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    I am currently in Year 12 and want to apply for the mathematics and computer science but I am not doing computing in alevel while I do learn maths and further maths. I am just wondering if it really matter that I don't choose computing in alevel?Thanks!
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    (Original post by stuock)
    I am currently in Year 12 and want to apply for the mathematics and computer science but I am not doing computing in alevel while I do learn maths and further maths. I am just wondering if it really matter that I don't choose computing in alevel?Thanks!
    As a computer science student who did Maths and Further Maths at A-Level, I can tell you right now that A-Level Computing is completely unnecessary for a computer science course. Everything that you learn in that course will be repeated by the end of the first term - the work rate is quite rapid at university - and you will have essentially wasted time doing it at A-Level.

    You are much better off doing a facilitating subject which will give you enough background to move towards a particular domain of application of computer science in the future e.g a physics, psychology (yes, really), biology (bioinformatics) etc. As someone who is particularly interested in some theoretical aspects of computer science, my choice of A-Level Philosophy has helped me to understand a lot more about what I want to do with my degree in the future.
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    Thank you so much! Such a relief ! Btw, what sorts of activities (which can be mentioned in the personal statement) can I take part in while I don't have enough computing knowledge?
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    Thank you so much! Such a relief ! Btw, what sorts of activities (which can be mentioned in the personal statement) can I take part in while I don't have enough computing knowledge?
    Anything which points towards your interest in things which are related to your course, such as extended reading (only if particularly relevant to you), BMO, DofE etc.

    I come from a background with a lot of computing knowledge in the family (my father is a theoretical computer science :P), but I did not have to go into technical details in my PS. I mainly spoke about my interests (artificial intelligence to be precise) in rather broad, but precise terms.

    The main thing is that you should be honest about your interests and give an accurate portrayal of yourself, but the "optimal version" of yourself which is doing everything that you want to do, especially if you are applying to universities where you are likely to be subjected to interviews.
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    Thank you very much!!The information is really useful!


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