Turn on thread page Beta
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    Hi all,

    I am interested in studying Computer Science either on its own or combined with Business Management.

    My problem is that I only have a grade C for GCSE maths and most of the prospectuses I have looked at say I need a grade B. Also I am not doing Physics or Computing or Maths for A level purely for the same reason. My college does not offer Computing unfortunately.
    I am studying English Literature, Business Studies and Applied ICT. My official target grades are all C's. However, my teacher predicted grades are more like ABB. I am also undertaking the DofE Silver award. I also have some experience in HTML and Visual Basic programming.

    Is there any advice that you could give me, in terms of a plan of action?

    Thanks
    Computer Science will be generally out of the question as most Unis want A-level maths or minimum grade B GCSE in some cases.

    It might be worth looking at straight Computing courses (less theoretical/mathematical & more practical) or joint courses like Computing with Management, IT management for business (ITMB), Information Management + Computing, etc etc.

    Highlight your HTML & VB experience in your PS.............also, ignore the knobs on TSR who say only those with A*A*A* should go to Uni or any Uni ranked below XX is a waste of space.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by BigV)
    Computer Science will be generally out of the question as most Unis want A-level maths or minimum grade B GCSE in some cases.

    It might be worth looking at straight Computing courses (less theoretical/mathematical & more practical) or joint courses like Computing with Management, IT management for business (ITMB), Information Management + Computing, etc etc.

    Highlight your HTML & VB experience in your PS.............also, ignore the knobs on TSR who say only those with A*A*A* should go to Uni or any Uni ranked below XX is a waste of space.
    Thanks for a positive reply

    That's what I've been looking at. I have realised that I was probably setting my hopes too high anyway and not sure if I'd be able to cope with some of the Maths. I have considered resitting one of the modules but considering I may also need at least an AS in maths, it may not be worth it. So far I have considered the following university's for either Computing on its own or combined with business management:

    University of Leicester
    Keele University
    Sheffield Hallam

    They aren't all in the top 20 but good enough. I don't believe in league tables.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    Thanks for a positive reply

    That's what I've been looking at. I have realised that I was probably setting my hopes too high anyway and not sure if I'd be able to cope with some of the Maths. I have considered resitting one of the modules but considering I may also need at least an AS in maths, it may not be worth it. So far I have considered the following university's for either Computing on its own or combined with business management:

    University of Leicester
    Keele University
    Sheffield Hallam

    They aren't all in the top 20 but good enough. I don't believe in league tables.
    I have read your comments and I understand the situation you're in at the moment.

    It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to actually gain admission for a Computer Science course at even a good university. The more prestigious and higher ranked universities will require at least A level Maths/Further Maths which you unfortunately haven't taken. It seems to me that you are not too confident with maths which in this case I'd suggest you don't do computer science as there will be a lot of maths involved.

    I would have to agree with what most people has suggested which is to do a computing course instead. If you can gain admission into University of Leicester then you will be lucky because I don't think their entry requirement will be less than ABB. Keele is another great institution which it will be worth applying to.

    What course exactly do you actually want to do now?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    I have read your comments and I understand the situation you're in at the moment.

    It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to actually gain admission for a Computer Science course at even a good university. The more prestigious and higher ranked universities will require at least A level Maths/Further Maths which you unfortunately haven't taken. It seems to me that you are not too confident with maths which in this case I'd suggest you don't do computer science as there will be a lot of maths involved.

    I would have to agree with what most people has suggested which is to do a computing course instead. If you can gain admission into University of Leicester then you will be lucky because I don't think their entry requirement will be less than ABB. Keele is another great institution which it will be worth applying to.

    What course exactly do you actually want to do now?
    Originally, I wanted to do Computer Science but now I understand that this will be difficult. So after some research I concluded that Computing would be the better option either on its own or preferbly with Business Management. I have just looked for Leicester for course G4N1 (Comp with Management) and it is BBB. I don't think I will have a problem exceeding my official target grades as they are based on all sorts of stuff. My teacher target grades are currently ACC but I know I can exceed them like I have done in the past.

    Thanks for yet another positive response and for not being an absolute nob saying you need A* AA to go to uni
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    Originally, I wanted to do Computer Science but now I understand that this will be difficult. So after some research I concluded that Computing would be the better option either on its own or preferbly with Business Management. I have just looked for Leicester for course G4N1 (Comp with Management) and it is BBB. I don't think I will have a problem exceeding my official target grades as they are based on all sorts of stuff. My teacher target grades are currently ACC but I know I can exceed them like I have done in the past.


    Thanks for yet another positive response and for not being an absolute nob saying you need A* AA to go to uni
    We are here to help one another out Not getting A*s doesnt make anyone more inferior in my opinion. There could be extenuating factors which prevents some students from achieving those grades.

