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my school only lets you do 4 alevels if you do further maths as the 4th.
i want to do computer science/cyber security at uni.

i’m taking maths, computer science and economics currently. i dont want to take 4 a levels really...

do you reckon i could drop economics in the first month and be left with maths, further maths and computer science or is that a bit narrow and will unis disregard that?
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my school only lets you do 4 alevels if you do further maths as the 4th.
i want to do computer science/cyber security at uni.

i’m taking maths, computer science and economics currently. i dont want to take 4 a levels really...

do you reckon i could drop economics in the first month and be left with maths, further maths and computer science or is that a bit narrow and will unis disregard that?
I think it is a clever option to drop one subject so you can focus on the 3 subjects and really do well in them instead of being mediocre with 4 - but that really depends on you because you may do well even with 4.
usually some schools in the 2nd year increase from 4 lessons per subject to 5 subjects and this makes your timetable much more busier. I had 4 subjects and i think i had around 3 frees in the week so it forced me to revise for 4 subjects when i had got home exhausted. More hours are involved and you re all over the place, where as spending the same amount of hours on the 3 subjects is more effective in my opinion.

Dropping economics or not, all may depend on how confident you are in getting a good grade (A to A* requirement for a competitive university) - they mainly require maths and computer science in a level and its even better if you do further maths but is optional not neccessary. I think you should drop economics if you can get a good grade in further maths or if its the opposite do vice versa because you have maths and computer science which is essential for the courses you want to do. You can see this on their course requirements.
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my school only lets you do 4 alevels if you do further maths as the 4th.
i want to do computer science/cyber security at uni.

i’m taking maths, computer science and economics currently. i dont want to take 4 a levels really...

do you reckon i could drop economics in the first month and be left with maths, further maths and computer science or is that a bit narrow and will unis disregard that?
To be honest with you, I would suggest you do 3 a-levels unless the school or the uni you wish to go to require 4 a-levels. That being said if you think you can cope with 4 a-levels then by all means go ahead, but from experience it will be difficult.
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my school only lets you do 4 alevels if you do further maths as the 4th.
i want to do computer science/cyber security at uni.

i’m taking maths, computer science and economics currently. i dont want to take 4 a levels really...

do you reckon i could drop economics in the first month and be left with maths, further maths and computer science or is that a bit narrow and will unis disregard that?
I did maths, further maths, physics, chemistry (AS).

Taking more than 4 AS levels is never a good idea. Ideally 3, actually.
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I think it is a clever option to drop one subject so you can focus on the 3 subjects and really do well in them instead of being mediocre with 4 - but that really depends on you because you may do well even with 4.
usually some schools in the 2nd year increase from 4 lessons per subject to 5 subjects and this makes your timetable much more busier. I had 4 subjects and i think i had around 3 frees in the week so it forced me to revise for 4 subjects when i had got home exhausted. More hours are involved and you re all over the place, where as spending the same amount of hours on the 3 subjects is more effective in my opinion.

Dropping economics or not, all may depend on how confident you are in getting a good grade (A to A* requirement for a competitive university) - they mainly require maths and computer science in a level and its even better if you do further maths but is optional not neccessary. I think you should drop economics if you can get a good grade in further maths or if its the opposite do vice versa because you have maths and computer science which is essential for the courses you want to do. You can see this on their course requirements.
thank you thank you!! I might ask my college to do 4 A-levels and drop out then... but definitely leaning more towards 3 A-levels if it gets busier in Year 13. I plan to use my study periods so thank you - very helpful response :-)
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To be honest with you, I would suggest you do 3 a-levels unless the school or the uni you wish to go to require 4 a-levels. That being said if you think you can cope with 4 a-levels then by all means go ahead, but from experience it will be difficult.
Thank you. I think I'll probably go with 3. Honestly there's so many unis out there that don't require 4 so thank you
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I did maths, further maths, physics, chemistry (AS).

Taking more than 4 AS levels is never a good idea. Ideally 3, actually.
oh really? huh, guess I'll take 3 then... especially as I'm doing EPQ
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my school only lets you do 4 alevels if you do further maths as the 4th.
i want to do computer science/cyber security at uni.

i’m taking maths, computer science and economics currently. i dont want to take 4 a levels really...

do you reckon i could drop economics in the first month and be left with maths, further maths and computer science or is that a bit narrow and will unis disregard that?
Hi there,

I am currently a student at Portsmouth University.

To study computer science at university you do not need further maths. It may help an application, however the focus is on the offer of three grades. It is better to have solid top grades in them rather than a lower grade and further maths. A university will make you an offer of three A-levels and this is what is important. If you achieve the entry requirements with the other subjects, you will be fine.

I would recommend talking to your teachers and tutor to discuss the options further.

