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what a-levels are needed for a computer science degree ?

Hey , i'm choosing maths ( i think ) and computer science for my levels. However , I'm not sure what the third one should be.
I have an interest into cybersecurity, data science , AI ....
Also. i struggle with programming - any tips for over the summer to improve ?
What do you think you will enjoy?
Your 3rd A level can be anything you find interesting.
Reply 2
Original post by PQ
What do you think you will enjoy?
Your 3rd A level can be anything you find interesting.


Maybe economics but I want my last one to be the easiest to get the UCAS points. Any suggestions?
Original post by unknown4334
Maybe economics but I want my last one to be the easiest to get the UCAS points. Any suggestions?


Do you find economics interesting and easy?
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Original post by PQ
Do you find economics interesting and easy?


I didn't take it at GSCE, but I find it interesting.I don't think it's easier tho
Reply 5
I'm just about to enter sixth form for an A-level honours pathway my choices are:
- Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry
or:
- Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths, Physics
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Is it mandatory to take further maths for computer science tho as I struggled with GSCE maths? Also, what's an honours pathway?
Reply 7
Original post by unknown4334
Is it mandatory to take further maths for computer science tho as I struggled with GSCE maths? Also, what's an honours pathway?


4 A-levels instead of 3 is honours pathway and you don't have to take further maths, but it's recommended (pure maths is good enough)
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Reply 8
Ah, I seee. Do you have any tips to improve maths/programming over the summer?
Reply 9
programming (you can look for your programming language if you don't do python):
- https://www.w3schools.com/ (has explained code)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfscVS0vtbw&vl=en (long video but can do a bit each day)
- what I do is just practise activities, I was a good coder, but I improved with practise on this website: https://www.codewars.com/users/sign_in (sign in is required though and it has multiple languages in case u want to try them)

maths (not something i usually practise but have recommendations from my teachers):
- https://corbettmaths.com/ (personally I don't like corbett)
- practise past papers is good (A-level ones)
- sparxmaths or hegartymaths if your school is registered
- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxfkOonfIpu6XCba7W0LbcQ (the only maths video tutorials I like)
Reply 10
the main idea is just practise when you have time
Reply 11
also Seneca learning is decent: https://app.senecalearning.com/
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Reply 12
Original post by unknown4334
Hey , i'm choosing maths ( i think ) and computer science for my levels. However , I'm not sure what the third one should be.
I have an interest into cybersecurity, data science , AI ....
Also. i struggle with programming - any tips for over the summer to improve ?


Maths and computer science. Third one - anything you enjoy. I've seen studies that suggest that the more type of subjects you choose, the better. It widens your career choices if you change your mind at the end of the sixth form or even later. Also, it makes it interesting:wink:
Reply 13
Original post by unknown4334
Maybe economics but I want my last one to be the easiest to get the UCAS points. Any suggestions?

btw, https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/a-level-explorer/

I found this tool recently, seems to be helpful

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