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    Hi , I have decided on studying maths, further maths, physics and latin for my four a levels . Yet me and my friend due to our interest in computing are very interested in studying for a computer science/computing a level (or at least AS) outside of school as our school neither allows 5 a levels or offers computer science.

    Therefore i wanted to ask ....
    1. Is this going to be too much work? i.e. How much work is computer science
    2. Which is the best specification to go with e.g. AQA , OCR etc
    3. How should we go about studying for the exam... getting a regular tutor, studying from a text book, the internet etc!

    Any help would be appreciated massively.

    Should be noted I am considering applying for engineering ,physics, classics or natural sciences (including computer science as one of my IA choices at cambridge)
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    Yeah as you said it depends on the exam board you consider.
    I currently do AQA computing. I did bad in year 12 (personal issues) and currently in year 13, i have done a lot better. Achieving an A in the mocks. Half of my class achieved an A in year 12. It is mostly remembering tons of information for theory and being able to recall them, however in practical, its way harder. In year 12 we got given a program (along with the code) and in exam your asked for simple binary question and asked question to make modification for the program you are given.
    For example being given a board game and asked to make it give average wins, add new players, e.g.
    and in year 13 of computing, you are asked to make your own program and make a document (150+pages long, self explained codes and tons of stuffs).

    My advice for you is to do it if you love computing , got free time and at least know some computing
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