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I see that the top 3 A levels for a Comp Sci course are maths, f.maths and physics, which is what i am taking on top of Computing.

I can't drop either maths subjects, they are too important.

However, i am really enjoying Physics and not as much as computing (although i still think what is learned is important).

If i were to drop computing, would Unis question it? Would they make sense of it or would they be unsure if i really wanted to do a comp sci course?
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(Original post by Bobjim12)
I see that the top 3 A levels for a Comp Sci course are maths, f.maths and physics, which is what i am taking on top of Computing.

I can't drop either maths subjects, they are too important.

However, i am really enjoying Physics and not as much as computing (although i still think what is learned is important).

If i were to drop computing, would Unis question it? Would they make sense of it or would they be unsure if i really wanted to do a comp sci course?
It is true that Maths and Further Maths are definitely more useful than Computing for Computer Science. Rationally, I'd say that there isn't anything wrong with dropping it. Irrationally, I would agree that it would look a bit weird. You're not keen on the idea of doing 4 A2s?
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It is true that Maths and Further Maths are definitely more useful than Computing for Computer Science. Rationally, I'd say that there isn't anything wrong with dropping it. Irrationally, I would agree that it would look a bit weird. You're not keen on the idea of doing 4 A2s?
According to the Uni's websites, they are indeed. I believe it is to do with the lack of computing course offered at sixth forms.

I am considering doing 4 A2s but 4 ASs are just enough for me right now what with all the shabang going on..
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(Original post by Bobjim12)
I see that the top 3 A levels for a Comp Sci course are maths, f.maths and physics, which is what i am taking on top of Computing.

I can't drop either maths subjects, they are too important.

However, i am really enjoying Physics and not as much as computing (although i still think what is learned is important).

If i were to drop computing, would Unis question it? Would they make sense of it or would they be unsure if i really wanted to do a comp sci course?
They wont focus on it and consider it as a major thing. It's perfectly normal to drop a subject for A2, you coukd just say you wanted to focus on maths and physics more.

This vid is a bit long but he explains how he got through his alevels, he took computing like you
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aKlW51V67a4
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According to the Uni's websites, they are indeed. I believe it is to do with the lack of computing course offered at sixth forms.

I am considering doing 4 A2s but 4 ASs are just enough for me right now what with all the shabang going on..
Have you considered emailing universities of interest to see what they think?
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Have you considered emailing universities of interest to see what they think?

I suppose that would be the most logical thing to do.
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I see that the top 3 A levels for a Comp Sci course are maths, f.maths and physics, which is what i am taking on top of Computing.
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If i were to drop computing, would Unis question it? Would they make sense of it or would they be unsure if i really wanted to do a comp sci course?
We've certainly seen (successful) applicants in this situation before. We want to see that students have a genuine interest in CompSci. But that interest can be shown in many different ways: inside and outside of the classroom. But it's helpful if you can explain your reasons for dropping it in the PS, so we know it's not lack of interest.

For us Maths is essential and Further Maths considered the best preparation for our courses. We'd be happy to see Physics or Computing as a third A Level alongside them.
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We've certainly seen (successful) applicants in this situation before. We want to see that students have a genuine interest in CompSci. But that interest can be shown in many different ways: inside and outside of the classroom. But it's helpful if you can explain your reasons for dropping it in the PS, so we know it's not lack of interest.

For us Maths is essential and Further Maths considered the best preparation for our courses. We'd be happy to see Physics or Computing as a third A Level alongside them.
Ok, suppose if i were to produce some work involving computing outside of school (e.g. a simple or maybe slightly complex program) that would boost my application for example?
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Ok, suppose if i were to produce some work involving computing outside of school (e.g. a simple or maybe slightly complex program) that would boost my application for example?
It's useful to have things to talk about on the personal statement, to show your interest. We talk more about this here: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ugadmissions/...statement.html
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It's useful to have things to talk about on the personal statement, to show your interest. We talk more about this here: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ugadmissions/...statement.html
Thankyou!
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No problem :-)
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(Original post by Bobjim12)
I see that the top 3 A levels for a Comp Sci course are maths, f.maths and physics, which is what i am taking on top of Computing.

I can't drop either maths subjects, they are too important.

However, i am really enjoying Physics and not as much as computing (although i still think what is learned is important).

If i were to drop computing, would Unis question it? Would they make sense of it or would they be unsure if i really wanted to do a comp sci course?
You could drop it, if you do then you should seriously consider little competitions to participate in most of them are programming though.. But most universities will dribble over students like that whether they have the A2 or not..
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Real men do 4 A2's
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I'm sure that as long as you have an explanation for it, it shouldn't really matter. Like others have already said, although it sounds a bit weird, maths and further maths are more valuable than computing.
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Real men do 4 A2's
What's the point in doing 4 A2s? All of the uni's I've looked at only ask for 3 A-levels, so doing 4 seems quite pointless. I suppose it might be useful if you're applying for courses that specify a number of UCAS points instead of grades.
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What's the point in doing 4 A2s? All of the uni's I've looked at only ask for 3 A-levels, so doing 4 seems quite pointless. I suppose it might be useful if you're applying for courses that specify a number of UCAS points instead of grades.
Real men don't do the bare minimum.
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