Can I take both Computing and Computer Science AS Levels?

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Alright, so I have already given my AS Level for Computing (9691) along with Maths and Physics. It would be great if I could continue Computing for my A2 but unfortunately, the subject no longer exists as it has been replaced by Computer Science (9608). I have talked to unis and they said 2 AS Levels = 1 complete A Level. So, I have to choose another subject for AS.
I went through the syllabus for Computer Science and although some of the topics can be found in Computing, there are a lot of new chapters. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to take AS Level Computer Science along with Physics and Maths at A2. Do you guys think universities would like that? Would they count them as two separate subjects? Or should I choose another subject? I plan to study Computer Science in uni.
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Unis you're interested in would be best placed to advise as they may have different policies and preferences especially if things have recently changed.

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Unis you're interested in would be best placed to advise as they may have different policies and preferences especially if things have recently changed.

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Yeah, I guess you're right. I'll just ask the unis.
Thanks anyway! .
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If you can, you should take Computer Science to A2 along with Physics and Maths? If you've already done computing AS, there's no point doing computer science AS as well imo. Instead, it's probably better to do a different AS - aren't you supposed to have done a fourth AS?
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If you can, you should take Computer Science to A2 along with Physics and Maths? If you've already done computing AS, there's no point doing computer science AS as well imo. Instead, it's probably better to do a different AS - aren't you supposed to have done a fourth AS?
Yeah, I thought about that too but I don't think I can complete the entire A Level syllabus for Computer Science within 6 months.
No, I've only done Maths, Physics and Computing AS Levels. What do you think I should take then? I'd really appreciate if you could recommend me a subject that unis would acknowledge! Thanks
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Yeah, I thought about that too but I don't think I can complete the entire A Level syllabus for Computer Science within 6 months.
No, I've only done Maths, Physics and Computing AS Levels. What do you think I should take then? I'd really appreciate if you could recommend me a subject that unis would acknowledge! Thanks
6 months? That's no good for the computer science spec which requires you to do a project, though, if you're particularly good at programming then maybe you could still do it, since a lot of things are similar to the computing spec.

Above all, it's most important to decide what university you'd like to go to and what you want to study. Also, take something you think you'd enjoy or would do well in. If I were you, I'd probably do further maths AS as it ties in nicely with maths and to be honest I think in 6 months it's the most feasible one. All the others would be much more difficult. From what it sounds like, you're doing an AS in 6 months rather than 9 or so. That's troublesome. The only useful ones that I think are feasible for you to get good grades in is Further Maths or second option Computer science.

I would definitely do some of your own research too.
http://university.which.co.uk/advice...-level-choices

etc.
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6 months? That's no good for the computer science spec which requires you to do a project, though, if you're particularly good at programming then maybe you could still do it, since a lot of things are similar to the computing spec.

Above all, it's most important to decide what university you'd like to go to and what you want to study. Also, take something you think you'd enjoy or would do well in. If I were you, I'd probably do further maths AS as it ties in nicely with maths and to be honest I think in 6 months it's the most feasible one. All the others would be much more difficult. From what it sounds like, you're doing an AS in 6 months rather than 9 or so. That's troublesome. The only useful ones that I think are feasible for you to get good grades in is Further Maths or second option Computer science.

I would definitely do some of your own research too.
http://university.which.co.uk/advice...-level-choices

etc.
Actually, I follow the CIE board so we don't have any coursework, just written papers. But you're right. A lot of the topics are similar to Computing and I did alright in my Computing AS! So, I guess I should take Computer Science and just sit for all the papers next summer.

I have applied to Canadian unis and most unis just say they require 3 A Levels (Maths is recommended for Computer Science) and that's about it.
And yeah, I really wanted to do Further Maths but CIE Further Maths is a bit different; there's no AS. You sit for the A Level exam that consists of two papers (one of which requires prior knowledge in M1, M2, S1, S2 and then you must learn a bunch of new stuff) On top of that, there's no endorsed coursebook
I don't think I'm smart enough for that hahah.
So, I have decided to take Computer Science because I actually enjoy the subject and that's what I plan to study in uni.

Thank you soo much for all the help! I really appreciate it!! :')
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Actually, I follow the CIE board so we don't have any coursework, just written papers. But you're right. A lot of the topics are similar to Computing and I did alright in my Computing AS! So, I guess I should take Computer Science and just sit for all the papers next summer.

I have applied to Canadian unis and most unis just say they require 3 A Levels (Maths is recommended for Computer Science) and that's about it.
And yeah, I really wanted to do Further Maths but CIE Further Maths is a bit different; there's no AS. You sit for the A Level exam that consists of two papers (one of which requires prior knowledge in M1, M2, S1, S2 and then you must learn a bunch of new stuff) On top of that, there's no endorsed coursebook
I don't think I'm smart enough for that hahah.
So, I have decided to take Computer Science because I actually enjoy the subject and that's what I plan to study in uni.

Thank you soo much for all the help! I really appreciate it!! :'
No, I agree that if you chose further maths there would be way too much damn work - it's not cause your stupid - you're bright for coming here and asking questions. You're welcome!
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