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nice point, but it seems oxford is a better uni than cambridge. most of you in here are very intelligent, respectful people, and from looking at that list, all of the A Grade students mainly go to oxford, a couple to london.......i definitely want to go to oxford. can i apply for both computer science and physics at oxford, so if i dont get one i might get an offer for the other?......thanks for helping guys.
'it seems oxford is a better uni than cambridge'- how can you make such an assertive statement. It depends on so many things and above all on personal preference. Oxford is possibly better for arts, while cambridge might be better for sciences, but again this is only someones opinion.
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say if i went on to get a masters degree in physics at oxford, what employment prospects are there afterwards? is it better than that of computer science? i appreiciate your advice, but i looked at that a-level list, and quite a lot of people are doing computer science. i presume they must have researched into job prospects after the degree.......?
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why did you stop talking!
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what sort of things do you do in computer science? is a physics degree better for employment after wards.
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what sort of things do you do in computer science?
Check out some of the course material for the unis you're interested in, many courses with the same name vary widely in what you actually do. Here is an example of
Essex's comp sci degree (because i go there).
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thing is, i dont understand what they are talking about. i.e.) i have read the course descriptions, but i have hardly done any of the things lsited, and i dont even understand what half of the things mean!
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Check out some of the course material for the unis you're interested in, many courses with the same name vary widely in what you actually do. Here is an example of
Essex's comp sci degree (because i go there).
Essex rocks!
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do you need economics A level to do economics? Because you're not doing economics AS.
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thing is, i dont understand what they are talking about. i.e.) i have read the course descriptions, but i have hardly done any of the things lsited, and i dont even understand what half of the things mean!
Well i think - doing a comp science degree you will be taught the langauge to write programs in, algorithms and things to use, and how to plan your program and write good code. A lot of it will be theory based, but you should still get quite a bit of time near a computer writing stuff. At Essex they program in JAVA and C++, though other unis may use different languages.

If you've never done programming before but think you might want to i suggest you buy a book like introduction to java, which should give you an idea of what it might be like. Be warned - comuter science is very different to the IT you do at school!
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do you need economics A level to do economics? Because you're not doing economics AS.
No usually you dont, at least not at Oxford IIRC.
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do you need economics A level to do economics? Because you're not doing economics AS.
Nah u dont...u only need proficiency in maths.
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Just remember though Babyguy, Oxford is a lot more expensive to live in considering it is right outside of London. If you are hard up with cash, cambridge might be a better bet
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i dont want to do economics mate, i tried economics at AS for 2 weeks, but dropped it. i am deciding on doing physics or computer science at oxford mate *prays*.........i have done some visual basic programming in computing recently, and i really enjoyed it. i was keen on doing it, but obviously computer science involves lots of other stuff that i dont even know what they are or what its like!!
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i would appreciate if someone could explain what sort of things you do, and what type of people will enjoy it. i.e.) comp. sci at oxford.
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i would appreciate if someone could explain what sort of things you do, and what type of people will enjoy it. i.e.) comp. sci at oxford.
I don't think anyone on the forum is doing compsci at Oxford, however rhaydenuk does compsci at imperial and Koloth does it at Essex so they might give you an idea.
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if u know for definite what u want2 do go to oxford, if you'd rather study a broader base of subjects in the first year and specialise in later years go for cambridge. but remember getting straight A's at A level no longer guarantees a place at either cos every year they increase the number of people that get each grade so at the mo over 10 times as many people get all A's at A level than there are places at oxbridge. so goodluck
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if u know for definite what u want2 do go to oxford, if you'd rather study a broader base of subjects in the first year and specialise in later years go for cambridge. but remember getting straight A's at A level no longer guarantees a place at either cos every year they increase the number of people that get each grade so at the mo over 10 times as many people get all A's at A level than there are places at oxbridge. so goodluck
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