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Computer Science for BBB predicted grades

Hi,
Need some help please! Having predicted grades BBB for Computer Science, Maths and History what would be my best choices for a Computer Science degree? I particularly enjoy coding and would like to do an apprenticeships, ideally in Software Engineering or Cyber Security but I will do my Uni application too just in case.

Considering the following Universities
1. Queen Mary (aspirational) (AAA including A level Maths, Computer Science) ,

2. Lancaster (aspirational) ( AAB but Students applying with an A level or IB Higher Level in Computing, Computer Science or Mathematics will be considered for a lower offer. What does this mean?

3. Sussex (ABB or BBB)

4. City of London (ABB, including computer science or Maths

5. Surrey (ABB including Maths but CCC if it’s with foundation year)
or Essex (BBB or BBC)

Other options (all require BBB) could be
- Swansea
- Manchester Metropolitan
- Kent

Questions:
1. What do you think of these choices based on my predicted grades?
2. Any suggestion to change my choices?
3. In case of getting BBC or BCC are these still ok?
Sheffield requires BBB or BCC for computer science with foundation year. Similar to Loughborough that requires BBB for Computer Science with foundation year. Am I allowed to apply to the ones with foundation year (Sheffield and Loughborough) which are very good Unis. Am I’m pushing too high.

Thank you!
(edited 2 months ago)
Reply 1
Original post by yamimar
Hi,
Need some help please! Having predicted grades BBB for Computer Science, Maths and History what would be my best choices for a Computer Science degree? I particularly enjoy coding and would like to do an apprenticeships, ideally in Software Engineering or Cyber Security but I will do my Uni application too just in case.

Considering the following Universities
1. Queen Mary (aspirational) (AAA including A level Maths, Computer Science) ,

2. Lancaster (aspirational) ( AAB but Students applying with an A level or IB Higher Level in Computing, Computer Science or Mathematics will be considered for a lower offer. What does this mean?

3. Sussex (ABB or BBB)

4. City of London (ABB, including computer science or Maths

5. Surrey (ABB including Maths but CCC if it’s with foundation year)
or Essex (BBB or BBC)

Other options (all require BBB) could be
- Swansea
- Manchester Metropolitan
- Kent

Questions:
1. What do you think of these choices based on my predicted grades?
2. Any suggestion to change my choices?
3. In case of getting BBC or BCC are these still ok?
Sheffield requires BBB or BCC for computer science with foundation year. Similar to Loughborough that requires BBB for Computer Science with foundation year. Am I allowed to apply to the ones with foundation year (Sheffield and Loughborough) which are very good Unis. Am I’m pushing too high.

Thank you!

there is also a foundation year for City, Uni of London for Com Sci
Reply 2
Original post by QueenOla
there is also a foundation year for City, Uni of London for Com Sci

Thank you, that’s correct. The foundation year in City of London confused me as it doesn’t appear as a four year option but as a one year one, I now understand they just include it as a separate option but it ends up being the same 4 years degree as in Loughborough and Sheffield with foundation. In case I don’t include London City, Sheffield and Loughborough in my choices, do you by any chance know if once I get my results I don’t get the required grades, can I apply to the foundation courses if I hadn’t considered them in my choices. Thanks
Reply 3
Original post by yamimar
Thank you, that’s correct. The foundation year in City of London confused me as it doesn’t appear as a four year option but as a one year one, I now understand they just include it as a separate option but it ends up being the same 4 years degree as in Loughborough and Sheffield with foundation. In case I don’t include London City, Sheffield and Loughborough in my choices, do you by any chance know if once I get my results I don’t get the required grades, can I apply to the foundation courses if I hadn’t considered them in my choices. Thanks

of course if you don't get the grades on results day you can apply through clearing and yep you can still apply for the foundation year at City etc.
yep it is separate that because after that foundation year you can choose which course you want to do e.g. computer science with maths or just computer science etc
Original post by yamimar
Hi,
Need some help please! Having predicted grades BBB for Computer Science, Maths and History what would be my best choices for a Computer Science degree? I particularly enjoy coding and would like to do an apprenticeships, ideally in Software Engineering or Cyber Security but I will do my Uni application too just in case.

Considering the following Universities
1. Queen Mary (aspirational) (AAA including A level Maths, Computer Science) ,

2. Lancaster (aspirational) ( AAB but Students applying with an A level or IB Higher Level in Computing, Computer Science or Mathematics will be considered for a lower offer. What does this mean?

