My 4th AS will ruin my chances at oxbridge

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dxnixl
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Hey,

So I really want to go oxbridge to study medicine. I study biology chemistry maths and computing at AS as of now.

Now I’m rlly good at the science and maths, but terrible at computing. My schools not letting me drop it and idk what to do anymore.

It’s not that I don’t try for computer science, it’s that our exam board is EDUQAS and the spec doesn’t make it clear as to what we should rlly learn. It’s all waffly and the exams are pretty strict.

I feel like even if I do get AAA and a C in computing, it’d totally screw my chances...

Any guidance? Help is appreciated
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Oops this should be posted in the A level section not Computer Science my bad
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Oops this should be posted in the A level section not Computer Science my bad
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Why won't your school let you drop CS? I would get your parents to set up a meeting between yourselves and the school to discuss it. Maybe they would be happier with you dropping it after the AS level exams but think you could get a good grade? No way can they make you continue it into Year 13 if you and your parents are adament that you don't want to.
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Why won't your school let you drop CS? I would get your parents to set up a meeting between yourselves and the school to discuss it. Maybe they would be happier with you dropping it after the AS level exams but think you could get a good grade? No way can they make you continue it into Year 13 if you and your parents are adament that you don't want to.
They won’t let me.

Alright here’s the thing. In my computer science mock i got an A. But not because I did well in the exam, it’s because I’ve seen and done the same questions in class before, and memorised their specific mark schemes. So now the school thinks I’ll do amazing when I really won’t because I don’t actually understand any of it.

Also I really don’t know why but they just aren’t letting me drop the subject in yr 12 (they are next year). I just don’t want a bad CS grade ruin my UCAS...
I could try getting my parents to call but I’ve already spoken to the head
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How will it screw your chances? It looks like you will be predicted an A in CS, so that will look good on your application. If you are fortunate enough to get an offer then it will almost certainly be on 3 A-levels.
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How will it screw your chances? It looks like you will be predicted an A in CS, so that will look good on your application. If you are fortunate enough to get an offer then it will almost certainly be on 3 A-levels.
I’m predicted an A for my AS exam. The uni’s will most likely base my application off the real AS grades I’ll achieve in summer. I’m just hoping it’s based off the 3 AS-levels (I want to further to A2) soley
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Hey,

So I really want to go oxbridge to study medicine. I study biology chemistry maths and computing at AS as of now.

Now I’m rlly good at the science and maths, but terrible at computing. My schools not letting me drop it and idk what to do anymore.

It’s not that I don’t try for computer science, it’s that our exam board is EDUQAS and the spec doesn’t make it clear as to what we should rlly learn. It’s all waffly and the exams are pretty strict.

I feel like even if I do get AAA and a C in computing, it’d totally screw my chances...

Any guidance? Help is appreciated
Schools love to play God, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if forcing a fourth subject on students is completely illegal. In your position I would simply refuse to attend the computing lessons. If the school gets uppity about this a call to your LEA, if they are not an academy, should sort them out quickly. Also a letter from a lawyer usually has most heads wetting themselves.
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I've known someone get an E at AS and still get an offer (and then a place) at Cambridge.
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(Original post by dxnixl)
Hey,

So I really want to go oxbridge to study medicine. I study biology chemistry maths and computing at AS as of now.

Now I’m rlly good at the science and maths, but terrible at computing. My schools not letting me drop it and idk what to do anymore.

It’s not that I don’t try for computer science, it’s that our exam board is EDUQAS and the spec doesn’t make it clear as to what we should rlly learn. It’s all waffly and the exams are pretty strict.

I feel like even if I do get AAA and a C in computing, it’d totally screw my chances...

Any guidance? Help is appreciated
All you need to get into Oxford for medicine is A*AA. They should let you drop CS at school, but Oxford won't care about that 4th A level.

To me that CS is a waste of space.
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It won't go to legal action .....OP has already said the school will let him drop the subject after AS but won't let him do so before as they think he is on track for an A.

I can see both sides of the coin on this one - if I was OP I would stick with it for the rest of Year 12 but no longer. Although I can't see that they could actually force you to stick with it for a few more months (especially if your parents backed you up) at the same time, it probably is better to get a qualification for it as you are likely to get at least a B/C if not the A the school expects.

Oxford won't care about the 4th A level so it is just a nuisance not a deal breaker.
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(Original post by dxnixl)

Thank you for this suggestion, but by doing this I have a pretty good feeling the school will hate me.

I fear they might just kick me out the college all together for making too much of a fuss about it
Schools rely on both students and their parents being frightened of upsetting them in case the student gets picked on. But they would be in a lot of trouble if their picking on a student got reported.

They can't kick you out for standing up to them.
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