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    I would like to study computer science at a top uni in the UK. I live in a poor area with a not so good school (so I think certain uni's will take that into account when looking at my results? not sure).

    I got 4A and 2B at national 5 last year (I live in Scotland) and this year I am taking 4 highers and doing an HNC in computing (equivalent to an advanced higher but vocational) part time at college because my school couldn't offer computing at the start of the year due to a lack of teachers. I also couldn't take computing last year because of clashes in my timetable.

    My expected grades for the highers are AAAA, and since the college course is part time I will sit the exam next year. I plan to take advanced higher physics, chemistry, maths and continue my course at college next year. I was wondering how losing 1 higher would impact my chances of getting into places like cambridge, oxford and ICL. Would the HNC help at all? Is the loss of a higher a big deal or is it acceptable because i have something to replace it with?

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    tl;dr I have an HNC instead of a higher. Am I screwed, ok, or good?
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    (Original post by csee)
    I would like to study computer science at a top uni in the UK. I live in a poor area with a not so good school (so I think certain uni's will take that into account when looking at my results? not sure).

    I got 4A and 2B at national 5 last year (I live in Scotland) and this year I am taking 4 highers and doing an HNC in computing (equivalent to an advanced higher but vocational) part time at college because my school couldn't offer computing at the start of the year due to a lack of teachers. I also couldn't take computing last year because of clashes in my timetable.

    My expected grades for the highers are AAAA, and since the college course is part time I will sit the exam next year. I plan to take advanced higher physics, chemistry, maths and continue my course at college next year. I was wondering how losing 1 higher would impact my chances of getting into places like cambridge, oxford and ICL. Would the HNC help at all? Is the loss of a higher a big deal or is it acceptable because i have something to replace it with?

    Thanks

    tl;dr I have an HNC instead of a higher. Am I screwed, ok, or good?
    You need to ask the universities you’re interested in directly (with links/information about your alternate qualification (ideally the specifications from the exam board)).
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    You need to ask the universities you’re interested in directly (with links/information about your alternate qualification (ideally the specifications from the exam board)).
    good idea, I've emailed my top 3 so far, we'll see what they say soon
 
 
 
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