Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
x Turn on thread page Beta

Choosing A levels... watch

Announcements
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    The time has come for me to start thinking about A levels :bawling: So I want to do Computer Science in Uni and I want to apply to Cambridge (probably out of reach but you know what they say, follow your dreams). So I know I'm going to take maths but i'm at complete loss for the other two. I would choose Eng but I would need an A or A* and I don't think I could manage that (If it's anything like GCSE). Oh and I know this isn't really relevant but tips on getting into Cambridge or Edinburgh, my main uni choices. HELP ME please. Wow I feel like a 12 year old...
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Socie)
    The time has come for me to start thinking about A levels :bawling: So I want to do Computer Science in Uni and I want to apply to Cambridge (probably out of reach but you know what they say, follow your dreams). So I know I'm going to take maths but i'm at complete loss for the other two. I would choose Eng but I would need an A or A* and I don't think I could manage that (If it's anything like GCSE). Oh and I know this isn't really relevant but tips on getting into Cambridge or Edinburgh, my main uni choices. HELP ME please. Wow I feel like a 12 year old...
    have you thought about physics? usually fits quite well with computer science
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    If you're passionate about maths, maybe you could take further maths too? Maybe Physics, like halfhearted mentioned. Otherwise, maybe just choosing something you enjoy should help. Essay subjects often provide a nice contrast to the more technical subjects like Maths and Physics, but if you really want to avoid these, take a language maybe or a science.
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Socie)
    The time has come for me to start thinking about A levels :bawling: So I want to do Computer Science in Uni and I want to apply to Cambridge (probably out of reach but you know what they say, follow your dreams). So I know I'm going to take maths but i'm at complete loss for the other two. I would choose Eng but I would need an A or A* and I don't think I could manage that (If it's anything like GCSE). Oh and I know this isn't really relevant but tips on getting into Cambridge or Edinburgh, my main uni choices. HELP ME please. Wow I feel like a 12 year old...
    My friend wants to do the exact same! He's brilliant at the subject! He's doing OCR computer science, Edexcel maths, Edexcel further maths and OCR A physics.

    Very mathematical since that's what the Cambridge course is. You don't even need to do computer science (just like how you can practically do biology/medicine at university by studying chemistry) the mathematics courses are what matters.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Socie)
    The time has come for me to start thinking about A levels :bawling: So I want to do Computer Science in Uni and I want to apply to Cambridge (probably out of reach but you know what they say, follow your dreams). So I know I'm going to take maths but i'm at complete loss for the other two. I would choose Eng but I would need an A or A* and I don't think I could manage that (If it's anything like GCSE). Oh and I know this isn't really relevant but tips on getting into Cambridge or Edinburgh, my main uni choices. HELP ME please. Wow I feel like a 12 year old...
    Maths, Physics, Computing, Further Maths, Chemistry, Economics and Biology - ideally you should have three of these, with the best combination being Maths, Further Maths and Physics.

    Then take either another one from that list, or another one like a language or humanity that you're both interested in and good at!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by tom_mcc)
    I have a friend who is applying for computer science at Oxford (so very similar to Cambridge) and he took: Maths, Chemistry, Computing, History and French at AS, and is now doing Maths, Chemistry, Computing and an AS in further maths in his second year. You need to show that you have mathematical aptitude, therefore taking maths is a no brainer. However, a broad range of subjects is often looked upon greatly, therefore you don't need to focus on solely mathematical subjects. However, I would recommend taking: Maths, a science, an essay subject (history, English etc), and the last option is up to you (could be further maths, computing or a language). As you said that you're aiming for Cambridge, this should mean that each subject you take should be as close to a traditional subject as possible (courses such as media, photography and business studies are seen as lacking academic rigour and will be looked down upon by the top 5 universities; especially considering their courses are hugely competitive). Hopefully this helps you
    Just wondering, what A level results did he/she get or is predicted to get for A levels and what extracurriculars did your friend do? A reply would be appreciated.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    As others have said, Further Math and Physics would probably be your best options. You could also consider taking a language - Edinburgh's Informatics department does a lot of CompLing courses (IMO the best part of CompSci!) and it would be advantageous to take extra modules in a foreign language.
 
 
 
Poll
Do you agree with the proposed ban on plastic straws and cotton buds?
Help with your A-levels

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

Rosette

Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Uni match

Uni match

Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

Study planner

Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

Study planner

Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student doing homework

Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

Study help links and info

Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.