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    Hello.
    I am a current student studying in Newcastle University year one and wanting a transfer to another university since it does not offer AI related courses here. It is bad for my future prospects, therefore, I decided to retake A-levels since I got a pretty bad grade in my first try

    (AS/A2 in one year, A*, C , D in Maths Chemistry Physics).
    What should I do? I am quite certain I can achieve a double A* in Maths so I am most certainly going for it this year, but can I retake only parts of the IAL exam in the UK? (e.g. only Unit2,4)

    or is it better for me to retake the whole non-international A-Level in the UK?

    also, how can I talk to my teachers here that I want to transfer? So arkward...
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    (Original post by Soundpulse)
    Hello.
    I am a current student studying in Newcastle University year one and wanting a transfer to another university since it does not offer AI related courses here. It is bad for my future prospects, therefore, I decided to retake A-levels since I got a pretty bad grade in my first try

    (AS/A2 in one year, A*, C , D in Maths Chemistry Physics).
    What should I do? I am quite certain I can achieve a double A* in Maths so I am most certainly going for it this year, but can I retake only parts of the IAL exam in the UK? (e.g. only Unit2,4)

    or is it better for me to retake the whole non-international A-Level in the UK?

    also, how can I talk to my teachers here that I want to transfer? So arkward...
    Is the degree you are currently doing relevant at all to the 1st year of an AI course somewhere? passing the year could be much easier than attempting to resit a levels.
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    (Original post by Soundpulse)
    Hello.
    I am a current student studying in Newcastle University year one and wanting a transfer to another university since it does not offer AI related courses here. It is bad for my future prospects, therefore, I decided to retake A-levels since I got a pretty bad grade in my first try

    (AS/A2 in one year, A*, C , D in Maths Chemistry Physics).
    What should I do? I am quite certain I can achieve a double A* in Maths so I am most certainly going for it this year, but can I retake only parts of the IAL exam in the UK? (e.g. only Unit2,4)

    or is it better for me to retake the whole non-international A-Level in the UK?

    also, how can I talk to my teachers here that I want to transfer? So arkward...
    Are you doing CompSci at Newcastle - or something else?
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Is the degree you are currently doing relevant at all to the 1st year of an AI course somewhere? passing the year could be much easier than attempting to resit a levels.
    It is mostly Java, C++, computer hardware and stuff like that, nothing related.
    I was thinking of transferring after this year, so I start at year 2 in the new university.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Are you doing CompSci at Newcastle - or something else?
    CompSci it is.
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    (Original post by Soundpulse)
    It is mostly Java, C++, computer hardware and stuff like that, nothing related.
    I was thinking of transferring after this year, so I start at year 2 in the new university.
    speak to the universities you are interested in to be sure your modules are compatible
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    (Original post by Soundpulse)
    CompSci it is.
    BSc CompSci is a grounding in CS. It won't be "bad for [your] future prospects".

    The concepts you are covering are completely relevant to AI, but if you want to specialise into AI more thoroughly look at doing an MSc after successfully completing your BSc. There's no point distracting yourself with A-levels during your Y1 at university.

    Or research the options mentioned by claireestelle


    In addition there's a thread on the topic of transferring that you should check:
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=1781424
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    (Original post by Soundpulse)
    It is mostly Java, C++, computer hardware and stuff like that, nothing related.
    I was thinking of transferring after this year, so I start at year 2 in the new university.
    Java and C++ are used by AI developers! And you need an understanding of computing hardware too.

    Also the specific language at this stage of your career is not so important - it's the concepts that matter.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Java and C++ are used by AI developers! And you need an understanding of computing hardware too.

    Also the specific language at this stage of your career is not so important - it's the concepts that matter.
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    speak to the universities you are interested in to be sure your modules are compatible
    Thanks for clarifying it. But the modules aren't really that compatible in year 3, closest I could get is Bioinformatics which features algorithms, but I am nowhere near interested in that. Also, I applied for the course with Industrial Placement via UCAs, the worst case for me would be 2 more years behind on that field of knowledge. :/
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    (Original post by Soundpulse)
    Thanks for clarifying it. But the modules aren't really that compatible in year 3, closest I could get is Bioinformatics which features algorithms, but I am nowhere near interested in that. Also, I applied for the course with Industrial Placement via UCAs, the worst case for me would be 2 more years behind on that field of knowledge. :/
    The MSc is after you finish your BSc, not year 3. Have you talked to the department about your interest in AI?

