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    I had a question regarding Computer Science at A-level for Oxford/Imperial
    I took computer science at AS level knowing that I wanted to do Computer Science at university. However my college was unable to find computing teachers and so we had an IT cover teacher for the year. Thus I self-taught computer science at AS level hoping I'd get a teacher in my A2 year. This has not been the case. I started my A2 year looking forward to doing 4 A-levels and an EPQ and AS Additional Further Maths. However since the teaching for my A-level Computer science is practically non-existent, I may be forced to self-teach the A2 too. Also my teacher for my further maths is away for the year so it seems I will be self-teaching further maths and additional further maths too. I don't want to have to self-teach Further Maths and Computer Science therefore I was wondering how top universities such as Oxford/Imperial etc will look upon me dropping A-level Computer Science. I am passionate about the subject and I want to be able to self-teach it...and I am going to try... but at the end of the day it isn't my fault that the college was unable to provide computer science teachers. I don't know what I should do.. Is this something I should have mentioned in my reference? How will they look at me dropping Computer Science? My college is unsympathetic to me as we rarely get Oxbridge offers/ top uni offers and they've very HARSHLY refused to change my teachers. They believe if I cannot cope with the 4A2's, AS and EPQ then I shouldnt be applying to top universities. IMO this is unfair. what do i do?
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Hi,
    I had a question regarding Computer Science at A-level for Oxford/Imperial
    I took computer science at AS level knowing that I wanted to do Computer Science at university. However my college was unable to find computing teachers and so we had an IT cover teacher for the year. Thus I self-taught computer science at AS level hoping I'd get a teacher in my A2 year. This has not been the case. I started my A2 year looking forward to doing 4 A-levels and an EPQ and AS Additional Further Maths. However since the teaching for my A-level Computer science is practically non-existent, I may be forced to self-teach the A2 too. Also my teacher for my further maths is away for the year so it seems I will be self-teaching further maths and additional further maths too. I don't want to have to self-teach Further Maths and Computer Science therefore I was wondering how top universities such as Oxford/Imperial etc will look upon me dropping A-level Computer Science. I am passionate about the subject and I want to be able to self-teach it...and I am going to try... but at the end of the day it isn't my fault that the college was unable to provide computer science teachers. I don't know what I should do.. Is this something I should have mentioned in my reference? How will they look at me dropping Computer Science? My college is unsympathetic to me as we rarely get Oxbridge offers/ top uni offers and they've very HARSHLY refused to change my teachers. They believe if I cannot cope with the 4A2's, AS and EPQ then I shouldnt be applying to top universities. IMO this is unfair. what do i do?
    Oh dear, it does sound like you haven't been treated well by your college.

    My advice would be to drop Computer Science, and concentrate on your remaining three A Levels. Offers from Oxford are based on three A Levels, but you need to make sure you get excellent grades in those. Having to self-teach Further Maths is already a significant extra challenge.

    We like to see evidence from candidates that they know what Computer Science is about, and that they will enjoy it. Doing Computer Science A Level is one way to demonstrate that. But you can also do it by discussing other things you've done.

    It is worth mentioning in your personal statement that you had hoped to take CS A Level, but that your school was unable to provide teaching. However, I suggest you don't over-do that.

    Gavin
 
 
 
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