I'm currently studying maths, further maths, physics and german for AS levels. I plan to apply for Computer Science at university, hopefully Oxford, and I was wondering if I should drop German next year? Would Oxford, and other universities prefer me to have four A levels, or three AS levels with possibly better grades? Should I focus on trying t get more A*s, and drop German, or should I keep it and end up getting something like A*AAA?
So basically I'm asking what looks better, A*A*A or A*AAA?
I'd appreciate any advice, thanks
Should I drop a subject at A level? watch
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- 24-03-2013 19:17
- 24-03-2013 19:52
Universities typically ask for 3 A levels and 1 As level, so, it is expected for you to drop 1 A level.
- 24-03-2013 19:54
I studied Maths, Further Maths Chemistry and Physics at AS and im still doing all 4.
If ur managing with the work load then i would carry on with all four, especially as the overlap between fmaths and maths is quite large so the work load isnt too bad because you should find the maths modules quite easy when uve got the further maths... especially if u want to apply to oxford keep all 4!!
But ultumately... see what ur results are in the summer!! Im sure you will do brilliant but dont make decisions until uve got all the information. If you want to apply to Oxford u will need four As this year. i dont know anyone who has got an oxbridge interview without 4As, let alone an offer
Dont worry about next year, revise hard and get ur As... Thats the best thing u can do right now!!
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- 24-03-2013 20:06
I did 4 A'levels. If you can keep up the work load then it should be fine. But I'll tell you something. A2 work load is tremendous and with uni applications/personal statement you may be 'forced to' neglect your work for a while and you'll start lagging behind.
You may be at an advantage if you keep pursuing German, because apparently uni's like students who've done linguistics compared to the usual traditional (not sure how much truth there is in there, however).
Anyway other thing you may want to consider is, there are loads of extra curricular you may want to take part in. With the 4 A'levels (and you're desired target) you may not find time for it. At the end of the day its your decision to make.
Have a look at the A2 syllabus for German (and the rest) that should give you a fair idea if you'll be able to continue.
PS: Further maths is no joke and exhausts a lot of one's time.
- 24-03-2013 23:20
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- 25-03-2013 03:32
Some unis don't see maths and further maths as 2 separate subjects. You might be limiting your choices as therefore you'd be viewed as only having 2 A Levels.
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- 25-03-2013 03:36
Majority of people drop a subject so you have 3 A levels and 1 AS, which is the one you dropped.
- 25-03-2013 08:18
I WISH that getting A*AAA would be my worst scenario...
OP, how are you so sure that you won't get anything less than an A???
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- 25-03-2013 14:09
Delighted to hear you're interested in doing Computer Science at Oxford.
First off, you've got a great set of A Level subjects there. Our standard conditional offer for straight CompSci 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 offer on three A Levels: we'd notice if you'd done more, but it wouldn't (except in exceptional circumstances) form part of a conditional offer. AAAA wouldn't be seen as equivalent to A*AA: it's important that you get the A*. In terms of subject choice, Maths is essential, and Further Maths strongly recommended as the best preparation for one of our degrees. We also suggest a science subject such as Physics. We aren't looking for students who have any specific knowledge of computing, but we are looking for students with an interest in the subject. We are very much looking for people who have really developed their mathematical thinking. If you wanted to drop German after A2 that wouldn't be a problem for us.
There are a small handful of courses at certain unis that don't see Maths and Further Maths as separate A Levels, but for Computer Science, Further Maths is extremely desirable. We, like other top unis, for CompSci very much encourage you to take it and count it as two A Levels. It's perfectly possible to get to interview stage, and then get an offer with "only" three A Levels, as long as they are relevant. Having a had a quick scan through the A Level choices of our current CompSci first years, and I can see students who've done 3 A Levels and others with 5+. I think it's fair to say the largest proportion have 4 A2s; but it's definitely not a requirement.
If of course you're enjoying German, and it's not adversely affecting the more relevant courses that you're doing, then great, go for it.
We talk more about what we look for in our candidates here: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/ug...sked_questions
Hope that helps.Last edited by Oxford Computer Science Dept; 25-03-2013 at 15:35.