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At one of the schools I'm applying to, I'll be doing the 3 compulsory subjects, Maths, Further Maths and Physics for my A levels and I need to choose a fourth between Economics and Computer Science (the only two others they offer). Now I'm not sure which to pick. From what I've heard Compsci is very interesting, but my dad suggests that I do Economics because he has a master's degree in economics. I'm planning to do a physics degree, but I may change and do maths or some form of engineering, if that helps. Which subject links better with my other 3 A levels and my future uni aspirations? Also, which A level is more interesting in your opinion and why? Thanks
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I'd say that compsci is more linked to physics, however economics is still very interesting. Do what you love, I'd say.
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You will do a bit of programming if you end up doing a Maths or Engineering degree (someone please correct me if I'm mistaken) so from that point of view Comp Sci A Level will give you at least some foundation to build upon. Other than that they both are "good" A Levels, and although I wanna study Comp Sci at university I found Economics easier than Comp Sci.

If you don't like writing essay type answers you may want to pick Comp Sci but then again, most questions are not essay type, so I believe that's just a minor detail.

You seem to prefer subjects where concepts involve a fair amount of logic and hence you SHOULD enjoy Comp Sci A Level and the programming.

Revising Economics just felt like a chore tbh whereas figuring out how to solve a problem was a lot more fun.

But with all of that said, I believe your subjects are quite narrow with Maths, F. Maths, Physics and Comp Sci. I think you would benefit from studying Economics more should you ever choose Economics instead of Maths (at university). Some people do switch to Economics as there's still a large amount of Maths involved.

Final verdict: Flip a coin to decide. Best of 3. If it's a draw... Well don't pick comp sci because it can't be a draw XD
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(Original post by WhiteBerry.)
You will do a bit of programming if you end up doing a Maths or Engineering degree (someone please correct me if I'm mistaken) so from that point of view Comp Sci A Level will give you at least some foundation to build upon. Other than that they both are "good" A Levels, and although I wanna study Comp Sci at university I found Economics easier than Comp Sci.

If you don't like writing essay type answers you may want to pick Comp Sci but then again, most questions are not essay type, so I believe that's just a minor detail.

You seem to prefer subjects where concepts involve a fair amount of logic and hence you SHOULD enjoy Comp Sci A Level and the programming.

Revising Economics just felt like a chore tbh whereas figuring out how to solve a problem was a lot more fun.

But with all of that said, I believe your subjects are quite narrow with Maths, F. Maths, Physics and Comp Sci. I think you would benefit from studying Economics more should you ever choose Economics instead of Maths (at university). Some people do switch to Economics as there's still a large amount of Maths involved.

Final verdict: Flip a coin to decide. Best of 3. If it's a draw... Well don't pick comp sci because it can't be a draw XD
Thank you very much for your excellent advice. May I ask, exactly how much essay writing is involved in economics, as I really dislike this ? And how interesting did you find both subjects? Thanks again
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I'd say that compsci is more linked to physics, however economics is still very interesting. Do what you love, I'd say.
Alright cheers!
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you have three math and science subjects. economics would make you a more-rounded candidate but computer science obviously has more relevance to physics than economics.
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Yeah that's exactly what my teacher said. Thank you!
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Thank you very much for your excellent advice. May I ask, exactly how much essay writing is involved in economics, as I really dislike this ? And how interesting did you find both subjects? Thanks again
There's a lot of essay writing involved in economics. e.g. for OCR, u have to do 2 25 mark essays and some other shorter 8/12 markers..
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There's a lot of essay writing involved in economics. e.g. for OCR, u have to do 2 25 mark essays and some other shorter 8/12 markers..
Bear in mind those are less of "essays" and more like lengthy answers with a very standard structure.
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(Original post by WhiteBerry.)
Bear in mind those are less of "essays" and more like lengthy answers with a very standard structure.
(Original post by dinglebells)
There's a lot of essay writing involved in economics. e.g. for OCR, u have to do 2 25 mark essays and some other shorter 8/12 markers..
Alright thank you both
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