    It'll be good if you could gain admission to Leicester, a very good university. When are you applying to university though because it is a bit late for this year.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    We are here to help one another out Not getting A*s doesnt make anyone more inferior in my opinion. There could be extenuating factors which prevents some students from achieving those grades.

    It'll be good if you could gain admission to Leicester, a very good university. When are you applying to university though because it is a bit late for this year.
    For 2012 entry so I am still doing my AS
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    For 2012 entry so I am still doing my AS
    That is good then, you've still got a whole year. I'm even sure you can get more than those ACC predicted. Change your attitude and you could do some retakes and you could even end up with all As at the end of A2
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    That is good then, you've still got a whole year. I'm even sure you can get more than those ACC predicted. Change your attitude and you could do some retakes and you could even end up with all As at the end of A2
    Thanks, it's not so much the A levels that I think are going to hold me back, it's that GCSE maths grade.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    Thanks, it's not so much the A levels that I think are going to hold me back, it's that GCSE maths grade.
    Would you be confident and motivated to do a resit, my friend?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    Would you be confident and motivated to do a resit, my friend?
    Well, I'll have a word with the maths department at my college. If I have to do the whole GCSE again I won't bother but if I just have to do one unit, I'll do it.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Have you called up any uni's
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by loquita)
    Have you called up any uni's
    I've emailed Leicester who said they would consider me but Birmingham said no
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    Would you be confident and motivated to do a resit, my friend?
    I spoke to the director of post 16 who is also a maths teacher today and she says that's fine. I will be arranging it after the easter break for the November examination
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    I spoke to the director of post 16 who is also a maths teacher today and she says that's fine. I will be arranging it after the easter break for the November examination
    Well done mate. Hopefully you do your revision for that and aim for at least a B grade.

    Best of luck my friend!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by *Hakz*)
    Well done mate. Hopefully you do your revision for that and aim for at least a B grade.

    Best of luck my friend!
    That's the plan! I hope to get a B so I can get a B overall. I won't be able to get an A as I'm only doing one module so I won't have enough points. But a B is so much better and it opens up so many doors for me!
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    That's the plan! I hope to get a B so I can get a B overall. I won't be able to get an A as I'm only doing one module so I won't have enough points. But a B is so much better and it opens up so many doors for me!
    You're certainly right.

    Good luck
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    That's the plan! I hope to get a B so I can get a B overall. I won't be able to get an A as I'm only doing one module so I won't have enough points. But a B is so much better and it opens up so many doors for me!

    Wish you the best in your endeavours.Don't listen to those saying that you need A*'s and s*** to go to university.Try your hardest to get the highest ucas points possible.They are an important requirement in graduate schemes/jobs together with your university degree classifiaction.
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jhubbert)
    Hi all,

    I am interested in studying Computer Science either on its own or combined with Business Management.

    My problem is that I only have a grade C for GCSE maths and most of the prospectuses I have looked at say I need a grade B. Also I am not doing Physics or Computing or Maths for A level purely for the same reason. My college does not offer Computing unfortunately.
    If you don't enjoy maths or aren't mathematically minded, then I don't think computer science is for you. Computer science is basically applied maths as far as I'm aware.
    Maybe just try applying for a straight Business/Management course?
    I honestly don't think you'll enjoy computer science if you don't enjoy maths/using maths.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by JayTeeKay)
    If you don't enjoy maths or aren't mathematically minded, then I don't think computer science is for you. Computer science is basically applied maths as far as I'm aware.
    Maybe just try applying for a straight Business/Management course?
    I honestly don't think you'll enjoy computer science if you don't enjoy maths/using maths.
    I have changed my mind to just Computing which is less mathematical combined with business management. It is the industry I want to enter. I am resitting GCSE Module 5 maths I think to bump my grade up to a B as it isn't that far off
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by any_name)
    Wish you the best in your endeavours.Don't listen to those saying that you need A*'s and s*** to go to university.Try your hardest to get the highest ucas points possible.They are an important requirement in graduate schemes/jobs together with your university degree classifiaction.
    My prospectuses for Keele and Leicester arrived this week. Both look very promising. For Keele I'm looking at Computer Science with Business Management. Before anyone says anything, they teach you all the maths you need to know beyond GCSE according to the prospectus. It is also gives you the option to spend a semester abroad which I'd like to do especially the USA! With Leicester, it will be Computing with Business Management.

    I don't suppose you could enlighten me on both universties reputations generally and more specifically computing or business course related

    Thanks,
    Joe
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
Updated: April 21, 2011

University open days

  1. University of Cambridge
    Christ's College Undergraduate
    Wed, 26 Sep '18
  2. Norwich University of the Arts
    Undergraduate Open Days Undergraduate
    Fri, 28 Sep '18
  3. Edge Hill University
    Faculty of Health and Social Care Undergraduate
    Sat, 29 Sep '18
Poll
Which accompaniment is best?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.