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    Hey guys.

    I chosen a levels: maths, further maths, physics and computing to pursue a degree in computer science. I would really love to get into likes of cambridge, imperial etc.

    I was wondering what your thoughts are as to my chosen courses, do you think that they are two narrow? no breadth? particularly since I'm taking further maths-continuation of maths, and computing which is not really required.

    What do you think? should I do something else to make up for lack of variety?
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    I think that Maths + FM will open many doors to you. It's a widely sought after subject in computer sciences.

    Although computing isn't necessary if you haven't done any programming before then i think it's a good course to get started with. It gives you a taster of things to come.

    As for physics; if you enjoy it, do it. Simple as.

    If you're keen on going to cambridge those subjects are fine; you need to get a high % in them.
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    Computing will attempt to destroy you.


    For some reason it's not considered a 'hard' A-Level by Oxbridge... this is undeniable proof that they are stark, raving mad.
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    haha.... I actually read a book commenting on weird oxbridge philosophies.
    btw.. loving your title: "Vengeful, Imperial overlord of the student room" beats an "Idol" any day.
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    Computing at A-level is the most boring subject in existence, but if it floats your boat.
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    (Original post by h2shin)
    Hey guys.

    I chosen a levels: maths, further maths, physics and computing to pursue a degree in computer science. I would really love to get into likes of cambridge, imperial etc.

    I was wondering what your thoughts are as to my chosen courses, do you think that they are two narrow? no breadth? particularly since I'm taking further maths-continuation of maths, and computing which is not really required.

    What do you think? should I do something else to make up for lack of variety?
    I'd drop computing if I were you. I took maths, f maths, physics and electronics. Electronics was a bad ass a level, don't know if it still is. In any case, computing is crap and has not much relation to CS, but your other three a levels are good.
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    Apparently the AQA exam board one can be useful. I'm just doing it cause I want to learn about it... not really to help me get an offer, they've already told me that they won't consider it in the application process.

    I just want to know whether the three relevant ones will be enough for cambridge if I get good grades in them or if something else will be needed..
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    (Original post by Dirac Delta Function)
    I'd drop computing if I were you. I took maths, f maths, physics and electronics. Electronics was a bad ass a level, don't know if it still is. In any case, computing is crap and has not much relation to CS, but your other three a levels are good.
    What's wrong with computing? You sure you're not thinking of ICT? Computing does have some relevance to CS. I remember doing sorting algorithms in computing, and that's pretty much all CS is about

    Computing is by no means essential, electronics would be just as good, as would some other subjects. But I don't think it's a bad one to do.
 
 
 
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