A-levels to take for a computer science degree Watch

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history at a-level. I know that the maths and physics are almost some what compulsory for a degree in something like computer science, but I was just wondering if history would be a bit of a waste, or would it still be partially useful to take when applying to universities? Or should I definitely consider changing it to a different a-level if I'm wanting to pursue the type of career that I am?
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most do require maths, only some require physics while little actually require computer science.
maths is very beneficial, but im sure there is universities that maths isnt compulsory for
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History is a facilitating subject for RG unis. If you think you can get a good grade in it, it's fine for CS and keeps your options open.

Maths is a must and a core science or CS would be useful as a 2nd A level. Again choose one that interests you and you think you can do well at.

If there are any universities you might be targeting or interested in check their websites for entry requirements and admission assessment criteria.

CS is competitive at top unis so you probably want to spend some time during yr 12-13 to gain relevant experience or skills you can add to a PS.
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most do require maths, only some require physics while little actually require computer science.
maths is very beneficial, but im sure there is universities that maths isnt compulsory for
I don't mind taking maths at a-level as I enjoy the subject, it's more so the idea of adding history on to the other two, and if it will be too different to the others and change it to something more mathematically-based?
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Unless you're going for Oxford/Cambridge/Imperial then further maths isn't particularly important so for your third subject you should just go with what interests you and what you can do well in. I'm doing physics at uni but I also did history A-level and worked for it and enjoyed it, even though history wasn't even mentioned in my offer.

Basically history will be useful insofar as it allows you to meet the offer.
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History is a facilitating subject for RG unis. If you think you can get a good grade in it, it's fine for CS and keeps your options open.

Maths is a must and a core science or CS would be useful as a 2nd A level. Again choose one that interests you and you think you can do well at.

If there are any universities you might be targeting or interested in check their websites for entry requirements and admission assessment criteria.

CS is competitive at top unis so you probably want to spend some time during yr 12-13 to gain relevant experience or skills you can add to a PS.
I know that further maths is a very desirable and well respected a-level to have when applying to the top uni's, but how important really is it when comparing it to taking it over something like history, and changing my choices to maths, further maths, and physics? I just want to get a rough understanding of desired it is, and how strongly I should be considering it at a-level over history.
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You could try playing around with combinations using the UCAS offer rate calculator, but with the exception of Imperial or Cambridge I doubt it will make any difference whether you choose FM or History. Even for those, the margin will be a few percentage difference in offer rates. For competitive courses, other factors are used to differentiate - stolen from Leeds CS:


  • Examples of your enthusiasm for Computing
  • Demonstration of an understanding of the programme
  • Work experience and responsible roles you have adopted
  • Evidence of thinking, problem-solving and technical understanding
  • Demonstration of independent learning and teamwork skills.


The important thing is do an A Level you think you will enjoy and get a good grade at. Sometimes it's useful to choose something different to give another side of your brain a stretch or rest! Also think about how you can improve your PS over year 12 to give yourself the best chance of getting in.
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