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Hey all, does anyone have any insight as to what computer science at KCL is like? I've put it down as one of my choices and was wondering what people who have experienced the course in any capacity think of it?

Additionally, what's the social life like? How easy is it to make friends?
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Posting because I want to know too
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Wondering if anyone has any insight?
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Hey! Currently studying there now - happy to answer any more specific questions you might have, I'll try to say a bit on the social life and a little on the course itself. One thing I can't really do is draw any comparisons - I don't have any other experience of university - but I can try to give you an insight into what I've experienced.

Regarding the course, so far we've learned about a variety of computer science topics, from both a mathematical and practical perspective - and even had an element of choice from the get-go! We could choose whether we wanted to learn more about Logic, or cover some more mathematical concepts (the spec seemed similar to what would be covered in Further Maths, plus a bit more depth to it); moreso than in the required module for Foundations of Computing, covering more simple mathematical concepts. We've also been learning Object Oriented Programming (Java is the language of choice) in PPA, some basic Assembly within the Computer Systems module, and most recently started on modules relating to Databases, Data Structures and a choice between Software Engineering and Logic Design.

My timetable currently has about 10 hours a week of Lectures, some of which are interactive and have exercises within, 2 hours of Large Group Tutorials where you complete exercises after a lecture with Postgrad TAs around to help; 4 hours of Lab sessions where you work through some tasks; which might be related to coursework or past lectures, again with Postgrad TAs around to help, and one or two Small Group Tutorials a week, which are like Large Group Tutorials, but in smaller groups! It adds up to about 15-16 structured learning hours per week, for semesters lasting about 12 weeks.
Attendance is taken at Labs and Small Group Tutorials; but not at Lectures and Large Group Tutorials.
Each lecturer also has two "office hours" a week during which you can visit and ask things one-to-one if need-be.


Currently, the first year is weighted into the final degree classification at King's at about 10% of the overall classification - so it's more important than at some other places that you try your hardest! Most modules so far have been assessed primarily by a final exam after the semester (in January and May) weighed at 85% of the module grade, with 15% being coursework completed during the semester. The Programming module is an exception, with upwards of 50% being coursework, split over multiple projects in 1st year.

Personally, I've found it really easy to make friends with people just by having chats and going to societies with people who share common interests (there's like 300 of them!). I'm probably not the best person to speak about social life - I'm not really into the "student lifestyle" so don't know exactly what it's like. There's always stuff going on in London to do - cost will usually be the barrier to things if applicable - but I can't really speak for anything specific.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
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Regarding the course, so far we've learned about a variety of computer science topics, from both a mathematical and practical perspective - and even had an element of choice from the get-go! We could choose whether we wanted to learn more about Logic, or cover some more mathematical concepts (the spec seemed similar to what would be covered in Further Maths, plus a bit more depth to it); moreso than in the required module for Foundations of Computing, covering more simple mathematical concepts.
Hey, I've applied for Computer Science MSci at King's and the only real concern I have is the mathematical content of the course. As someone who doesn't take Further Maths at A-Level and barely tolerates Single Maths at an A grade, would you say that the amount of maths content will be overwhelming for me? I understand that Computer Science more deals with discrete maths, which isn't at all touched on in my A-Level, but around what percentage of the course/modules would you say are maths-based? Thank you
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Additionally, what's the social life like? How easy is it to make friends?
It's ****ing awful man. You'll find a load of Imperial rejects who just sit home and study all day. On the other hand the sheer volume of international students who don't socialise outside their race is just jarring at best.

Dude seriously. Save yourself and choose Warwick or Bristol or Southampton, etc.
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