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    I just started at sixth form college about 5 weeks ago. I am taking Computing, Physics, Mathematics and Music Technology at AS level. I am aiming for an A grade in all of my subjects.

    I am interesting in a computer science degree at university and yesterday we had a talk about Oxbridge and the Russell group. Now I may not be looking to aim as high as Oxbridge but it spiked my interest and I took a look at a few university entry requirements for Computer Science degrees. I found that many unis were looking for a Further Maths A level alongside Mathematics as a 'highly recommended subject'. Imperial College London was particularly clear on this:

    This has made me panic a little, as I did have the option of choosing Double Maths to take over the two years which would get me Maths in year one and Further Maths in year two.

    My main question is, will my choice of abstaining from the double maths course severely hinder my chances of getting a computer science course and should I seek action to get it changed or will it not have as much effect as I am making it up to be in my head.

    Thanks for all your assistance in advance
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    It might be not be too late to take Further Maths and I highly advise you to do it! I'm currently studying my A2s and I've also taken AS FM this year just so I can do more maths.

    I seriously regret not taking it last year. If you're applying to Imperial, you'll have to take the MAT entrance exam. Look at the general feedback from Oxford from last year (they do the same exam):

    1317 applicants were studying A-levels. Of these, 96% were taking Further Mathematics asa full A-level. Of the 54 applicants who weren’t taking Further Maths as a full A-level, 7 wereshort-listed for interview, and none were offered places.

    https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/system/fi...ack%202014.pdf
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    Ask the relevant staff member as soon as possible. If they say you can do it, I'd whole-heartedly recommend that you do. Assuming you could do well in it, it would make you a much more competitive candidate for any university, let alone Imperial -- especially considering CompSci is 75% maths. Ensure that, throughout your half-term, you spend some time catching up with the material you've missed. My school has purposefully started teaching parts of the syllabus which the latter parts don't require a knowledge of, if that makes sense (complex numbers, matrices, Cartesian..)
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    I'd say change music to further maths asap because not only would it mean that you would be a weak candidate for russel group universities without it, if you somehow managed to get in, you would really struggle to cope at the start because compsci is highly mathematical. Speak to someone at your sixth form; most uni's will only consider students with maths, further maths and physics to A level, with computing not required but a good fourth A level to have.
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    (Original post by ETbuymilkandeggs)
    Ask the relevant staff member as soon as possible. If they say you can do it, I'd whole-heartedly recommend that you do. Assuming you could do well in it, it would make you a much more competitive candidate for any university, let alone Imperial -- especially considering CompSci is 75% maths. Ensure that, throughout your half-term, you spend some time catching up with the material you've missed. My school has purposefully started teaching parts of the syllabus which the latter parts don't require a knowledge of, if that makes sense (complex numbers, matrices, Cartesian..)
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    (Original post by kennethdcharles)
    How is Harris Westminster?
    Good. Hard. Lots of homework, but that's ameliorated by how well the school cultivates an interest in the subjects you've taken. It's still pretty surreal travelling to Westminster for school -- it's an effect that's going to take a while to wear off. I'm glad I came here over Dartford Grammar.
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    Thanks for all of your help. I will be speaking with staff at my college on Monday to see what I can do about this. I have spoken to students who are doing the double maths and it seems they are doing similar stuff to what I did in Additional Maths FSMQ last year which means the transition shouldn't be too difficult.
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    This is just an update for anyone interested. I have spoken with the head of maths at my college and he says unfortunately I cannot change my current maths course. I will have the option of doing AS Further Maths next year which I will definitely be taking. I am a tad disappointed at the outcome but I think what I've got will be sufficient
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    (Original post by pecora)
    It might be not be too late to take Further Maths and I highly advise you to do it! I'm currently studying my A2s and I've also taken AS FM this year just so I can do more maths.

    I seriously regret not taking it last year. If you're applying to Imperial, you'll have to take the MAT entrance exam. Look at the general feedback from Oxford from last year (they do the same exam):

    1317 applicants were studying A-levels. Of these, 96% were taking Further Mathematics asa full A-level. Of the 54 applicants who weren’t taking Further Maths as a full A-level, 7 wereshort-listed for interview, and none were offered places.

    https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/system/fi...ack%202014.pdf
    For what it's worth imperial do not use MAT for computer science.
 
 
 
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