Which is better for a physics degree - A level Computer Science or Chemistry?

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I'm taking my GCSE exams this year, and I need to choose my A-levels. I plan on taking physics at university (preferably Oxbridge or Russel Group) and I wondered which A-level is better. I would be taking it alongside Physics and Further Maths, and I am unable to take them all to A1 then drop one.

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are you planning on doing four a-levels?
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are you planning on doing four a-levels?
yes (if you count maths and f maths as 2 A-levels)
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yes (if you count maths and f maths as 2 A-levels)
pick whichever you'd enjoy more- i think chemistry uses more maths at a-level but i'm not too sure.
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Chemistry would be far more useful for a physics degree
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(Original post by Tom.Ward)
I'm taking my GCSE exams this year, and I need to choose my A-levels. I plan on taking physics at university (preferably Oxbridge or Russel Group) and I wondered which A-level is better. I would be taking it alongside Physics and Further Maths, and I am unable to take them all to A1 then drop one.

All help will be greatly appreciated.
Chemistry has more directly relevant subject content than Computer Science. Computer Science would be more appropriate for a Maths degree. Most Natural Sciences students at Cambridge (Cambridge don't offer seperate sciences, only Nat. Science which allows you the opportunity to specialise in an area - Physics in your case) and Physics students at Oxford would take 3 science/maths based subjects. (Which you have without Chemistry in Further Maths, Maths and Physics).

For their physics degree, Oxford state that "A-levels:*A*AA to include Mathematics and Physics. The A* must be in Mathematics, Physics or Further Mathematics." It goes onto to say how further maths is helpful, but not essential.

If you study Maths, Further Maths and Physics at A-Level you meet those requirements for Oxford, regardless of Chemistry or Computer Sciences.

On 4 subjects, if you can study 4 A-Levels and you're capable of achieving A*s in them go for it. A-Levels are tough, and universities will generally only make offers based on 3. Oxbridge state that they don't necessarily assume that, just because you've studied more subjects, you're more intelligent and more worthy of an offer. Someone who didn't have the opportunity to study more than 3 subjects won't be disadvantaged. Otherwise, don't risk it. A*A*A would be far more valuable to you than A*AAA. Hope this helped. Chemistry would show more breadth, but should only be taken if it won't jeopardise your attainment in the other 3 in my opinion.
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Chemistry has more directly relevant subject content than Computer Science. Computer Science would be more appropriate for a Maths degree. Most Natural Sciences students at Cambridge (Cambridge don't offer seperate sciences, only Nat. Science which allows you the opportunity to specialise in an area - Physics in your case) and Physics students at Oxford would take 3 science/maths based subjects. (Which you have without Chemistry in Further Maths, Maths and Physics).

For their physics degree, Oxford state that "A-levels:*A*AA to include Mathematics and Physics. The A* must be in Mathematics, Physics or Further Mathematics." It goes onto to say how further maths is helpful, but not essential.

If you study Maths, Further Maths and Physics at A-Level you meet those requirements for Oxford, regardless of Chemistry or Computer Sciences.

On 4 subjects, if you can study 4 A-Levels and you're capable of achieving A*s in them go for it. A-Levels are tough, and universities will generally only make offers based on 3. Oxbridge state that they don't necessarily assume that, just because you've studied more subjects, you're more intelligent and more worthy of an offer. Someone who didn't have the opportunity to study more than 3 subjects won't be disadvantaged. Otherwise, don't risk it. A*A*A would be far more valuable to you than A*AAA. Hope this helped. Chemistry would show more breadth, but should only be taken if it won't jeopardise your attainment in the other 3 in my opinion.
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(Original post by Tom.Ward)
I'm taking my GCSE exams this year, and I need to choose my A-levels. I plan on taking physics at university (preferably Oxbridge or Russel Group) and I wondered which A-level is better. I would be taking it alongside Physics and Further Maths, and I am unable to take them all to A1 then drop one.

All help will be greatly appreciated.
Well if you taking it along side Maths/Further Maths and Physics then it doesn't really matter what your 4th subject, and both Chemistry and Computer Science go well with Physics. Chemistry might be more helpful for a Physics degree (in terms of the knowledge you need), but it's a more challenging A Level than CS (CS is still a good A Level though). Take the one you want to do the most, it doesn't really matter
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