I hope this helps.
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Hi there,

I am currently a student at Portsmouth University.

To study computer science at university you do not need further maths. It may help an application, however the focus is on the offer of three grades. It is better to have solid top grades in them rather than a lower grade and further maths. A university will make you an offer of three A-levels and this is what is important. If you achieve the entry requirements with the other subjects, you will be fine.

I would recommend talking to your teachers and tutor to discuss the options further.

I hope this helps.
Ethan - UOP rep
yes helps a lot thank you!! I'll keep to the 3 then I think... and maybe drop a message!!! Much appreciated!
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oh if you want to do computer science at uni - further maths is more beneficial, that is if you can get a decent grade (A or A*).
4 alevels is challenging, i hated every minute of further maths but it helped me in my compsci course so far (however there are loads of ppl who got in without further maths!! and are doing just fine )... but personally i'd never do it again if i got to relive alevels because i dont like maths :/ i know... ironic that i do compsci.

i also want to do cyber when i specialise - if 4 alevels are too much (which they are and can be, no matter what ppl say); then i suggest picking the one that you will enjoy more and will do better in. because why make your life more difficult than it's already going to be?? both econ and further are great subjects and im sure many universities would appreciate either.

good luck and i hope this helped.
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Hey, Im currently taking the same a levels comp sci, maths, further, econ. It definitely isn't easy, crazy amount of practice is required with further maths however you could always only do the AS level for further instead of an EQP which will help with comp sci and give insight into whats required for uni.
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If you are taking maths full A-level in year 12 and further maths in year 13 you may not be able to do this. Universities can be funny about you only taking 2 A-levels in Year 13.

If this isn't the case and you're confident with FM, you should be ok. No university would disregard your options for CS.

A 4th A-level can be a useful safety net and keep doors open, but if you are sure what you want to do and are confident in your remaining options, 3 is perfectly fine. Having 4 has no real advantage in and of itself.
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oh if you want to do computer science at uni - further maths is more beneficial, that is if you can get a decent grade (A or A*).
4 alevels is challenging, i hated every minute of further maths but it helped me in my compsci course so far (however there are loads of ppl who got in without further maths!! and are doing just fine )... but personally i'd never do it again if i got to relive alevels because i dont like maths :/ i know... ironic that i do compsci.

i also want to do cyber when i specialise - if 4 alevels are too much (which they are and can be, no matter what ppl say); then i suggest picking the one that you will enjoy more and will do better in. because why make your life more difficult than it's already going to be?? both econ and further are great subjects and im sure many universities would appreciate either.

good luck and i hope this helped.
ahh brilliant brilliant!!! thank you ... if there's people who are doing fine without further maths doing comp sci then I wonder whether it is wiser to do economics (especially if you hated every minute!!!!). I'm leaning more towards economics.... where I feel more likely to get an A*
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Hey, Im currently taking the same a levels comp sci, maths, further, econ. It definitely isn't easy, crazy amount of practice is required with further maths however you could always only do the AS level for further instead of an EQP which will help with comp sci and give insight into whats required for uni.
Ahh how fun we're doing the same!! EPQ is sort of compulsory in my sixth form's curriculum.... If a crazy amount of practice is required for further maths then I wonder if it's the right thing for me. My work ethic is better than most... but I can't see myself sitting down to that much maths.... thank you :-).... and good luck!
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Ahh how fun we're doing the same!! EPQ is sort of compulsory in my sixth form's curriculum.... If a crazy amount of practice is required for further maths then I wonder if it's the right thing for me. My work ethic is better than most... but I can't see myself sitting down to that much maths.... thank you :-).... and good luck!
Have trust in your work ethic definitely and if you have to do an EQP i wouldn't suggest taking further since because of the work load. Computing doesn't really require further maths since barely any topics overlap so just with maths you would be great. Also over summer I am running sort of tuition classes for computing and economics just to introduce people to A level and get a head start so feel free to reach out if interested (: good luckk
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Ahh how fun we're doing the same!! EPQ is sort of compulsory in my sixth form's curriculum.... If a crazy amount of practice is required for further maths then I wonder if it's the right thing for me. My work ethic is better than most... but I can't see myself sitting down to that much maths.... thank you :-).... and good luck!
The work load for further maths isnt necessarily that much. Depends on you really. I find that working through the textbook is sufficient for me and it doesnt require that much work. I definitely find it less work that computer science. ( I do maths, further maths,physics computer science plus I did an epq for context)
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The work load for further maths isnt necessarily that much. Depends on you really. I find that working through the textbook is sufficient for me and it doesnt require that much work. I definitely find it less work that computer science. ( I do maths, further maths,physics computer science plus I did an epq for context)
less work than comp sci!! wow hmm.... I'll have to contact my head of year for his advice then
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