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    Hello, sorry for posting again so soon

    I am interested in computer science + mathematics joint honours but the information i have been receiving seems to be very opinionated and contradictory. these are the questions:

    Q1- Will joint degree be much harder? I mean people getting first class for joint is higher/lower percentage?

    Q2- mathematics and computer science degree at Aston is not accredited, what impact will this have on me?

    Q3- I called aston to check if I apply for CS + math, will they let me switch to pure CS degree if I change my mind? They said yes, but on the internet a lot of people say no.

    Q4- naturally joint honours should be more employed, however joint honours from aston for these two subject doesnt have good employment after 6 months, should I be worried about this?

    Q5- On the google link aswell as UCAS for the course it says "Computing Science and mathematics" whereas it says "computer science and mathematics" on their official page. On reddit aswell as TSR there isnt much info on this. Will i be at a huge disadvantage if it ends up saying "computing" on the degree???

    any response will be welcomed

    Thanks
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    (Original post by emprex)
    Hello, sorry for posting again so soon

    I am interested in computer science + mathematics joint honours but the information i have been receiving seems to be very opinionated and contradictory. these are the questions:

    Q1- Will joint degree be much harder? I mean people getting first class for joint is higher/lower percentage?

    Q2- mathematics and computer science degree at Aston is not accredited, what impact will this have on me?

    Q3- I called aston to check if I apply for CS + math, will they let me switch to pure CS degree if I change my mind? They said yes, but on the internet a lot of people say no.

    Q4- naturally joint honours should be more employed, however joint honours from aston for these two subject doesnt have good employment after 6 months, should I be worried about this?

    Q5- On the google link aswell as UCAS for the course it says "Computing Science and mathematics" whereas it says "computer science and mathematics" on their official page. On reddit aswell as TSR there isnt much info on this. Will i be at a huge disadvantage if it ends up saying "computing" on the degree???

    any response will be welcomed

    Thanks
    Joint honours degrees tend to be half and half so you won't have double the amount of work. How hard it is depends on you, how hard you work and how interesting you find the subjects. Accredited by who and for what purpose? Accreditation means different things in different fields and depending on what you want to do you may or may not need it. If they've said yes to being able to switch you will be able to switch but it depends on the circumstances. You may have to have done certain modules or made a decision by a certain time. Ask them to clarify this and check on their website for info. A joint honours doesn't necessarily mean better employment. It means you may have more options but if you want to do something specialist that's not covered by your course you won't be able to do it. Some jobs may also require extra qualifications and in some cases it may take a few months to get from application to starting so I wouldn't worry about those stats. Focus on what you want to do after your degree and how to get there. The official page will have the most up to date info and employers are far more interested in what you studied, how you did and your work experience than what your degree is called. Different unis will name things differently as well.
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    Q1- Will joint degree be much harder? I mean people getting first class for joint is higher/lower percentage?

    A joint degree shouldn't be harder in theory, you do a balanced number of modules from each degree and won't have a higher workload than single honours students. However the percentage of 1st class degrees may be lower due to:

    1) Assesment styles - I often found whilst doing my degree at Aston i had friends doing subjects with objective answers which are right or wrong especially in areas such as maths, opposed to my Psychology and Sociology subjects which were based on arguments and opinions. I know it's not as simple a picture as i've painted, but i found my friends studying "objective" subjects were the ones walking away with 80-90% scores which very rarely showed up in my subject areas. Computer Science may have more "subjective" assessments than something like pure Mathematics.

    2) Smaller cohorts - We tend to take far more students onto single honours courses, it may be that only a handful of students are doing the particular course you've mentioned and none of them have gotten a first.


    Q2- mathematics and computer science degree at Aston is not accredited, what impact will this have on me?

    This will most likely depend on the type of career you want to go into after your degree. If you're reffering to BCS accrediatation a quick google tells me it can lead onto further professional qualifications after graduation, and gains you a few additional benefits for membership.

    My advice would be to look at future jobs you're interested in and see if they're asking for BCS accreditation. Additionally, there is usually the option to do a conversion course down the road to gain accreditation if you feel it's needed.

    Q3- I called aston to check if I apply for CS + math, will they let me switch to pure CS degree if I change my mind? They said yes, but on the internet a lot of people say no.

    If our admissions teams have told you yes then i would absolutely take their word for it. As mentioned above it may be worth checking the grounds of this transfer in more detail. It also may vary on when you decide to request a switch. Often a lot of transfers are made in the first few weeks of starting the degree and it may be substantially harder to transfer after year one. The option and criteria for a switch may also change based on the grades you achieve on results day.


    Q4- naturally joint honours should be more employed, however joint honours from aston for these two subject doesnt have good employment after 6 months, should I be worried about this?

    As mentioned above, these figures could be skewed due to smaller cohorts, one student being unemployed will have a bigger impact in a smaller degree cohort. If there is one thing our University is geared towards it's getting you a graduate job. If you're worried about finding work straight after graduating you can use our inbuilt placement year as a massive opportunity. A lot of our computer scientists work at companies such as: Microsoft, Google and IBM.

    Q5- On the google link aswell as UCAS for the course it says "Computing Science and mathematics" whereas it says "computer science and mathematics" on their official page. On reddit aswell as TSR there isnt much info on this. Will i be at a huge disadvantage if it ends up saying "computing" on the degree???

    You won't be at a disadvantage over the title of the degree. We need to chase UCAS and get that changed on their system. It also seems we need to change the pages H1 and URL on our end. Let me check with our engineering schools marketing team, if they're fine with it i'll personally change the coursepage so it reads "Computer Science and Mathematics" all the way through for your peace of mind.

    Having the course labelled as "Computer Science" massively improves it's SEO. So we have all been very thankful for that change in the marketing department.

    Hope that helps. If you have any questions just give me a nudge. Also if you haven't visited we have an Open Day on Saturday. You should pop in and say hello.

    Josh
 
 
 
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