3. Sussex (ABB or BBB)

4. City of London (ABB, including computer science or Maths

5. Surrey (ABB including Maths but CCC if it’s with foundation year)
or Essex (BBB or BBC)

Other options (all require BBB) could be
- Swansea
- Manchester Metropolitan
- Kent

Questions:
1. What do you think of these choices based on my predicted grades?
2. Any suggestion to change my choices?
3. In case of getting BBC or BCC are these still ok?
Sheffield requires BBB or BCC for computer science with foundation year. Similar to Loughborough that requires BBB for Computer Science with foundation year. Am I allowed to apply to the ones with foundation year (Sheffield and Loughborough) which are very good Unis. Am I’m pushing too high.

Thank you!

Hi @yamimar

I noticed that you were considering a foundation course here at Loughborough and I just wanted to say that if you had any questions we'd be happy to help :smile:

Jess
Original post by yamimar
Hi,
Need some help please! Having predicted grades BBB for Computer Science, Maths and History what would be my best choices for a Computer Science degree? I particularly enjoy coding and would like to do an apprenticeships, ideally in Software Engineering or Cyber Security but I will do my Uni application too just in case.

Considering the following Universities
1. Queen Mary (aspirational) (AAA including A level Maths, Computer Science) ,

2. Lancaster (aspirational) ( AAB but Students applying with an A level or IB Higher Level in Computing, Computer Science or Mathematics will be considered for a lower offer. What does this mean?

3. Sussex (ABB or BBB)

4. City of London (ABB, including computer science or Maths

5. Surrey (ABB including Maths but CCC if it’s with foundation year)
or Essex (BBB or BBC)

Other options (all require BBB) could be
- Swansea
- Manchester Metropolitan
- Kent

Questions:
1. What do you think of these choices based on my predicted grades?
2. Any suggestion to change my choices?
3. In case of getting BBC or BCC are these still ok?
Sheffield requires BBB or BCC for computer science with foundation year. Similar to Loughborough that requires BBB for Computer Science with foundation year. Am I allowed to apply to the ones with foundation year (Sheffield and Loughborough) which are very good Unis. Am I’m pushing too high.

Thank you!

Hi @Yamimar,
Just for some clarification on Lancaster. If you take 3 A levels, and one of them is A level Computer Science or A level Mathematics, then typically Lancaster would make an offer of ABB. If you have any more questions on Lancaster, feel free to ask!
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)
Original post by yamimar
Hi,
Need some help please! Having predicted grades BBB for Computer Science, Maths and History what would be my best choices for a Computer Science degree? I particularly enjoy coding and would like to do an apprenticeships, ideally in Software Engineering or Cyber Security but I will do my Uni application too just in case.

Considering the following Universities
1. Queen Mary (aspirational) (AAA including A level Maths, Computer Science) ,

2. Lancaster (aspirational) ( AAB but Students applying with an A level or IB Higher Level in Computing, Computer Science or Mathematics will be considered for a lower offer. What does this mean?

3. Sussex (ABB or BBB)

4. City of London (ABB, including computer science or Maths

5. Surrey (ABB including Maths but CCC if it’s with foundation year)
or Essex (BBB or BBC)

Other options (all require BBB) could be
- Swansea
- Manchester Metropolitan
- Kent

Questions:
1. What do you think of these choices based on my predicted grades?
2. Any suggestion to change my choices?
3. In case of getting BBC or BCC are these still ok?
Sheffield requires BBB or BCC for computer science with foundation year. Similar to Loughborough that requires BBB for Computer Science with foundation year. Am I allowed to apply to the ones with foundation year (Sheffield and Loughborough) which are very good Unis. Am I’m pushing too high.

Thank you!

Hi @yamimar!🤩
Essex University is 9th in the UK for research impact in Computer Science (Grade Point Average REF 2021) and Top 250 for Computer Science in THE World University Ranking by Subject 2024.📈

At Essex our computer science and electronic engineering department asks for A-levels: BBB - BBC or 120 112 UCAS points for computer science and no specific subjects required. If you do not achieve these grades we can offer you a foundation year.

The Computer science degree at Essex gives you the chance to choose modules from other departments such us mathematics, robotics among others as well as the department itself gives you a lost of modules to choose from so you can adapt your degree to our own aspirations and ambitions.💻

Essex computer Science website: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering | University of Essex

Essex computer science degree gives you the opportunity between our second and third year of university to study abroad in one of our renowned university partnerships or you can opt to to a full year of placement on a institutions of your choice.

