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hi, I'm an international student that currently taking A-levels. I've been looking for data science (BSc) course in UK. Any university suggestions for the course? Found one in Essex but was wondering if there were any better options. (don't think that I can make it into Warwick tho)
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You could look at degree apprenticeship courses in Data Science - there's a few of these floating around sponsored by PwC. I don't know how applying would work as an international student.

As someone with experience in data science though I'd say you're better off getting a maths / CS degree and pivoting that into data science if you're still interested at the end of the 3 years, rather than specialising that much really early on.
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You could look at degree apprenticeship courses in Data Science - there's a few of these floating around sponsored by PwC. I don't know how applying would work as an international student.

As someone with experience in data science though I'd say you're better off getting a maths / CS degree and pivoting that into data science if you're still interested at the end of the 3 years, rather than specialising that much really early on.
Thank you so much . What if I choose degree like mathematics and computer science, or computer science with mathematics etc. Is that a way for me to study data science in master? If yes, which one is better? Computer science or computer science with maths? Sorry for the questions but I really need someone who knows it well to explain for me.
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data science is just a glorified name for statistics with an element of programming.
And yes you need an in depth knowledge of maths and stats to qualify as a full fledged data scientist.
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Thank you so much . What if I choose degree like mathematics and computer science, or computer science with mathematics etc. Is that a way for me to study data science in master? If yes, which one is better? Computer science or computer science with maths? Sorry for the questions but I really need someone who knows it well to explain for me.
Either will be okay. Choose whichever one you're more interested in (ie. the one with the modules you prefer). I'd probably tend towards CS + Maths but you can gain the experience you need on just a CS degree. My degree is in CS and AI but I haven't had any problems with applying for internships with that combo - it's more about the skills you develop during uni.
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Either will be okay. Choose whichever one you're more interested in (ie. the one with the modules you prefer). I'd probably tend towards CS + Maths but you can gain the experience you need on just a CS degree. My degree is in CS and AI but I haven't had any problems with applying for internships with that combo - it's more about the skills you develop during uni.
Well, now my question would be which uni is better😅 I scored ABB in AS exam and predicted to have AAA. However I don’t really have much confidence to score AAA but AAB would be fine I guess. I would like to apply for 2 AAA and 3 ABB requirement unis. From what I saw in their page, I found that the minimum entry requirement for Exeter,Loughborough, Reading, Liverpool, RHUL and York is ABB. Any idea for these unis? Which one is better in the field? Would appreciate so much if anyone can tell me something about it. Btw, for the AAA requirement, I’m considering Birmingham, Southampton, Leeds, Lancaster and QMUL. Need some suggestions please
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Well, now my question would be which uni is better😅 I scored ABB in AS exam and predicted to have AAA. However I don’t really have much confidence to score AAA but AAB would be fine I guess. I would like to apply for 2 AAA and 3 ABB requirement unis. From what I saw in their page, I found that the minimum entry requirement for Exeter,Loughborough, Reading, Liverpool, RHUL and York is ABB. Any idea for these unis? Which one is better in the field? Would appreciate so much if anyone can tell me something about it. Btw, for the AAA requirement, I’m considering Birmingham, Southampton, Leeds, Lancaster and QMUL. Need some suggestions please
None of those particularly stand out to me. I'd recommend against choosing a uni based on which is better in the field (especially given that of the unis you've listed, they're all about the same) and instead choose based on:

- Course structure. Do you have an interest in a particular area of Data Science - and if yes, which unis offer the best course choices for this? What balance of coursework / exams do you prefer, and how do uni modules distribute this?

- Employability. Where do graduates from the course go? Is it similar companies to those you may want to work at? LinkedIn can be useful to find this out. What kinds of companies come to careers fairs?

- Where you want to go. Does any uni stand out for you particularly?

Sorry for not giving any concrete answers, but I think it's best for you to research the unis yourself and see how what they offer fits into your career goals
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None of those particularly stand out to me. I'd recommend against choosing a uni based on which is better in the field (especially given that of the unis you've listed, they're all about the same) and instead choose based on:

- Course structure. Do you have an interest in a particular area of Data Science - and if yes, which unis offer the best course choices for this? What balance of coursework / exams do you prefer, and how do uni modules distribute this?

- Employability. Where do graduates from the course go? Is it similar companies to those you may want to work at? LinkedIn can be useful to find this out. What kinds of companies come to careers fairs?

- Where you want to go. Does any uni stand out for you particularly?

Sorry for not giving any concrete answers, but I think it's best for you to research the unis yourself and see how what they offer fits into your career goals
Thank you so much anyway, guess I’ll open a new thread
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