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    (Original post by Arran90)
    Many thanks.



    I'm sure it was Manchester.
    "Grades AAA including mathematics.
    * This should include Mathematics with a significant pure element (the Use of Mathematics or Core Mathematics does not satisfy this requirement).
    * General Studies is welcome but is not normally included as part of the standard offer."

    Also native/heritage languages can sometimes be a problem for some unis but Manchester says

    "A-levels in a native or heritage language

    We consider applications holistically taking into consideration the overall educational environment. Where native language A-levels have been studied we will consider them on an equal basis with other subjects."

    So neither Computing nor Urdu are a problem. Perhaps UoM had other concerns with this application. But the fact is it wasn't because he was offering Computer Science A-Level.

    Maybe do some fact-checking before spreading myths...


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    This was about 8 years ago before the computer science A Level even existed, when it was the computing A Level. The admission requirements you have posted are those of 2016.
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    (Original post by sweeneyrod)
    No. Non-facilitating subjects such as economics and politics don't help you get on to economics or politics courses, in the sense that they aren't required (even if they might be useful). It is less relevant facilitating subjects like maths and history that are required.
    Yes... you don't need to take History to do History. There are English courses that don't require English. As I've already said, there's engineering courses that don't require Maths. Someone in my sixth form holds an offer for astro physics at Loughborough but he dropped physics at A2.

    For the the last time, "facilitating subjects" doesn't mean ****. Just check your university website for what they'll accept. Don't apply to law thinking omg they'll reject me because I'm taking Law A2 instead of Maths

    It's this stupid mentality that stops people choosing subjects they enjoy. It doesn't matter if comp sci isn't facilitating
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    (Original post by Arran90)
    This was about 8 years ago before the computer science A Level even existed, when it was the computing A Level. The admission requirements you have posted are those of 2016.
    And how is what happened 8 years ago relevant to current students choosing their subjects? Also, 8 years ago Computing was almost certainly accepted. It's ICT that could be a problem.

    Your original premise is there is some kind of conspiracy/cartel by RG unis against Computer Science A-Level. The fact is there isn't.

    Also, please quote me when you reply to me. Otherwise I don't necessarily see your responses.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    And how is what happened 8 years ago relevant to current students choosing their subjects? Also, 8 years ago Computing was almost certainly accepted. It's ICT that could be a problem.
    I'm trying to find out if the world has moved on since then following the creation of the new computer science A Level, and whether universities view the subject favourably or not.

    Your original premise is there is some kind of conspiracy/cartel by RG unis against Computer Science A-Level. The fact is there isn't.
    My concerns are:

    1. Whether computer science will achieve the same level of recognition and respect by universities and employers in the same way as biology, chemistry, and physics at A Level currently are.

    2. Whether newer A Levels will become facilitating subjects or recognised by society as academically rigorous subjects. The case that I put across is that electronics is commonly viewed as a soft or marginal A Level and inferior to biology, chemistry, and physics, and a potential exists that computer science could go down the same avenue. I want computer science to be seen as one of the main A Level subjects. There isn't even a computer science subforum on TSR. Should one be created?

    3. That computer science at primary and secondary school level is safeguarded as a highly valued and respected core subject.
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    (Original post by Arran90)
    I'm trying to find out if the world has moved on since then following the creation of the new computer science A Level, and whether universities view the subject favourably or not.



    My concerns are:

    1. Whether computer science will achieve the same level of recognition and respect by universities and employers in the same way as biology, chemistry, and physics at A Level currently are.

    2. Whether newer A Levels will become facilitating subjects or recognised by society as academically rigorous subjects. The case that I put across is that electronics is commonly viewed as a soft or marginal A Level and inferior to biology, chemistry, and physics, and a potential exists that computer science could go down the same avenue. I want computer science to be seen as one of the main A Level subjects. There isn't even a computer science subforum on TSR. Should one be created?

    3. That computer science at primary and secondary school level is safeguarded as a highly valued and respected core subject.
    1. It will be the same as Computing.
    2. It won't be added as a facilitating subject.
    3. It's not a core subject. Science is. But it is in the national curriculum. I doubt that will change.

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