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    I'm planning on doing Physics, maths, and ICT. The fourth subject I'm not so sure about, but I'm thinking of going for Chemistry.

    Physics and maths are apparently very useful for getting into computer science, and ICT is too, but less so. I couldn't conclude on what 4th A level subject to take, as I didn't want another "soft" subject to go with IT, so I decided on chemistry.

    My plan is to definitely do maths and physics and IT for AS and A2, and then drop chemistry for A2.

    I realise 2 sciences at A level is difficult, which is why I'm dropping chemistry after AS.

    Are these good choices for getting into computer science at University? And is my plan solid? Please give your opinions and suggestions on what other subjects you think I should do, or whether my current set up is good!

    Thanks!
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    I think that Further Maths would be good.

    In an ideal world, Maths, Further Maths, Physics And Chemistry would be good choices, but it is understandable not to do that because they are all hard subjects. But I think Further Maths to AS Level would be much more preferred than Chemistry for CompSci. But that's only really a good choice if you're good at Maths (but since your doing Maths and Physics I assume you are) also, some schools don't offer Further Maths, so that may not be an option.
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    The four quintessential subjects you could study would be Computing, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. However, not all schools are going to offer Computing, nor is it necessary to. In all honesty, all you need is Maths. If you're looking to showcase your interest in the subject I'd recommend taking Further Maths over Chemistry. Also, ICT isn't remotely related to Computer Science (other than using computers, but that's a given), so you shouldn't focus too heavily on that subject, in my opinion.
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    Have you considered Further Maths? The majority of people in my school who applied for Computer Science went for the Maths / Further Maths / Physics / random other subject combination (my school doesn't offer ICT, but I reckon that'd be a good choice for you).
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    (Original post by natino64)
    I'm planning on doing Physics, maths, and ICT. The fourth subject I'm not so sure about, but I'm thinking of going for Chemistry.

    Physics and maths are apparently very useful for getting into computer science, and ICT is too, but less so. I couldn't conclude on what 4th A level subject to take, as I didn't want another "soft" subject to go with IT, so I decided on chemistry.

    My plan is to definitely do maths and physics and IT for AS and A2, and then drop chemistry for A2.

    I realise 2 sciences at A level is difficult, which is why I'm dropping chemistry after AS.

    Are these good choices for getting into computer science at University? And is my plan solid? Please give your opinions and suggestions on what other subjects you think I should do, or whether my current set up is good!

    Thanks!
    complete suicide. Don't go for chemistry if you're going for maths and physics. That's just wayy too much! Take an easier route. The same results but an easier route- be smart

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    (Original post by natino64)
    I'm planning on doing Physics, maths, and ICT. The fourth subject I'm not so sure about, but I'm thinking of going for Chemistry.

    Physics and maths are apparently very useful for getting into computer science, and ICT is too, but less so. I couldn't conclude on what 4th A level subject to take, as I didn't want another "soft" subject to go with IT, so I decided on chemistry.

    My plan is to definitely do maths and physics and IT for AS and A2, and then drop chemistry for A2.

    I realise 2 sciences at A level is difficult, which is why I'm dropping chemistry after AS.

    Are these good choices for getting into computer science at University? And is my plan solid? Please give your opinions and suggestions on what other subjects you think I should do, or whether my current set up is good!

    Thanks!
    I'm doing maths chemistry and physics and all together they are incredibly hard subjects! if you are great at them all then go for it, but considering you don't need chemistry (and it's one of the hardest subjects) I'd go for something easier to get a better grade
    (as long as you get the grade the unis won't care where the 3rd grade comes from!)


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    This is an Oxford Computer Science answer, but we are not too different from other top universities, so hopefully it will be useful to you. It also reiterates lots of the good advice given above.

    For us, maths is essential. Further maths is highly recommended. Computer science is a very mathematical subject, so we're really looking for people who have developed their mathematical thinking. We also suggest a science subject, such as physics. ICT isn't relevant to us so wouldn't be considered a particular bonus on your application. Our courses start from first principles, so we're not looking for any particular knowledge of computing. We are looking for students with a real interest in the subject. A Level computing is one way of doing this, and making sure it's a subject you really do want to study at Uni. But it's by no means the only way of exploring it. [Edit: we do quite often see candidates who've done Chemistry as a fourth A Level. That's fine. It can't be used towards the A* bit of our offer, but can of course go towards the AA bit of A*AA.]

    To give you some context, the standard conditional offer for A Level-taking candidates for our Computer Science degree is A*AA with at least an A in Maths. The A* has to be in either Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Computing. We only make offers based on three A Levels, but would notice if you'd done more.


    Hope that helps.
 
 
 
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