Link for Essex abroad ( you can have a look at the world map and the universities partnership): Study Abroad | University of Essex

Link for Essex placement year: Work placements and Work Based Learning | University of Essex

Essex provides 6 different labs for our computer science and electronic students that include:
-All computers are dual boot Windows 10 and Linux. Apple Mac Computers are dual boot MacOS and Windows 10
-Software includes Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and Project
-Students have access to CAD tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OMNet++)
-We also have specialist facilities for research into areas including non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, intelligent environments, robotics, optoelectronics, video, RF and MW, printed circuit milling, and semiconductors.


We have a mini open day 20th January 2024 where you can have a look at all of the facilities, accommodations and talk with current students so you can have a feel of what is to study at Essex.
Link open day: Open Days | University of Essex

I hope this helps you when making your decision.
If you have any other questions just let me know.

Essex Official Rep- Cat
(edited 2 months ago)
Original post by yamimar
Hi,
Need some help please! Having predicted grades BBB for Computer Science, Maths and History what would be my best choices for a Computer Science degree? I particularly enjoy coding and would like to do an apprenticeships, ideally in Software Engineering or Cyber Security but I will do my Uni application too just in case.

Considering the following Universities
1. Queen Mary (aspirational) (AAA including A level Maths, Computer Science) ,

2. Lancaster (aspirational) ( AAB but Students applying with an A level or IB Higher Level in Computing, Computer Science or Mathematics will be considered for a lower offer. What does this mean?

3. Sussex (ABB or BBB)

4. City of London (ABB, including computer science or Maths

5. Surrey (ABB including Maths but CCC if it’s with foundation year)
or Essex (BBB or BBC)

Other options (all require BBB) could be
- Swansea
- Manchester Metropolitan
- Kent

Questions:
1. What do you think of these choices based on my predicted grades?
2. Any suggestion to change my choices?
3. In case of getting BBC or BCC are these still ok?
Sheffield requires BBB or BCC for computer science with foundation year. Similar to Loughborough that requires BBB for Computer Science with foundation year. Am I allowed to apply to the ones with foundation year (Sheffield and Loughborough) which are very good Unis. Am I’m pushing too high.

Thank you!

Hi yaminar,

As a current computer science student from the University of Sheffield, I would recommend it as a great place to study. In terms of a foundation year, I have a few friends who took one and then progressed into the course who found that they were really supported during that year. Due to your predicted grades fulfilling the entry requirements, there is no reason for you to not apply to the course and I wish you all the luck with your application!

Let me know if you have anymore questions,
Jivanthika (2nd year Computer Science)
(edited 2 months ago)
Original post by yamimar
Hi,
Need some help please! Having predicted grades BBB for Computer Science, Maths and History what would be my best choices for a Computer Science degree? I particularly enjoy coding and would like to do an apprenticeships, ideally in Software Engineering or Cyber Security but I will do my Uni application too just in case.

Considering the following Universities
1. Queen Mary (aspirational) (AAA including A level Maths, Computer Science) ,

2. Lancaster (aspirational) ( AAB but Students applying with an A level or IB Higher Level in Computing, Computer Science or Mathematics will be considered for a lower offer. What does this mean?

3. Sussex (ABB or BBB)

4. City of London (ABB, including computer science or Maths

5. Surrey (ABB including Maths but CCC if it’s with foundation year)
or Essex (BBB or BBC)

Other options (all require BBB) could be
- Swansea
- Manchester Metropolitan
- Kent

Questions:
1. What do you think of these choices based on my predicted grades?
2. Any suggestion to change my choices?
3. In case of getting BBC or BCC are these still ok?
Sheffield requires BBB or BCC for computer science with foundation year. Similar to Loughborough that requires BBB for Computer Science with foundation year. Am I allowed to apply to the ones with foundation year (Sheffield and Loughborough) which are very good Unis. Am I’m pushing too high.

Thank you!

Hi there,

As Jasmine said earlier a lower offer would be a drop in one grade to ABB normally.

1) Personally I think there is a good variety of universities there. It is important to remember once you have your offers you will have to firm and insurance one so it is useful to have a variety of grade requirements.

2) You may have already considered it but Lancaster does offer a degree in Cyber security, which has the same predicted grades/ requirements as computer science. in addition, we offer a software engineering degree as well. Just though I would mention them in case you may find them more interesting. Below are the links to the course pages should you want to have a look:
Cyber Security BSc Hons (I900) - Lancaster University
Software Engineering BSc Hons (G602) - Lancaster University

3) That depends on the admission department normally. If you do miss the grade requirements there are always options such as clearing so no need to worry too much.

Feel free to ask me any questions about Lancaster.

Amy 🙂 (Lancaster Student Ambassador)

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