Which A levels for Computer Science at Oxbridge, Imperial.

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I'm in year 11 and I'm choosing my A levels. I want to do computer science at university. I'm thinking of doing Economics, Geography, Maths, Further Maths as my A levels. Would this be fine to get into Oxbridge or Imperial for computer science or would I need something like Economics, Physics, Maths, Further Maths instead?

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For Oxford, the entry requirements are A*AA including at least an A in Mathematics, with the A* in Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Computing/Computer Science. Those taking Further Mathematics A-level or AS-level are expected to achieve at least Grade A.

The subject requirements are Maths and Further Maths. So, as long as you choose Maths and Further Maths you should be fine. You can choose any other third subject.
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For Oxford, the entry requirements are A*AA including at least an A in Mathematics, with the A* in Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Computing/Computer Science. Those taking Further Mathematics A-level or AS-level are expected to achieve at least Grade A.

The subject requirements are Maths and Further Maths. So, as long as you choose Maths and Further Maths you should be fine. You can choose any other third subject.
Thanks for your help. I was just wondering whether physics would make me stand out from the other candidates (because of the maths involved in physics) at these top unis. I would rather not do both physics and further maths (because I've heard that they're both really hard A levels) but I would do both if it makes it easier to get into these unis.
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The most common subject choices for computer science are normally Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science and Physics. They are all the recommended subjects on imperials page
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(Original post by username118893)
I'm in year 11 and I'm choosing my A levels. I want to do computer science at university. I'm thinking of doing Economics, Geography, Maths, Further Maths as my A levels. Would this be fine to get into Oxbridge or Imperial for computer science or would I need something like Economics, Physics, Maths, Further Maths instead?
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I would rather not do both physics and further maths (because I've heard that they're both really hard A levels) but I would do both if it makes it easier to get into these unis.
I did Maths, FM, Physics and CS. I read Engineering and CS at Oxford, and my son JMC at Imperial. Physics was easy, as I just got it, so it reduced to maths. If you're aiming for Oxbridge and Imperial (arguably harder), I would assume that you will find many of your subjects easy. That's not to say that some won't take work, but you shouldn't be overwhelmed, once you've really got into them.

Choose what you enjoy - Maths and FM covers the basics. With that said, does your school offer CS? You do need to demonstrate an interest in computing, although that can be by your own projects. Good luck.
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(Original post by username118893)
Thanks for your help. I was just wondering whether physics would make me stand out from the other candidates (because of the maths involved in physics) at these top unis. I would rather not do both physics and further maths (because I've heard that they're both really hard A levels) but I would do both if it makes it easier to get into these unis.
Not really - the maths involved in A-level physics is only very slightly beyond GCSE.

Imperial has physics under its recommended A-levels, but only expects maths/FM. If you have reservations over physics it isn't essential. As long as you have maths and further maths you'll be able to apply to pretty much any CS course. Physics isn't even mentioned in the entry requirements for Oxbridge.

FWIW FM and physics are commonly taken together (maths/fm/physics [and possibly some fourth] is a pretty common combination for maths/cs/physics and the like - for those applying to Oxbridge for a mathematical subject, (normal) maths is usually a doddle) so I wouldn't let this be your main reservation. If you prefer geography though by all means take that.
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