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If a university says they prefer these alevels but you have different a levels,is that okay? Will they mind that?
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Someone with the same grades as you but in the subjects they specified would have an advantage. How much an advantage would depend on what you're applying for and how different your subjects are.
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Hey haera

It completely depends on the university. I'm in a Media degree after studying Computer Science in College. It was deemed a 'relevant' field, but wasn't exactly like I'd done Media or anything directly corresponding to the work.

A lot of universities can offer foundation years to help with this, but typically, a first year in university will revolve around getting everyone to the same level so that the next few years can be used to specialise in topics.

Hope this helps!
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If a university says they prefer these alevels but you have different a levels,is that okay? Will they mind that?
Which degree? Which A levels are you studying?
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Which degree? Which A levels are you studying?
computer scince and a level's i'm studying are english language,sociology and media studies
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If a university says they prefer these alevels but you have different a levels,is that okay? Will they mind that?
Yes and no. A uni may prefer certain A Levels, but a preference is not part of their requirements. If they needed an A in Maths and listed that on their entry requirements, that's not the same as preferring students who have done Maths. You cant be turned down based on A Level preference.

Additionally, it's not simply a matter of what A Levels you do. The strength of your application also factors in. A student who has done a preferred subject won't always be favoured over you. You might take totally unrelated A Levels and still get in based on your interest and knowledge outside education. Likewise a student may take preferred subjects and get turned down because they don't seem all that enthusiastic.

Regardless of the A Levels you take, you should be able to demonstrate your interests and abilities in the subject you apply for through your application. Don't rely solely on your A Levels and don't think they're the only deciding factor.
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computer scince and a level's i'm studying are english language,sociology and media studies
You won't be able to apply to those that want Maths A level.
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If they're preferred they aren't necessary, if they're required they are. However, with "preferred" ones if you don't have the exact course but have something similar you might get away with it eg if they want English language but you have English literature or if they want game design and you have IT.
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As above, make sure you check whether it's "preferred" or in fact required. A-level Maths is a common requirement for CS degrees, as noted above, and you will likely be rejected without it for direct entry programmes. However you may be able to apply to a CS with Foundation Year course, where you'll study the relevant maths in a preliminary "year 0" before progressing into the main degree.

I would note there are some courses which indicate a "preference" which is in fact more or less an implicit requirement - such as Oxford for PPE indicating A-level Maths is preferred, however 95% of successful applicants have it so it should reasonably be considered a requirement unless you are unable to take it for reasons outside of your control. Similarly for Cambridge Medicine, it is "preferred" for applicants to have 3 STEM subjects at A-level, but 98% of applicants have at least 3 such subjects, and are about 3x more likely to get an offer than the 2% who don't.

In general though, a preference isn't required and they won't necessarily reject you purely for not having it. Bear in mind though something is usually preferred for a reason and you may struggle with the course after you get in without having covered the material in that preferred subject (or something similar, sometimes).
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Bear in mind though something is usually preferred for a reason and you may struggle with the course after you get in without having covered the material in that preferred subject (or something similar, sometimes).
Absolutely this. If a subject is preferred, it's usually because knowledge of that subject will help you do better on your degree. It's much easier to teach a subject if the uni doesn't also have to teach you some A Level stuff to make up gaps. Although in the case of CompSci, many unis assume no prior CompSci experience. And the unis that require Maths usually do so because their courses are more Maths heavy.


For the OP, here's a list of some unis that don't require Maths at A Level to study Computer Science. Do your own research though as there are lots more that aren't listed. Not having Maths or STEM subject at A Level means some unis are not open to you but you still have many options. But it's important that you explain why you've decided to apply for CompSci when you A Level background is in English Lang / Media / Sociology.
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