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Actually no, it's my brother who wants to. He's going to sit his GCSE exams this year and doesn't have a clue on what A'levels he should study for robotics. Can someone please kindly inform me what he needs to do/ which A'levels he should study + the uni degree which routes into robotic engineering!
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Actually no, it's my brother who wants to. He's going to sit his GCSE exams this year and doesn't have a clue on what A'levels he should study for robotics. Can someone please kindly inform me what he needs to do/ which A'levels he should study + the uni degree which routes into robotic engineering!
I imagine he will need A level maths and at least one other science subject, physics would probably be the most useful. Look up universities that offer degrees in robotics, artificial intelligence, computer science and mechanical engineering and check their websites to get an idea of entry requirements.
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Actually no, it's my brother who wants to. He's going to sit his GCSE exams this year and doesn't have a clue on what A'levels he should study for robotics. Can someone please kindly inform me what he needs to do/ which A'levels he should study + the uni degree which routes into robotic engineering!
Probably:

Maths (needed)
Physics / Chemistry (needed)
Computer Science (good optional)
(optional)
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Probably:

Maths (needed)
Physics / Chemistry (needed)
Computer Science (good optional)
(optional)
Chemistry?

Tbf you can get into robotics through a computer science degree (I'll probably end up doing that), in which case:
Maths (helpful)
Physics/chemistry (meh, it's probably going to help but oh well)
Computer Science (will definitely help)

Out of those you'd require maths or comp sci

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Chemistry?

Tbf you can get into robotics through a computer science degree (I'll probably end up doing that), in which case:
Maths (helpful)
Physics/chemistry (meh, it's probably going to help but oh well)
Computer Science (will definitely help)

Out of those you'd require maths or comp sci

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I said Chemistry just because it's considered a traditional science that demands a lot of logical thinking and problem solving (e.g. mechanisms, synthesis, etc.) - It's not as quantitative as Physics but no course will ask for one science in particular. I guess they could even take Biology but that would be much less logical and much more memorising which isn't really a reflection of the type of work in a Comp Sci degree.

I guess if OP is aiming for the top uni's, they ought to also take further maths!
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I said Chemistry just because it's considered a traditional science that demands a lot of logical thinking and problem solving (e.g. mechanisms, synthesis, etc.) - It's not as quantitative as Physics but no course will ask for one science in particular. I guess they could even take Biology but that would be much less logical and much more memorising which isn't really a reflection of the type of work in a Comp Sci degree.

I guess if OP is aiming for the top uni's, they ought to also take further maths!
Ahhhh fair enough yeah

Further maths certainly gives a good impression.

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I guess if OP is aiming for the top uni's, they ought to also take further maths!
Only as a 4th A level.
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Only as a 4th A level.
I dunno, when I was looking earlier this year Oxbridge only specified maths...

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I dunno, when I was looking earlier this year Oxbridge only specified maths...

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Maybe but I just think people would be well advised not to just study maths at A level. Maths, Further Maths and Physics (which is basically maths) is too specialist. If you're that good at maths you should be able to take FM as a 4th A level anyway.
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Maybe but I just think people would be well advised not to just study maths at A level. Maths, Further Maths and Physics (which is basically maths) is too specialist. If you're that good at maths you should be able to take FM as a 4th A level anyway.
In AS I did maths, FM, physics and comp sci. Flunked physics so I dropped after AS. Purely because I can't do anything else really.

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A Level Math (Mechanics), Physics, and Chemistry. Don't bother with applied subjects in A2, like Applied ICT.
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In AS I did maths, FM, physics and comp sci. Flunked physics so I dropped after AS. Purely because I can't do anything else really.

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You can do other things, you just don't want to try. I think people who just take mathematical subjects post-GCSE are in some ways more limited than people who take a more diverse range of subjects.
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IMO look at the requirements for electronic engineering courses and electronic & mechatronic engineering courses... basically maths & physics

don't worry about CS A level unless you enjoy it more than any of the alternatives - you can pick up enough coding by self study & a lot of people on those courses won't have done it before anyway.
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You can do other things, you just don't want to try. I think people who just take mathematical subjects post-GCSE are in some ways more limited than people who take a more diverse range of subjects.
No, I mean out of the courses offered at my college; those 4 are the ones I met the entry requirements for.

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No, I mean out of the courses offered at my college; those 4 are the ones I met the entry requirements for.

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That's weird. What were the entry requirements?
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Obvious choice here.

Maths, Further Maths and Physics.

Leaves open all mathematical, physics based and engineering degrees.
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That's weird. What were the entry requirements?
For the subjects you're likely to do at GCSE it was a B in the subject. For the essay like subjects (politics and stuff) it was a B in English

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Type 'robotic engineering degree' into Google.
Click on the first link.
Scroll down to 'entry requirements'.

Could you or your brother not work that out by yourself? Engineers need to think logically as well as creatively.
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Type 'robotic engineering degree' into Google.
Click on the first link.
Scroll down to 'entry requirements'.

Could you or your brother not work that out by yourself? Engineers need to think logically as well as creatively.
We did but I thought it would be good to get others opinions as well as own research.

And thank you everyone for the replies. My brother has applied for Maths, Physics, Computer Science and Chemistry. That's all because he wants to stay on the safe side in case if later in AS he decides to do dentistry.
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