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I've just finished GCSEs, at A-level I'll be doing maths and physics, and either further maths or computer science.

I do an awful lot of computer science outside of school so I think that doing computer science would be quite a bit easier than further maths.

I want to do computer science at university, and I've heard that further maths is liked more than computer science at A-level for that.

Any opinions on what I should pick? And what about the possibility of all 4?
(I very much enjoy both subjects by the way)
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I've just finished GCSEs, at A-level I'll be doing maths and physics, and either further maths or computer science.

I do an awful lot of computer science outside of school so I think that doing computer science would be quite a bit easier than further maths.

I want to do computer science at university, and I've heard that further maths is liked more than computer science at A-level for that.

Any opinions on what I should pick? And what about the possibility of all 4?
(I very much enjoy both subjects by the way)
If you're planning on applying to universities like Imperial, UCL, Cambridge or Oxford then further maths is definitely better than computer science.

Personal advice, I am finishing my last exam next week for A levels and have done four - it is a struggle but if you have exceptional time management, willing to sacrifice your social life from day 1 then you have a good chance of passing. I do Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Eng Lit - applied to do CompSci offer from King's

Hope this helps!
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I've just finished GCSEs, at A-level I'll be doing maths and physics, and either further maths or computer science.

I do an awful lot of computer science outside of school so I think that doing computer science would be quite a bit easier than further maths.

I want to do computer science at university, and I've heard that further maths is liked more than computer science at A-level for that.

Any opinions on what I should pick? And what about the possibility of all 4?
(I very much enjoy both subjects by the way)
Do Further Maths; I'd recommend doing both but if its definitely between the 2 subjects take further maths.

Computer Science Courses are highly maths based so it's better to get exposed to as much maths as possible.

A level computer science will not give you any favor to admissions at university as not every Sixth Form offer it.

I'm sitting Physics, Further Maths, Computer Science, with my Firm as Durham and my insurance as Manchester.
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I've just finished GCSEs, at A-level I'll be doing maths and physics, and either further maths or computer science.

I do an awful lot of computer science outside of school so I think that doing computer science would be quite a bit easier than further maths.

I want to do computer science at university, and I've heard that further maths is liked more than computer science at A-level for that.

Any opinions on what I should pick? And what about the possibility of all 4?
(I very much enjoy both subjects by the way)
Honestly, I think you should stick with the subject you think you will do well at. Even though they might recommend choosing FM but you'd rather get a better grade than not. Have you considered my choosing both or dropping Physics then choosing both of them?
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(Original post by amy4121)
If you're planning on applying to universities like Imperial, UCL, Cambridge or Oxford then further maths is definitely better than computer science.

Personal advice, I am finishing my last exam next week for A levels and have done four - it is a struggle but if you have exceptional time management, willing to sacrifice your social life from day 1 then you have a good chance of passing. I do Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Eng Lit - applied to do CompSci offer from King's

Hope this helps!
Thank you for the advice, I don't think I could handle the workload of 4 A-levels though lol.
Good luck in your exam.
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Do Further Maths; I'd recommend doing both but if its definitely between the 2 subjects take further maths.

Computer Science Courses are highly maths based so it's better to get exposed to as much maths as possible.

A level computer science will not give you any favor to admissions at university as not every Sixth Form offer it.

I'm sitting Physics, Further Maths, Computer Science, with my Firm as Durham and my insurance as Manchester.
Thanks for the advice, looks like further maths is the best choice.
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Honestly, I think you should stick with the subject you think you will do well at. Even though they might recommend choosing FM but you'd rather get a better grade than not. Have you considered my choosing both or dropping Physics then choosing both of them?
I think I could get very good grades in both, it would just be a matter the effort needed to get there.

I don't think I have the strength to do 4, but why would physics be dropped? I thought that it was very well regarded for computer science at uni
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I want to do computer science at university, and I've heard that further maths is liked more than computer science at A-level for that.
That seems to be the case for the 'top' universities. You may even need to do STEP.

Any opinions on what I should pick? And what about the possibility of all 4?
(I very much enjoy both subjects by the way)
I did all four, but a long time ago. I found CS easy, but did spend a lot of time on my main project. The combination of Maths and FM isn't really two 'A' levels, so that makes it more manageable, and also ties-in well with Physics.

If you have a feel for how things work, Physics is basically just maths too:
(Original post by https://xkcd.com/435/)
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Further maths is looked for more by unis. So if you have a passion for it , build on it in your spare time . Because let me tell you , maths physics and further maths are so linked . The mechanics module in maths you can do with just the knowledge you learn in physics just bar about 2 sections .
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I think I could get very good grades in both, it would just be a matter the effort needed to get there.

I don't think I have the strength to do 4, but why would physics be dropped? I thought that it was very well regarded for computer science at uni
I guess Physics is. As well as this, Maths and FM are more required and recommend than CompSci. I'd say to rule CompSci out then since no university really requires it. Maths, FM and Physics then.
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I guess Physics is. As well as this, Maths and FM are more required and recommend than CompSci. I'd say to rule CompSci out then since no university really requires it. Maths, FM and Physics then.
Thank you very much
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Thank you very much
No problem.
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