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    I have always been very interested and passionate about computer science and knew i was going to a degree(s) in it and become a software/hardware engineer/computer scientist(forgive me for incorrect syntax if applicable)...

    Recently i have been reflecting upon my choice and confirming that is what i want to do for the rest of my life...

    I already know that is what i want to do but as i said i am just confirming so...

    i am currently at the start of Y11...

    I am one of the top in my class,predicted most A*'s and A's and do computing at GCSE and do many Extra curricular and also many related to computer science....
    I am truly passionate about the subject and would like to study it at Cambridge...

    WHAT A-LEVELS SHOULD I TAKE TO DO COMPUTER SCIENCE?

    I WAS THINKING THE FOLLOWING( WE CAN DO 5 IF WE WANT ):
    1)Computing
    2)Maths
    3)Further maths
    4)Physics
    5)Chemistry

    Is this OK or great,any suggestion?

    Thanks.
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    there's really no point doing 5. Drop chemistry.
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    (Original post by fksociety)
    there's really no point doing 5. Drop chemistry.
    Will it not show i can handle a larger work load?
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    Physics/Further Maths will do it.There is a Computer Science Alevel too.I'd recommend it instead of Chemistry.
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    (Original post by VNN)
    Will it not show i can handle a larger work load?
    Nope. It wont make your application any more competitive.
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    (Original post by TomVercitti)
    Physics/Further Maths will do it.There is a Computer Science Alevel too.I'd recommend it instead of Chemistry.
    That is the same a computing in our school,Is IT useful?
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    I highly highly recommend that you don't do 5 A Levels. Cambridge only care about 3 A Levels so it is completely pointless to do 5.

    I recommend that you study:

    1.) Computing
    2.) Mathematics and Further Mathematics
    3.) Physics


    This will open ALL doors into Computer Science at any university, including all Cambridge colleges.
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    (Original post by AshEntropy)
    I highly highly recommend that you don't do 5 A Levels. Cambridge only care about 3 A Levels so it is completely pointless to do 5.

    I recommend that you study:

    1.) Computing
    2.) Mathematics and Further Mathematics
    3.) Physics


    This will open ALL doors into Computer Science at any university, including all Cambridge colleges.
    THANKS!

    So you are saying that doing 5 has ABSOLUTELY NO benefits what so ever?
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    (Original post by VNN)
    I have always been very interested and passionate about computer science and knew i was going to a degree(s) in it and become a software/hardware engineer/computer scientist(forgive me for incorrect syntax if applicable)...

    Recently i have been reflecting upon my choice and confirming that is what i want to do for the rest of my life...

    I already know that is what i want to do but as i said i am just confirming so...

    i am currently at the start of Y11...

    I am one of the top in my class,predicted most A*'s and A's and do computing at GCSE and do many Extra curricular and also many related to computer science....
    I am truly passionate about the subject and would like to study it at Cambridge...

    WHAT A-LEVELS SHOULD I TAKE TO DO COMPUTER SCIENCE?

    I WAS THINKING THE FOLLOWING( WE CAN DO 5 IF WE WANT ):
    1)Computing
    2)Maths
    3)Further maths
    4)Physics
    5)Chemistry

    Is this OK or great,any suggestion?

    Thanks.
    Leave chemistry and do 4 or 3. For Computer Science you should pick: Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths Physics.
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    (Original post by VNN)
    I have always been very interested and passionate about computer science and knew i was going to a degree(s) in it and become a software/hardware engineer/computer scientist(forgive me for incorrect syntax if applicable)...

    Recently i have been reflecting upon my choice and confirming that is what i want to do for the rest of my life...

    I already know that is what i want to do but as i said i am just confirming so...

    i am currently at the start of Y11...

    I am one of the top in my class,predicted most A*'s and A's and do computing at GCSE and do many Extra curricular and also many related to computer science....
    I am truly passionate about the subject and would like to study it at Cambridge...

    WHAT A-LEVELS SHOULD I TAKE TO DO COMPUTER SCIENCE?

    I WAS THINKING THE FOLLOWING( WE CAN DO 5 IF WE WANT ):
    1)Computing
    2)Maths
    3)Further maths
    4)Physics
    5)Chemistry

    Is this OK or great,any suggestion?

    Thanks.
    As a comp sci second year, in hindsight, I wish I had done maths, further maths, electronics, and computing, that would have been the perfect combination, physics is nice, but I wouldn't say it really helped me haha
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    (Original post by VNN)
    THANKS!

    So you are saying that doing 5 has ABSOLUTELY NO benefits what so ever?
    No. Go with 4. You'll thank yourself later on.
    Even the best and brightest would find 5 difficult.
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    (Original post by VNN)
    THANKS!

    So you are saying that doing 5 has ABSOLUTELY NO benefits what so ever?
    Absolutely no benefit whatsoever. I don't know if you've noticed but all degree requirements at universities like Cambridge say "A*A*A" or similar. It's ALWAYS 3 A Levels that they specify, people that do 4 / 5 A Levels are at absolutely no advantage to those that do 3. The university only considers the best 3 A Levels. The only exception to this is doing 4 A Levels including maths and further maths (but most universities count maths/further maths as 1 A Level.)
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    I just got this for you on Cambridge's website.
    If you study:

    1.) Computing
    2.) Mathematics and Further Mathematics
    3.) Physics

    You'll fulfill all entry requirements for all colleges at Cambridge. So honestly, there is no reason at all to study 4/5 A Levels.
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    (Original post by AshEntropy)


    I just got this for you on Cambridge's website.
    If you study:

    1.) Computing
    2.) Mathematics and Further Mathematics
    3.) Physics

    You'll fulfill all entry requirements for all colleges at Cambridge. So honestly, there is no reason at all to study 4/5 A Levels.
    Wow...Thanks!

    What does it mean at the end by ' or three science/mathematics subjects ' ?
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    (Original post by VNN)
    Wow...Thanks!

    What does it mean at the end by ' or three science/mathematics subjects ' ?
    You will also fulfill that requirement too

    "Three Science/Mathematics subjects"

    1.) Computing
    2.) Mathematics and Further Mathematics
    3.) Physics
 
 
 
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