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Young Sinatra
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In my school we have a different GCSE system.
They started this system this year (I'm in year 10) but it actually starts when you're in year 9.

Let me start this off by saying that I am an absolute what people call and ICT nerd/geek/etc.

(Now,) In our school you start your GCSEs when you're in year 9. At the end of year 8 you choose 2 subjects to do the first year and you choose two at the end of year 9 to do in year 10. Because I am in year 10 now, I chose the first two at the end of year 9. Our GCSE classes are mixed with year 9 students (whyyyy:banghead:). Sorry if this is confusing. When I chose my subjects in year 9 there was no Computing. My ICT teacher told me to pick ICT so I can choose Computing at the end of year 10 to do in year 11. The other week we got the list aaaaaand no computing. I was absolutely mad. I was hoping to study computing in college and uni too and having it as a GCSE would be good I thought. I got bummed :/

Btw, I chose ICT and BS for this year and Triple Science and Film Studies for next year.
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Not having computing wont set you back. I only do gcse ict and got accepted onto a computer science sixth form course
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What an odd system you've got there.

Just as a side note, if you want to do computer science (or computing as some call it) for a degree, most universities recommend you do other things at A level, as most first year content is just repeated A level stuff.

Maths is essential, Further Maths or a physical science (particularly physics) might be recommended.

Do you have a particular university in mind?


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You still have ICT. You can do computing in college and uni without having done it at GCSE.
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(Original post by Fanatical Geek)
What an odd system you've got there.

Just as a side note, if you want to do computer science (or computing as some call it) for a degree, most universities recommend you do other things at A level, as most first year content is just repeated A level stuff.

Maths is essential, Further Maths or a physical science (particularly physics) might be recommended.

Do you have a particular university in mind?


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I really want to study at top unis such as Cambridge, Oxford etc.
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I really want to study at top unis such as Cambridge, Oxford etc.
Then I recommend you look at their websites at Computer Science for guidance.

They accept Computing as a "useful" A-Level, but would prefer you use subject that's give you a grounding in maths, with A-Level maths being essential and Further Maths and/or physics being recommended

This is just because a lot of A level computing content is repeated in year 1, so the top Uni's would prefer you do something else.

Hope this helps, again - have a look at the websites for more information


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We wouldn't mind at all about you not having done Computing at GCSE. It's really not a problem at all. We don't have any specific requirements when it comes to GCSEs. What's more important is your choice of subjects at A Level (or IB or equivalent.) We talk about this in depth here: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ugadmissions/...al_offers.html Hope that helps.
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We wouldn't mind at all about you not having done Computing at GCSE. It's really not a problem at all. We don't have any specific requirements when it comes to GCSEs. What's more important is your choice of subjects at A Level (or IB or equivalent.) We talk about this in depth here: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ugadmissions/...al_offers.html Hope that helps.
Thank you very much for replying!
That's a relief for sure. It will still be a touch challenge to get As in Maths, but I will definetely do my best.
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