of similar things in computing?

    I did Edexcel, but all my coursework was done in lesson time (mainly because they were often assesed practicals), and so it did not take up time from other subjects.
 
 
 
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