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    I want to study computer science. But i have GCSE qualifications only. I would like to know what A-Levels should i study and where? Please help.
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    Maths and Further Maths are essential for top unis. Physics is a typical choice, the rest is optional.
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    (Original post by oShahpo)
    Maths and Further Maths are essential for top unis. Physics is a typical choice, the rest is optional.
    Physics probably unnecessary unless you're doing engineering to be honest. Maths isn't a critical subject but is useful as Decision Maths and some stats is used at university level. You'd almost never need Further Maths for Computer Science

    OP only really needs Computing related A Levels so Maths and Computing/Computer Science. The rest is optional
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    Can you help me with where can i study both? Sorry for being dumb. Thanks


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    (Original post by UWS)
    Physics probably unnecessary unless you're doing engineering to be honest. Maths isn't a critical subject but is useful as Decision Maths and some stats is used at university level. You'd almost never need Further Maths for Computer Science

    OP only really needs Computing related A Levels so Maths and Computing/Computer Science. The rest is optional
    This is the worst advice you can give someone willing to study computer science, specially at top unis, to be honest. Most Oxbridge colleges require Further Maths, let alone Maths. Most unis look highly upon physics not because it's relevant, but because it's hard.
    As for computing a-level, it's not even a requirement at most, if not all, unis.
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    (Original post by oShahpo)
    This is the worst advice you can give someone willing to study computer science, specially at top unis, to be honest. Most Oxbridge colleges require Further Maths, let alone Maths.
    The OP didn't state what uni they wanted to get in to. It is true that the top unis want you to do Further Maths, though when I had applied back in my day, I only did normal Maths and still got offers from unis like Kings so a lot must have changed
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    (Original post by UWS)
    The OP didn't state what uni they wanted to get in to. It is true that the top unis want you to do Further Maths, though when I had applied back in my day, I only did normal Maths and still got offers from unis like Kings so a lot must have changed
    Yea a lot has changed. Now that A-Level maths (beyond 2009) became somewhat easier, lots of unis are asking for, or at least preferring, FM.
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    (Original post by oShahpo)
    This is the worst advice you can give someone willing to study computer science, specially at top unis, to be honest. Most Oxbridge colleges require Further Maths, let alone Maths. Most unis look highly upon physics not because it's relevant, but because it's hard.
    As for computing a-level, it's not even a requirement at most, if not all, unis.
    This simply isn't true. While it may work at higher level universities it isn't at all appropriate for "most universities".

    Most universities fall into one of the following categories:
    X amount of UCAS points
    X amount of grades
    One of the above and specific subjects (often a specific grade in an IT subject and/or Maths).

    I looked at a few higher level unis are these were the requirements:

    Cambridge wanted A Level Maths and some colleges wanted Further Maths, Physics or 2/3 A Levels in science or mathematics subjects

    Oxford wanted A*AA with the A* in Maths, Further Maths or Computing/Computer Science and an A in Maths expected.

    Southampton wanted AAA including Maths


    And this is keeping in mind that the vast majority of students will not be attending a Russel Group Uni. But of the ones I've listed here none of them outright wanted Physics (only some colleges at Cambridge wanted it and even then it's interchangeable with other courses). Same story for Further Maths, not necessarily required at Cambridge and interchangeable at Oxford.

    But he best one? Computing A Level apparently not being a requirement for most or all universities? Oxford accept you with an A* in Computing, providing you get an A in Maths and an A in ANY other A Level.

    Maths I totally agree with being a necessity. Most places ask for it and even if they don't, knowing A Level Maths will help you out. Further Maths is a requirement in some places but not all and certainly not an absolute. Same for Physics. It looks nice but isn't a necessity. Computer Science/Computing or any other relevant IT A Level is often well favoured as it demonstrates both an ability and an interest in the subject.


    But to answer the question, what courses you want to take depends on the uni you want to go to. Look at the unis you like, find out their requirements and do those courses. If you want to go to a uni that needs Physics then do Physics. If they don't need Physics then don't take it unless you want to.

    My ideal recommendations for A Levels are to do Maths, Computing/Computer Science and something else relevant. That could be Further Maths, another science or even something just partially related like Digital Graphics. Or something entirely unrelated to show you have varied interests.
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    Oxford accept you with an A* in Computing and AA in ANY other 2 A Levels.
    That's not quite right: we require at least A in Mathematics. The standard offer is: A*AA with A* in Maths, Further Maths or Computing/Computer Science, and at least A in Maths.

    My recommendation for somebody wanting to get into Oxford (or other top universities), in order of preference, is Maths (essential), Further Maths (highly recommended), Computing/Computer Science, other sciences.

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    That's not quite right: we require at least A in Mathematics. The standard offer is: A*AA with A* in Maths, Further Maths or Computing/Computer Science, and at least A in Maths.

    My recommendation for somebody wanting to get into Oxford (or other top universities), in order of preference, is Maths (essential), Further Maths (highly recommended), Computing/Computer Science, other sciences.

    Gavin
    My bad there, I misread the page. I've edited my original post to reflect this. Thanks for pointing that out.
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    (Original post by UWS)
    Physics probably unnecessary unless you're doing engineering to be honest. Maths isn't a critical subject but is useful as Decision Maths and some stats is used at university level. You'd almost never need Further Maths for Computer Science

    OP only really needs Computing related A Levels so Maths and Computing/Computer Science. The rest is optional
    Maths is highly critical, computing/comp sci a levels are not

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