    Which specific course interests you more at other universities?

    By the way, it's often a good idea to do a broad BSc and then a specialised MSc.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    The MSc is after you finish your BSc, not year 3. Have you talked to the department about your interest in AI?

    Which specific course interests you more at other universities?

    By the way, it's often a good idea to do a broad BSc and then a specialized MSc.
    I mean year 3 I would have to choose some of the following subjects(attachments)
    But none seem related. I have spoken to my tutor before and what I just told you is what he told me, bioinformatics.

    For other universities like Nottingham G4G7, a lot more about AI are taught from the first few years. Which is why that's one of the universities that I am aiming for.
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    (Original post by Soundpulse)
    I mean year 3 I would have to choose some of the following subjects(attachments)
    But none seem related. I have spoken to my tutor before and what I just told you is what he told me, bioinformatics.

    For other universities like Nottingham G4G7, a lot more about AI are taught from the first few years. Which is why that's one of the universities that I am aiming for.
    How many of Nottingham's modules are AI? In Y1, 1 of 8. Y2, 1 of 8. It's really not that different.

    Much of which - e.g. neural networks - is covered by Newcastle in modules like http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/csc3423/

    I think you are expecting a fundamentally different course at Nottingham, which it isn't. Look beyond catchy headlines at the actual content...
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    How many of Nottingham's modules are AI? In Y1, 1 of 8. Y2, 1 of 8. It's really not that different.

    Much of which - e.g. neural networks - is covered by Newcastle in modules like http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/csc3423/

    I think you are expecting a fundamentally different course at Nottingham, which it isn't. Look beyond catchy headlines at the actual content...

    How about Edinburgh GG47?

    Edit: Sorry for being annoying, I just want to make sure :/ Cant re-live this
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    How about Edinburgh GG47?

    Edit: Sorry for being annoying, I just want to make sure :/ Cant re-live this
    You need to look at the details.

    Anyway if you want to transfer that's always an option. But check with Edinburgh, or Nottingham or whoever, first as per the FAQ thread.

    It will almost certainly be more important to have a good Y1 result than resit your A-levels (which will be a distraction anyway).

    For example, to join Edinburgh in Y2 (NB. this is equivalent to Y1 in England) they say: "A Levels: A*AA in one sitting, to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics.". You actually want to transfer to Y3 at Edinburgh, your A-levels will be less important than your Y1 at Newcastle, assuming they consider your current course to be suitable.
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    You need to look at the details.

    Anyway if you want to transfer that's always an option. But check with Edinburgh, or Nottingham or whoever, first as per the FAQ thread.

    It will almost certainly be more important to have a good Y1 result than resit your A-levels (which will be a distraction anyway).

    For example, to join Edinburgh in Y2 (NB. this is equivalent to Y1 in England) they say: "A Levels: A*AA in one sitting, to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics.". You actually want to transfer to Y3 at Edinburgh, your A-levels will be less important than your Y1 at Newcastle, assuming they consider your current course to be suitable.
    So I guess the best for me is to focus on university and hope for a transfer in year 3by using my university marks? That seems like a more feasible idea. But it is stated on their website that
    You may apply to restart Year 1 on a different degree, or to transfer to the same degree in Year 1 or Year 2. It is not normally possible to transfer beyond Year 2.
    I guess I will have to beat the impossible XD
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    (Original post by Soundpulse)
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    So I guess the best for me is to focus on university and hope for a transfer in year 3by using my university marks? That seems like a more feasible idea. But it is stated on their website that
    You may apply to restart Year 1 on a different degree, or to transfer to the same degree in Year 1 or Year 2. It is not normally possible to transfer beyond Year 2.
    I guess I will have to beat the impossible XD
    Speak to Edinburgh direct. They are the only people who can advise you on your specific situation
 
 
 
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